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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. patmurphey

    patmurphey Godfather

    Dec 21, 2006
    Why are many ISPs limiting bandwidth use without paying extra?
  2. boukengreen

    boukengreen Legend

    Sep 22, 2009
    or charge so much to come up a driveway when they have service on the road you live on?
  3. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    Because they can.
  4. cypherx

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    -Cloud based backup/restore of settings (Favorites, prefs, series links, etc..)

    -More than 50 series link limit.

    -Hardware accelerated, triple buffered graphics. UI elements could crossfade on/off screen (Guide/Menu). Caller ID notifications / Delete / Don't Delete question could slide in briskly from the lower right and then slide off smoothly when dismissed. Top banner could slide down when invoked and slide up/off screen when dismissed. Think of the UI polish you take for granted in iPhone/iPad, Android, Windows Vista/7/8, Apple Mac OS, etc... Look at Xfinity X1 DVR to prove its possible. Also Passport Echo on Cisco set tops have nice fades and quick animations that make the system feel real responsive. Check out Android's Project Butter for some technical insight on triple buffering and how it could be done.

    -Shortcut to manage recordings. LIST+LIST maybe could take you to the screen where you can view todo or change series link ordering.

    -Ability to REMOTELY manage to do list and series link. Also view how much space is free on a DVR from other rooms on MRV, iPad or iPhone. Also do it from web.

    -Actual remote control function to iPhone so I don't have to use 3rd party apps (DTV iRemote, WaltzRemote).

    -Updated HD version of TV Apps (See Xfinity X1's really cool high res sports app for an idea). When invoking them they should slide on or off screen. None of the Windows 3.1 era "appear and disappear"

    -Replacement for DIRECTV2PC. Updated UI similar to iPad. View DVR recordings on PC as well as the guide and same live streaming / on demand content that you can get on network from the iPad.

    -True TV Everywhere. Live streaming should be allowed even when away from home.

    -Customize-able mini-guide. I would adjust mine to show 3 channels at once instead of 1 (blue button).

    -When a channel is updated to HD and you have hide SD duplicates turned on, it should automatically replace the SD version in any favorites list. People are bookmarking the content, so if IFC is in "Favs" list... IFCHD should of automatically taken it's place when it went HD this past week.

    -If the above is not possible, then the banners saying "So and so is now in HD!" should be visible so people KNOW to update their favorites list. Currently the banner only shows if the HD version IS in favorites... moot point - I know, I had to manually add it!

    -Faster browsing on demand screens. Sometimes it takes awhile to find stuff in on demand because the delay loading the lists of content. Cache it maybe?

    -Ability to harness the power of MRV to view the on demand screens from other rooms (H24/H25 boxes for example). If a non DVR is authorized for MRV, it should be able to utilize the DVR on network to pull in channels 1000-1999 so other rooms can select and play on demand content.

    -Harness MRV to announce caller ID messages to all receivers if only one has a phone line. Also possibly announce it to iPhone or DIRECTV2PC replacement app when you are on your home network.

    -External hard drive ADD to DVR storage pool. Not replace it. Allow USB 2.0 interface in addition to eSATA. Pair it to the ACCOUNT not the Receiver.

    -Keep the HD coming!

    Nice interface example. XFINITY X1:
  5. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    What about some multi room updates like being able to record to a different drv from the one you are at. Like you have a choice when at a NON Drv box.

    Shared Series Mangers

    a R icon for show rerecording on a different drv in the guide.

    maybe smart push drv to non double up shows when you have more then one box.

    Being able to use the a local drv HD for a buffer in MRV to get rid of the control lag.

    For one thing better LOT8's / weather apps. At times you can lock up the box with weather alerts. Maybe some thing for HD DVR boxes.

    But even a multi city Weatherscan Sd like the one on dish (limited areas) is better.

  6. TXD16

    TXD16 Icon

    Oct 29, 2008
    1. All channels in HD (regardless of whether or not they are available in the same ;)).

