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Recording 2 channels, watching 3rd

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by edvo, Jul 9, 2007.

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  1. Jul 9, 2007 #1 of 12

    edvo AllStar

    Dec 15, 2006
    My HR20-700 is hooked up to both satelite inputs and an OTA input. Tonight I had one satelite tuner and the OTA tuner recording different shows. When I tried to watch another channel (non OTA) I got the message "all tuners are recording" and the screen gave me the choice of stopping one recording. The HR20 manual clearly states you can record 2 channels while watching a 3rd, provided you are hooked up correctly, and I checked that both my satelite tuners work as well as OTA. What is up??
  2. Jul 9, 2007 #2 of 12

    kenva Mentor

    Dec 29, 2006
    Sorry you can only watch or record 2 live channels at a time SAT or OTA. You can watch a third previously recorded show though.
  3. Jul 9, 2007 #3 of 12

    edvo AllStar

    Dec 15, 2006
    Thanks for reply; I guess the manual is wrong then? (not too surprising!!)
  4. Jul 9, 2007 #4 of 12

    PoitNarf New Member

    Aug 19, 2006
    Yes, it is one (the biggest imo) of the many things wrong with the manual. With all the additional functionality the HR20 has received over the past 10 months from updates, the manual basically needs to be completely redone.
  5. Jul 9, 2007 #5 of 12

    premio Godfather

    Sep 26, 2006
    It's my theory that D* planned to implement this feature when they turned on OTA in October/06. They infact turned on OTA functionality much later because of a lack of stability in their programming on basic DVR recording functions. I'll take a venture that when they fixed their stability issues they realized that either their code can't or the harddrive speeds can't keep up with 3 recorded streams of data. So they dumped it =(

    I joke that I want my Quad Live Buffers, because it seems reasonable that if you have 4 tuners, you should be able to use/view them all independantly of the others.
  6. Jul 9, 2007 #6 of 12

    Dave Icon

    Jan 28, 2003
    Actually you can record (2) live shows on the Sat box and watch a third live show OTA. If you run a seperate coax to the TV in on the back of the TV if it has the connection available.
  7. Jul 9, 2007 #7 of 12

    drx792 Icon

    Feb 27, 2007
    Hmm i dont think you are right on this, IIRC the HR20 only has 2 active tuners at once.
  8. Jul 9, 2007 #8 of 12

    cygnusloop Hall Of Fame

    Jan 26, 2007
    He means that you can record two things on the HR20, and use the tuner in your TV if you have an antenna plugged into it.
  9. Jul 9, 2007 #9 of 12

    starbuck99 Cool Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    You can record two channels on the sat and watch the third channel OTA, but you must have the OTA input split to go directly into the TV and into the HR20.
    Then while recording the two channels on Sat you switch the input to where ever you have the OTA going directly into the TV.:grin: :grin: :grin:
  10. hasan

    hasan Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Ogden, IA
    You can get a 3rd pseudo tuner (I made that up):)

    You can do two simultaneous recordings AND at the same time watch something you have previously recorded on the HR20. You can also (if you split your antenna feed between your HR20 and your HDTV (assuming it has a tuner), do what a prior poster suggested).

    With this setup, you can actually view 4 independent video sources at any one time:

    Two active tuners in the HR20
    A previously recorded show on the HR20
    A current live OTA program on your HDTV
  11. hockey8787

    hockey8787 Cool Member

    Jun 13, 2007
    can anyone tell me why abc here in richmond will not lock in on the hr20 it does on my hr10-250 are they at full power
  12. DonCorleone

    DonCorleone Icon

    Jan 28, 2006
    Not sure why that would be, but I think you're in the wrong thread for that. Might want to try avsforum for that even.
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