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What I'd like to see in 2013 from D*

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by lparsons21, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. Jan 2, 2013 #1 of 98

    lparsons21 Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Mar 4, 2006
    Herrin, IL
    1. Fix the damned Channels I Get!

    2. Make the external HD an add-on instead of replacing the internal HD.

    3. AND make it tied to the account and not to the receiver. The usefulness of the external HD is dramatically reduced when you know that if the receiver craps out, you lose all the recordings.

    4. And while we're at it, make it work with USB. No real reason not to, and it was reported in a few forums that it did work at least for awhile.
  2. Jan 2, 2013 #2 of 98

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Backing up series links to a USB key would be a good use for that, especially if the external hard drive is an extension, and the series links are still internal.
  3. Jan 2, 2013 #3 of 98

    lparsons21 Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Mar 4, 2006
    Herrin, IL
    Backing up the series link to a USB stick would be very nice. I know that I have 40+ of them on the 2 HR24s I have in my main viewing area and don't look forward to recreating them on a new box should one be needed.

    Frankly because I can't do that now is one of the reasons I haven't switched to an HR34.
  4. Jan 2, 2013 #4 of 98
    Carl Spock

    Carl Spock Superfly

    Sep 3, 2004
    Make a Recently Deleted folder for the Playlist. Hold recordings in there for 24 hours after they are deleted.
  5. Jan 2, 2013 #5 of 98

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    If your HR craps out, your series links remain on the HDD. If you're using an external or have replaced your internal drive, putting the same HDD on another HR still leaves you with your SLs. Still would be nice to be able to use any HR to view content on any HDD within an account. But, we've been asking for that for years and nobody at D* seems to care.

  6. Jan 2, 2013 #6 of 98

    kevinwmsn Hall Of Fame

    Aug 19, 2006
    Backing up a custom favorites list would be nice too.
    I would like to see them finish CIG. The 600s, 700s needs to be fixed. I thought most of 200-400 and the 500s were pretty close.
  7. Jan 2, 2013 #7 of 98

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Same thing as 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006....

    Archiving of recorded content.
  8. Jan 2, 2013 #8 of 98

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    - Either get MediaShare working and get rid of the beta label or dump it.
    - Roll out the TVApps replacement. DIRECTV got rid of the web site and developers have stopped writing for it.
    - Allow for multiple HR34's on an account
    - Make TV Everywhere really everywhere, not only when you're on your home network
    - Make remote scheduling two way/interactive so you can see if a recording will really happen and not just hope it does
  9. Jan 2, 2013 #9 of 98

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    I like all of these.
    And while we're at it why not backup the series links to a Network Attached Storage (NAS) drive. Of course, you'd have to have your DVR networked.
  10. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    I agree with everything said so far, but also add:

    A one button PIP on/off toggle for the HR34. The current implementation is way too many button presses.

    Bring back the color buttons.

    An 8 tuner HMC. ;)
  11. Diana C

    Diana C Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Mar 30, 2007
    New Jersey
    An option for cloud storage could solve a lot of the issues mentioned above. If you could upload selected recordings to a DirecTV server, and then restore them to any DVR on your account that would satisfy a good portion of the external hard drive requests. Cloud storage for the Nomad would also be cool (allowing you to reload your device when away from home).

    This could even be a revenue source for DirecTV - subscribers might get, say, 300 GB for free, with additional storage available for purchase/rental.
  12. lparsons21

    lparsons21 Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Mar 4, 2006
    Herrin, IL
    The biggest problem with cloud storage is the time it would take to upload to the cloud. 300Gb of uploads would take an enormous amount of time for most of us I suspect.
  13. dconfer

    dconfer Legend

    Nov 18, 2005
    How about getting the apps out for andriod so we can use our Nomads.
  14. mrdobolina

    mrdobolina AllStar

    Aug 28, 2006
    A Mile High
    I thought of a different implementation of this idea: Say for "On Demand" movies they have options to "rent" for $4.99 or to "Buy" for $19.99 (or whatever price makes sense). If you buy it, it's stored on your local hard drive for play whenever you want, but if said receiver goes bad it doesn't matter: DirecTV knows you bought it and you can re-download it to your new receiver. This way, DTV only has to keep 1 "copy" on their servers instead of allocating GBs for each person that wants to store their movie library via their cloud. Couple this with the ability to port external hard drives between receivers within an account, and you have a good way for customers to both archive their shows AND build a digital movie library. Side effect for DirecTV is an additional revenue stream and a decrease in churn (Because once you leave DTV, your movie & archive access dies).
  15. gcd0865

    gcd0865 Legend

    Jul 23, 2008
    (1) Some way, any way, to manually add OTA stations (including subchannels) into the AM21's saved channel listing as you rotate your outside antenna among multiple directions.
    (2) Some way, any way, for the on-screen guide to display programming data for manually-added OTA stations.
    (3) Add satellite delivery of "significantly viewed" adjacent market stations that match local cable company offerings.
  16. 242424

    242424 AllStar

    Mar 22, 2012
    A way to go back, download and lock in a stable software so it's never changed again......
  17. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    Not if it were run on the iTunes Match model. There, their server checks certain data points, but doesn't actually upload your file; it already has it. So you, and thousands of other fee paying cloud storers can download that file any old time. Still, that'd mean practically that DIRECTV® archives every single show it has ever aired.... way more than the bulk of MP3 songs that Apple holds. What's a thousand Terrabytes? A sh**load of storage, but how many of those would be needed??
  18. wrj

    wrj Legend

    Nov 23, 2006
    Restore functionality of being able to control a recorded show in PIG while viewing the Guide. They had this feature for a short time and then dropped it.
  19. JosephB

    JosephB Icon

    Nov 14, 2005
    Birmingham, AL
    At a minimum, take the cloud storage idea and apply it to settings, wish lists, series links, etc. though I agree cloud storage of recordings is not feasible (it would be very, very, very wasteful)

    No reason I shouldn't be able to modify my priorities, series links, and favorite channels lists on my iPad app or on the website. Plus, if you grab all that and store it online, you could then duplicate it out to my other receivers or restore my settings automagically if I have to get a new box. Check out the way TiVo does it with their Series 4 boxes and then take it a step or two further.
  20. wrj

    wrj Legend

    Nov 23, 2006
    Another one, add the ability to order the WHDVR playlist by more than just date recorded and alphabetical; such as, order by which DVR recorded it and then by date or alphabet.

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