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post #2581 of 4072
My Scientific Atlanta at 4X for two seconds works for me.
post #2582 of 4072
Charter St Louis skips 5 minutes .. whoever came up with that should be fired .. it's a Moto DVR .. the previous MOXI's that they were using could be programmed to skip in increments of one minute ..

The Moto does, however, allow FF with On Demand content .. but only at 2x ..
post #2583 of 4072
good thing tomorrow's a new episode otherwise this thread was in danger of turning into the 'which DVR do you use and why' thread
post #2584 of 4072
^^^ It's strange how threads tend to drift sometimes .. wink.gif
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Originally Posted by Arvy View Post

I have a Motorola DCX-3400 with iGuide. It would tick me off not being able to skip around. I feel ya.

No Moto's in the Charlotte TWC arsonal. Too bad, because they have active firewire ports (or at least recently did) - which means I could use my HD tape deck (JVC 40k) to permanently archive stuff I'd like to save from my SA8300HD.

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Originally Posted by 73shark View Post

My Scientific Atlanta at 4X for two seconds works for me.

You still have to back up when you see the show come back. The ba$tard$.

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Originally Posted by mgkdragn View Post

Charter St Louis skips 5 minutes .. whoever came up with that should be fired .. it's a Moto DVR .. the previous MOXI's that they were using could be programmed to skip in increments of one minute ..

The Moto does, however, allow FF with On Demand content .. but only at 2x ..

Even with Navigator software? eek.gif

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Originally Posted by TitusTroy View Post

good thing tomorrow's a new episode otherwise this thread might turn into 'which DVR do you use and why'

Dude - it's AVS. Occasional technical diversions are not only welcome, they're encouraged. (as long as they don't get out of hand) wink.gif
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Originally Posted by archiguy View Post

Dude - it's AVS. Occasional technical diversions are not only welcome, they're encouraged. (as long as they don't get out of hand) wink.gif

Good point. It's no wonder threads dedicated to the discussion of movies and TV shows sometimes drift into technical matters. After all AVS is home-theater nerd central.smile.gif I have enjoyed the posts about the strengths and weaknesses of various DVRs' ability to quickly skip through commercial interruptions. I think it's fair to say that some are a lot better at it than others.
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Originally Posted by archiguy View Post

Dude - it's AVS. Occasional technical diversions are not only welcome, they're encouraged. (as long as they don't get out of hand) wink.gif

I was half kidding...guess I should have left a smiley tongue.gif
post #2588 of 4072
I remember when I first got a DVR, I thought I could fast forward without pausing the TV for a while. Its like I wanted to watch TV in the future.
post #2589 of 4072
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Originally Posted by TitusTroy View Post

I was half kidding...guess I should have left a smiley tongue.gif

A smiley and a winkie - now that's a recipe for a party!
post #2590 of 4072
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Originally Posted by archiguy View Post

You still have to back up when you see the show come back. The ba$tard$.

I don't know about other DVR's, but if you get good at it, the Directv DVR will jump back a few seconds when you hit the play button while it is fast forwarding, and I suspect if you used it enough you could get pretty deadly with it. I just use the skip button, but I have used the fast forward on occasion and I suspect with enough practice you get pretty deadly. The only problem is recognizing the program has resumed at those hundred mile an hour fast forward speeds. smile.gif
post #2591 of 4072
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Originally Posted by rebkell View Post

I don't know about other DVR's, but if you get good at it, the Directv DVR will jump back a few seconds when you hit the play button while it is fast forwarding, and I suspect if you used it enough you could get pretty deadly with it. I just use the skip button, but I have used the fast forward on occasion and I suspect with enough practice you get pretty deadly. The only problem is recognizing the program has resumed at those hundred mile an hour fast forward speeds. smile.gif

What you're describing is known as "DVR compensation" - the few-second jump back when you hit "play" after coming out of FF, to compensate for the time delay between when you see & recognize the scene you want to come back in on and the delayed neuro-muscular response when your finger hits the "play" button. TWC removed that feature from their DVR "Navigator" software a few months ago, at least in this market and many others. It's part of their never-ending fight to remove every convenience you used to enjoy with your DVR. The future is on-demand, baby, with no FF. Their advertisers don't pay them to allow us to skip their commercials. They've got to wean us off this habit.

Let's face it - we knew this was coming. TWC is just ahead of the curve.
post #2592 of 4072
I pay for all the cable channels including AMC, so AMC gets their cut from me, but I stopped years ago putting up with the terrible cable/sat user interface. That includes Tivo which I used for a couple years a long time ago. There are better ways in this day and age to watch TV, and generally better quality than delivered by cable/sat.

