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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. acostapimps

    acostapimps Hall Of Famer

    Nov 5, 2011
    EHD transfer flexibility per account, not married to the same DVR.
  2. longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Apr 21, 2007
    Elizabeth, CO
    +1000000 It can't be a legal issue as Dish already does it. My guess, and this is just a guess, is that the authorization stream doesn't tell a receiver what account it is on, just what it is allowed to receive. This would be a major hurdle, I can think of a couple ways to do it but they would not be easy
  3. vthokies1996

    vthokies1996 Legend

    Oct 6, 2008
    I'd like the ability to manage all of my favorites lists and Season Passes from one place. I don't like having to go update every receiver whenever I want to change my favorite channel list.

    I'd also like it if a channel is upgraded to HD, the HD version of the channel automatically replaces the SD version on my favorites list.
  4. Richierich

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    Directv has an Authentication Server that has along with your Account # all of your DVRs/Receivers with their RID #s and your Billing Account Information, etc. so it should be Very Very Easy for them to do if they decided to do it.

    It just isn't High on their Priority List of things to do. It is probably a Nice To Do Thing rather than something that has to be done.
  5. litex2x

    litex2x Legend

    Sep 8, 2012
    More HD channels!

    Also it would be nice if we could stream dvr recordings to more devices without nomad and watch live tv on PCs.
  6. DrummerBoy523

    DrummerBoy523 Godfather

    Jan 9, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    allow me to sort my list however I want and display the results in a new TAB on the LIST screen.

    For example - I would like to see every DVR in my Whole House configuration on a separate tab. I would also like to see all movies on a separate tab.
  7. kbxm

    kbxm AllStar

    Mar 15, 2007
    1. Stop treating us long-timers like we don't exist. Give us the new subscriber deals or at least give us the opportunity to get them without having to go through retention (lifetime HD anyone?)

    2. <smacking dead horse> Firmware fixes should be regression tested so they don't break other stuff!

    3. Speaking of #two, when I set up a search to record a sports events from my local team, can you actually get the channel correct? I get FSN. Not Altitude, FSDetroit, FSTampa (yes I'm making these up) or other regions sports channels. Worked years ago and was broken by a firmware upgrade.

    4. Grandfathered permanently means permanently.

    5. Fix the website. It sucks. Can't find any useful information on it at all and constantly having to dodge the ads is really annoying.

    6. The ability to turn off the Weather Channel apps would be nice. They never work anyway and although there are ways to work around them we shouldn't have to.

    7. Ala-carte programming so we can cut the cost down without losing value. In other words, we can get XYZ channel without the rest of the alphabet soup that we're never going to watch in the package.

    8. No more two-year commitments for changing small things.

    9. Whole-house on my own network without additional cabling or an additional fee. Don't have to support it, but don't charge me for it either.

    10. no more restriction on keys for DIRECTV2PC. I used my two keys up YEARS ago when it first came out and wasn't working for me. But new house, new PC, fast fiber in the house, it might be useful if I could actually install it.

    Could go on, but I've got to go spray PAM my dish before the ice storm coats it to heavily...
  8. Ed Campbell

    Ed Campbell Hall Of Fame

    Feb 17, 2006
    Boy do I miss NWI...
  9. tool_army

    tool_army Cool Member

    Sep 4, 2011
    THIS. Why there's not a "link" or button press that allows you to flip back and forth between the list and to-do list is mindboggling to me. I've had numerous different TV providers over the years, most of which were in the DVR era. Directv is the ONLY one I've had where those two screens have no connection with one another.
  10. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    And what of those that don't have always-on broadband service?

    I can't imagine trying to figure out what each Big Four affiliate is going to do after the indeterminate end of an event. Will they join a program in progress or will they run a carefully timed PSA or infomercial? Will they shift the whole schedule until the news? Does each affiliate have a definitive and invariate plan?

