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Nice... specifically states that it will connect to the DirecTV DVR... Almost for certain that will be the R15, but until we see the DirecTV 2Go release... It could be either one.
 

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SpacemanSpiff said:
Is Windoze really the answer for the multi-media home theater backbone? Seriously. Given the issues MS has with security issues as well as stability, the last thing I want in my livingroom recording my TV is a computer running a M$ product that has a strong probability of suffering a Blue Screen of death at any moment.
Agreeing with Doug...

I haven't seen a Blue Screen of Death since the introduction of Windows XP, and even more so since Windows 2003 Server has been around. For the average to above average user, who knows how to take care of their systems.

Windows is EXTREMELY stable (IMHO). And I abuse the heck out of them.

As for the Security.... Granted there are holes... but some of those holes are so extremely extremely specific (you have to a,b,c,d, while rubbing your foot) to get to some of them.

And if you have a properly setup firewall/broadband solution, those "security" problems are even less as those that want to exploit them can't get throught he front door to get to your living room. (and what would they get... find out your secret that you Season Pass/Link Dora the Explorer.... )
 

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SpacemanSpiff said:
I'm only using XP Pro and XP Home. Which I think qualify from this century and I've crashed them both. Required hard boots to fix.
I am not saying they "can't crash" Every OS out there CAN crash, Microsoft or other. I am just saying that they don't freeze and crash any where at the volume they used. (I have killed mine too, but I am usually doing something I am not supposed to or seriously seriously pushing the system hard, and it usually isn't the OS that locks, it is an App that goes out of control)

Win95/98/ME would crash sometimes if you just looked at it funny.
 

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SpacemanSpiff said:
I'm not saying they haven't improved. But at the same time, do you want to trust your recordings to M$?

Me I don't.
Considering that I trust the MS-OS and the underlying file system (and the RAID-10 I have in place) with 700gb of my home video's while editing them for DVD...

I guess I could trust them with recordings that I "could" get again if I really wanted to.
 

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During this mornings commute, I was sitting dreaming about writing a simple .NET application /service

That would poll all my DirecTV DVRs from my Windows MCE box... See what new recordings where on there... Pull them down to the central server... on a nightly basis... Then depending on what the GUI interface is like from the DDVR end basically have almost an MRV situation...

And if there is anyway that I could "delete" them from the actually DVRs... that would get even better, as then I could record programs at night, and store them on my larger hard drives in my server and PC, and get to them when I am ready to watch them...

mmmmm......
 

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Priz said:
I just want to be clear on the R15 and the new HR20. From what I've read if you record two programs at the same time, you can't watch either while they're being recorded? That seems kinda stupid to me. That's one of the core things I do with my Tivo all the time. (I'll hop between tuners if it's an award show or something and rewind just to see who won in the categories I care about while watching a movie or show on the other Tuner also currently playing.) Next week I'll be recording House & Scrubs at the same time. It'd be nice to watch Scrubs and then clean it off then to make space (but I have it record in case something comes up and I get dragged off to fix a computer or if I'm having dinner and it takes forever to get our food/get our bill/etc.)

So just to be clear - if you record one show I assume you can check on the recording and watch the other tuner, but if you record two at once, you can't see either?
(how would you know if one of them ended early or ran long?)

I know I'll eventually have to make the move to the HR20, I just want to make sure I understand it/the features fully first.
No that is incorrect... well not 100% incorrect.
You can most certainly record two things and watch either one of them while they are recording (or watch another recorded one).

The one exception to that is if you do this:
TIME / Channel Based manual records
Aka:
4:46pm to 5:01pm on Channel 206
4:47pm to 5:06pm on Channel 207

During 4:47 to 5:01 you WON'T be able to watch either what you are recording.
These are called Manual Time Based recordings, and are actually very rare to have one but even more rare to have TWO going at the same time.

Not very sure why even this limitation is there, but it is the only case when you can't watch what you are recording.
 

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tivolocity said:
From Information Week Yesterday.

Linux/Unix Vulnerabilities Outnumber Microsoft Windows' 3 To 1
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Then mix in the fact that the Windows OS are the #1 installed home OS out there, and Microsoft has this MASSIVE target on there back that nearly anyone out likes to take a swing out (media and technical)

So that would attribute to why whenever a flaw is found in an MS product, we see it on the 10pm news..
 

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nhaigh said:
Does that mean, given your example, that if you cannot watch what you are recording and both tuners are recording and that you have essentially rendered the device inoperable between 4:47 and 5:01?
As Doug Said... you can watch something else already recorded.

And take a step back and think about it... Can you remote think of a time that you would use TWO manual records like this at the exact same time...

And if you can... how often would it happen.

The only scenerio I can think of is if I had a friend/family member that was going to be on a commercial or something and I knew the time slot on two different channels and just wanted to capture that.... But even then, I would probabl record the program that was on during that block.
 

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tivolocity said:
This is sort of a pointless discussion since there's no convincing the Microsoft haters. That said, At home I've got 8 PCs running versions of Windows from Win2k to Vista, and Fedora Linux. I've also got a Mac Mini. All of them have their good and bad. My primary file and print server is a Pentium I - 200 running Win2k Server. It's been running 24/7 for the last five years with very little down time, and it has never blue screened. In my experience, the "blue screen of death" isn't as common as it used to be. And, when it did happen, it was usually caused by a third party driver, or some obscure hardware.
Sorry...did you say Pentium I-200 with Win2k?
First.. dang... how did you get it to run... 2nd... Time to get yourself updated a bit there... Try to score a free Win2k3 Enterprise license at many of the Microsoft events.... :)

(Note... I am currently working on a project to get rid of our 55 NT4-P3 500mhz systems, so I am just playing with ya)
 

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Hmm... Even though I am not keen on paying for stuff that I could have caught via DVR on the first past. At least it gives us an option (other then Torrents) to account for user screw ups, or technology screw ups (or mis placed priorities, or long runs ect)

But does DirecTV really need an "agreement" with their sister company?
 

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tivolocity said:
What would make this all meaningful, is if there was a way to get the content onto a DVD. At $.99 an episode, downloading and burning a whole season of 24 would be cheaper than the current cost of a season box set. But, I'm sure that's exactly what they would like to avoid. Also, I didn't notice it in the release, but I'm assuming these episodes are commercial free.
Would be nice... maybe with the Microsoft MCE stuff...
I hope we are not waiting 12 months for more details on what we will be able to do with that.
 

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Suggestions -> Better OnDemand....

Agreed. As you are correct, at least it takes a guess on what I want to see.

Even with the CableCo's... I can't see how they could ever do a OnDemand model like you are request Doug... (I am not disagreeing with your premise, I agree with it whole heartedly)...

Until we create a new fundemental method for transfering the "OnDemand" content (maybe IPTV will be that fundemental change), even the Cable-Co's will reach a bandwith limitaiton point.
 

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:) Nope....

Now that would be nice Video OnDemand stuff...
What if they offered pre-release items (before even DVD street dates)

Sure it probably won't be $1.99 maybe like $19.99 but it woudl be cool.
 
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