Questions About DirecTV DVR and Tivo...

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by PacMan3000, Aug 12, 2007.

  1. PacMan3000

    PacMan3000 Member

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    Hey guys,

    I had a Tivo unit for my TV, but it only would record about 30 hours of programming. I wanted a DVR that held more, and DirecTV had a deal that if we promised to keep DTV for an extra year, we'd get the DVR for free. So we did it.

    Now, there are some things I like about it. When searching for shows and such, there is a small window in the layout that allows you to continue watching your show. Tivo didn't have it. The DirecTV DVR also shows you how much space is still left on your DVR before it will start deleting shows. Tivo also didn't have this. And I think it holds about 100 hours of programming.

    However, there are some serious problems I am running into. I am having situations where if I set up a season pass, it may record it for a week or a week and a half, but then it will inexplicably stop keeping up with the shows (not all, but some). Other times, I try to create a season pass, and it will act like I am not clicking the button. No explanation. Sometimes it'll record a show that's an hour, but only record the first 30 mins. I've had times when I've recorded Big Brother After Dark, and instead of recording all 3 hours, it will just record 2 hrs and 47 mins. Or 1 hr and 42 mins.

    I called DTV, and they asked me a bunch of Q's, but they couldn't figure it out. I am assuming that it's not a faulty player, so much as the DTV DVR isn't that great compared to Tivo.

    Now, I am in the market for a Tivo that will record more hours. However, I went to the store and read the Tivo box. It states it cannot record two satellite shows at once now. Does Tivo now not work with DirecTV anymore or something? Am I just stuck with this poor DVR?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. JimSpence

    JimSpence Just hangin'

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    You want to get a DirecTV TiVo combination unit, which DirecTV no longer offers. What you got was probably the R15, which doesn't have the TiVo interface. There are several places online that have these units, dvrupgrade and weaknees come to mind.

    Look for the R10, DVR708 and others here can provide the model #s of other units. All of which can have larger hard drives added.
     
  3. wolflord11

    wolflord11 Lord of Darkness

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    It sounds like you have the Directv R15 DVR unit, which is not a bad unit, but does not have the Tivo Interface or Software. It is Directv's inhouse DVR.

    The Tivo Unit (Series 2DT) that you saw in the Stores only accepts One Feed from a Sat Box, you it is not a True DT (Dual Tuner)

    What you want is a R10, or any Series 1 or 2 Directv/Tivo unit. These can sometimes be found in stores, but your best option is online like EBay.

    Circuit City recently had a special on a Series 2 Directv/Tivo unit.
     
  4. PacMan3000

    PacMan3000 Member

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    OK, thanks guys.

    So...have you also heard of any issues with the DirecTV DVR unit that I have?
     
  5. JimSpence

    JimSpence Just hangin'

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    Many here have a lot of issues with the non-TiVo DVRs. :)
    Here's where the R15 is discussed.
    http://www.dbstalk.com/forumdisplay.php?f=106
     
  6. goony

    goony New Member

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    If you do get a used/refurb "DTivo" you can upgrade the hard drive with a commodity drive and have some seriously large recording space. I just paid $75 for a 320GB drive from http://www.newegg.com

    Drive size (in GB) times 0.875 will give you the rough recording hours.

    Check the upgrades forum for pointers on the instructions and the correct type of drive to get.
     

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