HR20 Wish List Survey

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  1. Doug Brott

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    I can't speak for anyone else, but in my situation, I is very likely that I will ever need 50 SLs. As a result, it doesn't bother me in the least that there is an artificial limit. In my case, Infinity is less than 50. I have 2 HR20s which, by itself, helps to minimize this issue. Secondly, one of the units has 12 Series Links, and the other unit has 17 Series Links. Even if I combined them, I wouldn't expect to get over 40, but since they aren't combined, I don't expect to get over 20.

    My pet peeve item is getting very little play also. I'd love to have the option to disable the screen saver if I so choose - even if they want show a legal jargon screen saying it might hurt your screen. The Screen Saver comes on when we play the music channels and I'd like to be able to just look up and see who's playing a certain song. As it is, I have to leave what I'm doing (usually talking with a small group) and find the remote reactivate the screen and then wait for the song information to appear. Yes, no biggie, but annoying. Seems there's not many folks that share my sentiment, though.
     
  2. mtnagel

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    Well I just hope that D* doesn't think that because it's low that it means that no one wants it so they shouldn't even look at them. I mean, for some, they should be very easy to do (though I am not a programmer), like your option for the screensaver. Although, I can understand the need to balance simplicity for "normal" users with having many options for "power" users that may confuse the "normal" users.

    With my prioritizer limit, if you hit it, you will be annoyed. But for others, you'll never even know if there is no limit (or if there is a limit), so why not have no limit? I see no negative to having no limit (unless there really is some memory or processor limitation that would limit the usability of the unit with more than 50 SL's; jeez, I hope not).

    I do believe I've seen here that the R15 has the limit too, so I'm sure I'm just wasting my time, but maybe there is some hardware limitation on that one that maybe isn't in the HR20.
     
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    Unfortunately, I cannot answer this question. Clearly you should vote higher for this item. In the past, I have ranked this higher as well because that I thought it was important to some folks. More recently, I have lowered my ranking because there are other things that are much more important to me. The good news is that this is the beauty of the data collection method that I am using. It allows everyone to voice their opinion, even if it changes.

    Thanks for taking the time to shed more light on the items that are important to you. The more advocacy a particular feature request receives, the more likely it is to be implemented.
     
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    I also posted a thread in the main HR20 section, so hopefully I get some response there.

    Maybe my HR20 is just telling me to stop watching so much tv :D
     
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    I would actually never have 50 in a single season either. My issue is that canceled shows count toward that 50 and I can't get rid of them since there are no episodes available to edit. So over seasons, yes, I am going to hit it.
     
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    OK, that one is easy. Go to the Prioritizer and move to the item that is canceled, then hit DASH-DASH (the dash key twice). Careful to not do it too quickly as you may delete TWO items instead of one.

    Check out Craig's Tips & Tricks thread for some very helpful information.
     
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    Now that we have OTA capability, here's a needed feature in that area:

    Add the ability to bypass the EPG-driven tuning system when necessary and directly tune OTA channels via PSIP or, even better, by direct entry of the actual, physical UHF frequency and sub-channel.

    A lot of people all over the country are going through OTA hell right now because of errors in the OTA channel mapping coming from Tribune Media Service to the DTV guide. Many of these errors make it totally impossible to tune a perfectly good, functioning OTA station with the HR20 until the error is corrected (often a matter of weeks.)

    As long as humans make mistakes, these problems are going to keep cropping up. Consider the total number of OTA channels and sub-channel assignments around the country and how often they change. DTV is dependent on two layers of outside parties they can't control: all the TV stations (with all sorts of different PSIP encoding gear and procedures) and TMS. The only way to insure your ability to always view your OTA channels is to give the viewer the option to go manual when there's bad data in the EPG system that involves his local OTA channels.

    (There's another thread in this forum that is tracking this problem in depth.)
     
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    auto scan OTA.
     
  9. HDSeeker

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    I agree, make the screen saver an option.
    I have an LCD, and do not need a screen saver.
    It is a pain in the butt.
     
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    Hope this is the correct thread as I have posted elsewhere as well but thought it was worth throwing out there:

    If anyone has had UltimateTV there is a tiny but useful feature that displays the word 'Live' on the top right corner of the screen when you catch up to the program you are watching.

    I often times will hit FF or commercial skip multiple times and not realize that I am 'live' (or caught up to the live programming) until I've hit the button more than twice.

    Again, this doesn't seem like a huge implementation issue but it is very useful - especially during sport events when you are switching back and forth between 2 recordings and buffering yourself

    All of your UTV'ers out there know what I mean!