Commercials, channel logos, popups/snipes, poor video compression, often terrible and/or artificially limited DVR interfaces, DVR failures/crashes, recordings cut off due to schedule changes, random cable outages, etc. etc the list goes on.

Pay your cable/sat bill, but watch TV guilt free by other means. IMO.
post #2593 of 4072
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Originally Posted by mr2828 View Post

Commercials, channel logos, popups/snipes, poor video compression

channel logos are definitely annoying but luckily most of them seem to be transparent these days...it still sucks having to see their big logo in the bottom right hand corner...like I don't already know the name of the channel I'm watching rolleyes.gif

pop-ups I find even more annoying...during the program an ad pops up for a future program on that same channel...some channel ads are much more obnoxious then others and fill up too much screen space

poor compression is really only noticable for me on AMC-HD...even though Breaking Bad does look excellent, other shows like Walking Dead look horrible partly due to the way they film the show but also due to the poor bitrate on AMC-HD...AMC shows actually look much better when watching them OnDemand

another reason I love HBO-HD is that there are no commercials, no logos, no popups and they mandate to all cable providers a minimum bitrate to ensure top notch video quality across all providers
post #2594 of 4072
Walt tries to use the Ricin on Hank, instead his kid gets poisoned and dies, just something I thought of last night.
post #2595 of 4072
Regarding the DVR capabilities sub-thread, I currenlty am D*, but had a Charter MOXI before that, and my original 2 DVRs were the best of them all, ReplayTV. Unfortunately with HD I had to move on from the Replay, but it not only could do a 30s skip, but had a commercial skip feature much like the old school audio cassette tapes would use blank tape to skip songs. In this case, TV shows fade in and out of black surrounding the commercials and the DVR would detect that. It worked great other than occasionally during very dark scenes it would kick in. It wasn't often or difficult to deal with though.

In addition, I could at any time skip forward or backward x number of minutes. For instance, the typical basketball or football halftime is 15 minutes so I would hit 1 ... 5.... skip and boom I am instantly watching the 2nd half. You could even jump to say 7 minutes from the end by hitting 7 ..... return to live. It was awesome and something I have dearly missed in consequent products. I have never understood if they could do that, why doesn't anybody else? The company isn't around anymore so I doubt there is any patent issues. I guess I have been spoiled since the beginning, but to me DVR and 30skip are synonymous.

With that all said, only 2+ hours until the next episode and BB discussion returns on the East Coast.smile.gif
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With that all said, only 2+ hours until the next episode and BB discussion returns on the East Coast.smile.gif
That reminds me I gotta quit reading these emails now until I watch my recording here on the West Coast L O L
I don't want to see any spoilers in next few hours biggrin.gif
post #2597 of 4072
It's an interesting choice to make ricin.

Maybe the writers thought the viewers would recognize it because of the associations with terrorism that we've become familiar with in the last 10-20 years.

But imagine if he actually used it. There would be more than the DEA involved in investigating in that case. It would probably get national or global coverage and all sorts of federal agencies would pour into ABQ. By contrast, Hanks superiors are uninterested in the blue meth and Heisenberg, would rather that Hank move on. But ricin? It would bring a shitstorm down on Walt.
post #2598 of 4072
Awesome epi love it, but something that I've seen of lately that I watched twice in tonight's breaking bad epi, is when there's one actor telling the other actor what's been going on without the other saying a peep, such as the Skylar and sis conversation. rolleyes.gif I guess it saves time, from back and forth but to me it's highly improbable in mine experiences.

Djoel
post #2599 of 4072
I can't be the only person who punched in those GPS coordinates into Google Maps tonight.

Seems like an inside joke with a location that might have to do with a studio or production office.
post #2600 of 4072
How could they blind fold Lydia but still let her keep the cellphone?

Still can't understand why Walter gave the cash back to Jesse who is unstable at best. Just let Saul keep the cash. How hard is that? It became a cheap plot device.
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Originally Posted by Djoel View Post

Awesome epi love it, but something that I've seen of lately that I watched twice in tonight's breaking bad epi, is when there's one actor telling the other actor what's been going on without the other saying a peep, such as the Skylar and sis conversation. rolleyes.gif I guess it saves time, from back and forth but to me it's highly improbable in mine experiences.

