HMC Playback, the First Look

Discussion in 'DIRECTV - HMC PC Playback Discussion (private)' started by Tom Robertson, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. Apr 30, 2008 #1 of 182
    Tom Robertson

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    Hey, now that the CE'ers have the server software (and don't really know it), we need to write a first look!

    Who would like to take charge and who would like to help?

    Any volunteers?

    Thanks,
    Tom
     
  2. Apr 30, 2008 #2 of 182
    PoitNarf

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    I'll help with what I can, but I'm more of a programmer than a technical writer :lol:
     
  3. May 1, 2008 #3 of 182
    dettxw

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    So what's the reading grade level on this project, rocket scientist? :lol:

    Was wondering if we had any info from DirecTV on their plans for HMC Playback, and what further changes/improvements they are going to make to get it ready for prime time.
     
  4. May 1, 2008 #4 of 182
    tfederov

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    I'm in. We're going to need to set expectations as part of this with the reader. I'm still seeing choppyness (is that a word?) streaming HD from my wireless HR20s. Are wireless attached DVRs expected to play smoothly in the HMC?

    Would a Q&A chat be a good idea to bounce of some things with the folks working the project?

    For example, we're seeing that when we do x, we see y. Their response would be z.
     
  5. May 1, 2008 #5 of 182
    mhayes70

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    I'm in. Just let me know what I need to do or help with and I am glad to do it.
     
  6. May 1, 2008 #6 of 182
    Stuart Sweet

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    I'd say, just start writing. Since this is software only, it's ok to take screen caps but not of the screen where your receiver ID or software license key is.
     
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    PoitNarf

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    FYI, the PC app disables print screen within windows when it is playing back a recording. Snagit doesn't seem to have this problem though ;)
     
  8. May 1, 2008 #8 of 182
    phat78boy

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    I'm more of a tech then a writer, but I am willing to help in anyway needed.
     
  9. May 1, 2008 #9 of 182
    dettxw

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    I was just going to ask for a screen capture recommendation / alternative to Windows print screen.


    Does anybody know if DirecTV plans to address the server disconnect problem?
     
  10. May 1, 2008 #10 of 182
    Tom Robertson

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    All the questions are good things to ask. I'll send a list to DIRECTV.

    Thanks,
    Tom
     
  11. May 1, 2008 #11 of 182
    jclarke9999

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    Let me know what I can do to help. I'm finally done traveling for work and have access to my computer and have some free time.
     
  12. May 1, 2008 #12 of 182
    PoitNarf

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    We should probably just organize some bullet points and build from there:

    Pros:
    • Watch content from the HR20 on any PC in the house with the client software installed
    • Ability to stream from HR20 while 2 other shows are recording
    • Video is in full resolution as opposed to using a Slingbox
    • Audio is in full 5.1 surround (at least sometimes it is...)
    • Ability to stream DoD programs
    • HR20 is still usable while streaming unlike with a Slingbox
    • Ability to stream a show WHILE it is recording
    • All trickplay functions are available during playback including clicking the mouse directly on the progress bar to jump to a specific time index
    • Closed captioning support

    Cons:
    • System requirements slightly high for some users
    • Unable to watch anything but recorded or recording content (no live TV unless it is currently recording)
    • Unable to stream HD video over a 802.11g wireless connection reliably
    • Unable to stream over Internet, only over home LAN
    • Unable to manage shows in playlist (keep / delete / etc)
    • Unable to view guide or schedule recordings from client
    • With multi-monitor setups, secondary and tertiary displays need to be disabled for video playback to function
    • HDCP compliant monitor is required
    • Windows XP/Vista only

    General info:
    • Required bandwidth for SD playback fluctuates between 2Mbps and 3.5Mbps
    • Bandwidth for HD playback fluctuates between 7Mbps and 15Mbps
     
  13. May 1, 2008 #13 of 182
    tfederov

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    Here's a con that some of them will flag off the bat.... can't save/rip them to PC and watch them later.
     
  14. May 1, 2008 #14 of 182
    mhayes70

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    That is a great start PoitNarf. Is there a way we can get minium requirements PC playback to function correctly? For example minium video card to have on your computer.
     
  15. May 1, 2008 #15 of 182
    tfederov

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    We could probably get that from the users manual.
     
  16. May 1, 2008 #16 of 182
    Earl Bonovich

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    I don't think you should call it PRO/CON

    You can list it as things the software can do... and what you can't do.

    Anyone that was expecting to be able to rip HD material in this manner... was living in a "dream" state
     
  17. May 1, 2008 #17 of 182
    mhayes70

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    Another Con: No Autocorrection.
     
  18. May 1, 2008 #18 of 182
    PoitNarf

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    I thought that was a given :lol:
     
  19. May 1, 2008 #19 of 182
    mhayes70

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    You are correct. I don't think we should call it a pro/con list. But, maybe list what it can and can't do compared to the HR20 features?
     
  20. May 1, 2008 #20 of 182
    Earl Bonovich

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    That would be fair.
     

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