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How slow is slow?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by mongo, Apr 29, 2004.

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  1. mongo

    mongo Mentor

    Jan 21, 2004
    I am a current Echostar customer (Dishplayer receivers) wanting to switch to DirecTV. I plan to get the HDTivo, but I keep reading that the grid format guide is slow. How slow is slow? Are we talking 2 seconds to bring it up or 10 seconds? Are we talking 1 second to scroll or 5 seconds?

    I know that many people do not use the grid guide, but I am still interested in how it performs.

  2. Phil T

    Phil T Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Mar 25, 2002
    After having a Dishplayer for many years and switching to the DirecTIVO I would say the guide access times are about the same. At times the Dishplayer guide would be slow to scroll through. I would say 1 to 3 seconds would best describe it for the DirecTV style guide. I much prefer the TIVO style guide over the DirecTV guide. (you can choose between the two) I do not have the HD DirecTIVO, but initial reports over at tivocommunity indicated the guide responce is about the same as the regular DirecTIVO.
  3. dswallow

    dswallow Godfather

    Mar 31, 2003
    There is also a rumor the DirecTV grid guide speed is being improved pretty soon.

    It's not unbearably slow -- a couple seconds. What happens is it populated the displayed grid "slowly" so you see shows pop up in different places as ti displays. It doesn't really affect your ability to scroll through it fast, but when you stop scrolling to see something you've usually got a couple seconds of waiting while it fills everything in. Sometimes it's pretty quick about it, other times, it seems to pause for half a second here and there before something new pops up to display.

    You really don't use the guide as much as on a regular receiver because you've generally got all the programs of interest set up to record for you anyway.
  4. Orcatek

    Orcatek Legend

    May 1, 2003
    A couple of seconds sound slow to me, my guides are instant, no waiting -

    Scroll quickly thru the guide, stop and the data is there no waiting. A couple of seconds is a deal killer to me.
  5. hongcho

    hongcho AllStar

    Mar 25, 2004
    Grid guide is slow. I abandoned it and am using List/TiVo guide. This one is bearable. :)

  6. Lee L

    Lee L Hall Of Fame

    Aug 15, 2002
    From the video I saw, the speed looks similar to the dishplayer but different. In my DP's the guide will freeze up and stop scrolling for a few seconds, then all of the sudden, jump to the right line. For the DirecTiVo, you just see the individual boxes coming up but the speed from point a to point b seems similar.

    At any rate, I'll let you know next week when my HR10-250 gets here and I activate it and my other TiVo's. ;) I'm converting from DishPlayers and a 6000. Hopefully things will be better overall.
  7. RichP

    RichP Mentor

    Sep 5, 2003
    You can't be serious. I've had a Dishplayer and then a 508 and the DirecTivo guide speed is fine. Is it slow, yes. Unbearable, no. Go to Circuit City and check it out for yourself, they generally have a DirecTivo up and running.

    I'll never understand people depriving themselves just because they're nitpicky and/or anal retentive. Life is too short!
  8. jpoklop

    jpoklop AllStar

    Jan 20, 2004
    I recently switched from Dish to Direct. The primary guide is noticably slower, but the Tivo style guide is fine.
  9. May 2, 2004 #9 of 13

    SParker Active Member

    Apr 27, 2002
    Guide speed is a little slow but well worth it having the TiVo capabilities!
  10. scottchez

    scottchez Icon

    Feb 4, 2003
    tHE Tivo Guide mode is super fast.

    The Direct TV guide mode is too slow it use.

    If they could just make it the same is whats on the standard RCA Direct TV recevier. That is the fast and best guide in the USA. Dish does not come close to it.

    Compared to the Dish 501 and 4800 guides. The Tivo in Direct TV guide mode is not usable to me. The Tivo Mode guide is OK but you cant see what on next unless you move over each channel.

    I hope they fix the Direct TV guide soon.

    The Tivo is still worth it.

    My DIsh DVR 501 and 510 would crash weekly. The Tivo has never had a problem in 2 months. I never reboot them, there on UPSs.
    The OS is solid. Well worth it.

    Besides, some can read that fast anyway so a slow guide to some may be a good thing
  11. dswallow

    dswallow Godfather

    Mar 31, 2003
    It's only slow in populating the programs in the guide display; you can page through quickly. It doesn't have to finish drawing before you move to the next page of channels or to the next block of time.
  12. Lee L

    Lee L Hall Of Fame

    Aug 15, 2002
    Well, both my TiVo's are up and running and the DirecTv style guide does not seem too slow compared to the DishPlayers. Sure, it could be faster but it works OK for me.
  13. tds4182

    tds4182 Legend

    Jul 17, 2003
    If a couple of seconds is a "deal killer" to you I hope I'm never next to you at a traffic light or standing in line at the DMV.

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