Have you gotten "the call"?

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by Jon J, Aug 24, 2007.

  1. Jon J

    Jon J Curmudgeon TCF Club

    Aug 23, 2000
    Music City USA


    Just received a phone call from DirecTV and the recorded message announced future enhancements for TiVo based DirecTV DVRs.

    Maybe that will clear up the problems I'm having with 6.3e. :confused:
  2. dmilam

    dmilam New Member

    Oct 13, 2004
    Kennesaw, GA
    I got the same call on Wednesday evening.
  3. henryld

    henryld New Member

    Aug 15, 2005
    Friendswood, Tx
  4. IOTP

    IOTP New Member

    Aug 7, 2001
    Yea, got the dreaded update yesterday. It hung my HR10-250. I mean hung hard.

    Had to unplug, count to 30, and power up.

    Now at 6.3e.

    You know, my BIGGEST complain of my new HR20-100S is the guide. It displays only 2 hours on the screen. I miss the tivo where it shows the next 12+ hours in the right panel.
  5. clydesam

    clydesam New Member

    Nov 17, 2003


    yes, I got the call yesterday Thurs Aug 24. Now I went to turn on the tv and got a blue screen. Tried rebooting the tivo. Shows rebooting screen and then the almost there then crashes. Does anyone know how to fix this. Or is my tivo gone for good.
  6. JimSpence

    JimSpence Just hangin'

    Sep 19, 2001
    Binghamton, NY
  7. Charlutz

    Charlutz New Member

    Apr 7, 2005
    Columbia, MD
    The dbstalk.com forums are very useful in answering these questions. If you move the cursor to the left and highlight the channel name/number and hit "info" you'll get a similar screen to the tivo list guide. Not as easy, but good for paging through 2 weeks of programming on a certain channel to see what might be interesting.
  8. Cubfan

    Cubfan Returning User

    Aug 19, 2000
    Bloomington, IL
    I got the call, and I no longer have an HR10-250. The dummies.
  9. jamesbobo

    jamesbobo with a grain of salt

    Jun 18, 2000
    I got the call but have not received the update.
  10. Arcady

    Arcady Stargate Fan

    Oct 14, 2004
    I got the call, and I had closed my D* account four months ago. Morons.

    My TiVo is already running 8.3...
  11. MisterEd

    MisterEd Very Large Member

    Jun 6, 2001
    TV Land
    The update they are referring to on the phone call is not due until early next year. If you're referring to the latest 6.3E that's in the stream that's not the same.

    -July 31, 2007--DIRECTV, Inc. (NYSETV), the nation's leading satellite television service provider, and TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ:TIVO), the creator of and a leader in television services for digital video recorders (DVR), will develop a software upgrade to enhance the user experience for DIRECTV customers who have DIRECTV DVRs with TiVo(R) service built on the Series2(TM) platform.

    Launching in early 2008, the new software download will provide these customers with DVR enhancements offered with the TiVo service, including a Recently Deleted Folder and Overlap Protection(TM), as well as DIRECTV's Remote Booking feature. In addition, DIRECTV and TiVo will continue to explore ways to bring future enhancements to DIRECTV customers with TiVo receivers.

  12. Brynk

    Brynk New Member

    Jan 24, 2005
    Millbrook, Il
    What do these mean?

  13. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

    Aug 23, 2000
    Nashua, NH
    All of these have TiVo counterparts.

    Recently Deleted Folder - think "Recycle Bin" for shows you've deleted. Depending on how much you've recorded since, you may be able to "undelete" recordings

    Overlap protection is soft padding of recording times when scheduled times for shows overlap a bit (network programs often do this, starting at 6:59, etc.

    Remote Booking is being able to go to a web site and schedule a recording on your DVR.

    This last has some people thinking a network connection will be used, but I think it can be delivered over the sat link.
  14. jgjackson

    jgjackson New Member

    Oct 27, 2006
    Maybe they'll finally fix the disk full bug in order to implement the recently deleted folder.
  15. Brynk

    Brynk New Member

    Jan 24, 2005
    Millbrook, Il
    Thanks Stevel

    It would be great to have online access
  16. 20TIL6

    20TIL6 BaDoop BaDoop BaDoop

    Sep 7, 2006
    Cypress, TX
    I guess it probably could be sent over the sat link, but I wonder if DTV wants to add anything that would consume bandwidth on those existing sat links. In that sense, you go online, schedule your recording, and then the sats start beaming down your scheduling request (along with everyone else's) down to earth. And I would think that they would keep broadcasting it until your DTV/TiVo calls in and says, "I got it". Am I correct on how that would work?

    It would make better sense to me if they just implemented what the standalones do. Just check-in every 15-30 minutes, or whatever the interval is, over broadband to see if any scheduling request is waiting. But that would mean firing up those USB ports and having customers plug in one of the wireless adapters.
  17. JFriday

    JFriday "Just The Facts"

    Mar 20, 2002
    Bay Area
    I got it Friday.
  18. Jon J

    Jon J Curmudgeon TCF Club

    Aug 23, 2000
    Music City USA
    Apropos. ;)
  19. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

    Aug 23, 2000
    Nashua, NH
    The web scheduling feature wouldn't need a lot of bandwidth. I'm not sure if the TiVo version has any kind of acknowledgment built in, but yes, it could trigger a phone call to ack.

    It would certainly make sense, all else being equal, to use a network connection for this, but I can't see enabling the network just for this one feature - it's a major support headache (as it has been for TiVo). For DirecTV's own boxes, they have Ethernet ports that are active so more is possible there.
  20. DennisMileHi

    DennisMileHi New Member

    Apr 23, 2004
    Englewood, CO
    In addition to the call about a week ago, I got an ad piece in the mail today from D*. Stated the same things the call did about new Tivo features. The title was "New Tivo Features Are On The Way."

    The last sentence was interesting: "And know that DIRECTV adn TiVo will continue to explore ways to bring future enhancements to our valued DIRECTV customers with TiVo service. Thank you for being a loyal DIRECTV customer.

    I haven't been over to DBSTalk to see what this might imply, but, if D* and TiVo are working on a new replacement for the HR10 that will have MPEG4 capability, I might just wait before pulling the trigger on the HR20. I could put up with not having a few new HD channels for a while if I knew that shortly I could get them with some new TiVo based receiver. The new features on their flyer are not enough to keep me with the HR10 TiVo for a long time however.

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