DirecTV HD GUI

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by Rainy Dave, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. Rainy Dave

    Rainy Dave Regulated User

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    This trick has to be activated. To activate it, go to Search for Programs in your menu. Then search by Keyword. Using your remote, search for the keyword "30SKIP" (no quotes). Your search will yield no results. Select "Continue" and then "Done". Now, pressing will forward 30 seconds insantly. If you want to revert back to the 30-second SLIP (see below), then do a keyword search for "30SLIP".
     
  2. rhuntington3

    rhuntington3 Well-Known Member

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    Cool! :cool: Thanks! :)
     
  3. Kablemodem

    Kablemodem Get the ketchup.

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    Thanks, guys! I got my 30 second skip back!
     
  4. CuriousMark

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    We got it a few days ago. For me it is pretty much a don't care. They moved the PIG from right to left side and otherwise it seems like all the same old things in all the same old places with a new color scheme. My wife on the other hand really doesn't like it and wants me to get them to change it back. I am not sure that is even possible. Her problem is that shows in the List that have been played are shade of grey with very poor contrast and she cannot read it. At least in the older guide there was enough contrast to read both the bright and dim descriptions.

    Is it even possible to go backwards with DirecTV?
     
  5. BrettStah

    BrettStah Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    It may be temporarily possible if you stay up late enough and force a re-download of the old, but it would not last long.

    It sounds like your TV isn't configured properly... It may benefit from being calibrated.
     
  6. litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

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    No. But I agree with BrettStah .... your TV's video settings may need proper calibration.
     
  7. kaszeta

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    Note that there's a minor bug with 30SKIP: you can't skip over some of the D* ads.
     
  8. CuriousMark

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    It is an old tube type HDTV and she sits accross the room from it. I can play with the settings to see if I can improve it. I guess this is an argument for replacing it with a 40 inch flat screen which would be bigger, but look odd in that location. A smaller flat screen might be better there. Personally I am beginning to think screen size might be the real issue and the higher contrast of the old text was just enough to cope with it. The old UI looked good on that set, it seems to me they could have made the new one with just as much contrast had they wanted to do so.

    Thanks for the feedback.
     
  9. wedgecon

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    Once the new HD GUI is on the national release it is not possible to go back. Forcing a software download will just put the same version back on.
     
  10. ncted

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    I discovered that I could make the scrolling faster if I turned of the scroll effect. Now it is at least as fast as the old UI, or about the same as the Tivo HDs I am moving to as soon as the D* contract is up.
     
  11. kimsan

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    Sounds like D* would consider that a feature, not a bug. Or the bug being you CAN skip over some D* ads.

    I won't be seeing the HD GUI until mid-late January :(
     
  12. classicrokr

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    Got the HD GUI on my R25 -- after day 1 it is extremely fast and fluid in all tasks. Really impressive improvements.

    Still not out for their new HR34- home media center...
     
  13. kaszeta

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    If it was a feature, they'd apply that to 30slip as well.

    They've stated that it's a bug. And that fixing it isn't a hgh priority.
     
  14. sloan

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    My HR24 unit, the GUI is faster.

    My HR20, it is running like a dog.
    I've had it for over a 2 weeks with the new Gui.
    I've disabled the "scrolling effects" or whatever it is called.

    I've rebooted once a day for 4 days.

    Still runs like a dog.

    Examples:
    If I hit "Guide", it takes 9-10 seconds. (<1 second on the HR24).
    If I hit "Delete" (at the end of a show), same thing, 9-10 seconds.

    I called directv. Tech Support said "They hadn't heard of any others complaining". They took some notes. (They're the ones who had me disable the scrolling effect setting.)

    Anybody else got a snail-slow Gui now?
     
  15. sjberra

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    Nope fast on all my units, including the hr20. on the one that is slow you may need to do a flush, can't recall the exact key strokes needed but someone over at dbstalk will have them handy
     
  16. sloan

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    http://www.geekosystem.com/directv-hd-dvr-problems/

    This?


    The blanket advice DirecTV has been giving people is to &#8220;Try unplugging [their HDDVR drives] from wall/power strip for 15 secs 2x, without letting receiver power up in between,&#8221; and based on Twitter responses, this seems to be working for a number of people.

    Update: According to a Geekosystem commenter, the general consensus on DBS forums appears to be that guide data is being corrupted; when it works, restarting twice will clear out the bad guide data and allow a fresh data download.



    May this?

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=194211
    There is also a vram flash clear. go to channel 1, wait for channel to tune in, then hit, red, red, blue, blue, yellow, green. You should see a message on the screen that its cleared.



    Thanks for the hint (on a keyword to search for)!

    I'm not at home, so I'll try over the weekend sometime.
     
  17. pcguru83

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    This update made a HUGE leap in design and usability. There is so much more to this update than a "prettier UI". The fact that all the objects and text are now rendered in HD is significant, and makes a huge difference in clarity and readability. And the fact that they did it without any loss in performance (for most people) is just fantastic.

    We've had it on our HR23 and HR24 for about two weeks now and we couldn't be happier with it. It's most definitely quicker on both devices (significantly so on the HR24). I'd venture to say that there really is something to the issue just mentioned about corrupt guide data. I seem to remember the quickness of the UI, even on the older units, being a big deal during the beta period. I didn't follow it super closely though, so perhaps I'm misremembering.
     
  18. sjberra

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    the seocnd one, not sure about the first it keeps crashing the multiple browsers I have installed
     
  19. sjberra

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    On eting I think that did happen is the new GUI does not render for SD devices, have seen complaints about this onver on DBSTalk
     
  20. joed32

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    I'll add one here, the fact that you have to change the format to 480p for it to pass through to an SD device, TV, DVD recorder, etc. is a pain in the neck. You can get an adapter from monoprice for $43 that can fool the receiver into thinking it's sending it to an HD device (Component to composite converter). I would need 5 of them and it would get pretty messy since I already have filters attached to all of the recorders.
     

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