    I submit that it is unreasonable to collect and disseminate this information until too late to be of use (especially if you're someone who uses bracketing on your start and end times).
  11. Tubaman-Z

    Tubaman-Z Godfather

    Jul 30, 2007
    1. Fast (1 or 2 button) access to To-do list
    2. Restore closed-captioning to a toggle choice (not "Off, D* On, Std CC On", but rather "D* On/Off, Std CC On/Off"
  12. shmengie

    shmengie Godfather

    Apr 12, 2007
    City of Angels
    Gosh, mine seems trite compared to some of these.

    I think it'd be neat if I could save snippets of anything I wanted into a "My Clips" folder. Like, say I'm watching a live car chase, and it ends with a spectacular crash. I could rewind a bit, mark starting point "A," play it through the crash, mark ending point "B." I'm prompted to name the clip and hit save.

    There you go: Party mix of nip slips, explosions and cute animal tricks!
  13. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    What, and put Youtube out of business? ;) Great idea, but I think it'd be a warm day in Heaven before that will happen.
  14. CallMeCoach

    CallMeCoach Mentor

    Jan 29, 2013
    I don't know how much they control this, but I'd love to see HBO's prices dip. There are a lot of shows on HBO that I like but can't see paying the price.
  15. ndfan1993

    ndfan1993 Cool Member

    Jan 9, 2013
    You would think this wouldn't be too hard to tie into the "List" button on the remote, just add a tab to it to allow to see Recording Info - Two button pushes are all that is needed. Not sure why they are behind on this.

    What are the odds that we see any of this?
  16. markrogo

    markrogo Godfather

    Sep 18, 2007
    That's all you pay for now. (I realize you meant something else, but since you and I don't watch the same channels, we're each only paying for the channels we do watch.

    You should read this: http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox...g_a_la_carte_is_not_the_miracle_it_seems.html


    Now, back to fantasizing:

    Build me a cloud DVR. I don't need all this equipment in my house, a little Roku/AppleTV-type box will do fine, thanks.

    Then you can back up my record links, my recordings, etc. You can even store one copy of "The Walking Dead" for all 2 million of us that record it (or whatever amount of de-duplication the copyright holders let you get away).

    You can switch to H.265 someday with a new $59 Roku-sized box instead of having to replace many-hundred-dollar DVRs.

    Yes, not all your customers will want this like I do. Fine, keep giving them regular old DVRs. I'm in on the cloud thing, though. I'll sign up first.

    You'll save millions (billions?) in the long run. Less hardware, fewer service calls (many many fewer).

    Oh, and yeah, some trickplay might not be perfectly smooth, but that's OK -- it never has been under MRV either.

    I mean, since we're fantasizing....
  17. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    Then you don't like them quite enough! ;):D
    This also is what we'd like to see from DIRECTV, not HBO. :)
  18. Richierich

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    When I am Managing and Performing Maintenance on my Playlists I would like the position to stay in the same place after I Delete a Recording or Folder.

    If there is an Older Recording left in that Folder it takes me down to where those other Recordings are with that same date so it is constantly Resorting based on date.

    I then have to get out of the Playlist and then get back in the Playlist if I am up top which is a PITA.
  19. patmurphey

    patmurphey Godfather

    Dec 21, 2006
    How does it make sense to change from one broadcast to 2 million distributed recordings, stored and played locally, to one stored copy and 2 million downloads hogging a colossal amount of bandwidth? :D
  20. markrogo

    markrogo Godfather

    Sep 18, 2007
    Bandwidth is more or less free. And I did some crude math suggesting that based on my current viewing and my understanding of DirecTV's bitrates, I'd be capable of keeping my existing Comcast internet without any risk of overages (and Comcast is in the process of actually raising caps on most plans anyway).

    And surely you understand that those DVRs in your house are costing you money, right? They are hundreds of dollars worth of equipment -- that you pay for -- whether DirecTv gives you them "free" or not.

    If any of those boxes fail, everything on them is gone.

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