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post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Not that we WOULD, but this would put a long-lasting grin on many faces:

1) Get MyReplayTV up
2) Get rid of the glitches I mention in the other thread
3) Add priorities
4) Fix Padding logic per my other thread
5) Fix show description per the other thread
6) Add Caller ID to units which are capable
7) Fix Closed Captioning
8) Make the 2-IR codesets permanent (so it doesn't reset with powerloss)
9) Allow us to name manually recorded content
10) ToDo record list (a la Tivo!)
11) Some sort of selectable call-out times (even if limited to off-hours) or days, for those of us with 2+ units.

Certainly there are more, but these 11 should be pretty easy to get done within the next month. You'd really create a lot of goodwill with these fixes/upgrades and you'd really have the edge over that other unit out there.
post #2 of 21
Your satellite dish includes a monthly fee. They are charging you for the caller id capability. Replay's initial charge did not include Caller ID. I would think that is an expense that they are not prepared to bear. Perhaps some day they are going to offer optional services. Maybe Callerid will be one of them. Al
post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 
It's not a service, is a tiny code of software that they add and the modem does the rest. No cost to them other than the 2k of data sent overnight http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif
post #4 of 21
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Originally posted by alleng:
Your satellite dish includes a monthly fee. They are charging you for the caller id capability. Replay's initial charge did not include Caller ID. I would think that is an expense that they are not prepared to bear. Perhaps some day they are going to offer optional services. Maybe Callerid will be one of them. Al
They don't give you squat. You still have to subscribe to (and pay for) called ID service from your telephone company. But once you do, instead of having to use a little box or a phone that has it built in, you can get a little popup message right on your tv when the phone rings! The modem in the Replay unit already has support for this in hardware built in. Replay just needs to add a bit of code to support it.

But I'm with the others that see the need but don't subscribe. Plus I have a outgoing block on my line so no one can see my # (except 800 numbers naturally).



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post #5 of 21
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Originally posted by RandyL712:
7) Fix Closed Captioning
You can scratch that one off your list! Since I got the latest version of the software (3.0 Build 21), the Closed Captioning is working fine.
post #6 of 21
Might have been better phrased as "wish list", but we get your point.

I think the MyReplay is the most important at the moment, since it will add a clear difference in capability between the PVR choices. Glitches and minor changes (like renaming manually recorded content) should probably make the next cut. a 3.1 most likely.

But I wouldn't expect things like Caller ID, a ToDo list, selectable call-out times, or a new priority system until a 3.5 or a 4.0 release... And my guess is that we won't see that until spring.

Does anyone know if the modem units even support caller ID? I've heard this requested before, but I'm still a bit baffled why someone expects this feature from a PVR...


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post #7 of 21
Thread Starter 
jl,

A ReplayGuy said that that 2xxx units can't get CallerID but 3xxx can. As for WHY, why not? It's a free thing they can do for us that's cool.
post #8 of 21
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Originally posted by jleavens:

Does anyone know if the modem units even support caller ID? I've heard this requested before, but I'm still a bit baffled why someone expects this feature from a PVR...
I can see why, even though I don't subscribe to the whole concept of "Caller ID" http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif

You're sitting nicely, watching your pre-recorded SitCom and a phone call comes in. You want to see who it is before you get up off yer duff http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif

My (and I'm sure others') satellite box does it, so it would almost be "natural" to think that the Replay (being constantly hooked to the phone line) would do it as well...

-m
post #9 of 21
Well, I have to admit I don't have a Replay yet - I ordered the 3060 last week with the Mercata deal and now I'm like a little kid waiting for Santa to arrive with my new toy ($348 total incl shipping - thanks for the tip, guys!)

But one feature I that I would love to see is zoom (I'm thinking something similar to my DVD player - it has 3 levels of zoom on 9 different points of the screen). This would be totally cool, and a must-have for sports replays!
post #10 of 21
Thread Starter 
Gil,

If you have CallerID, you understand. If not, it won't show anything! (And for sure it'll be an OPTION, not a can't-get-out-of-it-feature.
post #11 of 21
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Originally posted by Gil T. Pleasure:
mykey2k, I still don't get it. We always complain about being interupted by the blue record banner whenever a recording is about to start so why would we want another feature interupting our show? http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/confused.gif Please explain. Thanks.
You are ALREADY being interrupted by the fact that the phone is ringing! By having the ID flash on the screen, you can decide to ignore it and continue watching your show. So this feature actually lets you AVOID an interruption, not create one. And if you are watching something so important that you turn off your phone ringer, you can turn off the caller ID feature then too.


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post #12 of 21
Thread Starter 
1) Get MyReplayTV up
2) Get rid of the glitches I mention in the other thread
3) Add priorities
4) Fix Padding logic per my other thread
5) Fix show description per the other thread
6) Add Caller ID to units which are capable
7) Make the 2-IR codesets permanent (so it doesn't reset with powerloss)
8) Allow us to name manually recorded content
9) ToDo record list (a la Tivo!)
10) Some sort of selectable call-out times (even if limited to off-hours) or days, for those of us with 2+ units.

We're down to 10. Caller ID has been getting a lot of attention here, and I think we've ironed it out - make it an OPTION so those who don't want it don't have to see it. The trillions of us that DO have it and want it WILL use it and thank Replay for it http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif

Any word from Replay? Can we expect these ASAP?
post #13 of 21
How would the Replay know if you are watching live or recording or dumping to VCR? I don't want a bunch of caller ID messages on my records. "Oh, John called last week Tuesday at 4:16pm."

I have the caller ID turned off on my receiver so that it does not show up on my Replay records. I have a cordless phone with caller ID on the handset. I just pick pick up the handset and look.

