Directv HR10-250 questions

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  1. zumadog

    zumadog New Member

    Oct 18, 2005


    I have recently purchased and installed a Directv HR10-250 PVR. As a former user of a Tivo Series 2 unit I have a couple of questions concerning the operation of the new 250 PVR.

    1. On the Series 2 unit I could organize the Now Playing list with folders and individual recordings; for instance - I could have a listing for Charlie Rose, and then clicking on that title, would see 4, 5 or whatever number of recordings listed. Now I see all of the recordings jumbled about the screen and can only seem to organize them by date, name, or alphabetically etc. Can the older Series 2 way be implemented on the 250 PVR?

    2. Is there any way to adjust the recording quality? If there is I can't find it.

    3. Are there backdoor switches?

    4. Many listed shortcut operations which work on the Series 2 unit don't work on the Directv unit.

    5. Is there a complete FAQ on just this HR10-250 unit posted somewhere on this forum or elsewhere?

    As a recently converted Dish subscriber, I am quite pleased with the performance and features of this unit. I'm now just trying to fine-tune it.
  2. SleepyBob

    SleepyBob Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2000
    1. I think the older Series 2 trick of (S)ort (0) (R)ewind (T)humbs up will order the recordings alphabetically, but no folders are available.

    2. No. Every recording is Best quality, and takes the space of a Basic recording, thanks to the magic of $50,000 mpeg encoders at DirecTV.
  3. bpratt

    bpratt New Member

    Nov 20, 2004
    Salt Lake...
    That trick does work on the HR10-250 except while displaying the "now playing list" enter: slow 0 record thumbsup

    The only other backdoor thing I implement is the 30 second skip. While viewing a recorded program enter: select play select 3 0 select
  4. thepackfan

    thepackfan Member

    May 21, 2003
    Plano, TX
    We like having the clock on, sel ,play,sel,9,sel. If 6.2 ever shows, folders will probably be included( I know not much chance)
  5. TheBigDogs

    TheBigDogs Member

    Oct 14, 2004


    The various backdoor capabilities are covered @

    The FAQs, are covered @

    Questions that get asked:
    Can I record OTA and Sat at the same time - yes

    Can I view (as in PIP) both inputs at the same time - no, and for the most part you can't hook the HR10-250 up to two TV's to watch the same show at the same time unless you are using the S-video or component outputs

    How much should I pay for the HDMI to HDMI/DVI cable - nothing they come with the HR10-250

    Can I record the same (or a different) show in SD & HD - yes......and at the same time

    When will we get the 6.2 update, i.e. older Series 2 software - not in this lifetime

    Do I have to accept a 2 year commitment when I added the Hr10-250? - yes

    When will the LiL DVR be available - sometime in the next 2 to 18 months

    Can I get MPEG4 broadcasts on the HR10-250 - with the right dish, yes - you just can't view them

    How do I get the Digital Sideband stations (2.1, 2.2, etc)? Press the channel # then the "jump" then the second number(s)

    What is the best price for an HR10-250 - somewhere between $1k and -$10... even D* doesn't know what to charge.

    When will I get my rebate - see answer to question on 6.2 software above

    Where can I get info on OTA tower locations? - and

    What's the best OTA antenna - whatever works

    Hope this is helpful.

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