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MRV Wish List discussion

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by Carl Spock, May 27, 2010.

  1. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    Who here know about the RVU Alliance?

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  2. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    H 'To Do' Menu
    I believe in simple steps first.

    I like the select which DVR to record to from my H21 units.

    As to my wish, I would like my H21 to have more master control over the DVRs.
    Like being able to CHANGE or CANCEL a program that's schedule to record - in other words I like to see the HR To Do Menu on the H boxes.​
  3. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    H Units - DVR % Free Space

    Currently when you schedule a record from H units, it only shows the names of my DVRs.

    I wish to see the percentage of Free Space along with the name of the DVR.​
  4. fluffybear

    fluffybear Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 19, 2004
    Ability to filter playlists from a specific location (I really do not want to have sift through the kids programs in the living room but have no problem with them sharing it between each other)
  5. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...

    I wish for any kind of cataloging. Color-coded, Folders, something, anything.​
  6. GeekDrew

    GeekDrew New Member

    Nov 13, 2007
    My biggest wish is for central scheduling. For example, here's how I might picture it working.

    A per-account setting would exist, somewhere, that defines preferences for how recordings are handled:

    - If any DVR on your account is unable to record an item in its To-Do list, for any reason, should it request that another DVR on your account perform the recording? (Yes / No)

    - If any DVR is currently recording an item on its To-Do list, and a user changes forcing the DVR to stop recording or change the tuner, should that DVR request another DVR on your account begin recording that item immediately? (Ask every time / Always offload / Never offload)

    Items should be able to be scheduled from anywhere, to anywhere. The receivers should sync the to-do list with each other, and with DirecTV's servers. That way, you can control the single to-do list for your account from any of your DVRs, or from the DirecTV website, if you want. If DirecTV wanted to be really nice, they could even add the functionality to the to-do list that individual recording could be restricted to be recorded on only a specific DVR. The servers should definitely be able to determine which DVRs would be busy at which time, to present warnings to the user when they schedule something that all DVRs would be busy for, or when they will have all tuners (or perhaps all tuners on X DVRs) busy with recordings. Ooh, another feature: load balance the recordings so that DVRs attempt to keep one tuner free per DVR. Once every DVR has one tuner busy, then start using the other tuner in each one. And, if they were to tie recordings on the hard drives to the account, rather than to the DVR (which, in my opinion, is just retarded to begin with), recordings could be moved around on DVRs for drive management, or merged if multiple DVRs were needed to complete a single recording.
  7. xmetalx

    xmetalx Godfather

    Jun 3, 2009
    I am aware of it and have researched a good deal about it. I am quite excited to see what RVU has in store for all of us :D
  8. gusjohnson

    gusjohnson AllStar

    Sep 29, 2006
    Lots of great ideas. I particularly like List-List, Copy Recording between DVRs, Remote DVR management.

    Now that we have MRV - the thing I'd really like is a receiver that I could really turn off (with idle power less than a watt). No tuner necessary (instead the ability to stream live/pausible TV from a DVR tuner).


    Dec 11, 2006
    Long Island, NY
    The ability to move/copy recordings between DVR's.
    Remote scheduling
    Remote to do list management
  10. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    Smart Scheduling
    Recording of actual program and NOT TIME SLOT.
    Too often programs start late and especially with sports often go beyond the time slot do to weather or extended play. ​
  11. lugnutathome

    lugnutathome Hall Of Fame

    Apr 13, 2009
    Woodburn, OR

    Hope I don't run out. Been doing them since back in the old readnews days.

    Don "the voices tell me what to type" Bolton

  12. thekochs

    thekochs DirecTV 10yr+ Customer

    Oct 7, 2006
    I have MRV via, DECA....opted into the BETA with my GiGe network. All is well despite a newbie DECA installer learning the ropes on my system. :)

    I wanted to start a thread on new features that would really help MRV reach next level and even increase adoption/use. The easy one I've been complaining about is lack of remote scheduling of DVR to DVR and when local DVR resources are maxed out an option/list to use a remote DVR that is available. Then there are ones to "manage" the integrated playlist schedules/tasks....etc.

    Another idea I had was to transfer the limping along MediaShare effort to MRV. The reason is easy support and with basic features some pull that will allow DirecTV to market and perhaps bring other paying users on-board. My thought, now that MP3s are "natively" supported in the new firmware release have DirecTV work on video files (aside from MPEG Transport Stream) like VOB/IFO, AVI, MP4, etc. Then, a consumer can take external HDD via the STB's eSATA or USB or Ethernet port or thru some DECA connection and have this external HDD with your MP3s/PICs (JPEGs)/Videos map into your MRV and into your playlist ? Now, for those of us that have struggled with MediaShare by using a PC with WMP transoding or Tversity or transcode software on NAS (eg. MediaTomb or Twonky) you could map this simple external HDD into MRV and the DECA network and use it for more/easier than dealing with a PC. Maybe have a special DECA module that plugs into the 2nd port Ethernet port of the STB or connects to a splitter and this DECA module does the decode of the MP3s/PICs (JPEGs)/Videos and serves to the MRV/DECA network (in this scenario the external HDD plugs into this DECA module via USB, eSATA, whatever connector). Essentially extend the ability/use of external HDD for the use to hook to the DECA cloud and have MRV access/play. No PC, no transoding, no home network issues, no delays, simple plug-n-play controlled by DirecTV. Already there are tons of manufacturers (Dlink, Popcorn Hour, NetGear, Dune, etc.) offering NetWork Media players with some have DVD/BR players and streaming via BitTorrent or NetFlix Online or internal HDD for content. The idea, content consolidation to a streaming device. I think DirecTV has perfect avenue in MRV to capture some of that enthusiasm and pay for that effort thru MRV.

