HR20 Issues and Differences from Tivo

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by bonscott87, Jul 21, 2007.

  1. drew2k

    drew2k Drew != Drawn

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    ;) No ... the real ploy to get you to buy more machines is the rumored "All Access Package", rumored to go live in August for $119/month. It includes all channels in the Premium Package and waives the following three fees: DVR service fee, HD access fee, and mirror fee. In other words, add as many receivers as you want to your account! See DBSTalk.com for more info, including discussion on potential limitations or requirements DIRECTV may place on your account: http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=90798

    (This may be news to some people here at TCF who never visit DBSTalk.com, so I hope this please start a new thread if you wish to discuss this here... Thanks.)

    Regarding the limit of only 50 series links, we know that DIRECTV is aware many people dislike this limit, and that they are looking at it. Like many other HR20 owners, I hope that the limit will be raised significantly or even eliminated someday soon.
     
  2. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Done.

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    LOL. You never know. ;)

    I've got about 35 season passes myself and I think I watch way too much TV as it is. :eek:

    But seriously, DirecTV knows there isn't anyone that likes the limit and we hammer them on it every couple months. In a recent chat session they did say it's something they are actively looking at by upping the limit or eliminating it. The only reason I can see for the limit originally is perhaps there were stability issues if it went much past 50.

    I'm thinking once VOD is rolled out and stable things like this will get addressed. One hopes anyway.
     
  3. RS4

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    I'm curious about what the VOD is going to give you. It's my understanding they are holding back 60 gig for that. But after all, isn't the major purpose of a dvr VOD? Wouldn't you rather have that space to record your own shows?
     
  4. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Done.

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    There is "reserved" space on the hard drive of the HR20. Just like there is the same reserved space on the Tivo units. :D

    And FYI that VOD will come mostly via the Internet and your broadband connection to the ethernet port on the HR20.

    VOD usefulness is really up to each person. For me I might find it useful if I miss a show. For example the electric goes out and I miss Heroes. I could then go to the NBC VOD channel and choose to download/stream Heroes this week. Or I missed a new show that sounds good and it's not 6 episodes in, I could go back and watch them all. For myself I honestly don't know what use I'll have for VOD, I'll have to wait and see once it comes out.
     
  5. newsposter

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    sometimes disabilities don't permit much more than a life of tv. Plus my wife is more of a general contractor than i'll ever be with all she watches on home shows. ;)

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    Also, I do not cancel passes that I know will be back (though FX has a habit of making you reenter anyway). And Until it's on futon as canceled, and even then , i wait. Standoff and kidnapped are good examples of this.
     
  6. Mark Lopez

    Mark Lopez Just click ignore

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    Tell me about it. I am so sick of watching "The walls are too bland, you need to add color" and on the next episode "The walls have too much color, you need to make them more neutral". Arggh.... ;)
     
  7. The Bad Guy

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    Does anyone have specs how much space the HR20-100 has?

    I think it said 300GB HD, but I wasn't sure.
     
  8. ebonovic

    ebonovic has gone his way...

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    It is actually a 320gb
     
  9. The Bad Guy

    The Bad Guy New Member

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    So what does that equate to in terms of recording time for SA, Mpeg2 and 4?
     
  10. Rob Dawn

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    So are you saying that the HR20 will only have the shows that we actually tell it to record?!
    No 'Suggestions' at all?!

    If so, that's going to kill my wife as she watches all kinds of things from the Suggestions folder during the summer because she is off work for 2 months being that she is a teacher.

    Oh well...
    Rob
     
  11. newsposter

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    when we go into finer hotels she really loves to tear them apart if they aren't perfect. Obviously your typical medium priced chain and family/friends' places will be less kept but still, she can tell you even if at the date of the renovation if it was done right.

    she never does it in front of everyone but it's pretty cool how much she knows. Of course our place needs a lot but gotta hit the lottery first
     
  12. newsposter

    newsposter Poster of News

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    how will i keep track of my free space ;)
     
  13. stevel

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    With the disk used indicator at the bottom of the Playlist (Now Showing).

    No Suggestions on the HR20.

    The disk inside varies some by model. I think they are currently using 350GB. However, you can connect an external disk by eSATA and potentially get to multi-terabytes with a "JBOD" RAID setup. I have a 750GB Seagate FreeAgentPro on mine. Note that MPEG4 channels take less disk space than MPEG2.
     
  14. taker

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    OK, I hope that I don't get in trouble for this but I had the hr20 for about 2 days and my family just about killed me . There are no advantages to Directv POS ... The reason I say this is that my HR10-250 is very responsive , my kids(4,6) can operate it.. Directv interactivity is for what playing 8bit games like poker ...the VOD is nothing more that a download to the receiver the night before thats no advantage.. My biggest gripe is that I went to the CEDIA Expo 2005 in Indianalopis and went up the the DIrectv people and talked to them about there new box and they informed me as well lots of other people that it had All the bells and whistles of the tivo HR10-250, well that was a lie .. where is the dual live buffers .. where is the wishlist , 30 second skip .. what are the colored buttons for they don't do any thing on over half of the channels .. when the HR10-250 stops working because they shutoff the the mpeg 2 stream then I move to Comcast with a series 3
     
  15. gio1269

    gio1269 "HR20 Army"

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    Like YOU said, the Tivo UI is for kids ;) .
     
  16. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

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    Wishlist exsts, more or less - it's not exactly like TiVo. 30-sec skip exists. The colored buttons do something when they're supposed to.

    Two days is too soon to pass judgment - it's just different. I've had mine for two days and am still feeling my way around.
     
  17. Arcady

    Arcady Stargate Fan

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    When my HR10-250 stopped working because the motherboard failed, I moved to Time Warner and a Series3. I'm really really happy.
     
  18. taker

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    Sometimes you buy a product and plug it in and test it out and realize that it not what it was advertised to be and you only have one recourse of action that is to take it back.. I have peace at my house and I sleep well knowing that tivo won't miss any recording.... there is no "more or less" with the wishlist either it dose or it doesn't :cool:
     
  19. The Bad Guy

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    Do you have to do anything special to the external drive like image it or can you just hook it up straight out of the box?

    I assume that'swhat a JBOD RAID setup is, but I'm new to this HR20 game.
     
  20. drew2k

    drew2k Drew != Drawn

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    You just plug it in. Note than the eSATA drive is used in lieu of the internal drive, it isn't "expanding" the drive space.
     

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