WARNING - Before you go in for the HR20

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by rrr22777, Oct 14, 2007.

  1. Oct 14, 2007 #1 of 133

    rrr22777 New Member

    Jul 31, 2002


    I am a long time Tivo user who took the plunge for the HR20 because of the new HD channels available only on the HR20 (Directv DVR). I am just finding out what a big mistake that was!! So before you take the plunge consider this:

    1. Missed recordings.. unit has missed 4 recordings this week saying something about the recording being cancelled by someone. During some of those cancellations NO ONE WAS HOME!

    2. 50 season passes. There is a limit on the season passes!!

    Feel free to add to the list but IMHO just the missed recording are enough to go back to the Tivo.
  2. Oct 14, 2007 #2 of 133

    narrod New Member

    Nov 23, 2002
    I have two and neither has missed a recording. I've never had anywhere close to 50 season passes so the limitation does not effect me.
  3. Oct 14, 2007 #3 of 133

    HiDefGator New Member

    Oct 12, 2004
    Perhaps the engineers that designed it thought that at 50 season passes you really needed someone to tell you to get a life.
  4. Oct 14, 2007 #4 of 133

    Tonedeaf New Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    Rockwall, TX
    My 2 HR20's have been flawless in the last 2 months of service. Getting my 3rd delivered to me next Saturday.
  5. Oct 14, 2007 #5 of 133

    gio1269 "HR20 Army"

    Jul 27, 2006


    LMAFO! I was going to say the same thing. If you are watching 50 different show, you really, really need to get out of the house and find a life... :rolleyes:

    So far my HR20-700 has missed ZERO shows since June. The HR10-250 in 1 yrs time; 3!

    The HR10-250 was fine until the 6* updates and it was down hill from there. I prefer the HR20 and I am happy. Would a M4 Tivo make me happy? Sure if it had all the features of the HR20! :D Oh, plus what they currently have.

    My HR10-250 will go into the closet for another HR20 when I get a new LCD for the bedroom and a SWM.

    With the new M4 channels the HR10 has seen it's day a s a HD receiver for SAT. Great for SD and OTA though.
  6. Oct 14, 2007 #6 of 133

    nrc Cracker Soul

    Nov 17, 1999
    Living in a...
    Yes, they have better things to do, like manage their season links according to the time of year to stay under the limit. That's quality time with the family since each family member in a typical family only gets a dozen or so.

    rrr22777, my advice is to hang around here. HR20 users that spend time on TiVo forums never experience missed recordings while it's a frequent topic of discussion on DirecTV forums. ;)
  7. Oct 14, 2007 #7 of 133

    sjberra New Member

    May 16, 2005
    Missed recordings, spontaneous reboots where the reason I moved from the HR10, got tired of the anguished screams from the wife and kids of the tv isn't working again!
  8. Oct 14, 2007 #8 of 133

    wolflord11 Lord of Darkness

    Jan 16, 2007
    Well go back to Tivo, just remember to switch to Cable, drop Directv and enjoy the up front cost of the Series 3 or TivoHD unit.

    Thats if you want HD in the Future, if you only want SD, then you will be fine... but if that was the case, why get a HR20 in the first place :D
  9. Oct 14, 2007 #9 of 133

    krs7272 New Member

    Feb 2, 2002
    Not gonna fly here I have 70+ season passes
  10. Oct 14, 2007 #10 of 133

    jfischer New Member

    Oct 14, 1999
    Littleton, CO
    Do you watch all of that on one TV? Just wondering if two HR20's might be better on two TVs to be able to watch all of that. :)
  11. Oct 15, 2007 #11 of 133
    Phantom Gremlin

    Phantom Gremlin Active Member

    Jun 20, 2002
    Just in case anyone believes the above advice is serious rather than sarcastic, and is tempted to switch to Cable, here's some advice: DO YOUR HOMEWORK FIRST!

