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Is Comcast the answer?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by madcratebuilder, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Cool Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    I have been reading the slow receiver issues here and on other forums for several months. I've had the same hr21-200 for about two years, works fine most of the time. I had slow issues at certain times of the day, but over all I could live with it.

    Five days ago with zero changes to anything A/V related the hr21 would lock up and not respond to any remote commands. I do the standard push the restart and find it now takes about 25 min to reboot. 30 min after reboot it locks up. This time I unplug at the outlet and again it's a 25 min reboot.

    Runs Ok for a hour, locks up. So I start checking on here and while I'm online the hr21 reboots itself. Runs 30-60 min and reboots itself. It does this four or five times and then on it's own, no input from me, it runs a scan disk. Finds and repairs 181 errors. Restarts and runs 2 hours and locks and reboots. This reboot goes on for two days.

    I've cleared nvram, followed all the tips on native mode and so on and so worth. I finally unplugged the unit and let it rest 12hrs. Yesterday AM I plugged it back in and it did the normal cold boot, maybe only 15 min this time. It appears to be working better. It is very slow on accepting commands from the remote and then slow completing these commands. It has reset itself one time in the past 24 hrs, instead of ever hour like it was.
    My non HD receiver runs great.

    Is it time to go with Comcast? Well D ever get the software ironed out?:confused:

    I've been a satisfied customer for years, but I'm getting tried of the resets and the lack of intelligent CS.
  2. NR4P

    NR4P Dad

    Jan 15, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Comcasts DVRs here in the SE are clumsy. Poor UI. And the monthly is higher than Directv.

    From your current description, it reads like the HD is failing. Considering the HR21 was introduced in 2007 (I think) your scan errors and lock up etc indicates a HD in early stages of failure.

    If you had an HR24, you'd be very pleased with the speed. H25's are even better but are non-DVRs.

    There isn't any CSR that can promise you and HR24! While they can promise but can't deliver. No matter what. Don't let them tell you otherwise. You can order a HR34 but while fast still some s/w nuances since its new. That's an HMC on the order form.

    If you want to stick with Directv and want a faster DVR, the HR24 from a retailer is your best bet and if you want 5 tuners and don't mind a s/w glitch or two, then the HR34 from Directv or online/retail are your choices.
  3. Mike Greer

    Mike Greer Hall Of Fame

    Jan 20, 2004
    Salt Lake...
    I would call and have them replace your DVR. If they say no raise hell until someone does replace it. Sounds like more trouble than the 'normal' bad-software troubles.

    The Comcast DVRs that I have used are pretty darn slow but they at least respond to the remote control consistently. They have small hard drives and are generally a pain to use... I guess I'd have to say Comcast is probably not the answer - at least when I had it. Maybe worth some comments from people in your area on how the DVRs are working today.

    DirecTV will no doubt improve the software from its current state of crapness but will they ever get it ironed out? Probably not... Since the release of the HR2X series they go in circles - I doubt that will change unless there is some kind of management shake-up at DirecTV.
  4. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    I second that recommendation. If you end up with a CSR that won't order a replacement I'd hang up, call back and say CANCEL when asked what you want. This gets you to customer renention, which can do more then the regular CSR's. Just give them the facts on what's been happening with your receiver, tell them that the regular CSR wouldn't replace it and while you would like to keep DIRECTV if this isn't resolved you might need to switch to Comcast.
  5. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

    Jun 29, 2006
    If Comcast is the answer, you're asking the wrong question! :sure:
  6. Xsabresx

    Xsabresx Icon

    Oct 8, 2007
    Certainly isnt the answer here. We dont have them as an option.
  7. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    If you go to Comcast, get a Tivo Premier or Elite as your DVR. If the speed of the premier is to slow for you in HD mode, you can toggle it back to SD GUI, and its fast.

    Another option would be to upgrade to a HR24 or HR34, if you dont mind another 2 yr commit. You can get them from Solid Signal and others.
  8. dcowboy7

    dcowboy7 Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2008
    Pequannock, NJ
    If comcast is the answer i have no idea what the question is.
  9. Richierich

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    I don't think Comcrap is The Answer to Any Question you might have!!! :lol:
  10. nickff

    nickff Legend

    Dec 8, 2007
    I would go without television of any kind before going back to ComCrap.
  11. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    You've got a dvr HDD most likely going bad, if you want to associate that with other issues thats fine, but all you need to do is call and get it replaced.
  12. RACJ2

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    I had very similar issues with one of my HR22's and it just kept getting worse. My other HR22 worked fine. I ran all the diagnostics test and then a "technical" csr had me run some of them again. It never showed anything wrong with the hard drive, but I'm rather certain that's what it was.

    CSR wouldn't swap it for a new one, but wanted to send a tech out for $60. Wasn't interested in that, so I went to retention and used it as an opportunity to get the HR34. Had an offer on line for a free HD DVR, so asked him about getting an HR34. He gave me the HR34 for free in exchange for turning in my HR22 and agreeing to another 2 yr commitment. I gladly did that and love the HR34.
  13. Richierich

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    Yes, call Retention Dept. as you probably have a Bad Hard Drive as your DVR is getting on in years and they can do things for you that the Regular CSR can't or won't do.
  14. fleckrj

    fleckrj Icon

    Sep 4, 2009
    Cary, NC
    If the question is why is CSNPhilly not on DirecTV, the answer is Comcast.

