So What do think abou the HR20?

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by JoeAverage, Aug 20, 2007.

  1. Aug 28, 2007 #61 of 319
    joelq

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    There again with the dual buffers! Am I the only one that thinks the dual buffers are woefully overrated? The vast majority of the times that I'm watching something, I've already got something recording on one tuner which makes the dual buffers useless. Unless, I guess, I'm recording many more shows than the typical user, which I seriously doubt.

    I think this is another one of those red herrings - it isn't as a big a deal as many people make it out to be!
     
  2. Aug 28, 2007 #62 of 319
    stevel

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    I haven't done this myself, but you can set up "autorecord" searches by person or keyword. Doesn't seem to work well with title. However, there's a very nasty bug across some types of DirecTV receiver, including the HR20, in that it doesn't know what channels you actually receive and, unlike the HR10, there's no way to tell it. So searches find shows that are on channels you don't get, making an autorecord search rather useless. This is supposed to be fixed, but when, I don't know.

    If you don't want to autorecord but just see what matches, the HR20 saves the past few searches you did so you can rerun them.
     
  3. Aug 28, 2007 #63 of 319
    HiDefGator

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    Couldn't agree with you more. I doubt most people would even realize it was a feature if they didn't read this forum.
     
  4. Aug 28, 2007 #64 of 319
    CosmoKramer

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    Yes, you are minority that thinks DLB is overrated. If you watched sports then you would see why it is important. The work around for the HR20 is a joke at best and is a oversight by D*.

    Getting a free upgrade to the HR20 before football season starts and hope I do not pull my hair out over it!
     
  5. Aug 28, 2007 #65 of 319
    Cubfan

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    Not only is my HDTivo superior, so is my Sony Betamax. Too bad they were both ridiculously expensive and my Tivo will soon join the Beta in extinction. The channel guide on the Tivo will soon look like the Gamecube aisle at the video store when compared to the guide on my HR20.

    Oh, the humanity!
     
  6. Aug 29, 2007 #66 of 319
    stevmead

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    +1
     
  7. Aug 30, 2007 #67 of 319
    JimSpence

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    The one thing I will miss on the HR20 is the TiVo style guide. I much prefer it over the DirecTV grid style. But, then the guide really shouldn't be needed that often, should it? Since the HR20 is the only MPEG4 game in town, I'll learn to cope. :)
     
  8. Aug 30, 2007 #68 of 319
    joelq

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    I understand that use case, and trust me, I do watch a lot of sports. I'm just saying that in practice, I rarely have both tuners available for the entire time I'm watching something.

    I don't consider a feature beneficial if I have to work around my normal usage habits (i.e., stop a recording to free up a buffer, etc.) in order to use the feature.

    Again, maybe I just have more recordings going on than most, but I doubt it.
     
  9. Aug 30, 2007 #69 of 319
    Plamar

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    Wait till you all see the VOD (Video on Demand). You will ditch your 10-250 like a dirty shirt! And the new HD channels.
     
  10. Sep 5, 2007 #70 of 319
    timb2112

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    As a TiVo user for more than 2 years, I have to say THE HR20 RULES!!!

    It's much faster, and the networking feature is awesome. I can listen to my entire music collection off my computer's hard drive through my surround system. I have the HR20 wired into my router and it interfaces with Windows Media Player 11 on my computer. Incredible! This alone in my opinion makes the switch worth it.

    There are other small, little features that make it superior as well, but I don't feel like typing them out right now.

    I called D* and they gave me the HR20, dish, install, and HD package (12 months) for free plus a $10 credit for 12 months. All I had to pay was $20.

    I sold my HR10250 for $200 on eBay. A win-win situation, and the new HD channels will be launched SOON! (And will not be seen on the HR10250)

    :up:
     
  11. Sep 5, 2007 #71 of 319
    timb2112

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    I am too! My wife can use it with NO problems! I think that says it all.

    Networking for music....The HR10 is no competition there.

    :up:
     
  12. Sep 6, 2007 #72 of 319
    CosmoKramer

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    What the Heck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Come on give me a break that is a lame, stop recording shows that you will not ever get around to watching. Or you have way to much time on your hands? I do not that is why I try to watch two sporting events at the same time.

    DLB is a great feature that does not give D* revenue so they rather work on VOD for the revenue stream. I understand $$$ rules but do not sugar coat the issue that just because it does not effect me it is ok.

    It is a big oversight on D* part and their will more than I that will look elsewhere.
     
  13. Sep 6, 2007 #73 of 319
    RS4

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    Gee, how can that be an oversight? :eek: According to all of our HR20 friends, DirecTV is listening to all of their concerns and making the HR20 box the best dvr yet. :D

    I'm shocked that you think they are only thinking about money :confused:
     
  14. Sep 6, 2007 #74 of 319
    Billy66

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    RS4 and his general attitude aside, I think "oversight" is a generous word here. Oversight implies some sort of mistake. This, to me, was a decision that they made. Not a decision that I would make or that I love, but a decision none the less.
     
  15. Sep 6, 2007 #75 of 319
    ebockelman

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    Welcome to the DirecTivos of 2003.
     
  16. Sep 6, 2007 #76 of 319
    whitepelican

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    I suppose, except for those folks like me who listen to music over the network on the HR10 every day.
     
  17. Sep 6, 2007 #77 of 319
    kmill14

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    I will not be pleased with the HR-20 until I can get two things with it:

    1. The ability to record "season passes" without having to constantly delete repeats that continually get recorded. Say what you want about speed, the one critical feature to any DVR I own is its ability to record shows without me having to look over its shoulder every day. Tivo does it, HR-20 does not. Say what you want, but the Series Link does not hold the jock of Tivo's Season Pass.

    2. Dual Live Buffer - I love this for NFLST, but this is not the only reason I use it. I like to flip back and forth between shows, and periodically, I like to rewind those shows to see what I missed. Can't do that with HR-20 unless I set one up to record. Thats a lot of extra work for me considering I may do this every hour or half hour for an entire evening.
     
  18. Sep 6, 2007 #78 of 319
    Billy66

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    Not quite.

    Music and Photos didn't come to SA TiVo's until 2004, and then finally, by hack to the S2 DTivo's in '05.

    In 2003 we were doing it with our modded Xboxen. :D
     
  19. Sep 6, 2007 #79 of 319
    stevel

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    I haven't had a problem with duplicate shows on my HR20. However, the HR20 doesn't have TiVo's "28 day rule" so if you delete a show, it's eligible for rerecording immediately.
     
  20. Sep 6, 2007 #80 of 319
    alwayscool

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    What he said!

    I have an OTA antenna and it blows away ANY HD channel D* has to offer in picture quality.
     

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