    The recent 9.1 software "upgrade" pushed to the S3 and THD is a steaming pile of S**T. Details in the appropriate forum.
  12. Oct 15, 2007 #12 of 133

    rrr22777 New Member

    Jul 31, 2002
    Maybe you need to learn how to use the DVR to your advantage. Drinking Bud light on weekends and eating pizza is not my idea of life.. enjoy yours.
  13. Oct 15, 2007 #13 of 133
    Bob Coxner

    Bob Coxner Active Member

    Dec 1, 2004
    I also don't care for the 50 season pass limit but the tradeoff is you get blazing fast times when you rearrange the order. My DTivo takes several minutes to move 1 season pass up or down in the list. My HR20 does it in less than a second.

    I've had the HR20 for about six months and I don't recall a single missed recording. As for "someone in the household"...remember what we DTivo users went through when they did the new software to handle the change in the start of daylight savings this year? I was missing recordings right and left during that week or so.
  14. Oct 15, 2007 #14 of 133

    newsposter Poster of News

    Aug 18, 2002
    SE PA
    just for another point of view: some people aren't blessed with good health and have disabilities that mean they are home bound and tv is their lives. You are fortunate enough to be able bodied so enjoy.

    oh and we have over 150 SP on 2 HDtivos :) can't put any on hr20 until we get our 110 issue resolved
  15. Oct 15, 2007 #15 of 133

    gio1269 "HR20 Army"

    Jul 27, 2006
    Yup are correct in that sense. But you can do other things beside watch TV like other hobbies. To folks like you my apologies. But to the rest....

    But I can't even imagine trying to fine 100 shows worth watching let alone 50.
  16. Oct 15, 2007 #16 of 133

    gio1269 "HR20 Army"

    Jul 27, 2006
    But watching TV all day and eating twinkies is? :eek:
    Maybe get out of the house every once in a while if you can....
  17. Oct 15, 2007 #17 of 133

    HiDefGator New Member

    Oct 12, 2004
    And what did those home bound people do for entertainment before Tivo offered them 120 season passes?

    If its that important to you then get two of them. That will get you 100 season passes and 4 tuners for an extra $5 a month.
  18. Oct 15, 2007 #18 of 133

    bonscott87 Done.

    Oct 3, 2000
    For those with tons of season passes. Why not keep a DirecTivo around to record anything in SD and use an HR20 only for HD? That's what I do. Or get 2 (or 3) HR20s. All those extra tuners would come in handy with so many shows.

    And I use the DirecTivo as a backup to my HD locals since especially CBS their tower goes down it seems once a week so it's good to have the SD version of shows as an emergency backup.

    In our household we have about 35 season passes across 3 DVRs and we find it hard to watch all of that. Of course we might go 2 or 3 days without even turning on a TV but that's just us.

    Having said all that, I believe the 50 limit will be addressed in a future update. It has been hinted at anyway.
  19. Oct 15, 2007 #19 of 133

    scooby_doo_53 New Member

    Jul 19, 2004
    Lakewood, CO
    I'll make a comment on the 50 season pass limit.

    I live in Denver and was able to get the CBS-HD feed from LA. What this allows me to do do is set up my CBS season passes on both my local channel (antenna) as well as the LA station. The west coast feed starts it's prime time programming at 9:00 Mountain time. Thus, I can schedule other shows on NBC or ABC to record starting at 7:00, and then the CBS shows can record at a later hour. If there isn't a conflict, then it records off of my local antenna (for a better quality picture).

    At any rate, I watch quite a few CBS shows, so basically I have doubled up my season passes because of this quirk.
  20. Oct 15, 2007 #20 of 133

    RS4 New Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    As in typical fashion, we have all of the HR20 apologists responding to yet another HR20 user pointing out a design flaw - even to the point of making fun of the OP for even having that many season passes.

    Why would anyone set such a ridiculous limit when there are what - a hundred or two channels on the satellite? It's yet another indication that the HR20 was hastily designed without understanding the market. And yet another reason why the Tivo is consistently rated higher in polls.

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