As far as the problem of one button turning both DVR+ & TV on/off, since DRV+'s Remote has to "see" the TV's IR Window to do it, you could shield the Remote from TV to prevent it turning TV on/off. But I agree it's an unfortunate 'feature'.
Originally Posted by Bobarino
It's sad alright.
Fortunately, the linear channels that I actually watch some are still working.
Bloomberg Financial News, Pursuit, and BBC.
I would like to see them add NASA and CSPAN but only if they actually work.
Originally Posted by jericko76
I emailed them as well as asking them on their facebook page with no response. I take their no response meaning Linear is dead. No big loss. They were dumb to go down that path to begin with. Work on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Plex and they would make the DVR+ really appeal more to cord cutters.
Originally Posted by fshagan
Have to agree with this; the functionality of the YouTube, Vudu and Pandora apps would be killer with Netflix or Prime. Load the app right from the guide, no input switching, no fuss. Adding something like Plex for our home media would put icing on the cake.
The streaming only channels (linear) without any guide data and the inability to go on demand make them pretty worthless. Worse than the Roku apps. The linear news and music channels work well that way, but seeing them go down is not very reassuring.
I think the better choice for CM would be to focus on OTA and apps and forget the linear channels.
It would depend on alternative sources available to the 'cord-cutter'.
Only internet feature I tried on DVR+ was YouTube, it happened to use the identical same app as my TV uses. I signed in and 'paired' it with my networked tablet to send videos same as TV does.
Problem was that it did not work as well, due to TV using its Bluetooth 'Air-Mouse' Remote to control and a superior processor and network feed. If you have the download speed, TV's app will even decode YouTube's True 4K using latest 'codec' from Samsung.
I did not look at Pandora, as although TV has a good Pandora app, my Sony 'BD' (see sig) has a better one and being HDMI directly into AVR supplies the best audio available. I much prefer my XM for music, also direct into the Pioneer AVR.
I did not look at Vudu as it looked like Pay-TV and is also on my TV along with about 50++ other apps I've never tried. TV does have by far the best Web Browser I've seen on a TV and TV's Amazon Prime app provides 4K UHD & HDR (which Sony BD's Amazon app does not). Again the TV's Bluetooth Remote and Air-Mouse rules and the Quad-Core Processor (Octa-Core available) keeps things moving.
Ideal for me (and a lot of other cord-cutters) might be a Channel Master DVR using internet Just for a Guide Service (and Titan TV.com
does the Guide a lot better than the Rovi on my DVR+.
Perhaps this 'minimal version' could turn a decent profit at a lower cost
Leave the rest of the "Smart-TV" stuff to TV's (and Blue-Ray's) that do it so much better.
Originally Posted by Arenal04
FYI, the Back button on the remote removes the Progress Bar.
An even handier "Remove" for me is a double-ckick of the "Audio" button just below my Jump Forward :30 second Button on my Remote.
Originally Posted by Aleron Ives
I think it has to do with mentality, and the developers still have a VCR mentality similar to mine <....>, as you can instantly skip to 60 minutes into the recording. <....> Is having every show in a separately named file really that important?
One of the best things (of many) about the DVR+ (or my old CATV Prism DVR) is the Programming ease of just clicking a Program from the Guide and selecting just this one, or "The Series" (New or All).
There is just simply no contest with this in comparison with programming my DVD/VCR and I have the best of those.
The best my DVR+ can do to "instantly skip to 60 minutes into..." is one minute of x64 FF. I do like recording an hour news program and skim through it @ x32 FF in two minutes to see if I want more detail on any of it though...
I absolutely Do Want Each Program in a separate file, to skim or watch and then delete with my Red Button.
There are time periods where I have up to five choices of simultaneous OTA News Programs available in one to three hour periods. I've been enjoying recording two-at-a-time, back-to-back jumping between channels and then 'speed-viewing' them before deletion.
The most I've lost from the switch of channel and program is eight seconds and it's usually just three or four with Time Buffers at default. Since I've seen it goes to 'none' Lead ("Early Time") on 'back-to-back's, I wish I could set "Late Time" for minus one, since last minutes are invariably Commercials. I have just set it for "none" for "Late Time" to see if that makes any difference on Back-To-Back timings.
Almost one month experience for me now with this DVR+ and it has been a far greater addition to my HT than I ever expected.
I had never considered (beyond a little research) that any of the other available options, (like TiVo or Windows TV) would be anything I would want. I do regret not considering the DVR+ in time for that $175 Black Friday deal, ~~but $400~~ No Way!
I had the extra One TB Hard Drives (from 'done' Samsung TV Movie Packs) and use Ethernet Network connection, so the $249 no-tax/free shipping Deal looked good to me.