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Who keeps their DVR(s) powered at all times?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by sangs, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. sangs

    sangs AllStar

    Apr 2, 2008
    NE New Jersey
    With my previous provider, buggy software that was most problematic at startup got me into the habit of leaving my DVRs "powered" on at all times. (The issue was eventually fixed for most btw.) Wondering what the rule of thumb is for the D* DVRs?

    Since having my HR34 and HR24 installed a couple days ago, I've left them on and deactivated the power saving feature. Neither are located in areas where the blue lights will bother anybody, so that's not an issue. I understand that if these are anything like my previous DVRs, the only things being powered on or off are the audio/video circuits. Oh and if it matters, both are connected via component cables. Thanks.
  2. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    It's best to put them in standby when not using it, it can run some housekeeping jobs during that time. All that does is turn off the LEDs and the outputs. It's never really off.
  3. bidger

    bidger Hall Of Fame

    Nov 19, 2005
    Q: Who keeps their DVR(s) powered at all times?

    A: I do. There is no power button on the remote or front panel on the TiVo. Even if there were, I wouldn't use. At least I never did on the DirecTV DVRs.
  4. sangs

    sangs AllStar

    Apr 2, 2008
    NE New Jersey
    So are you saying the "housekeeping jobs" won't be performed otherwise?
  5. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    They are always powered on, just when you turn them off with the remote they dont output audio or video. you can also dim or turn off the blue ring. They know they can do housekeeping tasks if you turn it off, they have no idea is you're watching tv or not if they are always on, so some tasks may take longer, like guide data updates, indexing, etc...
  6. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Some things at least will definitely eventually run, like software updates. I don't know if everything will run, or how delayed it will happen though.
  7. Diana C

    Diana C Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Mar 30, 2007
    New Jersey
    That seems highly speculative to me. The HR2x DVRs are always buffering the foreground tuner, so there is no difference in tuner activity and CPU usage whether the unit is on or off. The only difference is whether the HDMI interface and the DAC circuit is powered or not. I can't see that having any influence over the execution of "background" tasks. Guide data is always being updated, and indexing happens according to a time schedule. The event timer is always running (otherwise recordings wouldn't happen).

    We turn our units off (and have the power saver active) simply to take advantage the little bit of power saving that turning them "off" provides.
  8. sangs

    sangs AllStar

    Apr 2, 2008
    NE New Jersey
    Perusing these boards for the past few months, it seems to me that the phrase "when coming out of standby" is included in a lot of error posts. And like I mentioned above, a fix for that type of problem with my previous provider was to keep the DVR "on" at all times. Worked like a charm. Guess that's why I'm leaning toward keeping mine on all the time - especially the HR34.
  9. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    It seems to me that people observe problems when coming out of standby because that's the first interaction they have with the box, taking it out of standby. Why don't you read a lot of people who say "I had a problem with the box when I walked up to in, and it was on all night?" Because there aren't a lot of people who do that.

    I would feel confident leaving the box in standby when not using it.
  10. Brubear

    Brubear Legend

    Nov 13, 2008
    I've had really good luck over the years leaving them powered on so I continue to do so. It would seem to me that powering up and down would be more activity and thus "wear" than remaining on. That is the image I've used anyway and, knock on wood, no unit has failed before being replaced via upgrade.
  11. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
  12. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    I haven't seen it stated recently but we were told a few years back that the units perform "housekeeping" when the remote hasn't been used in X hours (I believe it was 3 at the time). Putting the unit in standby however lets it know right away that it can start "housekeeping" without waiting for X hours of no remote activity.
  13. tgater

    tgater Godfather

    Jul 24, 2007
    I leave mine on 24/7 due to a couple off reasons. 1 has the sling attacthed and is a PIA when I'm traveling and have to wake it up. The other in the MBR if watching for a period of time it again can be a PIA to keep going. The Sony tv in the MBR is set for two hours before sleeping and will give me a message to hit a button on the remote to prevent the unit from sleeping. Much easier the the DVR. The non DVR's in the house are set with the power save feature.
  14. jimmie57

    jimmie57 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 26, 2010
    Texas City, TX
    We turn off our TVs and DVRs together and turn them back on together.
    4 years now and no problems so far.

    We do not use the Power Saving Mode.


    Dec 11, 2006
    Long Island, NY
    Everything gets turned off here never had any problems
  16. SFNSXguy

    SFNSXguy EOE DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2006
    Near San...
    I have three HR20-700.... two are left on all the time, one I turn off. Can't see any difference.
  17. JimMariner

    JimMariner Just Another Ol'Salt

    Sep 19, 2007
    I always turn all my DTV DVRs off when not in use. I don't use the power saving feature either in any of them.
  18. ftwrich

    ftwrich New Member

    Feb 24, 2007
    I power “OFF” my DVR’s when I’m not using them. I have slingboxes connected to two other DVR’s and those darn college kids aren’t so diligent about powering them off but they do go into power saving mode. I ask them occasionally how things are working with the slingboxes/DVR’s and they don’t seem to have seen anything unusual. I have 6 DVR’s and haven’t seen a need to leave them “ON”.
  19. ThomasM

    ThomasM RF Engineer

    Jul 20, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    I power off (unplug) my R22 and one R15 every weekday from 7am-7pm because I have "time of use" electricity pricing and these power hogs suck 25 watts whenever they are plugged in irregardless of whether they are "on" or "off".

    However, they do remain powered on all night and all weekend which is apparently plenty of time for them to do their "housekeeping". With the present software they retain everything-settings, full program guide, TO DO list, etc.

    As for this reducing the life of the HDD or components, I've been doing this for over 5 years and they all are still working fine. Modern hard drives are MADE to be turned off by losing power so they stop writing and retract the heads a few milliseconds after they detect a power loss.
  20. supermod38

    supermod38 Mentor

    Jan 16, 2013
    Central VA.
    the ONLY way to truely turn the box *OFF* is to unplug it.!!!

    that goes for the TV also. just sayin...:D:D:D

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