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Would you like to see "Auto Tune" added to the HR20?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Michael D'Angelo, Aug 17, 2007.

Would you like to see "Auto Tune" added to the HR20?

  1. Yes

    1 vote(s)
  2. No

    754 vote(s)
  3. No Preference

    171 vote(s)
  1. Aug 17, 2007 #21 of 306

    Meklos Legend in his own mind...

    Nov 7, 2006
    The difference is the diskspace used. I press (R) on a 6 hour HD program, (from what I understand) the diskspace 'to be used' by the program 'to be recorded' is freed immediately, and thus if you're close to full, you just requested the system to clear enough diskspace to hold 6 hours of HD. That means that recordings that are eligible for deletion should they need to be deleted will be deleted just by the mere fact of me pressing (R) on a program that I'm not actually going to want to record.

    If I don't care to go any further back than 90 minutes, why should I spend the diskspace recording it... if the buffers are enough for my needs, but I want to make sure I don't miss a second, then Autotune gets it done.
  2. Aug 17, 2007 #22 of 306
    Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    All I said was that for most people, most of the time, simply using record will take care of this. There are, of course, situations and conditions to which this particular feature would be very important. Personally, I've found that a second HR20 solves most of the space issues.

    BTW, I voted 'No Preference' as I really don't care if it's in there or not.
  3. Aug 17, 2007 #23 of 306
    B Newt

    B Newt Icon

    Aug 12, 2007
    Auotune would be nice. The way to make it work would be pick the channel you like from the grid hit the record button, which will give you a choice of recording or auto tune. If you chose auto tune a circled A will pop on....
  4. Aug 17, 2007 #24 of 306

    houskamp Active Member

    Sep 14, 2006
    Just use select to autotune.. If it is a currently playing show it will tune to it, if not it will autotune.. press record if you want to record it.. I can't remember what symbols the SIS-TS360 had but it did have both icons, and was easy to use (record was to VCR, could be setup to turn on VCR to record)
  5. Aug 17, 2007 #25 of 306

    mtnagel Hall Of Fame

    Sep 18, 2006
    I would never use it, but I guess I wouldn't care if it was there.
  6. Aug 17, 2007 #26 of 306

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    I think AUTOTUNE should work just like current recording, but the recording SHOULD start! :) This way if you're not in front of the TV when it starts, you at least have a chance to watch the show later.

    To me, current HR20 recording tools with "KEEP AT MOST" set to "1" would work just as well as AUTOTUNE does on the other boxes, and only cost you a bit of disk space.

    Just my .02. /s
  7. Aug 17, 2007 #27 of 306

    ATARI Hall Of Fame

    May 10, 2007
    Yes +1
  8. Aug 17, 2007 #28 of 306

    shendley Hall Of Fame

    Nov 27, 2005
    I only used it once in a blue moon back in the old pre HR20 days, but it would be nice to have it again. Not a big priority, mind you, but a nice extra feature.
  9. Aug 17, 2007 #29 of 306
    Tony Chick

    Tony Chick Legend

    Aug 24, 2006
    I Loved this feature on my non-DVR Zenith receiver and I miss it now that I'm using the HR20 as my primary viewing receiver. Its great to set up the next program and just have it change, especially when I'm working in the kitchen watching that set via my X10 wireless sender. Having it start recording doesn't do me any good if it doesn't also change whats live on the TV.
  10. Aug 17, 2007 #30 of 306

    lwilli201 Hall Of Fame

    Dec 22, 2006
    There are some things that the HR20 is capable of that I never use but I am not advocating that they should no be available to anyone that wished to use it. Saying No in the poll seems unfair to those that would like the feature. Yes or I don't care would be more appropriate. I do not see, however, that this feature as a high priority, but I would use it. I used it often with my H20.
  11. Aug 17, 2007 #31 of 306


    Dec 11, 2006
    Long Island, NY
    Yes I would like to see auto-tune it is a great feature. I use it all the time on my D10 -300 boxes.
  12. Aug 17, 2007 #32 of 306

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD

    I don't think that is the same.

    Record will record in background on the second tuner. Autotune is putting your active tuner on that station so you see it.

    Changing the other tuner means nothing since there is no second buffer.

    The autotune fans want to have the show pop up live, otherwise, you record it.
  13. Aug 17, 2007 #33 of 306
    Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    OK, put that way it probably does make more sense to have it as an option. As I said, I personally don't have a preference and voted as such.
  14. Aug 17, 2007 #34 of 306

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

    Nov 13, 2006
    Fort Pierce, FL
    This was going to be my comment also, but you are correct. It could start recording in the background instead of switching your active tuner.

    One last comment on that, without DLB, if after you have made this choice and the active tuner changes per your request. If you have become deeply interested in your current viewing, their will be a frustration factor. Unless there is a pop-up warning as we have now about the channel is about to change.
  15. Aug 17, 2007 #35 of 306
    Michael D'Angelo

    Michael D'Angelo Lifetime Achiever

    Oct 20, 2006
    Bump for the people that have not seen this poll yet.
  16. Aug 17, 2007 #36 of 306

    dcmead Cool Member

    Jun 26, 2007
  17. Aug 18, 2007 #37 of 306

    tony4d Legend

    Sep 5, 2006
    Yes. I find myself wanting to use an auto-tune feature here and there. Sure, I can just set the program to record, but I don't want to HAVE to record it. The auto-tune option would be welcome.

    I'd definitely give it a low priority though.
  18. Aug 18, 2007 #38 of 306

    GordonT Legend

    Apr 17, 2007
    I like to use the DVR in my bedroom as an alternative to an alarm clock:

    Better audio.​
    No snooze button (this is very important when I really need to get up)​

    I like to wake up to the XM 60's channel. Unfortunately, you cannot record on the XM channels, so the "use record instead of autotune" approach will not work for me. I either have to remember to set the DVR to channel 803 before I go to sleep, or I wake up to whatever happens to be on the channel I was last watching. Without going into detail, this has led to some "interesting" situations.
  19. Aug 18, 2007 #39 of 306

    opelap Legend

    Nov 4, 2006
    Wow, things sure do get complicated don't they?

    My vision of Autotune is a simple channel change request. All conflicts, etc could be handled by current routines. If there is a tuner available, it changes channels, if there are two things recording already, it asks you if you really want to change channels.

    Of course I am going to use it only for live tv watching. Those who wish to record things externally may need some additional functions.
  20. Aug 18, 2007 #40 of 306

    Milominderbinder2 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '08

    Oct 8, 2006
    Say you could Autotune a movie or a game. At the end, you want to keep it. Sorry. Autotune is all about not being able to save a program.

    Autotune is from the pre-DVR days.

    The HR20 already has a better Autotune than Autotune.

    From the Tips & Tricks:

    Automatic Tuning - Have a program coming up? You can automatically change programs!
    In the Guide, highlighted an upcoming program you don’t want to miss then press ® RECORD.
    ►If both tuners are busy, the HR20 asks if you want to change channels 2 minutes before recording a different channel! When the program is over, you will be asked if you want to keep a recording!

    How about this, make Autotune be a secret Record function. So you let users "Record" or "Autotune" but they are secretly exactly the same. At the end ask the user if they want to save it. They would never know the difference.

    You have added Autotune without doing a thing except label Record with a second name.

    - Craig

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