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Tivo, I'm coming back...

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by tbh999, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. Jun 2, 2010 #1 of 46

    tbh999 Mentor

    Dec 10, 2005
    A couple of (three?) years ago I switched out my HDirecTivo (HR10-250) for two HR20's. I gave it the college try and after two years or so, I've come to the conclusion that my old HR10-250 (as well as my R10) are better units. Time and time again, I've missed shows that the HR20 didn't record, the most recent being the 24 finally, however, my HR10 did record it based on a season pass that was created several years ago!!! Why can Tivo get it right based on a years old season pass but my NEW HR20 can't figure it out based on a series created this season (because I never quite trusted it to continue over from year to year).

    Of course one of the shining star's was going to be MRV... but now that's going to cost you. I think I'll just drop HD and go back to being able to watch TV instead of missing shows that I didn't know that the HR20 didn't record.

    So, I give-up...
  2. Jun 2, 2010 #2 of 46

    tcusta00 Active Member

    Dec 31, 2007
    Good luck.

    But, instead of ditching HD and going back to 4-year old technology, do you want help trying to diagnose your issues? Perhaps more than two series links were set to record?
  3. Jun 2, 2010 #3 of 46

    SPACEMAKER Freethinker

    Dec 11, 2007
    Mason, MI
    Hit and run.
  4. Jun 2, 2010 #4 of 46
    David MacLeod

    David MacLeod New Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    what can you watch with a tivo? are there any mpg2 channels left?
  5. Jun 2, 2010 #5 of 46

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    The HR10-250 can do OTA.
    And the SD channels are still MPEG2.
  6. Jun 2, 2010 #6 of 46
    David MacLeod

    David MacLeod New Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    ok, was not sure on the sd channels.
  7. Jun 2, 2010 #7 of 46
    Carl Spock

    Carl Spock Superfly

    Sep 3, 2004
    I, too, want to go back to 2006.

    Things were so much better back then.
  8. Jun 2, 2010 #8 of 46

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    There have been no widespread reports that I've seen of issues recording the 24 2-hour finale. Rather than throw the baby out with the bath water, so to speak, if you'd like some help trying to figure out what might have gone wrong, what does your HISTORY show from 7PM-10PM that evening?

    And if it shows one or both of the 24 episodes that night did not record because of a conflict, what shows might have been ahead of it in the Series Manager? E.g., if Dancing With The Stars was higher up and ended at 9:01, it could have knocked-out another 9PM show.
  9. Jun 2, 2010 #9 of 46

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    I believe I have a trademark on that phrase.
  10. drpjr

    drpjr Icon

    Nov 23, 2007
    +1. So as not to infringe how about "blow and go" or maybe "troll and roll":rolleyes:;)
  11. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    OK... are we saying there's no need for this thread any more?
  12. Carl Spock

    Carl Spock Superfly

    Sep 3, 2004
    But then, where else would we post our lists of strangely paired words?

    In Iowa, I've seen gas stations/convenience stores by both of these names:

    Pump & Munch
    Kum & Go

    At one glorious intersection (was it Ames?), I saw them across the street from each other.
  13. rainydave

    rainydave AllStar

    May 28, 2006
    Duplicate post here
  14. hidefman

    hidefman Legend

    Dec 16, 2006
    I am so sorry for your loss. In your fit of disappointment, would you consider selling me your 2 disfunctional HR-20s? I'll take my chances with them.
  15. ndole

    ndole Problem Solver

    Aug 26, 2009
    I'll hop on that wagon.
  16. tcusta00

    tcusta00 Active Member

    Dec 31, 2007
    Stick a fork in it, Jerry! It's cooked.
  17. jdspencer

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    Well, although it is a duplicate, it is in a different forum so it shouldn't count. :)
  18. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

    Jan 21, 2003
    I'd also think it was due to something like Dancing going to 9:01 or something which then bumped 24.

    For example, say he has the following season passes setup in this priority order:
    1) Dancing with the Stars
    2) Two and a Half Men
    3) 24

    Dancing went 8-9:01 according to other posters.
    Men was 9:00-9:30
    24 was 8:00-10:00 I believe

    In this case 24 would not record because 2 series above it in priority needed both tuners from 9:00 to 9:01. Thank the networks (ABC) for that one.

    Recording history should also tell you this.

    Hopefully the OP comes back and posts some answers to the questions and will seek some help.
  19. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    Until they encode programs with a barcode to electronically announce when a program starts and ends, there are always going to be hit and misses with time-slot recording.
  20. TomCat

    TomCat Broadcast Engineer

    Aug 31, 2002
    Lots of good replies in this thread. I would like to add that despite all of the speculation, there are two truths revealed here:

    1) The HR2x is not as reliable at getting recordings we expect it to get when left to its own devices, not even as reliable as it was 6 months ago.

    2) If you want to not miss shows, you must babysit this DVRs To Do List carefully. Ex-pect what you In-spect. Those of us late of DISH are old hands at this (their DVRs are about as unreliable as it gets). When asked to record literally thousands of recordings from 2004-2010, my HR10-250s, while lately coming up very short on a ever-increasing number of valuable features Tivo never dreamed of that the HR2x embodies, never once missed a show that was not a boo-boo from the programmer, a Tribune data mishap, or from my own mental lapse in programming it. The HR2x is starting to fall dangerously into DISH territory regarding its ability to reliably record programs.

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