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DTV Activated Double Play

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by saucony, Aug 22, 2009.

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  1. Drew2k

    Drew2k New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    How about a twist on this discussion? What do you think of the name "DoublePlay"?

    -Appeals to sports fans (baseball term)
    -Appeals to someone wanting to play two things at once (DLB fans)
    -Very marketable
    -Easier to say and remember than DLB

    I think it's pretty darned good!
  2. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    I kinda like it ..
  3. Drew2k

    Drew2k New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    Yeah, so do I. (I guess I said that already! :p)
  4. gordon1fan

    gordon1fan AllStar

    Jun 27, 2007
    You got my vote! :)
  5. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Didn't you come up with the name? ;)
  6. HRJustin

    HRJustin Godfather

    Mar 5, 2009
    Now that DirecTV has gotten a DoublePlay they need to get that one last out(MRV) and finish up the inning. ;):lol:
  7. zudy

    zudy Legend

    Jul 22, 2009
    Now that DirecTV has gotten a DoublePlay they need to get that one last out(MRV) and finish up the inning.

    I second that.
  8. RACJ2

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    I was simply responding to the "NO reason for continuous DLB" comment. Actually, when I had it with cable, it was usually buffering a channel I watched a lot. So I often watched something that was in the buffer. It isn't a huge loss, but I would have preferred that it was continuous. As I mentioned, I'll be glad to have it back in the current format.
  9. NoOTA

    NoOTA AllStar

    Apr 7, 2008
    I was very critical of the HR series back in April 08 when I got one for my HD TV. The problem was this: It just didn't work as reliably as the DTivo. The DTivo was like a toaster: turn it on and it just worked. The HR was more like a Windows PC: Turn it on and hope it worked (I had missed program records, random reboots, and LOTs and LOTS of audio/video sync problems.) DTV even replaced the unit in the first month. What a waste! Same poopy software, so same problems. The HRxx had been out for 1.5 years already and I was surprised at how unreliable the software still was. If it was a computer or stereo I had bought at say Best Buy, I would have returned it as a defective product, but lo, DTV didn't take returned and I was in for a 2 yr commitment. I'm sure lots of HRxx hardware was changed because of the BAD software back in the day.


    I can't remember the last reboot, and the audio sync is WAY better. (MPEG4 programs are still louder than MPEG2 programs.) My wiring hasn't changed, nor has my multiswitch or TV, so it MUST have been terrible "defective" software that has now been fixed. Imagine that.

    I can say, 16 months after I first got the unit, it FINALLY works like it should have out of the box, reliability wise.

    With it being so unreliable before, I didn't even care about my missing Tivo functions, I just wanted my wife to stop complaining about the audio sync problems and stop asking "we are paying an extra $10 for HD a month and are getting this?"

    Now that the reliability has come up, I can start to hope for missing functions and DLB are one that will be GREAT! The extra button push to start it, so what? So I can't see some random content on the other tuner? Don't care. Looks like the 90 minute buffer is better, as is independent PREV history for each channel.

    I look forward to the NR getting pushed in my area for DP.

    I just wish the product hadn't come with such defective software out of the box. REALLY feel ripped off by paying $199 for the unit and $10/month for HD such an unreliable piece that is was at the time. That is going to take some time to get over. But looking forward, DTV has made some good progress and DP is a GREAT one.
  10. Kojo62

    Kojo62 AllStar

    Aug 9, 2007
    PA, USA
    This is a glorious day! :D

    DLB is the one feature that I'd missed most when switching to the HR from my DirecTiVos. I wasn't sure that it would ever really happen, even though I voted it up in the Wish List, and I'd learned to live without it given all the other good things that I've grown to prefer in the HR over the TiVo.

    But now that it's actually here, this pretty much makes the HR the perfect DVR for me. I don't even care anymore if TiVo delivers a new DirecTV DVR or not at this point. Thank you DirecTV!
  11. cygnusloop

    cygnusloop Hall Of Fame

    Jan 26, 2007
  12. Gloria_Chavez

    Gloria_Chavez Godfather

    Aug 11, 2008
    Is the Twin Buffer possible on an R16-300?
  13. tvradio00

    tvradio00 Cool Member

    Aug 25, 2009
    Question on Double Play, What is the reason why it disappears after 2 hours if no key strokes are noticed ?

    Is it because of a patent or because of hardware or simply an engineering choice OR a combination ?
  14. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    As I mentioned earlier, the background tuner is used for other things. When DoublePlay is turned on .. you have exclusive use of both tuners. DIRECTV will not make use of the background tuner while you are using it. Once you are done, it becomes available for DIRECTV to use.
  15. tvradio00

    tvradio00 Cool Member

    Aug 25, 2009
    OK, Thanks for the answer. A side / Off-Topic Question -- Did the H10-250 or R10 Tivo's handle the background tuner the same ? (I know we did not loose it like we can with Double Play) but what made the background tuner not as expendable now as was on the Tivo's ?
  16. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    DIRECTV provides a lot more "extra" content than TiVo ever did, so based on DIRECTV Cinema alone (let alone any features that may not yet be active), the background tuner is in use a lot more than you may expect.

    Besides, some people are actually watching TV @ 3am ... I seem to recall seeing complaints about TiVo's hijacking of the background tuner. DIRECTV will not hijack the background tuner from you when DP is active.
  17. jmak

    jmak Cool Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    Is there any indication (pop up?) on the screen when doubleplay is about to be deactivated because of the 2 hr timeout?
  18. Shades228

    Shades228 DaBears

    Mar 18, 2008
    Not that I have seen however I almost never go 2 hours without hitting a button on the remote. I have 4 kids though so I have been conditioned to hit pause instantly when I hear the tornado known as my 3 year old coming.

    Also when I am using Double Play I am jumping back and forth between the shows. I never just activate to have it on and use it to cache something random on the other tuner.

    I can say so far I've never been upset there was a 2hr time out because if I'm not watching TV I don't care what's buffering.
  19. Que

    Que Icon

    Apr 15, 2006
    /me does a little dance!!

    About time! Nice to see it!

    [Edit] 08-17-06, 12:09 AM ....
  20. ahrjmr

    ahrjmr Legend

    Nov 17, 2004
    How long before the entire country receives the release? I still haven't got it as of 5:00 am this morning.

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