    Cheers

    Jay
     
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    I would love to have auto scan. If this were not a DVR, it would be easy. The problem is with the Guide. Say you scan tonight and get a number of off-market channels. How will the Guide locate them? Tomorrow during the day they may be gone again. What happens with the Autorecords on those channels?

    - Craig
     
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    I understand that other groups might understand the terminology "negative padding." My issue with the current (even revised recently) wording is that for the typical newbie like me, it sounds like the existing feature of being able to start/stop a Rec. Once.../Rec. Series... (formerly Series Link) program On-Time or x-minutes before/after scheduled time.

    If you want to keep the terminology of Negative Padding instead of my suggested Auto Rounding, then I guess I would suggest the wording change of:

    Negative Padding - Allow "Rec. Series" the ability to automatically adjust a recording (start late/end early) by a user definable number of minutes
     
  13. Jan 3, 2007 #513 of 700
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    I totally agree with you. I think the 50 limit is currently one of the biggest problems with the HR20 (beside the fact that shows don't record correctly, and the overall system crashes). I typically have 60-70 season passes on my main DirecTV Tivo (I have 4 DirecTV Tivo's, 1 HR20, and 1 H20).

    I only record first run shows and keep season passes/series links year round. At any one time I have dozens of season passes that don't have anything scheduled to record. At any one time, only 20 or so that are actually recording shows.

    Currently with this limit, I have to keep dumping series link shows and re-adding when they become active again. It is getting old, so I have delayed dumping my DirecTV Tivo. I am finding myself going back to the Tivo more and more.

    In general, I am finding it difficult to choose between HR20 with High Def and my Tivo with Std. Def. With the limited number of HD channels, not having to play around with prioritizer every week, loosing HD is sounding more and more attractive.

    Wouldn't it just be perfect to find out that 50 is just some arbitrary number a programmer picked .... how difficult could it be to change the limit to at least the max two digit number of 99?
     
  14. Jan 4, 2007 #514 of 700
    richlife

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    Would someone explain what this Wish List item means? thanks
    "HD programs with DD+, and the ability to pass decoded DD+ stream in LPCM over HDMI"
     
  15. Jan 4, 2007 #515 of 700
    richlife

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    Numerous items in the Wish List Results show a dot-in-diamond which means unlikely to be provided do to technical, usability or legal reasons. Who provided that information or decided on that disignation? Some of these look very arbitrary and seem questionable that they are true.

    thanks -- maybe this was identified before but I'd just like to know if some of these are truly out to lunch.
     
  16. Jan 4, 2007 #516 of 700
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    Ok, Doug. I really, really, really would like a Confirm Delete. This is why.
    1 - I said a restore Delete is overkill. Why? Because if you want to restore, they will have to keep the content on the disk (ala Recycle Bin) thus further eliminating space on an already crowded drive. For the few who will add another drive, this may not matter, but for the majority this is a real issue -- espeically during playoffs etc. Confirm Delete helps remove the need for Restore.

    2 - Dash Dash is great -- but many have said it can lead to accidental deletions -- I've certainly done it. Also, it's TOO easy (but I like it) so I want to be able to stop.

    3 - As far as I know there is no way to delete other than Dash Dash or the tedious menu selections. No need to be, but Dash Dash needs the Confirm.
     
  17. Jan 4, 2007 #517 of 700
    Doug Brott

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    Your guess is as good as mine. This is one of the original items from the Word Document noted in this post which was the basis of the original HR20 Wish List Design. The list has evolved a bit since that point in time and maybe it makes sense to just remove this line. I, too, have found myself wonder what the heck does that mean. Unless there is objection, I will remove it from the list tomorrow.
     
  18. Jan 4, 2007 #518 of 700
    Doug Brott

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    OK, I'll add this item back since it was removed out of protocol. I'm sure that this will be to the chagrin of some folks, but we'll just let the vote be heard.

    The current wording is:

    A confirm delete after hitting DASH-DASH..

    Should the wording be adjusted?
    Should I start from scratch (new entry) or maintain the 477 previous responses?
     
  19. Jan 4, 2007 #519 of 700
    Doug Brott

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    I guess, the bottom line is that I made the decision.

    Here is some historical data:
    Some helpful information
    Some more helpful information
    Initial thought
    Request for feedback

    I received very little feedback on my initial decision (basically, none), so I assumed that my choices were correct. If there are corrections or changes that you think should be made to either the "unlikely to be implemented" [​IMG] or the category placement of any of the items, then let me know. I may have made a mistake.
     
  20. Jan 4, 2007 #520 of 700
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    Why was "true 30-second skip" removed from the list on Nov 17? The so-called "slip" is not a true 30-second skip. If people are still requesting it, then it is still a "wish", and, as such, should remain on the list.
     
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