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Suggestion for how to "pause" an H24 using MRV

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by mikemyers, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. mikemyers

    mikemyers Legend

    May 19, 2010
    With all the help I've had from several of you, especially VOS, I've got things working very much the way I like them. The following is a suggestion - if it doesn't belong here, someone can delete this topic.

    Obviously, on my HR24 I can not only "watch" TV, but also "pause" it, rewind, and so on. The single most useful thing I can do is put live TV on pause, should the phone ring or if I get interrupted by anything else.

    Equally obviously, on my H24 I can't do any of that, as it's not a DVR but only a receiver.

    Now that I've got the MRV working properly, the above has not changed. If i get a phone call while I'm in my bedroom watching via my H24, I'm stuck, and just have to miss part of the program. This bothered me.

    I found a solution for myself, and I want to pass it on to whoever designs this software. My temporary "fix" is to just click the "record" button, which will start recording the show on my HR24 in the other room, starting at the point I pressed the "record" button. After my phone call ends, I can ignore whatever is being shown on my bedroom screen, and just press "List" and play the rest of the show that I missed.

    The above works, but it's far from polished.

    Here's my suggestion - change the software such that if I press "pause" on the H24, it automatically starts the recording on my HR24, stops playing the show I was watching, and switches to the recorded copy, with the viewing already set to "pause". When I finish my phone call, I just click on "play" and watch the rest of my show.

    There's a lot that I don't yet know about the new software features, but this sounds like a nice function that will make what I'm now doing, much easier. Until when/if this gets added, I'll just have to remember to hit the "record" button if I get a phone call or am otherwise interrupted.
  2. matt

    matt New Member

    Jan 11, 2010
    Hey quit stealing my ideas :D
  3. rsblaski

    rsblaski Icon

    Jul 6, 2003
    Southern Nevada
    IF I had a H box, when watching a program live (a very rate event for me), I would first start recording it on one of my HR boxes. This way, I would essentially have full control of the program with trick play. I would not wait until the ability to pause was actually needed. Since the program could then be deleted after watching it, there would be no reason not to do this every time. The only time there would be a problem is if all six of my tuners were recording (also a very rare event).
  4. JosephB

    JosephB Icon

    Nov 14, 2005
    Birmingham, AL
    I don't foresee much happening here...this will be a moot point when the HMC comes out later on. All tuners will be in the server, and all remote clients should have pause/replay capability.
  5. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Hall Of Fame

    Mar 18, 2007
    I have been saying for a long time that the non-DVR's should have a couple of GB of RAM for a buffer. Short money, huge functionality improvement.

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