Hopper Pros & Cons

Discussion in 'Hopper System Support Forum' started by kimsshawn, May 7, 2012.

  1. patmurphey

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    It never occured to you that going from 4 tuners to 3 might cause problems? 2 Hoppers/1Joey would be the correct configuration for your family. Why not contact a DIRT member for help? The montly fees would be the same.
     
  2. renpar61

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    Honestly it did not occur to me. I wasn't even sure about all the features. What made me jump on the Hpper/Joey was the whole house DVR integration which works in my advantage more than the missing tuner is a loss. I just pointed out the limitation for someone who has to make the decision.

    However, as an "early adopter" I had to go through several calls to get the system. First I was told I didn't qualify for the upgrade (been a top tier customer for 8 years, with direct debit, never missed a bill if this is Dish evaluation method...). Next call I was told I did qualify but the minimum configuration was 1 Hopper/3 Joeys and after arguing for 20 mins. to no avail about the impracticality of 4 receivers for only 3 TVs I gave up. Finally I was able to get someone a little more knowledgeable on the chat but I didn't even dare asking for 2 Hoppers... :)
    I'm not complaining, I thought it was actually hilarious... :D
     
  3. 3HaloODST

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    Should've used DIRT. Matt made my process painless. The only pain incurred was the initial install when the Joeys were throwing tantrums. Ever since then initial install though, mostly pain-free except for a few minor bugs. Far from an "early adopter" experience here.
     
  4. Marlin Guy

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    One more BIG Pro that I forgot to mention, because I already take it for granted, is the SRS Tru-volume leveling. I haven't heard an annoyingly loud commercial since day one! :joy:
     
  5. patmurphey

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    I was an early adopter, too, and was forced to get an extra Joey with the 2nd Hopper (2+2, 3 TVs), but it turned out to be a windfall. I don't mind the $7mo. I use the 2nd Joey for access to the other Hopper from my main TV, with a one click HDMI input swap. When Hopper integration happens, I'll either send back the Joey or get another TV.
     
  6. njk986

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    And now the Auto-hop feature to skip commercials on prime time network recordings!
     
  7. jgcecg

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    I have a hopper and 1 Joey, installed about 4-20-12.

    I am extremely happy with the hopper/joey. It is very fast! Installation was smooth and there have been no major issues. I don't feel like a beta tester. I have had many DVRs over the last 10 years, starting with the DTV Tivo. This is by far the best.

    I had a DTV HR22-100, that I upgraded by putting in a 2TB HD. But that made it super slow. Having a 2TB HD also created a very long list of shows, which is a problem. The hopper solves that with folder options. Its interesting that folders have been around for 28 years since the Mac was introduced in 1984 and it took that long for a DVR to have folders.

    The only thing I miss from DTV is the Rotten Tomato ratings in the movie section. I also liked the cast and crew option, but these are minor issues.
     
  8. Marlin Guy

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    As of 5/10/2012, you can add automatic commercial skip for all programs recorded with PTAT (prime time any time).
     
  9. patmurphey

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    ??? VIP DVRs (622, 722, etc.) from Dish had folders.
     
  10. tcatdbs

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    My 722 ext HD has no folder options. If he's talking internal, then it should have folders.

     
  11. n-spring

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    I must say, I love this new feature. Worth the price of admission IMHO.
     
  12. patmurphey

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    I had all my EHD recordings on both a 722 and a 622 in folders by title???:D
     
  13. tcatdbs

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    OK, on mine as long as the title is the same, all titles wll go to one folder. But I can't create a new folder like "kids", and put various kids shows in it (like you can on the internal drive). On the ext drive, if I want all my music shows in "Music" I have to change the original title of say, "Rolling Stones..." to "Music", then I have no clue what the show really is. I just can't do on the ext what I can on the int.

     
  14. 3HaloODST

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    In the DVR menu, use the green button to select "My Folders" to see your custom folders.
     
  15. frogg

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    Been with D* since Primestar days, but after seeing H/J in action at my daughter's house, I am about ready to make the switch. I guess the main gripe I would have would be missing the cast/crew info, and if that was added to H/J, I'm on the phone ordering. H/J is light years ahead of D* HRs in every other way, and PQ is as good or better.
     
  16. frogg

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    Soooo...does anyone know if E* has plans to add cast & crew info to the Hopper?
     
  17. RasputinAXP

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    Some cast info is usually on there; top 2 or 3 stars at least. Never seen the crew. Really not something I'd use as a make or break thing.
     
  18. frogg

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    Not a dealbreaker, but nice to have. Leaning toward making the switch from D*.
     
  19. Marlin Guy

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    I used the feature a few times when on DirecTV, but I really don't miss it at all.
     
  20. frogg

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    It mainly comes in handy when watching an old movie, and the wife says,"What's that guy's name, and is he still alive?"
     

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