Why Can't Slow Receivers be Fixed?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by socal404, Mar 4, 2012.

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  1. Bamasat

    Bamasat AllStar

    Apr 3, 2012
    Perfect post!

    But and for starters,
    Read around this site.
    24/34's are Not a solidified cure to anything.
  2. Richierich

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    I Actually Think the Pig Looks Pretty Good With Lipstick!!! :lol:

    And there are two sources who have told me that the Fix is currently being successfully Tested and that Soon we will have a Final Fix to the Problem of Sluggishness so I will be Patient and wait to see if it holds out to be True.

    In the meantime, I will Not Use DoublePlay, Apps, Widgets or anything else that this DVR was not originally intended to do as I believe all of the DVRs except the HR24s are Underpowered and need More RAM. :)

    Thank God my 5 HR24-500s work Reliably and Fast with No Problems at all. I must have Better Firmware on mine than the others who are experiencing problems. :lol:
  3. allenn

    allenn Icon

    Nov 19, 2005
    Changing channels and deleting programs are variable optional features on my HR24s. The event may or may not occur, and if it does, it will be slow in execution. I am glad to hear, at least, the channel change is supposed to be a basic function. Thanks and have a great day!
  4. gsanta

    gsanta Cool Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    Do we have any new information on the possible fix?
  5. jkaetz

    jkaetz Cool Member

    Jan 13, 2010
    I wouldn't hold my breath. They've had six years to fix them and it hasn't happened yet. Your only options are to buy HRx4-xxx units from amazon, solid signal, or another place that acknowledges the difference between HR units, leave dtv, or live with it...
  6. Racer88

    Racer88 Icon

    Sep 12, 2006
    Yeah no kidding. It isn't like this is something that just appeared out of the blue. It's been slowly but surely worsening throughout entire lifespan of every model ever made. It's only just been recently amplified exponetially with the introduction of the HD GUI. The 24's probably have an improvement in hardware that helped counteract the never ending supply of crap code being churned out, but even they are being brought to their knees now.

    ...and AGAIN not seeing any complaints with the speed of THR22's so the hardware is not the limitation. It's DTV's code monkey department failing to write efficient code for the available hardware.
  7. CrestronPro

    CrestronPro Legend

    Nov 24, 2007
    As a long time loyal DirecTV subscriber, I hate to say this, but I am seriously considering the jump to Comcast. All I want my DVR to do is change channels, record programs, let me play them back, and then delete them when I am done. I would never have thought this was too much to expect out of my HR21-700's, but apparently so.
  8. Podkayne

    Podkayne Legend

    Nov 1, 2007
    We're looking to change also, just gathering information for now. We might go with a middle level cable with HD upgrade, 10 MB/s internet and home phone pkg for $90...we're currently paying $152 for those services from D* and the local Bell. I could be talked out of it, though, if D* would just replace my ridiculously slow HR 20-100 but they say "slowness" is not a reason to replace equipment. Sorry to say, but the likelihood is now quite high that I'll be replacing them after 17 1/2 years. Evidently being "new" is worth way more than being "loyal".
  9. pogo

    pogo AllStar

    Oct 31, 2007
    Because speed clearly isn't a priority. HDGUI is. We really needed that.
  10. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    I truly think the HD GUI is only the surface. I personally think a lot happened underneath that was needed for things to come. We just see the visible bits. I have no inside knowledge, but a guess.
  11. sregener

    sregener Godfather

    Apr 17, 2012
    I don't know the reasons why. I do know that DirecTV saddled me to a 2-year commitment to an HR22 just over two years ago. I wish they had a few channels I watch in HD, but honestly, the deal-breaker is the slow DVR. I considered an HR24, but reading that they are now as slow, I started looking elsewhere. My Dish Network Hopper gets installed this weekend, and it is good-bye to this problem. I won't mince words when I call DirecTV to cancel service, either.

    For me, the slow channel change isn't an annoyance - it is a significant problem. I shouldn't have to send my young children away so I can start their program and avoid having them see whatever is on TLC (Baby Story, I'm looking at you!) or whatever channel the DVR was on last. I should be able to start their program within 5 seconds, not the 30-60 it routinely takes (longer if the DVR is busy recording something at the same time.)

    If I was a lawyer, I would sue them for false advertising for charging me $8/month for an "advanced" receiver. The only thing advanced about this DVR is the length of time it takes to do anything.
  12. beer_geek

    beer_geek Legend

    Jun 14, 2007
    This is starting to spill over to other boards. I'm on a football board that has people blaming the "black theme". They don't even know it's HD. They just know it is slow.
  13. JonW

    JonW Icon

    Dec 21, 2006
    Understandable. The old UI filled a 16:9 screen and displayed/looked fine regardless of whether you were watching in 480i or 1080p.

    It's not like they can squeeze a lot more information on the display, because people won't be able to read it, and it's not like they had the problem SD UI's on other DVRs had where they weren't using the entire screen.

    Of course the name of the game is signing up new subscribers... and they probably needed a "HD GUI" just so they wouldn't get mocked for not having one in national advertising.
  14. HoTat2

    HoTat2 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2005
    I don't recall the old SD-GUI being able to fill an entire 16:9 screen on an SD channel without resorting to stretch-o-vision on the program video at the same time.

    Whereas the receiver settings can be configured for the new HD-GUI to fill a 16:9 screen while simultaneously maintaining a correct 4:3 ratio for the picture on an SD channel.

    See the post here for instance;

  15. JonW

    JonW Icon

    Dec 21, 2006
    I use native output, so I never would have noticed.
  16. TomCat

    TomCat Broadcast Engineer

    Aug 31, 2002
    One of the "solutions" suggested by DTV was to turn scrolling features off. I found that laughable at best.

    But I tried it anyway, and while it does not speed things up, it feels like it does; it gives you the impression that it is responding faster. It certainly takes a lot of the drudgery out of scrolling through 400 hours or recordings looking for that one Leverage ep you've been saving since 2011.

    I thought it would be worthless, but I find it to be an improvement, even if its only a perception rather than a reality. Who knew?
  17. Plasman

    Plasman AllStar

    Jan 1, 2006
    I just want to put in 3 numbers and have the receiver reliably change to that channel on the first try. Lately, that seems like too much to ask for.

    I am a huge D* supporter and faithful customer, but they must fix this and soon.
  18. Richierich

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    In the meantime until they get it fixed have you tried Hitting the Info Button, then Enter the Channel Number and then Hit the Exit Button?

    That is what I did a long time ago when I experience Sluggishness while using DoublePlay and it works as a Great Workaround until the Fix comes along.
  19. gsanta

    gsanta Cool Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    Ill try Hitting the Info Button, then Enter the Channel Number and then Hitting the Exit Button.

    I thought this would be straightened out by now. I thought fixes were being tested successfully a while ago.
  20. Richierich

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    Directv is working Feverishly on it and hopefully this Next National Release will GitRDone!!! :)
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