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Open letter to D*: Please drop Channel 1

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by wilbur_the_goose, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. Dec 8, 2009 #1 of 42
    wilbur_the_goose

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    Dear DirecTV:

    Please drop channel 1. It's slow, it's in the way, and it doesn't really have any useful information.

    I can't tell you how often I'll hit 1 on my remote and the other digits aren't picked up. The HR20 then goes to Channel 1, where the s-l-o-w GUI takes forever to load. While it's doing this, the HR20 is frozen.

    To me, Channel 1 is a solution looking for a problem.

    Thanks,
    Dan
     
  2. Dec 8, 2009 #2 of 42
    Stuart Sweet

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    I know this is off topic to your post, but if you press the {INFO} button before direct number entry, it will very likely work a bit better for you. I don't know why.
     
  3. Dec 8, 2009 #3 of 42
    Indiana627

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    This has happened to me too, and it can be a pain.
     
  4. Dec 8, 2009 #4 of 42
    bamaweather

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    Agreed. Drop it, or move it somewhere else.
     
  5. Dec 8, 2009 #5 of 42
    northrk

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    Better yet, DirecTV please fix the problems with direct chan number input.
     
  6. Dec 8, 2009 #6 of 42
    jefbal99

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    I agree, or speed up the GUI (same for all the interactive services, just too slow)
     
  7. Dec 8, 2009 #7 of 42
    lwilli201

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    No problem here. I rarely, if ever, punch in a number beginning with a "1".
     
  8. Dec 8, 2009 #8 of 42
    kocuba

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    But why should he have to?
     
  9. Dec 8, 2009 #9 of 42
    RobertE

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    I can tell you channel 1 isn't going anywhere.
     
  10. smiddy

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    :( I have this issue every morning when I tune to channel 206 to watch Sport Center during my workout. I get my local Fox channel, channel 2. It is highly irritating, when your mind is whirling towards starting your workout with the STB not taking a direct input to a station is wickedly funky.

    As for channel 1, I'd say don't tune there, but because of the problem with the delayed input thingy, you have no choice it seems, which is what is driving your angst! I'm with RobertE though, I suspect it won't be going anywhere though, so until they fix this issue, you'll be getting channel 1...sorry man. :(

    That is a "work-around" but shouldn't it get fixed? It should work as intended, not with a work-around. :(

    Agreed, make it work as intended.

    I get this similar thing every morning, punching in 206 (I'm not alone on this BTW) and the 2 shows up, then delayed, then changes to channel 2, then 06 show up and then the STB tells me channel not available. I have to be ever so patient to get to 206. It is maddening, and this is right after I get out of bed, which leads into my mental state for the day, this is so agravating, if it wasn't for all the mirrors in my exercise room, I probably throw the danged remote into the wall (which wouldn't fix it, but would make me feel a little better). So then I have an agry workout...wait, maybe that is a good thing towards my motivation in the gym? NO! :lol:
     
  11. tonyd79

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    Not an answer to the OP, which the behavior should be fixed but if 206 is a channel you type in every morning, why not just put it in quick tune?
     
  12. Herdfan

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    Teays...
    Or use autotune or record the show with Keep 1 as the option.
     
  13. Stuart Sweet

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    I agree with all of you who say that {INFO} is a workaround and DIRECTV ought to just get it right. That being said, I can't control what they do and what they don't, I can only suggest to a few willing ears. So, I offer the workaround in the hope that it will keep you sane while our friends at DIRECTV noodle things over.
     
  14. RobertE

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    While not a free pass for the channel entering issue, you can retrain yourself to work around it.

    As already mentioned, there's quicktune and info.

    Another option is to simply adjust your timing. Instead of just mashing buttons on the remote, hit the first one, wait for the box to wake up and respond then enter the remaining numbers.

    Yes the lag needs to be addressed, but getting all bent out of shape over it is non-productive.
     
  15. Shades228

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    Just setup a favorites list and don't have the channel in there.
     
  16. ndole

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    Whamo! My thoughts exactly.
     
  17. Drew2k

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    Favorite lists will only block the channel if using Channel Up and Channel Down or listing the channels in the guide - it will not prevent direct tuning to any channel. If you set a favorite list to have exactly one channel, you can never channel up or down but you could key in any sequence and always go there.

    Perhaps parental controls would work, but I've never used them and it's ultimately just another kluge instead of a fix...
     
  18. Tom Robertson

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    There is no doubt that pushing "INFO" first is a workaround. But it at least attacks the heart of the problem rather than cutting off the nose because you have a cold. We can't get rid of all the single digit channels--I've got 6 of them, not counting "1". :)

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  19. SPACEMAKER

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    I'd rather they give me an option to disable the idiotic "action" feature. Trying to pause a show and hitting "action" sucks balls.
     
  20. bobnielsen

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    Get a programmable remote and don't include "action".
     

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