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Went Back To DirecTV - Terrible Decision!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Dood, Apr 22, 2012.

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  1. Apr 24, 2012 #41 of 105
    domingos35

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    your HD34 is now crazy crazy crazy slow compared to the Hopper:hurah:



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  2. Apr 24, 2012 #42 of 105
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    The hardware is there, it's just a matter of tweaking the software. I wonder how it would act comparable to the Hopper with a nightly reboot...
     
  3. Apr 24, 2012 #43 of 105
    Mike Greer

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    Before I bought my HR24-500s I tried rebooting my HR22s every morning - may have improved just a touch but still painfully slow to do anything....
     
  4. Apr 24, 2012 #44 of 105
    charlie460

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    I have absolutely no speed complaints with my HR24, H23, or H24.
     
  5. Apr 24, 2012 #45 of 105
    Richierich

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    I think you are only Guaranteed an HR24 if you want MRV (WHDVR Service) and the HD Package.
     
  6. Apr 24, 2012 #46 of 105
    GBFAN

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    He must have had the last install on the last day of the month before the shipment came in to get an HR21. The DOOD doesn't have bad luck, he has no luck at all.
     
  7. Apr 24, 2012 #47 of 105
    harsh

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    That's all it has ever been. Most DVRs of a particular vintage use essentially the same low-level DVR hardware.

    Sometimes tweaking isn't enough. Sometimes you have to admit that things (I'm thinking of the database engine DIRECTV is using) just aren't up to the task and have to be replaced. DIRECTV has demonstrated a decided unwillingness to make such fundamental design changes even though it would almost surely improve customer's experiences and extend the useful lifetime of their very large fleet of leased equipment.
     
  8. Apr 24, 2012 #48 of 105
    dpeters11

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    For some reason, when someone says that Dish boxes don't have problems etc, I start to ask if they'd have the same luck without the nightly reboots that Dish does. Not really sure why :)
     
  9. Apr 24, 2012 #49 of 105
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    Yet another "My HR 2x-xxx DVR is double-pig-dog slow!!" thread.

    75 days and counting for me!! Please, fix the DVR that you broke, DTV!
     
  10. Apr 24, 2012 #50 of 105
    Mike Greer

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    I didn't claim Dish DVRs have no problems..... They do.

    But even with a problem here and there they were not an issue when I had Dish. So much that when I switched to DirecTV I was in shock!

    The performace or lack thereof in DirecTV DVRs jumps out and smacks me in the face every time I pick up the remote! Thank god I don't use the HR22s anymore.
     
  11. Apr 24, 2012 #51 of 105
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    I was actually more referring to Domingos. I'd actually just seen a post on the Dish side where he responded to a question about the nightly reboot. Though I'm sure he knows they have problems as well. It's just a matter of who has the issues you can deal with or not run into.
     
  12. Apr 24, 2012 #52 of 105
    domingos35

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    if they have problems speed is not one of them
     
  13. Apr 24, 2012 #53 of 105
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    I certainly don't have any insight into DirecTV's inner workings, but I have to assume that despite their technical issues with DVR software/firmware/whateveryouwanttocallitware to this point, they know what their limitations are, and it's been a business decision not to address those limitations by rewriting from scratch. My hunch is that the business end is looking to recoup the costs of starting from scratch the first time when they split with Tivo, and they were faced with developing their own product. I can't imagine what an uphill climb that must have been, or how much it cost them. Getting extra mileage out of such an expensive project could sway them to stay the course and tweak what they already have instead of making the fundamental changes we would hope for. I'm open to correction from anyone if I'm off-base on this.

    All of that is really just a long explanation for saying that I don't expect any changes along those lines until the next truly new iteration of their hardware, and who knows when that might be.
     
  14. Apr 24, 2012 #54 of 105
    harsh

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    As most changes in the last six years have been incremental, it doesn't seem likely that they're interested in an overhaul.

    Marketing is writing checks that Engineering couldn't have envisioned.

    I was reading one of the not-so-popular sites the other day and someone noted that they would trade all the Media Center, Widgets and Pandora felgercarb for a responsive DVR. Why does this sound so unthinkable?

    Creeping featuritis is when development of gadgets and geegaws trumps getting the basics down.
     
  15. Apr 24, 2012 #55 of 105
    Richierich

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    Fancy Features and Enhancements should Never Trump the Functional Value of Basic Fundamentals Working Properly. :)
     
  16. Apr 24, 2012 #56 of 105
    Davenlr

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    The best version was what was on my HR24 when I bought it. Its gotten considerably worse each release since then.

    Its a shame we dont have the option to "skip updates" if we are happy with the unit.
     
  17. Apr 24, 2012 #57 of 105
    Richierich

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    Yes they are making this poor Puppy do more than it was ever intended to do just so Marketing can say Directv is Better than Dish and has More Bells and Whistles!!!

    Cut it out and make the Basic Fundamentals work as they should or give everyone HR24s.
     
  18. Apr 24, 2012 #58 of 105
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    You should go to Vegas and bet it all.
     
  19. Apr 24, 2012 #59 of 105
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    I have worked as a sales rep for dtv on the retail side and I have worked for dtv on the hsp side as an installer. If you buy dtv from a retailer you are guaranteed new equipment as they only get new equipment. If you buy dtv from the phone or from centurylink or other phone internet provider or best buy or costco or whatnot you are 50/50 getting used refurbished equipment. The only good dvrs that dtv has are hr 24's and 34's and r16's. Any silver box is crap and any model before 24's are crap for speed. They have smaller processors. One option for you if you have a slow box is call for a service call and say your box is not working it resets itself every hour or so, as well make sure you say you want a tech to install it as you are totally incompetent to do it yourself. this way you will have a tech who will probably have a new hr 24 or r16 to swap out your POS earlier model. If I ordered dtv and the tech didn't have the newest box for me i would send them away until they bring a new one. If you get some BS about "oh well sorry this is all we have so this is what we have to install" then cancel the order and call a local retailer as they will bring you new receivers. sometimes same day.
     
  20. Apr 24, 2012 #60 of 105
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    Every time I see a post by you, I have a vision of an old cartoon with a chihuahua biting on a mans pant leg. And no matter how hard the guy shakes his leg, the dog won't let go.

    By the way, there is no such receiver as an HD34. And if you are trying to win the award for the signature that wastes the most real estate in a post, you win. :nono2:
     
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