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Ideal Settings for H24 DVR & H25 Receivers

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by DKNY330, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. DKNY330

    DKNY330 Cool Member

    Sep 4, 2011
    Less than 24 hours into having my Direct TV and looking for some recommendations for best video and other settings on my H24-500 DVR and H25 Receivers. For example under video, do I leave all formats checked (480,720, etc) or just leave 1080i and 1080p?

    Also, my H25 is not connecting to the Whole Home DVR and when I change the channel has a bar on top that says TV Mail, Info, etc - how do I correct the Whole Home DVR issue and get rid of that bar? Thanks!
  2. mcbeevee

    mcbeevee 97% Complete

    Sep 18, 2006
    You can't get rid of the informational banner (bar), but you can set how long it displays by going to Parental, Fav's & Setup / System Setup / Display / Preferences / Banner Time. Choices are 4/6/8 seconds. You can always press the Exit button to hide the banner if you don't wan't to wait 4 seconds.

    What is the Status of Whole-Home (System Setup / Whole-Home / Status) on the H25? Did you name the H25 location and set the HR24 dvr to allow access to External and Recordings and Share Playlist?

  3. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    These really depend on what you like.
    Native "on" and selecting all the resolutions your TV supports, means the receiver output the signal [resolution] the program is to your TV, which then scales it to fit your display.
    This can take slightly longer for channel changing, but "may" give a better picture.

    Some go the other way, with native "off" and select the resolution of their TV.
    With these settings, the receiver scales everything before sending to the TV.
    This can make channel changing slightly quicker, and "may not" look any worse than doing it the other [above] way.

    I actually use both, where my Sony does look better in native, while my Vizio doesn't, so it's set to the resolution of the Vizio, with native off.
  4. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    I've got one 1080p set on "Native On" and the other one on "Native Off" and I'm trying to decide which one I like better. Still can't decide, but I really don't see a whole lot of difference since I only watch HD programs. Now that I think about it, that's probably why I had so much trouble getting the "Dr. Who" episode that was "On Demand" to show up in 4:3 as it should have. I tried that on the set that is set for "Native Off".

  5. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    I doubt anyone will see a change for HD.
    SD is where one might as the "scaling factor" is so much more [almost 8:1].

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