HR2x Wish List, V3

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Steve, Aug 6, 2007.

  1. Syzygy

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    Agreed. But D* assigns the very highest priority to FEATURES that can be presented as bullet points in ads. Second priority, I think, is assigned to cosmetic updates. You'll find most Wishlist items and all bug fixes way, way back in their priority list. (Marketing people are in firm control.)

    Is that POSses or POS's ?? ;) Or P's o S?
     
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    The HR20 probably isn't a very beefy hardware platform(?), but it does have a hard drive and a network connection. Why not take advantage of that and enable streamed-from-internet content?

    1. Movie streaming from NetFlix, Amazon.com, ...
    2. Video streaming from Hulu, YouTube, Google Video, ...
    3. Music streaming from Pandora, Slacker radio, last.fm, ...

    Right now I do some of this on my XBox 360, but it's not as "wife-friendly" as the HR20.

    Obviously, this would require deals with the streamed content providers... but I suspect that DTV could work out a deal with them that was mutually beneficial. I for one would be willing to pay a marginal (<$10) monthly fee for these services.
     
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    Steve

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    You can get most of those now by accessing a Playon media server running on a PC on your home network. A discussion on doing this may be found here.

     
  4. Coffey77

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    Hey Steve!

    Good to see you are still keeping up on this. This probably has already been submitted, but I don't have the time to run through all the past great ideas to find it, so forgive me if this is a repeat...

    As I noticed my recording did not work because of a lack of signal from a snow storm I was thinking... Has it been suggested that the software for the receivers be capable of defaulting to the OTA version of the channel that "should" be recording. I'll try to explain a bit better.

    My recording of Bones (Chicago 32) didn't take because of the snow storm afore mentioned. But, I do have OTA channel 32.1 ready to go. So, if the software was written to "see" that there was no signal through the Dish via the DIRECTV network, it could quickly default over to the OTA and start up the recording there.

    Make sense? :)

    Thanks much!
    Andy
     
  5. Steve

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    I hear ya, Andy. I sometimes schedule the same show OTA and SAT for "insurance" purposes. Sounds like you're suggesting something akin to "game search" when there's no sat signal? Curious to see how others feel about this.

    Also makes me curious what % of the user base is OTA-connected?
     
  6. dbronstein

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    This might be a dumb question, but why not just set the recording to use the OTA channel in the first place?
     
  7. Steve

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    Good point. OTA recordings take up about 20% more disk space than their MPEG-4 equivalents, but in this age of cheap HD's, shouldn't really be an issue.
     
  8. Coffey77

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    Understandable and that's what I had it set for previously. Steve answered part of the question as far as space goes.

    The other part is that I am on the fringe of OTA for some channels so I don't always get as strong of a signal as I do with DIRECTV. It will occasionally skip and digitize on me so I'm safer with the DIRECTV signal. It's nothing major, just an idea. :)
     
  9. Coffey77

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    Another good point Steve. I know they added the OTA box for the HR20 because of that very same point. Not many people use OTA. I guess I was just hoping it was a quick and easy software write-in. ;)
     
  10. Syzygy

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    That's probably a typo, yes? As almost all of us know, they added internal 2-tuner OTA capability to the HR20 (only); they provided an auxiliary OTA box that can be added to the other boxes that succeeded the HR20.
     
  11. Steve

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    I think I found a work-around that might help. I was switching some "first-run" series links around today, from SAT to OTA, and I noticed that if they were both in the SERIES MANAGER at the same time, the higher priority SL would show a (1) and the lower priority SL would show a (0). Looks like the scheduler is smart enough to know not to record the same episode twice, even if one is on a "-1" channel.

    That got me to thinking. If you schedule your important recordings twice, one SAT and one OTA, and there's no SAT signal at the time the recording is scheduled to start, the HR may currently drop down to the next recording in the SERIES manager (the OTA) and choose to record it automatically.

    You can probably simulate this by setting up two recordings like that and pulling the SAT cable about a minute before the recording should start, to see if it picks up the OTA instead.

    And if it does work, you may be able to use AUTORECORDS instead of SL's so you don't use up two SERIES MANAGER slots for each show. So for The Mentalist on my CBS channel 2, I might set up an autorecord as follows: mentalist CCHAN 2 2-1

    All this is completely untested and just a theory, but if you have the time... :)
     
  12. gully_foyle

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    New wish:

    The new search format prompts the following:

    In a search that returns PPV items, the individual PPV showings should be excluded from the main search results, and instead a separate "Also on PPV" notification, folder or some such should take their place, in a way that allows the PPV showings to be explored if desired. Failing that, simply sort them last.

    While it may be possible to use boolean searches to exclude PPV, most users have no idea how to do that and never will.
     
  13. gully_foyle

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    Related wish:

    Ability to block DNS stations from search results, using the same function as the porn block. If you have HD locals, DNS stations are just clutter in the results.
     
  14. shmengie

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    the background: i just recently found out, from a posting here, that south park not only is in hd, but apparently has been for a little while. well, i've been watching it in sd because when i set up my season pass, southpark was still only in sd.

    the solution: when a program changes over to hd (besides southpark, the daily show and colbert recently changed over), there should be a popup at least alerting you that you are not recording the hd version. ideally, the popup would ask if you would like to automatically update your season pass (yeah, i know. fine. series manager) to record the hd version and fix your settings accordingly.

    like, amc is going hd soon, and i would love to have my breaking bad and mad men season passes record the hd versions automatically. or, at least, i'd like to get alerted.

    ta da!
     
  15. Syzygy

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    Marketing people are in complete control at D*, and they'd like to jam PPV and VOD down your throat if they could; failing that, they want to make it as hard as they can to skip over the stuff they're selling.

    So, no, they don't care to honor your (and my) wish. They don't have to care. <Insert a Lily Tomlin snort here>
     
  16. psweig

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    I've been snarling about this since 2006. I now`use :"AALL HORROR NNOT PPV VOD" :D
     
  17. anleva

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    Not sure if this has been covered or not.

    I'd like to be able to add or remove a channel from the current favorites list, as quickly and easily as possible. Perhaps via one of the current colored buttons. For example, hit yellow and then up pops the menu with an option to add channel to current favorites list or to remove channel from current favorites list. This would allow you to do more on-the-fly tweaking of your favorites lists.
     
  18. Steve

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    +1. This would be very convenient, IMHO.

    A YELLOW option would work. Or maybe when you hit UP ARROW, pressing YELLOW or BLUE could be an express option to add/remove the channel from one of your FAV lists.
     
  19. inkahauts

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    How about when you have the channel highlighted in the guide, (all the way on the left, not an actual program) that if you hit the blue button it removes a channel from the current favorite list...

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    pops you into the edit channels in your favorite list and starts at the channel you where on while in the guide.
     
  20. Steve

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    That would work too! I like the idea of knowing what's on the channel I'm adding or deleting to/from FAV's, so either being tuned to the channel or seeing the GUIDE listing description works for me.
     

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