    Anyway, just some thoughts to get the thread rolling. I'm betting this may be a popular discussion topic. Here is my list.

    1) DVR-To-DVR Remote Scheduling. Includes auto-resource detection and remote DVR option.
    2) Full Management of Playlist/Schedulers of Remote DVRs.
    Inlcudes deletion, series option changes, etc. of remote DVRs.
    3) MediaShare via MRV. Allow connection of an external HDD (not same as those people use for internal HDD replacement) to either a STB which is shared on the DECA or thru a specialized DECA unit (with PI) that plugs into switch/router that is on the DECA. Extended video format support needed over current MPEG transport stream but would allow video/MP3/JPEG "native" playback, integration into Playlist...maybe under older called MRV Mediashare.
  13. Yog-Sothoth

    Yog-Sothoth Legend

    Apr 8, 2006
    A copy feature... would like to be able to make backups of recordings using another DVR. It would be handy to have when a full reset is needed or when replacing a DVR (recordings would be preserved).
  14. jdspencer

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    Not necessarily MRV related, but allow eSATA drives to be swapped between DVRs on the same account and keep recordings intact.
  15. cybok0

    cybok0 Godfather

    Jan 5, 2006
    I agree with both of these.:D
  16. br408408

    br408408 Legend

    Jun 1, 2008
    A big +1 from me

    It would also be nice to have full management of all your DVR's directly from a pc in your house. Not going to Directv web site as you now can to schedule a recording, but direct managment over your LAN
  17. kevinturcotte

    kevinturcotte Active Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    Not only that, but if you have a conflict, it could automatically give you a message saying it's not going to work, and to either try it on another DVR, or find another airing if possible. They *COULD* do this with online as well, if your DVR is connected to the internet. It sends the request, the DVR can't record it due to a conflict, so it sends out an email to a pre specified address, telling you there's a conflict. Then you go back to the site and try another DVR or find another airing. Even better would be if it automatically reported back to the Directv website that there's a conflict, and the website sent out another email with links that automatically sent another request to another DVR, as well as future airings (If there are any) that are auto linked to send another request to the DVR. Also, not sure if the DVR automatically does this or not, but if there is a conflict, it could automatically search for another airing on it's own.
  18. thekochs

    thekochs DirecTV 10yr+ Customer

    Oct 7, 2006
    Good adders guys...keep them coming. My thought on this is for example is MediaShare has little supoort/effort since DirectV cannot make money on it and hard to market to general public in its current state. But MRV all the competitors have and DirecTV is charging $3/Month. My guess is their adoption rate is small since combo of new and most folks not knowing why the need it....frankly the feature set is very small for the ROI. Just look at all the threads comparing DECA to Ethernet....the arguements for-against are all derived on money/features/time/ROI of the user...in other words is $3 worth blah..blah.

    I really think there is a win-win for DirecTV to use MRV as a conduit for more money/subscription adoption by adding features that help the mass audience plug-n-play and use. Question is, what are these features. :D

    I'm sure DirecTV folks are not going to take this thead as gospel but I'm guessing they are thinking the same thing as me...."what can we do to get more people to pay for MRV and distinguish ourselves from the comp". For me, I'm thinking what features would make MRV really appealing to me versus where it is now. Good example of this, I've been looking to buy a network media player with internal HDD....$400+. Some people have NASes that serve to TVs....both of these take some technical competance. Imagine the general user putting their pics on a external HDD or even USB stick and plugging into the back of one of the STBs via USB port that is connected to DECA network. This local STB searches the attached HDD or USB stick for all playable (depends on codecs that STB supports) content and auto-maps those into your shared playlist under a folder called MRV Mediashare...subfolders Pictures, Music, Video. Now, folks like me think....wow $80 HDD or $30 4GB USB stick where I pay $3/Month to DirecTV versus $400+ Network Media Player....sold !!!!! For the general user they probably already have USB sticks with content on them....well known process for even the basic Joe-Public.
  19. barryb

    barryb New Member

    Aug 26, 2007
    I will add in my three cents:

    1) DVR-To-DVR Remote Scheduling
    2) DVR-To-DVR Remote Scheduling
    3) DVR-To-DVR Remote Scheduling
  20. thekochs

    thekochs DirecTV 10yr+ Customer

    Oct 7, 2006
    Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..........think you are stuttering. :)

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