An alternative, though expensive, would be to put one of those video caller ID boxes between the Replay/AV Receiver and the TV so that the caller ID only shows up on the screen and not on the records. I know that this is not free and simple, but it is just about the only solution that prevents the caller ID information from showing up on the screen.
post #14 of 21
Quote:
Originally posted by Serra:
How would the Replay know if you are watching live or recording or dumping to VCR? I don't want a bunch of caller ID messages on my records. "Oh, John called last week Tuesday at 4:16pm."

ReplayTV is a computer. Of course it knows whether you are watching live tv or recording, or saving to vcr. How could it not know what process it is running at any given time. The main point of the "Save to VCR" feature is that it blocks any display messages going to the screen, so you get a "clean" tape.

While I won't say it would be easy to program CallerId into a ReplayTV, the concept of the implementation is by no means complicated.

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http://Loren.Finkelstein.Net
post #15 of 21
That's a major issue with caller-id implementation. It's much more complicated than whether the modem supports caller-id. Does the architecture of the box allow an overlay on the output video that doesn't go onto the recording? My guess is that it does.

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The Other Glenn
post #16 of 21
Thread Starter 
Sorry - this feature SHOULD be implimented, if you don't want it, TURN IT OFF! Nobody will make you use it!
post #17 of 21
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Originally posted by RandyL712:
Sorry - this feature SHOULD be implimented, if you don't want it, TURN IT OFF! Nobody will make you use it!
I wasn't going to comment on this thread because, basically, I don't care about CallerID. However, when a statement like it SHOULD be implemented is made, it drives me a little crazy. While I could see that it might be something some people would like, you're asking ReplayTV to spend time and effort on implementing something that is dependent upon the user subscribing to a service from their phone company.

At best it's a convenience...know who it is so that you don't have to interrupt your show...wait a second, isn't that one of the reasons we have ReplayTV in the first place??? If you want CallerID, get it on your phone...don't INSIST that a ReplayTV box that allows you to pause whatever you're watching in order to go communicate with other people (and still not miss anything) be forced to implement it for a select group.

Just my $.02...like I said, I don't care one way or another...I just think there are lots of features that are specific to WHY we purchased a Replay that they could spend their time on.
post #18 of 21
Thread Starter 
This is so ridiculous. We COULD all buy the CallerID-TV box for $20-50 which does the same. Or Replay could add a snippet of code to do it. The fact that people here are already complaining about a feature that we here just imagined last week could be implimented just shows that a) these forums are mostly filled with pessimistic whiners, and b) you can NEVER make everybody happy.

(NO, I'm not calling all the naysayers whiners. I just don't see how you can complain about a feature that if you don't want, you don't have to use. I don't use the IR Blasters because I don't use a cable box, but I don't complain that they are included)

That said, Replay, Please impliment this neat-o feature as it would bring smiles to many faces.
post #19 of 21
I agree with DVDONLY that we shouldn't be demanding features, but suggesting them is totally fine.

That being said, while it's true that Caller ID would be a nice feature, given the limited number of people actually doing the programming, I could come up with a HUGE list of features that I'd rather see them working on, features that are directly related to Replay, such as (in no particular order) ...

1. "To Do" list.
2. Multiple record priorities.
3. Negative padding.
4. Ability to edit recorded shows.
5. User assigned call out times.
6. Select/Enter fix.
7. Screen saver.

I could go on, but you get the idea.

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Later,
Rob.
http://www.hifi-remote.com/
post #20 of 21
Buffalo Sue wrote:
> But one feature I that I would love to see is zoom (I'm thinking something similar to my DVD player - it has 3 levels of zoom on 9 different points of the screen). This would be totally cool, and a must-have for sports replays! <

This would be handy, but a couple things along the same lines I'd like to see even more would be the ability to step back one (or a couple) frames, since if you're stepping or slo-mo'ing forward and go too far, backing up is a chore; and full-frame (vs. the current full-field) still mode (for twice the resolution and sharpness in pause mode).

While they're at it, the could take the Pause "bug" off the screen when you press Exit, like it says it does in the ShowStopper manual (but doesn't actually).

These are certainly small requests, but ones that could increase my enjoyment of my Replay quite a bit.

- Tim
post #21 of 21
Sorry for the repost.. i just wanted to post in this thread too, so Randy (and the Replay Crew) can update the fix-list..

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Am i the only one who continues to have this problem?

Actually, the closed captioning hasn't "disappeared" since exactly a week ago. But it happened again today. I did, however, do a little troubleshooting to help track down the problem:

- From 10pm - 11pm, the current episode of ER was taping, but no closed-captioning showed up via ReplayTV... I switched the TV to the regular tuner and verified that my TV had closed captioning on (and it was displayed if i was NOT watching ReplayTV)
- Just for backup, I watched the local news from 11pm-11:05 on ReplayTV. Again, no captioning via ReplayTV, but captioning worked directly to the TV. I went ahead and "taped" 5 minutes of thison my ReplayTV
- Next, I Replayed an episode of (syndicated) Friends from last night which was taped when captioning WAS working. The ReplayTV did NOT display the captions.

At this point, I unplugged the ReplayTV for a bit. Upon bootup, I re-checked everything
- ReplayTV successfully displayed captioning for Live TV.
- My recording of ER (from earlier) successfully displayed captions.
- The 5 min local news recording successfully displayed captions.
- My episode of Friends from last night successfully displayed captions.

I know.. it's a lot of data. But at least we're able to narrow it down to a PLAYBACK issue rather than a RECORDING issue.

I thought this was fixed, as mentioned by others. Unfortunately, I've got Version 3.0 Build 21 on my 3060, so it still looks like there might be a problem.

Please let me know if I can do anything else to help track down this problem (when or if captioning disappears on me again).

Darq
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