    If the question is why was Versus pulled from DirecTV from August 2009 until March 2010, the answer is Comcast.

    There are probably a few other questions where the answer is Comcast, but they all show the dark side of Comcast.

    SPACEMAKER Freethinker

    Dec 11, 2007
    Mason, MI
    Why not buy an HR24?

    And as a former Comcast sub I can safely state that they are not the answer. Stay away. Far away.
  16. Stewpidity

    Stewpidity Godfather

    Jan 25, 2008
    Just out of curiosity I called Comcast wow its expensive, i have internet/phone I wanted to see what it would cost to add 2 HD/DVR's(16.95 per box) and asked about HBO/Showtime, they have some one year $10 per month deal but after that they go to 15.99 each(all premiums are 15.99). After being at a house that has Comcast this past weekend the only plus with Comcast in there On demand, it is nice to just play something w/o having to download it
  17. cypherx

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    The Comcast DVR is garbage. What you get is going to be Russian roulette. You could end up with anything from 120GB to 320GB DVR. If you get "Anyroom DVR" you might get a 500GB DVR. Keep in mind cable delivers signals as MPEG2. So it takes twice as much space to save a program vs DirecTV's MPEG4 (in HD).

    If you have a Motorola based headend, the only feature you get over DirecTV is the ability to manage your series links, to do lists and priorities from the web. You can program DirecTV to record from the web (or app) but not manage the recordings - yet...

    You may get a few more basic HD channels with Comcast - even a CSN Sportsnet that DirecTV is not allowed to carry (if your in that region). However say goodbye to the extra HD screens of premiums (HBO, Max, Sho, Starz). Also the channel numbering is crazy. HD channels all over the place in strange numbered locations. Don't expect to type in a simple channel number (like 3) and see it in HD. You have to go WAY up in the dial to get it in HD. If you use their equipment you can get a convoluted "watch in HD" prompt... but guaranteed the wife and kids aren't going to hit the OK button to switch to the 3 or 4 HD digit channel number.

    The DVR software is horrible. Looks like a 4th grader designed it... and it's looked that way since 2001. Its terribly antiquated. Get a third party DVR setup if you must get Comcast. Windows Media Center with a cable card tuner or Tivo Premier XL4 (4 tuner). Tivo extenders are coming this summer to retail. Comcast is releasing an update so the Premier can tap into it's On Demand offerings.

    The price is expensive. May be reasonable the first year with promo deals, but watch the fine print. They also increase rates every year (like every other provider), but they seem to increase the largest percentage. If you have a lot of TV's to power, the set top boxes are expensive. If you can spend the initial investment costs for a third party DVR, the cable card fee is much cheaper than a full Comcast box. Keep in mind the Tivo fees though too (if you go that route).

    DirecTV knows about the sluggishness of these receivers. They are working to address that. The next software update will see a little bit of improvement. I think the software release after that will be a little faster as well. Maybe as it goes it will get quicker as the programmers get accustomed to the new HD UI code.
  18. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    Good post. Certainly agree with you to get your own Tivo if using Comcast. I get a $2.50 credit each month for having my own.

    Mpeg2 recording doesnt take up twice the space. A two hour recording in Mpeg4 at a bitrate of 13 takes about 7 GB on my system, and a Comcast mpeg2 recording takes about 10 GB.

    Here we get a LOT more basic HD channels, and for that matter, a LOT more channels in SD that DirecTv doesnt carry at all. The Encores, and channels from the HD Extra Pack are included in my basic subscription package.

    Our HD channels are set up exactly like DirecTv... 1000-1100 Locals, 1100-1200 News, 1200-1400 General Interest, etc. Makes it pretty easy. SD channels are still all below 1000.
  19. gfrang

    gfrang Hall Of Fame

    Aug 29, 2007
    Comcast is a bunch of thieving crooks,i have them for internet,when i switched to high speed internet 20 down,3 up they told me one thing and i am paying another and it keeps going up every month.

    I am getting ready to call the Mayor's office an find out why we can't get something else.

    Every time i call and complain they say i can get a better deal whit the triple play if i dump the dish,i just tell it is not going to happen.
  20. cypherx

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    Yeah I guess I did exaggerate much. Thanks! Still MPEG2 takes up a little more space. That can be a big difference if you store a lot of recordings on the hard drive.

    Thats nice... more organized than around here. Though I'd prefer it be the other way around 2-100 Locals in HD, 100-200 News in HD, 200-400 General Interest in HD... etc... then 1000+ the SD versions. After years of habit, its just more common to start at channel 2 and then channel surf from that point. If the HD's are in the 1000's, you'll never see them. I see a lot of woman, children and older folks get this wrong. I feel bad for them because they pay extra for HD equipment and they purchased a nice HDTV, but they are on the "wrong channel". At least with DirecTV you can hide SD Duplicates and there's no "dual line up" to remember. I don't think I would ever go back to cable unless this one fundamental flaw in the channel numbering scheme is corrected. I don't care how many more HD channels my cable provider offers. The wife won't ever put the right channel number on (or set the right channel to record for that matter). I'll take DirecTV's simplicity any day.

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