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Is Comcast the answer?

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

  1. Newshawk

    Newshawk Hall Of Fame

    Sep 3, 2004
    Have you tried a system test of your HR-21? If you get a diagnostic code of 14, 15 or 21, then your hard drive is dead or dying and your HR21 will be replaced.
  2. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    This isn't the case with DIRECTV?
  3. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Connecting your HR to the Internet may accomplish this goal as well and it may allow you to avoid having to browbeat a CSR into submission.
  4. APB101

    APB101 Icon

    Sep 1, 2010
    This is what I'm thinking. DirecTV is good at retaining subscribers and I'd figure it would not be a pain in the a** … especially with a bad receiver. But, it will probably trigger another two-year agreement.
  5. archer75

    archer75 Godfather

    Oct 13, 2006
    Comcast is horrible. If you need a switch go to Dish, they are pretty damn great IMO. Or FIOS if it's in your area. But never comcast.
  6. APB101

    APB101 Icon

    Sep 1, 2010
    I figure it went like this: In the late-1990s/early-2000s Comcast got its act together on SD digital programming. The suites of Discovery, MTV, A&E, you name it. Then, in the last couple years of the decade, Comcast did not prepare for the launchings of high-definition programming. So, it put the likes of A&E HD, Fox Sports HD, Comedy Central HD, HBO HD, MTV HD anywhere. And, a number years later, it is still a mess.

    I wonder if it would cost Comcast too much to have a setup like DirecTV and Dish Network. Where it could assign the SDs and HDs of, say, USA Network to the same number.
  7. btk89

    btk89 Cool Member

    Oct 8, 2011
    It's NEVER time to switch to Comcast. We had it for years and directv is Sooo much better!
  8. doctrsnoop

    doctrsnoop Godfather

    Nov 20, 2007
    The answer to the question "Whose default boxes make DirecTV's boxes look lightning fast?" would be Comcast. Comcast is tolerable with Tivo boxes with cablecards, though there is a Tivo fee in addition to the Comcast fee. I agree that you just need to get a new box, whatever it takes.
  9. cypherx

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    Yeah I dunno. The ONLY cable provider I've seen auto-map HD channels is Cablevision. http://optimum.com/hd_lineup.jsp

    The others either you have to know where to go to get the HD, or they put some stupid button you have to click on. 9 times out of 10 the uneducated don't even push OK on that "Watch in HD" button.

    DirecTV FTW!
  10. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    I dont know, I hide all the SD channels that have HD copies, and I always start at 1000 when I channel surf. That is on a Tivo though. I havent ever used a Comcast DVR. I did have a Comcast HD cablebox though, and if you selected the SD channel which has an HD counterpart, the box did pop up a message saying "Hit SELECT to tune to the HD version, Exit to watch the SD version" or something to that effect. DirecTvs method is more elegant than either Tivo or Comcast.
  11. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    some areas are real bad and back in the day then they moved some channels from analog to digital they had to give them new numbers.

    Also you had cases where a channel had a both a analog and a digital number.

    Also digital started back when it was still TCI or AT&T cable.
  12. ajc68

    ajc68 Icon

    Jan 23, 2008
    How come there are no recommendations the new Tivo DVR? It seemed all we heard for years was how badly D* needed to get back with Tivo, and now it seems that nobody cares that they have. I haven't really heard anything (pro or con) since they hit the market. Does anyone have one? Do they like it? Are they suffering the same issues as the D* DVR's?

    Btw, Comcast is NEVER the answer...
  13. Mike Greer

    Mike Greer Hall Of Fame

    Jan 20, 2004
    Salt Lake...
    I think the problem is that the Tivo is essentially the HD Tivo from the old days that does MPEG4. No MRV is a deal breaker for many/most I would think.

    I know someone has one but not many - check the DIRECTV DVR with TiVo Discussion discussion here: Tivo

    Last I read through there it didn't suffer from unexplained lunch breaks/dropping remote command and general pain-in-the-butt use the HR22 suffers from. And the hardware is supposedly the same as the HR22...
  14. jtbell

    jtbell AllStar

    Nov 24, 2008
    I once read the following quote about Comcast:

    That about sums up my experience and views on them. Work with D* to get another DVR, even if it means threatening to leave and getting retention to help.
  15. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Cool Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Thanks to all for reminding me about Comcast and the problems of cable TV. I am fuming over the Comcast internet bill, a 28% this month and no increase in service. I've looked into over service but I use to much bandwidth. I understand prices well always go up, I just wish my retirement income when up with it.

    After I made this post two weeks ago my hr21 started working much better. I removed all recorded programing and all scheduled programs. The hr21 ran OK, abit slow but acceptable. Thinking it may be the hard drive I installed a new 3TB external drive. It ran the same. It has been running OK for two weeks now.

    This morning I find the hr21 is locked. I reboot and it locks with in 5 min. Reboot, locks, reboot locks. On reboot number four and it's been stable for about a hour. I see I have a new firmware;)

    I may buy a new receiver if that's the best option. Other than the problem with the hr21 I'm happy with the service.

    Thanks again for all the replies.
  16. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    If it's locking up after the new firmware I'd recommend just calling DIRECTV and seeing they'll replace it. If it's a leased receiver it shouldn't cost you anything except maybe a shipping charge and it won't cause a new 2 year commitment.
  17. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Cool Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    After four reboots over a three hour period this AM it is working at a normal (slow) speed. The guide is faster and channel changes are slower.:eek2:

    Looking at upgrade to hr23:confused:
  18. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    Dont waste your time. HR24 would be the answer.
  19. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Only real difference between 21 and 23 is larger hard drive and in a non SWM setup, no bbc's needed. No speed increases like with the 24. But DirecTV will send whatever.
  20. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Cool Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Yes sir. I've been looking at what's available. I can buy a leased? hr24 for about $150. Is the hr24 3D compatible.

    What's this Home Media Center HD DVR I see at Directs site?

    I've step away from the A/V world to pursue other interests and I have been left behind. So many new options.:eek2:

    I see I need to get the sat box online, I have a e'net cable close that is not being used since I went all wireless. My B-ray and 3D TV are online wireless. I just never considered doing the satellite box.

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