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Newest DirecTV DVR GUI

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Milkman, Dec 8, 2006.

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  1. Milkman

    Milkman Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
    I saw the GUI for the SD DirecTV DVR (non-TiVo), and was completely unimpressed. Does the H20 use the same interface? Also, how would you compare the H20 functionality to that of the DirecTV TiVo (for those of you that used it). Does the H20 allow you to network (like the HMO option of TiVo)?

    Tell me a little about it! :)
  2. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

    Jun 29, 2006
    All of the DirecTV receivers now use the same GUI. The H20 is not a DVR (did you mean HR20?) The functionality is nearly equivalent (but no wishlists), however if you are used to Tivo, there is some unlearning/learning to do. None of the Directv DVRs (Tivo or otherwise) allow you to network. Directv supposedly will have a networking option available in the future.
  3. litzdog911

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2004
    Mill Creek, WA
    Actually the UI for all of DirecTV's latest products is very similar, regardless of whether it's a DVR or standalone receiver. Personally I find that the UI is pretty easy to get used to.
  4. bidger

    bidger Hall Of Fame

    Nov 19, 2005
    Milkman did say new SD DVR. Very confusing.
  5. Milkman

    Milkman Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
    Sorry for the confusion. Yes, I did mean the HR20-700 (HD DVR right?). My current D* DVR is a SD TiVo.

    My installer said you could hook that new receiver up to your network. Guess he saw the port and figured it was active. I wish DirecTV would get with the program and enable networking with these units.

    No wishlist? That sucks. So you have to know the name of the show and the channel? It is nice with TiVo, because I can use the keyword of "SEINFELD" and it will record Seinfeld on any channel it comes on at any time. Can't do that with the D* DVR huh??? VERY disappointing.
  6. Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever

    Nov 15, 2005
    Yes you can.
    There are keyword searches in the DVR+ series
  7. dtv757

    dtv757 Icon

    Jun 3, 2006
    757 & 718
    Never tried it but some one said a while agon on this board that when you type in "SEI" on the r15 it will lock up and freeze. Don't kno if its the same for the hr20 and I don't remember if they fixed this with an update.
  8. Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever

    Nov 15, 2005
    Probably a "search" for SEI

    And yes, in the past search by titles have locked up, but thost have been VASTLY improved on the R15 a few releases ago...

    And on the HR20, it has been reported fairly rarely that a search is locking the box.
  9. jpl

    jpl Hall Of Fame

    Jul 9, 2006
    I agree. Like I posted elsewhere, my 300 froze up a month or two ago while looking for a title starting with "THE". But all recent title searches on my 500 just fly - not sure exactly when it happened, but there is very little delay between letters. I haven't tried a search recently on my 300, so I can't say for that particular machine. But I've been impressed with the improved speed on the search.
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