I've given up the ghost

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by catocony, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. catocony

    catocony Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    Well guys, it's been a fun 8 years or so as a DirecTivo customer. I really did intend to hold out until the new HD DirecTivo's ship, but I decided over the weekend to just bail. I had D* over this morning and they installed a new Slimline-3 dish and dropped off a couple of HR-24s. MRV, so the HRs basically will work as just one big DVR.

    I will say that the HR-24s are much better than the R-15. Same general look and feel, but the HR-24 is very responsive, and they have cleaned up some of the menus. I still think Tivo from 10 years ago has a better interface, but the HR-24 is workable, whereas I still feel that the R-15 really wasn't - at least, mine wasn't. SmartSearch doesn't scope the way I like, which is the Tivo way. I don't care to search by actor or keyword, while I can see the point in having just one interface to search everything, you end up with a longer list of things to go through to find the show you want. And even though it's renamed, their Series Scheduler - the old Prioritizer - is still slower and simply less easy than setting up a series on a DirecTivo

    I'll still check in regularly, and I'm still very interested to see what becomes of the long-awaited HD DirecTivo. Who knows, maybe they'll offer it as a software upgrade or something.

    Doubleplay does work, of course, again, Tivo's 10 year old way is better but the results are the same.
  2. litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

    Oct 18, 2002
    Mill Creek,...
    Although the newer DirecTV HD DVRs have 90-minute record buffers compared to Tivo's 30-min.
  3. catocony

    catocony Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    Yeah, that is nice, especially if you get caught on the phone or something for longer than 30 minutes and forget to hit "record".

    I have remotes and DVRs all over the place. I have the R-15 plugged in via composite video and the remote for it is IR. The HR-24 is of course HDMI and the remote is set for RF, so I can use both DVRs on the same shelf at the same time. I have the DirecTivo with about 20 hours of movies on it, I'll plug it back in this summer to finish it off. I must have 70 hours on the R-15, it will take a while to burn all of it off.

    I like the SWM setup, although I was surprised I need the SWM power whatchamacallit spliced in one outlet. I know the SWM eliminates the need for BCCs, and the HR-24 eliminates the need for DECAs, so I was hoping for just a very clean setup. No big deal on the power block, it's stashed behind a shelf.

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