Djoel

I had a totally different take. In Sky's interaction w/ Hank, she was quiet so she could draw out what Hank knows, while not admitting anything. She needed to know where she (and Walt) stood. Once he started really pressing, she deftly put him off getting a statement, then when he kept pushing, she brought up a lawyer. Once she knew everything she needed to know, she fought back hard and escalated to causing a scene so she could get the hell away from Hank. Her silence was strategic, highly plausible and evidence of her acquiring the abilities/mindset of one who's given herself over to the path of Bad.

Likewise, her silence w/ Marie was strategic, highly plausible and cunning. She couldn't really say anything real- other than her eventual apology- so she lets Marie steer the conversation. She can't bring herself to lie to Marie, so she allows Marie to get the implication that Hank is right, but w/o admitting anything. She just allows Marie to keep following further down a path of horror, never admitting a thing, until her wholly inadequate apology makes Marie snap. Skyler was just playing her cards close to her vest and doing her best to manage situations that are basically her worst fears realized. All the while doing her best to try and keep Walt safe and finally going completely over to his side.

Incredibly powerful scenes- among many tonight- that were true works of art imo. My enjoyment of this show tonight is surpassed only by the excitement of what I'm sure is more and even better to come.
post #2602 of 4072
Episode 2 was another good one...I want Skyler to go down even moreso then Walt...she's not the innocent victim...she's been a willing accomplice and needs to pay for her choices

the title of last night's episode was 'Buried' which once again has duel meanings...the $$ being buried, Lydia's underground meth lab or maybe it refers to Walt being buried in a metaphorical sense after not knowing who to trust and who might rat him out (Jesse, Skyler etc)...would Walt actually use the M80 machine gun against everyone close to him?
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Originally Posted by wco81 View Post

It's an interesting choice to make ricin.

Maybe the writers thought the viewers would recognize it because of the associations with terrorism that we've become familiar with in the last 10-20 years.

But imagine if he actually used it. There would be more than the DEA involved in investigating in that case. It would probably get national or global coverage and all sorts of federal agencies would pour into ABQ. By contrast, Hanks superiors are uninterested in the blue meth and Heisenberg, would rather that Hank move on. But ricin? It would bring a shitstorm down on Walt.

I thought the whole point of them ever actually using it was that it would be undetectable? I also get the impression that even if Walt does end up using ricin on someone, he will be dead before the target is (my money would be on Lydia- he already had the ricin ear-marked for her once- but that's probably too predictable), since it takes 3-4 days for the ricin to kick in. It appears that he got the ricin to use along w/ his M60; if he does indeed go to war w/ that "lil' friend," I would imagine he'd suffer the same fate as that other drug lord. I've seen a lot of people hoping for a Scarface ending. But that too seems too predictable.

But what a wild ride this season has been so far- with the promise of much more to come...
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Originally Posted by JimWinVA View Post

I had a totally different take. In Sky's interaction w/ Hank, she was quiet so she could draw out what Hank knows, while not admitting anything. She needed to know where she (and Walt) stood. Once he started really pressing, she deftly put him off getting a statement, then when he kept pushing, she brought up a lawyer. Once she knew everything she needed to know, she fought back hard and escalated to causing a scene so she could get the hell away from Hank. Her silence was strategic, highly plausible and evidence of her acquiring the abilities/mindset of one who's given herself over to the path of Bad.

Likewise, her silence w/ Marie was strategic, highly plausible and cunning. She couldn't really say anything real- other than her eventual apology- so she lets Marie steer the conversation. She can't bring herself to lie to Marie, so she allows Marie to get the implication that Hank is right, but w/o admitting anything. She just allows Marie to keep following further down a path of horror, never admitting a thing, until her wholly inadequate apology makes Marie snap. Skyler was just playing her cards close to her vest and doing her best to manage situations that are basically her worst fears realized. All the while doing her best to try and keep Walt safe and finally going completely over to his side.

Incredibly powerful scenes- among many tonight- that were true works of art imo. My enjoyment of this show tonight is surpassed only by the excitement of what I'm sure is more and even better to come.

+100.

You nailed it, Jim. Skyler did all the listening and no talking. She gave neither Hank nor Marie a word of evidence that could be used against her or Walt. They "know," but they have no admission or confession from her. She did exactly what a smart suspect in an interrogation should do: say nothing and demand a lawyer right away. If only half my clients were as smart as her...

As trial lawyers often point out, when it comes to proving a case in court, it's not what you "know;" it's what you can prove. Hank knows it too, and Walt knows it, and apparently Skyler does too.

