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HR21 -700 First Look: Collaboration Thread

Discussion in 'DIRECTV - HR21 Discussion (private)' started by Drew2k, Aug 8, 2007.

  1. tfederov

    tfederov Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    I'm with Koz on waiting for a firmware upgrade. There's a good chance the Media Share will have the new menu. If we were to talk Media Share now it would be using the older small menu.
  2. RobertE

    RobertE New Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    I'd like to second the motion that the first look be something other than plain text. A PDF with non-copyable text would be nice. It just bugs me to see the work thats done here get lifted and posted to other sites with no reference to here. :mad: All pics should have watermarks as well in an area that can't be cropped.
  3. Capmeister

    Capmeister Large Hairless ApeCutting Edge: ECHELON '08

    Sep 16, 2003
    :( I want an HR21 for my bedroom (where the OTA antenna doesn't reach)

  4. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    I had several posts and photos in them to do my version of a first look. Since then, there has been valuable added data that you and others have contributed.

    I believe the first look should be assembled form all this content as best we can do, and then save as a PDF to go with a new "First Look announcement as the first post itself.

    I'm in the midst of a "6-week travel extravaganza" for work but would be glad to contribute any way I can. Drew - perhaps we can PM each other and create something that we can bounce back and forth with edits? That would make it a collaborative effort.

    I can start something and send it to you....will that work?
  5. say-what

    say-what Active Member

    Dec 14, 2006
    New Orleans
    Well, if the HR21 goes public before the firmware update, you need to say something.

    I think it's safe to state that the HR21 evaluation units shipped with firmware version 0x168 and that "media share" functioned on those units as it did on the HR20-700 model when it was running 0x168. This version uses the mini menu interface which limits browsing your media. Performance of the HR21 using the 0x168 version of media share was on par or better than the performance reported for the HR20. Based on these experiences, we anticipate that Media Share will continue to perform on par or better than the HR20 as the firmware for the HR21 is updated.

    I'd also suggest combining sections 5 & 6 as functionality and interactive functions are the same (i.e., the unit doesn't offer different features in these areas). After reviewing the issue threads for the CE and NR versions of 0x168 on the HR20, our problems pretty much mirror the HR20's, although the info button lock up and BSOD is definitely more common on the HR21. I'd attribute this to issues in porting the HR20 firmware to the HR21 which uses different hardware and chip sets.
  6. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    Patience, patience my friend.
  7. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Drew - I sent you a PM on drafting a First Look document.
  8. Smuuth

    Smuuth Well-Known Member

    Oct 4, 2005
    Drew2k and hdtvfan0001: It looks to me like you have pretty much all the information for a first look in this thread, but if there is anything I can do to help pull it together, please PM me.
  9. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    We'll take you up if we need to do so. Thanks for the offer.

    Much of the work revolve around consistently organizing the content, some edit and cleanup content work, assembling the right photos, and then putting humpty dumpty together into a final readable format (and PDF).
  10. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    One question I'm interested in that others may ask is does this Broadcom chipset provide any smoother MPEG-4 trickplay than the HR20 series chipset? /steve
  11. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    That would probably not be part of a First Look, rather, a separate thread that might be started for hardware-related questions on the HR21.
  12. mhayes70

    mhayes70 New Member

    Mar 21, 2006
    Same here.
  13. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Thanks for the offer. I have a first draft done, but am waiting to hear from Drew2K....

    What we may do is once a "final draft" version is done, we may PM it to a small group for a "second opinion" before PDFing it and publishing in a new thread. Needless to say, Earl will be one of those consulted as well as a couple of others.
  14. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    Just don't ask Earl to spell check it for you. ;-)
  15. houskamp

    houskamp Active Member

    Sep 14, 2006
    or HDTVsportsfan :lol: *slap*
  16. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Ooooo....I bet that'll cost you somehow. :lol:

    Not to worry, we'll have things covered. :)
  17. HDTVsportsfan

    HDTVsportsfan Active Member

    Nov 29, 2005

    I heard that. *cutting eyes*
  18. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Well...I've got a first draft done but haven't heard back from Drew2K since I PM'ed him 2 1/2 days ago....maybe on vacation or something.

    If I don't hear back in another day, maybe I can collaberate with another volunteer - I'll keep everyone posted.

    In the mean time, I'll keep fine tuning this document. Once we get a draft done and review it - we plan to save it in PDF format and include it as an attachment in the first post of a new thread. :)

    UPDATE: the draft is under review....more as news arrives....
  19. Drew2k

    Drew2k New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    Hi all ... I just PM'd hdtvfan to apologize for being AWOL the last couple of days.

    I've been working until extremely late for the last couple of days with a contractor trying to beat some deadlines, and I'm just trying to catch up again here...
  20. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    Welcome back, buddy, I was wondering where you'd been.

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