Swanni says DirecTV will stop MPEG 2

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by gtadell, Jan 26, 2007.

  1. bidger

    bidger Active Member

    Mar 30, 2001
    Elmira, NY


    No, it has dual tuners.
  2. fasTLane

    fasTLane Member

    Nov 25, 2005
    Watching DTivo with two tuners was a major selling point. Easy to get addicted to and cannot imagine giving up this feature.
  3. bbodin

    bbodin New Member

    Jan 21, 2004
    It has 2 tuners, but right now you can't switch between the two like you can with Tivo...you have to actually be recording both programs in order to do it, or some crazy nonsense like that.

    That's a serious BUG that they need to fix. After that is addressed, I may consider giving up my tivo for the new one.
  4. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Done.

    Oct 3, 2000
    Just to clarify, it's not a bug. It was designed that way in the first place. Dual buffers is something on their list to look at but I think it's a bit far down on the list at this point. You never know though, there has been a pretty big outcry for it.

    I'd say if adding it doesn't kill some major reason why they did it then it probably has a good chance of getting added at some point. But if they didn't do dual buffers for a particular reason and to get around it causes stability issues then it probably won't make it.

    We really don't know at this point.
  5. cheer

    cheer Registered Offender

    Nov 13, 2005
    Gurnee, IL


    Post of the month.
  6. Budget_HT

    Budget_HT Heavy User (of TiVo)

    Jan 2, 2001
    Renton, WA
    Even after DirecTV moves all of their satellite HD programming to MPEG-4, the DirecTV HD TiVo unit will still record OTA HDTV (which will still be MPEG-2) and satellite SD channels (which will also be MPEG-2).

    DirecTV has stated that the high costs involved (millions of receivers to replace) prevent them from migrating their SD channels to MPEG-4.

    There are NO plans for changing broadcast (OTA) HDTV channels from MPEG-2.

    DirecTV has a track record of supporting every receiver they have ever offered for as long as technically possible. These are gravy for them--loyal subscribers with little or no retention cost.

    The software upgrades for the DirecTV HD TiVo's will likely stop sometime soon, but the frozen version will live on for a very long time, IMHO.
  7. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Done.

    Oct 3, 2000
    Yep, see the Ultimate TV boxes. Those things haven't been made for what, 5 years now, and DirecTV still supports them in that they get guide data and such. Of course if it breaks they can only replace it with a current model DVR (R15 currently) but they will replace it.
  8. drew2k

    drew2k Drew != Drawn

    Jun 9, 2003
    Long Island, NY
    I'm guessing the Ultimate TV boxes haven't been upgraded in a while, but will get updates for the Daylight Saving Time change in March? Is there even anyone around that DirecTV can approach to write the update for those boxes?
  9. harley3k

    harley3k New Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    The ultimatetv.com web site is still touting the "Spring 2003 Upgrade"!
    Pretty funny...
  10. Cudahy

    Cudahy New Member

    Mar 21, 2001
    I guess the most we can hope for is that Directv adds a few MPEG2 HD channels along with all the MPEG4 HD channels they're going to be adding this year. Do they really want to force all HDtivoers to trade in their expensive boxes in one year?
  11. bigpuma

    bigpuma Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2003
    Morgan Hill, CA
    Yes, they do want you to trade in your box for theirs. DirecTV's strategy is to get everyone using the same boxes to make tech support much easier for them plus they won't have to pay TiVo part of your monthly DVR fee. There is no chance that they would add new HD channels in Mpeg-2.

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