Updates on the new DIRECTV TiVo

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  1. Jul 9, 2011 #841 of 1039
    atc363

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    It has been posted elsewhere that Tivo's contract with Directv allows Directv to opt out of the requirement to provide a Tivo DVR to its customers, when Tivo is bought out by another company. Since there is high speculation right now about a buyout, perhaps Directv is biding its time to see whether Tivo gets bought?
     
  2. Jul 10, 2011 #842 of 1039
    litzdog911

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    Doubtful. See the discussion here.
    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=194350
     
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    drmanny3

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    I need some help.
    I had three of these units (hr10-250) at my parents home. Recently two of them began to faulter. One would have the sound cut out for a bit then come back. The other unit would just not boot up properly. I tried to purchase some used ones. The first one came with no card and Directv indicated that I would need to order a card. Did that but then the unit would not read the card or any other card. So the guy took it back. The more recent one I bought would not power up and gave the green screen. I took a hard drive out of one of my broken units and then it powered up but would not read any cards put in. Direct tv said that since it would not read a card, and showing that a card was not present that ordering a specific card for this unit was a waste of time. Any thoughts on how I can get past the card read issue? By the way this guy who told me it worked will not respond to my requests to return. Oh well.
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  5. Aug 31, 2011 #845 of 1039
    Wil

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    Not reading the cards may simply be a mis-match. A good CSR can help work that out, but it's hit or miss and the procedure is hard to describe in a message. But the card readers are fragile and do break, and are virtually impossible to repair. Have to be replaced.

    One thing that helps with these old Hr10-250s not booting (only once every few dozen times but worth trying if all else fails) is to take out the battery for a few minutes, turn on, turn off and then on again with the battery back in. Actually I just slip the edge of an index card between the upper contact and the battery to interrupt contact.

    I have also sent you a PM.
     
  6. Sep 1, 2011 #846 of 1039
    drmanny3

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    I tried to respond but do not have enough posts yet to qualify. My email is drmanny3@cox.net
     
  7. Sep 3, 2011 #847 of 1039
    drmanny3

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    Looks like this may finally happen in Oct as previously suggested.
    Manny
     
  8. Sep 3, 2011 #848 of 1039
    Wil

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    If the new Tivo simply has the functionality of the old HR10-250 plus mpeg4 recording for the hidef channels, that's all I really want, so I'll probably get one. I will be SOOOO glad to get rid of this HR20 clunker.

    But to be as good as the HR10-250 it will have to be capable of getting OTA locals (through the AM21). We'll see

    If it's hackable like the HR10-250 so you can move the files around on your own, that would be wonderful, but seems almost certain it won't be.
     
  9. Sep 3, 2011 #849 of 1039
    BrettStah

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    The newest HR models are pretty peppy, for what it's worth
     
  10. Sep 4, 2011 #850 of 1039
    Wil

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    I was in a position of being able to get whatever I wanted and was advised by my sources that the HR20-700 was better than the succeeding models. Also I don't like the DirecTV-processed locals and the HR20 was the only model with an OTA tuner (the AM21 seemed like an awkward complication to me at the time; but I later learned it's pretty decent).

    Anyway it's not the pep that's the issue; it's the 1980s-style software (shared by all DirecTV models), kludged together ham-handedly by designers who seemingly think GUI is a silly fad, and customers really should be forced to use the c: prompt.
     
  11. Sep 4, 2011 #851 of 1039
    litzdog911

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    Wait 'til you see the new HiDef GUI!
     
  12. Sep 4, 2011 #852 of 1039
    Wil

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    I certainly hope for improvement from DirecTV because I like their sports content.

    Of course their last century's human engineering, even in HiDef, would still be ancient history: I shudder at the thought of their using HiDef simply to force more un-natural and even longer and more obtuse menus on the screen. But I'm always hopeful that incompetents can improve themselves, or be replaced with better. Perhaps that has happened at DirecTV.
     
  13. Sep 4, 2011 #853 of 1039
    litzdog911

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    The new HD GUI is actually much snappier.
     
  14. Sep 4, 2011 #854 of 1039
    BrettStah

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    I really hope that a new and improved guide is forthcoming - I saw the HDGUI screenshots that were posted in the CE thread at satelliteguys.us and it had the same 1.5 hour view of 6 channels. I can stand 30+ feet away from my tv and still clearly read the current guide, so they will hopefully offer a higher density view that uses smaller fonts to be able to show us at least 3 hours at a time, for hopefully 10-12 channels.
     
  15. Sep 4, 2011 #855 of 1039
    Adam1115

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    When he said 'newest HR' he probably meant HR24 which is WAY faster than the slow HR20...

    :shrug: I dunno that the DirecTV gui is worse than the TiVo cartoon interface. I do miss suggestions and kidzone...
     
  16. Sep 7, 2011 #856 of 1039
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    I have heard rumors about a new guide, but nothing substantial or with any proof. I really like the idea of them adding a few features, potentially even a social tab. Rumor was that they were going to distribute users a how to DVD, but I haven't heard much. I was on the phone recently with a dvd burning and replication representative and she was unaware of any changes, but I kind of forgot that Tivo was a third party piece of hardware. I guess I will have to wait and find out.
     
  17. Sep 7, 2011 #857 of 1039
    Rainy Dave

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    I've seen screenshots of the new guide. I have to say that I like it.
     
  18. Sep 7, 2011 #858 of 1039
    BrettStah

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    Can you describe it? How many hours at a time does it show, and how many channels?
     
  19. Sep 7, 2011 #859 of 1039
    Rainy Dave

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    The shots I've seen have 6 channels, 1.5 hours with 5 lines (including channel and show time) where of data for the highlighted show.
    PIG (Picture in Guide is in the upper left hand spot.
     
  20. Sep 7, 2011 #860 of 1039
    BrettStah

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    So that is the same screenshot I've seen, which is basically a new GUI on top of the same old 15-year-old guide we've had. In other words, I want a truly new guide that takes advantage of the higher resolution and larger average TV sizes - basically I think it is feasible to have about double the hours seen at a time (from 1.5 to 3), and an increase in the number of channels seen at a time from 6 to 10-12.
     

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