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How many of you with Directv think Dish is getting better than Directv

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by mkdtv21, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. Jaspear

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    Every prime time program on every big four network station in HD in your market. That's not extremely limited if you watch a lot of broadcast network prime time TV. The time frame is unlimited after 1 AM each night if you save programs to your list. Could very well be a feature worth buying in for.
     
  2. dcowboy7

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    It doesnt work on LIVE show though so it isnt every.

    So no american idol, the voice, sunday night football etc.
     
  3. Jaspear

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    I've used auto-hop for two nights and watched four programs with it turned on. I didn't realize how convenient it would be until I used it. No grabbing the remote and jumping four or five times, seeing and listening to bits of audio and video as I went and then often jumping back and forth at the end of the break looking for beginning of the program content. It just....happens. My concentration isn't interrupted and the program flows. Just like with PVRs, once you use it, you'll want it.
     
  4. Jaspear

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    True dat. ;)
     
  5. sigma1914

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    As someone who watches TV shows via Netflix & occasionally torrents, I'm fully aware of what it's like. IMO, it's no big deal. It's not bad or negative - it's just no big "OMG I want that!"

    As I've said before, I like and want PTAT.
     
  6. lparsons21

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    And with live shows you can't skip commercials with any box. What is your point?
     
  7. texasmoose

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    Apart from the ability to archive shows on ext drive & then plug into any other dvr on account, nothing interests me from Dish............especially the HD LITE!
     
  8. dcowboy7

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    On a live show the 1 button skip wont work when watching the next day even....a prerecorded show it would.
     
  9. lparsons21

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    Uh, yes one-button skip does work on any recorded show including shows that were live when recorded, but not on any live show during the live showing.

    That is true for all D* and E* DVRs.
     
  10. tonyd79

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    Still limited. You have to dedicate to the prime time recording block, which takes up a lot of tuners.

    Plus, I watch most shows the same night, just collapsing time for commercials.

    Not worth buying in for just to not press a remote button a few times.
     
  11. lparsons21

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    Have you actually seen it, or just going by specs and comments here?

    For me and my eyes and plasma TV, the differences are miniscule at worst and barely noticeable. And that comment is shared by very many other posters on this forum that have said the very same thing.
     
  12. tonyd79

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    Bingo. People act like no one knows what it is like to watch a show sans commercials. Netflix, amazon, DVDs. It is not that big a deal.

    Like I said, nice feature but not a big selling point.
     
  13. RACJ2

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    Lets be honest, there are some here that remember the day when you had to walk up to the TV and spin the knob just to change the channel. And when you had 4 or 5 channels to choose from, in black and white. And record a program, impossible. My dad told me about those days! ;)

    On the ability to automatically skip commercials, nice feature. I would like to have it, if it works properly. Not being lazy, its just more efficient. Not sure what the content providers think of this. Especially if they expand it to work on all channels.
     
  14. dcowboy7

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    That doesnt make sense ?

    "Dish said that the feature will work for "most" programs, also noting that the Auto Hop capability would not work on live broadcasts."

    Why would they make live shows an exception in their comments then ?
     
  15. HobbyTalk

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    How can you skip a commercial on a show (or any part of programming) that you are watching live when the programming has not even been broadcast yet? You can't fast forward to a place that has not even been put on the airways yet. Why do they say "most"? I would guess for that rare case where it doesn't work.... if they said "all" then people would bitch when that rare case does happen.
     
  16. dcowboy7

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    We know you cant time travel forward in real time on live or precorded shows but my point is why do they single out live shows ?

    So youre saying if i watch american idol 2 days after it was on the 1 button skip will work ?
     
  17. James Long

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    It will not work on shows watched live ... or before 1am on the day after airing. After 1am nationally broadcast shows from the night before have the skip included (American Idol, The Voice, etc.).

    It does not work on non-national broadcasts ... for example the programs your Fox affiliate plays at 10pm ET (in my market, the news).

    Yes. Anytime after 1am on the day after the show.
     
  18. TBoneit

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    The Prime time any time uses one tuner to record the big four networks. I wish I had the time to watch all shows the same night. However I can manage at best 2 hours of show(s).

    The best feature of the Hopper with PTAT is not the ability to auto skip commercials. It is the never miss any network show. Thus when someone says did you watch the new show on xxx last night. You don't have to say I missed it. Plus no matter if all four networks are showing something you don't want to miss and also record something on USA and SciFi.

    DirecTV could record all four of the big four networks too for 8 days duration. All they'd have to do is have a big enough dedicated partition to hold 3 hours of four networks for 8 days. Then shuffle the networks around to ensure that all four were on the same transponder.

    I don't think the D* hardware can handle it to be honest, unlike E* who it appears builds their equipment with reserve speed and memory, D* seems to spec it be just enough for the present time. MY theory of why the Slowdown as they add (Unneeded) features.

    Want to take a bet if that will ever happen? MY guess is that is why the Hopper has only three tuners. The hard drive becomes a limiting factor when it has to record the equivalent of 6 channels and be able to stream four more previously recorded shows.

    So what happens people get two hoppers for 6 tuners & 4 Gb of drive space?

    That lets them record all four networks plus 5 other shows at once.
     
  19. MysteryMan

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    That's a pity, seeing how they're fallen angels. :sure:
     
  20. Marlin Guy

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    My remark was that mine had been 99.9% flawless. I can only convey my only experiences, as can you.

    Hardly a fanboy. I have listed both pros and cons about the Hopper system.
    See http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?p=3013829#post3013829
     

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