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screen saver every 5 minutes during playback

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by HiDefGator, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. HiDefGator

    HiDefGator Legend

    Nov 19, 2005
    My HR34 just started kicking on the screen saver after every 5 minutes of playback. It's really annoying to say the least.

    Yesterday I rebooted and that fixed the problem for a few hours. Today its back again.
  2. TomCat

    TomCat Broadcast Engineer

    Aug 31, 2002
    I'm sorry, but that is just ridiculous, not to mention unacceptable. And you are not alone; we see a lot of such reports.

    I always assumed that the idea of a screen saver on a DVR was to prevent burn-in on your TV (assuming you even have a TV susceptible to burn-in, which most of us don't).

    If you buy that premise, the only reasons we would even need a SS would be:

    A. The picture was placed in pause by the user

    B. The STB is tuned to a non-subbed channel and the dialog box does not ever go away or change on its own (which could be easily fixed).

    c. The STB is tuned to a music channel and there are static images there (which also could be easily fixed)..
    Even "A" could be fixed (just take the unit out of pause automagically after 30 minutes). Fix all three, and then we have no earthly use for a SS.

    Assuming that would never happen, certainly the DVR is smart enough to know what state it is in, and what is presented on the screen, and whether that is static or not. How difficult is it to write the two lines of code that fire off the SS at the proper time, and prevent it firing off otherwise? How could DTV have screwed the pooch this hard on such a simple coding job?

    Wake up and smell the propane, DTV, and give us user prefs on the SS (on, off, and time delay). Let US worry about whether we need to prevent burn-in or not.

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