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I've Absolutely Had It With DirecTV's DVRs!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by NFLnut, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. Oct 2, 2011 #121 of 165
    Rich

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    That was my constant argument during that hideously long DLB thread. I still don't get it.

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  2. Oct 2, 2011 #122 of 165
    RobertE

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    You and me both. :shrug:
     
  3. Oct 2, 2011 #123 of 165
    Rich

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    I guess we'll never know the answer....:nono2:

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  4. Oct 2, 2011 #124 of 165
    inkahauts

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    Me three! :hurah:
     
  5. Oct 3, 2011 #125 of 165
    Jeremy W

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    Anything's possible. But DirecTV and Tivo have a patent cross-licensing agreement, so that wouldn't be the holdup.
     
  6. Oct 3, 2011 #126 of 165
    HoTat2

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    And me four, but with the addition that it hasn't been proven that even TIVO's design will maintain continuos buffering across program format shifts such as with NFL ST's going abruptly from HD to a temporary SD feed at the end of a game telecast.
     
  7. Oct 3, 2011 #127 of 165
    Jeremy W

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    :confused: The "we'll see you next week" slate is HD. DirecTV doesn't switch between HD and SD on the same channel.
     
  8. Oct 3, 2011 #128 of 165
    HoTat2

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    Well unless they changed the method since the first week free preview, as I can't afford the full time subscription :) , DIRECTV would broadcast a 480p graphic with their logo along with background music on the ST feeds for some time prior to and after the games ended before the channel would actually go inactive altogether.
     
  9. Oct 3, 2011 #129 of 165
    Jeremy W

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    I've never seen this, and I've definitely never seen a channel switch resolutions.
     
  10. Oct 3, 2011 #130 of 165
    Laxguy

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    Yes, but how did/could you confirm that the pipeline wasn't 1080 or 720?
     
  11. Oct 3, 2011 #131 of 165
    Laxguy

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    You've certainly seen SD sent on HD broadcasts, but that's not, of course, proving the send was not in an HD space.

    How do you determine the specs of the send?
     
  12. Oct 3, 2011 #132 of 165
    HoTat2

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    My HD-DVR, the one I was viewing the ST free preview at the time, an HR22-100, was (and still is) setup on native with all resolutions checked and the resolution indicator read 480p when the graphic was broadcast, so it wasn't up-converted SD in an HD format.
     
  13. Oct 3, 2011 #133 of 165
    Jeremy W

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    So you were watching a game in HD, and when it was over, your receiver switched to 480p?
     
  14. Oct 3, 2011 #134 of 165
    HoTat2

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    Yes, before and shortly after the NFL games would finish DIRECTV would simply broadcast a graphic of their logo with courtesy music and the resolution would switch from the previous game's HD resolution to 480p.

    In fact DIRECTV is broadcasting the 480p logo graphic on the NFL ST channels 706-718 right now.

    It's also in 16:9 aspect ratio BTW ...
     
  15. Oct 3, 2011 #135 of 165
    Mike Greer

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    I got burned with this 'flaw' once... Game had just gone into over-time when I got an urgent phone call... I hit 'pause' - 10 minutes later I hit 'play'... About 6 minutes after that my playback stops and I get the 'Sunday Ticket' screen. Needless to say I had few choice words concerning the lack of 'technology' in DirecTV's engineering department.

    Pretty sad when you pay $300 for Sunday Ticket and god knows how much to DirecTV and their 'DVRs' that can't complete a simple task like allowing me to take a 10 minute phone call without making me miss the end of overtime!

    At the time I had no idea that such a simple task would get screwed up by DirecTV. Now if I need to pause a game I hit record first and pray!

    Does DirecTV have a 'Oh $@@*!, we didn't think of that' department?
     
  16. Oct 3, 2011 #136 of 165
    Jeremy W

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    You have a 100% legitimate gripe. The "you should just record it" crew cannot say anything about this.
     
  17. Oct 4, 2011 #137 of 165
    inkahauts

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    Shoot, they remapp the darn channel when the games are over to a different transponder so they are all getting the same channel remapped. That's even more than just changing the logo format.
     
  18. Oct 4, 2011 #138 of 165
    inkahauts

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    Again, Why I always record anything I care about. And again, blaming the dvr for a systems issue ion how directv deals with their guide data and changing tpns of channels on sports packs. Blame directrv headquarters, not the dvr.
     
  19. Oct 4, 2011 #139 of 165
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    DirecTV has been doing this since before the HR2x existed. Maybe the DVR that DirecTV makes should be compatible with the way DirecTV actually operates. The way the DVR handles channels remapping is glaringly bad, and I honestly cannot believe anyone defends it.

    Why should someone have to think to record the end of the game when all they want to do is pause it for 10 minutes? The HR2x has a 90-minute buffer, any reasonable person should expect it to remain paused for 10 minutes. To say otherwise is absolutely ridiculous. What the hell is the point of having a buffer if it can be arbitrarily dumped?
     
  20. Oct 4, 2011 #140 of 165
    Mike Greer

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    Oh please…. I got screwed out of the last few minutes of an over-time game because of the ridiculous lack of planning by DirecTV. I did my part – I paid for Sunday Ticket and I used one of the most basic advertised features and missed the end the of the game. The only thing worse than this happening is that it was (and still is) ‘by design’ and working as the idiots at DirecTV want it to.

    Sure I hit record now because I know and expect this kind of thing. I must have missed the insert in my bill warning me that my DVRs would not be able to successfully pause live TV while watching the most expensive programming I subscribe to.
     

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