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Is direct tv falling behind?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by icr2002, Mar 13, 2014.

  1. Mar 13, 2014 #1 of 267

    icr2002 Mentor

    Feb 26, 2005
    Dish annouced an 8 tuner dvr. Wheres Direct tvs?!
  2. Mar 13, 2014 #2 of 267

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    They did? Do you have a link?
  3. Mar 13, 2014 #3 of 267

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    Actually it's a Hopper with Super Joey, not just a single 8 tuner DVR. Also, the 8 shows recording is fancy math... it's not any 8 recordings; it's 4 PTAT + 2 on the Hopper + 2 on the Joey.
  4. Mar 13, 2014 #4 of 267
    Diana C

    Diana C Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Mar 30, 2007
    New Jersey
    Dish Network announced at CES that they would upgrade the Hopper to record 8 programs at once. Of course, this is REALLY a 5 tuner DVR, but they take advantage of the trick of putting all 4 broadcast networks on one transponder, and then having their "Primetime Anytime" feature simply record the entire transponder. So, if you want to record ALL 4 networks, then that, plus the 4 available other tuners, allows you to record 8 programs at once.

    So, depending upon whether or not you want to record ABC, CBS, FOX or NBC during primetime, this DVR will have the ability to record 5, 6, 7 or 8 programs of interest. However, outside of primetime, and if you are not interested in recording more than 1 primetime network program, it is a 5 tuner DVR, just like the DirecTV Genie.

    EDIT: Didn't realize it actually used 2 different pieces of hardware.
  5. Mar 13, 2014 #5 of 267

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    Yeah I figured that's all this is which is to say its nice but it's iffy that it's better than a genie for most people. It could go either way depending on the house.
  6. Mar 13, 2014 #6 of 267

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    While DISH offers a combination of goodies that can record as many as 8 (or maybe 9) programs at once to a single hard drive, their Hopper DVR has three satellite tuners in it. This requires two boxes (and a USB attachment for tuning one OTA channel?) as well as imposing a condition that four of the channels are ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC.

    DIRECTV's flagship Genie DVR can record up to five programs at once (more or less unconditionally) and that's probably enough for most.

    For most, it comes down to what the box can deliver in terms of programming and the user interface, No number of tuners can address that issue.
  7. Mar 13, 2014 #7 of 267

    HoTat2 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2005
    And ironically it (the Hopper-Super Joey combo) is actually a degradation in recording capacity of one less tuner than a two Hopper installation, since the streaming requirement of up to two programming channels by the SJ to its parent Hopper heavily taxes the bandwidth of their MoCA network such that a max. of only one Hopper and SJ can be used in a customer installation.

    Any more beyond the Hopper-SJ combo in an install must be regular Joeys
  8. Mar 13, 2014 #8 of 267
    Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    Yeah, it's not an 8-tuner DVR by any stretch. "If" you live in a market where PrimeTime AnyTime works, AND you have a Hopper, THEN you can add a Super Joey. This gives you 5 full-time tuners and the ability to record up to 4 broadcast networks at the same time ONLY DURING PRIME TIME. Keep in mind too that no other equipment can be in the system if it's a hopper system.

    DISH may finally be getting to the point where they can offer their customers 5 full-time recording tuners to all be shared, but DIRECTV did that in 2010 when they offered whole-home, and then gave you a 5-tuner box in 2012. You can upgrade your DIRECTV system to almost infinite capacity if you don't share programs with more than 10 devices at a time, and if you have a Genie and 5 HR24s on a SWM16, you have a simple system with 15 recording tuners that can all share programming. DISH is nowhere near that.
  9. Mar 13, 2014 #9 of 267

    jasondm4 Mentor

    Mar 4, 2010
    League City, TX
    I'm sorry but recording 8 shows at once just sounds ridiculous. I mean what % of consumers would actually take advantage of all that. Not many.
  10. Mar 13, 2014 #10 of 267

    kaminar Mentor

    Mar 25, 2012
    1 For the hopper/super joey setup, can the user view and/or set-up recordings, from any receiver?
    2. Is it shared in a similar fashion to the D* Genie/Whole Home system is the viewing and access limited?
    3. Tuner in each joey means pause/rewind live tv, right?
    4. Any specific limitations we should know of?

    Is there a way to compare specs/features? We should make a list.

    Does E* plan a wireless video hopper in the future, like the HR44/Wireless Video Bridge/C41W set-up?

  11. Mar 13, 2014 #11 of 267

    kaminar Mentor

    Mar 25, 2012
    In general, a small %. On this forum, a much, MUCH larger % :)

    An exotic sports car might be able to reach 200mph, but how many owners ever attempt such speeds? More likely, they enjoy the fact they CAN, if ever they wish to.

  12. Mar 13, 2014 #12 of 267

    JohnBoy New Member

    Sep 8, 2011

    Now if Directv can give me a firmware update to get rid of ghost caller id's while i'm on the phone would be nice.
  13. Mar 13, 2014 #13 of 267
    Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
  14. Mar 13, 2014 #14 of 267

    billsharpe Hall Of Fame

    Jan 25, 2007
    True, there are only two of us in the house, but in more than six years with DVR's only twice have I had to watch an OTA program on my TV because my DVR was busy recording two programs at once.

    I don't need or want a Hopper or a Genie...
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  15. Mar 13, 2014 #15 of 267
    P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    it's a myth

    I did post how it's done after analyzing the recordings from real drive.
  16. Mar 13, 2014 #16 of 267

    MikeW Hall Of Fame

    May 16, 2002
    I wouldn't be as concerned with recording 8 shows as I am with available tuners. I would run into conflicts on a regular basis if I was limited to PTAT, and four open tuners. There is more math involved, such as a user on Sling and other TVs tuned to live programming. For me, a Genie, 4 HR24s and 2 H25s leaves me with 13 recordings, 2 live and an open port on the SWM 16. That is hard to max out in real life.
  17. Mar 13, 2014 #17 of 267

    yosoyellobo Icon

    Nov 1, 2006
    Jacksonville Fl
    I currently have nine tuners and the only time I have use them all at a time was the first time I use the genie to test them.
  18. Mar 13, 2014 #18 of 267

    Riverpilot AllStar

    Aug 13, 2010
    I'm ready for two genies in my home. 8 recordings at once plus being able to watch on each tv? I'm in... Lets' go Directv! TWO GENIES :)
  19. Mar 14, 2014 #19 of 267

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    That is so very easy for me to accomplish. Way to easy actually. I see that as a great thing, but it needs to be any channel all the time to be useful. Its the sports that push me past five.
  20. Mar 14, 2014 #20 of 267

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Two Genies would give you 10 tuners.

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