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May switch to Dish if I can't get faster DVR. Possible?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by jborchel, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. broeddog

    broeddog AllStar

    Sep 11, 2009
    My post referred to an additional Hopper so I actually do have six tuners versus five in the HMC34. The only downside with the two Hopper system is not being able to view recordings between the two Hoppers but this will be resolved with a software update.
  2. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Sorry, I did miss that.
  3. acostapimps

    acostapimps Hall Of Famer

    Nov 5, 2011
    If you switch to you E* it's best to get a 2 Hopper system rather than 1H/1J because Joeys have no tuners so it need/link to one Hopper for Live Tv plus you can disable Primetime feature to use all 3 tuners or 2 if Joey use a tuner but if you mostly watch live tv than recording than 1 hopper 1 joey is fine depending on your set up, i'm also thinking about switching to E* but since i have a HR24 which responds better than older HR models especially the HR22 that i used before which was frustrating even before HDGUI but i also notice that adding external HD with lots of recording(ie 2TB) makes it even slower than internal HD from DVR so if you have external hard drive plugged in try removing it and using internal hard drive instead and if you have networked dvrs and using TV Apps remove apps you don't use.
  4. Mike Greer

    Mike Greer Hall Of Fame

    Jan 20, 2004
    Salt Lake...
    Their 'newer' DVR for free could have been an HR20 or HR21/22/23 or 24. Spin the wheel and see what you get.
  5. Mike Greer

    Mike Greer Hall Of Fame

    Jan 20, 2004
    Salt Lake...
    You should take a looke at a Dish DVR - I think you would be surprised at the response even compared to correctly functioning HR24s.
  6. milwaukee111

    milwaukee111 Cool Member

    Apr 19, 2012
    I can give you a defenitive (sort of) answer.

    I had four HR20s and one HR21 (or 22?).
    One of the HR20s was extremely slow. It would take 5 to 15 secs after I hit the list (list recorded programs) button.

    Directv had upgraded their software recently (4 to 8 weeks ago?). Since the upgrade of the software, ALL of my dvrs have become painfully slow.

    They were not this bad, in the past. Over time, they seem to have become slow (due to software upgrades, I am guessing). Btw, one had internal 2TB drive (the slowest) - but this was slow even before I had weaknees install 2tb.
    Two others had external 1 TB drives.
    This is one feature I like about directv. You can simply plug in an external Hard drive and it simply starts working.. nothing else to do..
    It is possible that using external hard drive makes the dvr slower ( due to more data?). I don't know for sure but frankly, I don't care. hopper comes with 2tb drive but only 500 gb is available to our use. 1.5 tb is reserved for primetime anytime (8 days of all prime time shows are automaticall recorded and saved). I have no use for primetime anytime.. It is such a waste that I can use only .5 tb. Dish might offer external HD option at a later time? I don't know. the hopper does have extra usb ports.

    Just this week, after being with directv for 8 years, I moved to Dish. with two hoppers and two joeys.

    I am very pleased with the move. Blockbuster ondemand (free) and dishoneline (you can watch your DVR shows on your phone) are welcome features which my Directv does not have (or does it now?).

    I have nothing against directv but their DVRs became ridiculously slow. But I would imagine that their new "whole home dvr" would be fast enough.. I just didn't bother to ask for it because I wanted dishonline and blockbuster etc.. Also, I like the easy access with slingbox.

    If you don't care about dishonline/blockbuster/phone viewing, you might as well ask directv for their "whole home dvr". I don't know whether it has TIVO interface. Considering I used directv for 8 years, I think I like Tivo interface better than hopper interface. I am not 100% sure yet about tivo's superiority intutiveness and eas of use/programming/management.. I am so new to hopper.. Only time will tell. The hopper does have a few features that tivo does not have. For example, It is much easier to use multiple guide listings with the hopper than with directv/tivo.

    The hopper remote is very friendly to use. but the hopper does not come with IR capable remote. You have to buy an old dish dvr remote (20.0) or use your universal remote data base - in case you need to use IR based universal remote

    My vote is for dish hopper.
  7. broeddog

    broeddog AllStar

    Sep 11, 2009
    You can enable the Hopper remote to control IR components by hitting the menu button, going to settings and then going to the remote setup Icon. Scroll down the menu to where it says IR and then move the up or down button to enable, then hit the right arrow and hit the save button. You can program multiple components by following the directions on the screen. I hope this solves any issues you might encounter.
  8. mdavej

    mdavej Hall Of Fame

    Jan 30, 2007
    I think the previous poster meant the Hopper remote won't send Dish commands via IR for purposes of teaching another remote. Since most universals have Dish codes already, I don't see this as an issue. Enabling IR on the Hopper itself just turns on its IR receiver. The remote itself is still strictly RF for Dish commands.

    One more clarification. Hopper user recording space is now 1TB as of version 208.

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