Jesse and Lydia and Todd are the only non-family loose ends who could possibly help Hank prove anything. Todd seems like he would never break, but I see a dead Lydia in the show's future. Who knows what is going to happen with Jesse, but I don't see him living through the last episode. I think there's a good chance he will die by his own hand from unbearable guilt and lack of hope of any kind of future. I suspect that Walt will find out, and Jesse's death will weigh on Walt's conscience, or what's left of it, for the rest of the series. Actions have consequences, Walt, right?
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Originally Posted by JimWinVA View Post

I had a totally different take. In Sky's interaction w/ Hank, she was quiet so she could draw out what Hank knows, while not admitting anything. She needed to know where she (and Walt) stood. Once he started really pressing, she deftly put him off getting a statement, then when he kept pushing, she brought up a lawyer. Once she knew everything she needed to know, she fought back hard and escalated to causing a scene so she could get the hell away from Hank. Her silence was strategic, highly plausible and evidence of her acquiring the abilities/mindset of one who's given herself over to the path of Bad.

Likewise, her silence w/ Marie was strategic, highly plausible and cunning. She couldn't really say anything real- other than her eventual apology- so she lets Marie steer the conversation. She can't bring herself to lie to Marie, so she allows Marie to get the implication that Hank is right, but w/o admitting anything. She just allows Marie to keep following further down a path of horror, never admitting a thing, until her wholly inadequate apology makes Marie snap. Skyler was just playing her cards close to her vest and doing her best to manage situations that are basically her worst fears realized. All the while doing her best to try and keep Walt safe and finally going completely over to his side.

Incredibly powerful scenes- among many tonight- that were true works of art imo. My enjoyment of this show tonight is surpassed only by the excitement of what I'm sure is more and even better to come.


Great points and I get why Skylar didn't say a word but Marie seem to know so much more, it reminded me of a Lassie episode:rolleyes:All in all in was superbly acted by Anna Gun, Dean Norris's face little nuances is plainly amazing, I never through he was good of an actor.


Also I got an eerie Lost the show feel of this Episode, the Hatch like meth lab, and the lotto numbers with gps locations , two combo that are engrave in my subconscious forever. mad.gif

Djoel
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Originally Posted by TitusTroy View Post

Episode 2 was another good one...I want Skyler to go down even more so then Walt...she's not the innocent victim...she's been a willing accomplice and needs to pay for her choices

the title of last night's episode was 'Buried' which once again has duel meanings...the $$ being buried, Lydia's underground meth lab or maybe it refers to Walt being buried in a metaphorical sense after not knowing who to trust and who might rat him out (Jesse, Skyler etc)...would Walt actually use the M80 machine gun against everyone close to him?


Lol, You want her to go down, you're going to have to wait in line with all the folks who wanted a horrible death for her being such a pain on Walt for and getting her family into this mess. At this point she has to protect her family anyway she can. Lie, steal cheat.

Djoel
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And the noose tightens. I think the key to getting Walt is Jesse. Either he flips and makes deal with DEA or gets knocked off by Walt. Whatever happened to "Spousal testimonial privilege?"..Skylar might make her own deal.. Good acting by Hank on both shows, putting up with a Dome and Walt..biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by Djoel View Post

Lol, You want her to go down, you're going to have to wait in line with all the folks who wanted a horrible death for her being such a pain on Walt for and getting her family into this mess. At this point she has to protect her family anyway she can. Lie, steal cheat.

Djoel

I never hated the character of Skyler early on like a lot of other people did but right now she's getting on my nerves a bit...her innocent victim act is getting old...she's been complicit for awhile now with Walt and even knew about Gus's murder and others so I hope she doesn't get to escape justice...I actually don't mind if Walt gets away but I want Skyler to pay...weird...she enjoys the $$ almost as much as Walt and doesn't seem to regret things the way Jesse does...she's almost as evil as Walt except she hides behind the innocent housewife act...everyone talks about Walt paying for his crimes but no one talks about Skyler in the same way
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Originally Posted by TitusTroy View Post

......I actually don't mind if Walt gets away but I want Skyler to pay...weird...she enjoys the $$ almost as much as Walt and doesn't seem to regret things the way Jesse does...she's almost as evil as Walt except she hides behind the innocent housewife act...everyone talks about Walt paying for his crimes but no one talks about Skyler in the same way

In all fairness, she doesn't regret things the way Jesse does because she hasn't seen the things Jesse has seen.
I kind of like Skyler, her character seems almost realistic .
post #2610 of 4072
Skyler did not ask to be placed into Walt's World .. she even went so far as to boot out Walt ..

And money changes people .. especially when there is so much of it ..
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