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Switched from DirecTV to DISH 722k - Things I Miss

Discussion in 'ViP612/622/722/722K DVR Support Forum' started by Palsgraf99, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. speedlever

    speedlever Cool Member

    Jan 4, 2009

    Understood about the buffer. But as to extending the time, could we continue this discussion in another thread so as not to take this OT?
  2. clotter

    clotter AllStar

    Apr 12, 2008
    I do miss is how the 722k doesn't back up a few seconds after the skip automatically.
  3. TulsaOK

    TulsaOK New Member

    Feb 23, 2004
    What does that mean?
  4. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    For reading fine print of those ads ? :)

    dish skip: forward for 30 sec, backward for 10 sec, so you could use it.
  5. clotter

    clotter AllStar

    Apr 12, 2008
    Your right, this is how I do it. Just a minor inconvenience. The D* system just happened to be a good match for my hand/eye coordination and reflexes. They probably had this tested to match some low common denominator. Ouch :D
  6. finniganps

    finniganps Hall Of Fame

    Jan 23, 2004
    OP - so now that this thread has run...can you start another on things you prefer about Dish vs. Direct (are any of the following better - price, DVR, channels, customer service, etc) - I guess you already answered the price was better?
  7. Jodean

    Jodean Icon

    Jul 17, 2010
    Well, dish has alot of features that are better than direct, you may not know them yet.

    For one, i never even use the guide, thats more of a directv thing......i use the browse feature while watching a full screen image with bars top and bottom, i even setup all my recording using browse, i guess i just hate using a guide at all

    I dont think the one extra button push for setting up a recording is really all that bad, it usually is setup to new episodes automatically and all you do is click on done once that menu shows up. In a direct menu to change the setup you have about 10 menus and button pushes to get it setup right, theres really too many options on the direct menu.

    If you do happen to use the guide, dish has several different views you can use which ever fits your liking

    The commercial skip is way better on dish, on direct you still watch the 30 seconds in fast forward, i know this can be changed but no way im doing that to 30 receivers i install every week, it should be defaulted to quick skip like on dish.

    The things that are missing on direct are kinda important to me. One of them is the info on a show either one your watching or one out of the guide. Dish tells you which episode it is, what year it was made, if its in HD, CC, and a bunch of other stuff. Direct really has nothing in the info that i would want to know, they do have actors or something but to me thats worthless.

    I really do NOT like the bundled shows on the direct dvr list. Id rather see them all in the order they were recorded so i know what to watch, when they are all bundled i have no idea what just recorded yesterday.

    direct does have the system on, off which is nice, but about half the time that feature doesnt work on newer or cheap flat panels so a bunch of customers of mine are unhappy they have to slide over to tv then hit power twice(who the hell came up with that???? the first push of the button brings up a screen telling you your remote is in tv mode, ya no **** i just moved the slider DUH!) then the second push finally turns the tv off) as far as i could tell there is no way to turn off remote reminders like you can on dish.

    Then if you have a mirrored or home distribution like most dish setups are......if you have more than one rf remote on direct receiver, ya that really doesnt work well. I just did a 4 remote rf setup at a house but they want to use the off button on all remtoes to turn the tv off say in the bathroom, ya so the receiver also shuts off and when they go in the bedroom then they have to push on to turn the receiver back on. Really dumb!!!
  8. good to be me

    good to be me Cool Member

    May 4, 2010
    having recently switched over from dish to direct, was not my choice but direct was my only option, i would say each has its advantages

    dish does have much nicer equipment imo, i can't believe how slow my hr23 is, and if pressing extra buttons on the remote is a pain i find myself pained by this direct remote and having to either press a button and wait for the reaction or, cause of the slow responce i end up skipping over what i was trying to access and have to backtrack
    also i find it a pain that upon accessing say the menu, i have to scroll down through it to get to an area i want, where as with dish, i could just go up and get to the bottom of the area

    but with direct i also like the shortcuts it has, setting a recording is easy, i also like the idea of my list of recorded shows shows me what i have watched already and what is yet to be viewed, also the help menu on my hr23 is, well, a help, very informative

    imo direct has totally fouled up the idea of what an ehd should be though, with dish i had a whole library of archived movies and shows, on a few different ehd's and was so easy just to plug one in and watch and yet still have access to the internal hd, with direct, well the ehd option is a royal pain and i lose the use of the internal hd

    the direct remote, well that is just plain old fashioned, as stated above, the selector switch to me is just plain old fashioned
  9. fudpucker

    fudpucker Godfather

    Jul 23, 2007
    NW Iowa
    Having had Dish for a while now, after having had DirectTV, long enough that the Dish interface is pretty "natural" to me, I agree with the OP. I use my DVRs to record (duh!) and the DirectTV DVRs make quick recording much easier. I record with the same options 90% of the time, and being able to simply push the record button when I see something in the guide I want to record once, and push the record button twice if I want to record it regularly with the defaults, is a simpler and faster (by far) way to do it. I'd go back to that in a second if it was an option.

    The Dish DVR tends to give me more options, but they take more keypresses and don't appear to be designed for simplicity. So - for me, having used both systems - DirectTV is quicker and more straightforward, Dish provides more options but makes them less streamlined.

    I don't take any of this stuff personal (I didn't design either system!) so I can understand why some people may prefer one over the other. I personally overall prefer the DirectTV interface, but I stick with Dish because I overalll like their programming better.
  10. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    I use the search button while on the guide entry to search for later showings. This could be improved, but I wonder at what expense.

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