    2. Unified scheduling and single-button To-Do list.

    3. C'mon, let's fix the current and mostly long-time broken stuff (there's still so much of it).

    Oh, and an automatic delete filter for anything related to Piers Morgan would be great!
  7. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    Here's my KISS Suggestion - - double the limit size of the Series Manager.
  8. ken100

    ken100 AllStar

    Feb 1, 2013
    Make it so I don't have to hit reset every few weeks. And stop charging for HD channels for everyone regardless of package they have.
  9. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    Register recordings to an account instead of the DVR.
  10. Richierich

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    +1. Ditto. Bring It On Directv, you can do it!!! :D
  11. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    Here's one that wont cost DirecTV any money.

    Break down Manage Recordings into its seven parts on the Recordings icon screen.

    All they have to do is make six icons.

    1. ToDo List
    2. Series Manager
    3. Queue
    4. History
    5. Purchase
    6. Manual Record
    7. Record Defaults (Can use the existing Manage Recordings icon)
  12. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ

    Or make LIST>LIST a shortcut to the Manage Recordings screen. ;)
  13. Beerstalker

    Beerstalker Hall Of Fame

    Feb 9, 2009
    Peoria, IL
    That would be nice, but it would still cost DirecTV time and money for the programmers to make the changes.

    I still don't understand why some people insist on messing around in the To Do List so much though. Once I have my recordings set up, and my Series Prioritizer set up I pretty much never go into the To Do List. Abou tthe only time I do is when my hard drive starts getting full I go into it to see what is set to record over the next few days so I know if I need to make sure to watch or delete some recordings to make space. For example right now my wife's DVR only has about 5% free space. I checked the To Do List last night to see how many recordings she has scheduled over the next few days. She had about 6 hours worth so I made sure to delete a few of the 90 episodes of House Hunters we have recorded to make room because she isn't going to have much time to watch TV over the next few days, and I wanted to make sure there was room to get the recordings she really wants, instead of the House Hunters episodes we like, but don't have to see all of them (we are going to start house shopping ourselves soon and it's really neat to see what is out there, and the differences in pricing in different cities).
  14. cypherx

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    Sometimes it's as simple as "what's set to record tonight?" I don't remember, let me check.

    Sometimes it's just to shuffle things around since we can only record 2 things at once. Canceling something on a cable network because it airs later, whereas something on a local network never reairs.
  15. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD

    And since programs CHANGE their times regularly, it is good to check what is happening. Say on a night on a two tuner DVR, you have both tuners in use and one has to change the channel at 9pm for a program but that night, the previous program runs to 9:01 (this happens more often than you think with NBC and ABC). You lose the 9 pm program. All because you think you have all your passes right.

    Or if you watch stuff on channels like Cartoon Network that always mess up the first run date. Or a network decides to burn off episodes on a night you have your tuners all in use. Or programs start their runs and you are going to miss it because everything was working fine for weeks (like when American Idol starts and knocks off 2 hours on two nights).

    Or you plan on watching a sporting event and want to see what tuners are available.

    Granted, with more tuners in a box (HR34), this is less likely to happen but almost everyone is still using 1 or more 2 tuner boxes.

    I don't understand how anyone ever just lets their to do list work itself out. I see conflicts and problems at least a couple times each month during the busy times. You are probably missing things you have no idea you are missing or have very few shows recording.
  16. ndole

    ndole Problem Solver

    Aug 26, 2009
    I would like #hashtags to actually mean something on Facebook. Oh, wait.. wrong thing :lol: :D
  17. ndole

    ndole Problem Solver

    Aug 26, 2009
    I think it would be cool (totally just a nerd thing) to see some sort of IPTV stb from Directv that made use of their DIRECTV Everywhere offerings on a TV without needing to attach a tablet/laptop/phone to it. I think that if done well, there is a huge untapped market for discount Pay-IPTV services. Especially to locations with no line of sight to the birds. Just a thought :)
  18. cypherx

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    I agree!

    Also if the signal goes out, allow the DVR to tap into the same feed the iPad app can get.

    Keep those iPad streaming channels coming! I notice the first round of the recent HD additions showed up today in the app.

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