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post #13711 of 14743
Well went ahead and signed up for DirecTV today. I have been with AT&T Uverse since it first rolled out. After all new equipment, a completely rewired house and a new line from my house to the box in the alley, I still have random reboots and I have yet to watch an NFL game on Sundays without losing a tv signal. All my promo prices ended so all that combined with DirectTVs awesome new offers made it a pretty easy decision. We had 4 HD streams available with Uverse, so it will be nice to have the 5th one using the Genie system. We do get 5 right?
post #13712 of 14743
Yes, you get 5 tuners with Genie, and depending on what other boxes you have, you could have even more.
post #13713 of 14743
Thank you Dishrich!
post #13714 of 14743
How is recording on DTV? If I have two scheduled shows back-to-back, does the DVR record everything on the first and start the second on time or does it clip? I think the term is "padding" if I'm not mistaken.
post #13715 of 14743
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Originally Posted by Justin Sullins View Post

How is recording on DTV? If I have two scheduled shows back-to-back, does the DVR record everything on the first and start the second on time or does it clip? I think the term is "padding" if I'm not mistaken.
You will get up to like 30 seconds of the 2nd program at the end of the 1st one. It might be longer than 30, I just usually ff then skip to end when the show is over.
post #13716 of 14743
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Originally Posted by Justin Sullins View Post

How is recording on DTV? If I have two scheduled shows back-to-back, does the DVR record everything on the first and start the second on time or does it clip? I think the term is "padding" if I'm not mistaken.

When there's no programs scheduled before or after a program, Directv automatically pads the beginning by 1 minute and the ending by 2 minutes (IIRC).

If shows are scheduled back to back, the first show will stop exactly on time and the second will begin exactly on time. However, many shows start a minute or two early or end a minute or two early.
post #13717 of 14743
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Originally Posted by Stew4msu View Post

When there's no programs scheduled before or after a program, Directv automatically pads the beginning by 1 minute and the ending by 2 minutes (IIRC).
If shows are scheduled back to back, the first show will stop exactly on time and the second will begin exactly on time. However, many shows start a minute or two early or end a minute or two early.
I have DirecTV. DirecTV will add padding on back to back shows using only 1 tuner. Dish Network doesn't.

I have the 5 tuner DVR and last night it was right at 9:30. It showed I had 6 shows recording at once because it was recording the end of one recording and the beginning of another on the same channel using the same tuner.

I wish Windows Media Center would do this.
post #13718 of 14743
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Originally Posted by squeakybirnbaum View Post

I have DirecTV. DirecTV will add padding on back to back shows using only 1 tuner. Dish Network doesn't.
I have the 5 tuner DVR and last night it was right at 9:30. It showed I had 6 shows recording at once because it was recording the end of one recording and the beginning of another on the same channel using the same tuner.
I wish Windows Media Center would do this.

Correct, but the key part of your statement is "on the same channel".

If, however,you had a 2 tuner DVR with two shows recording from 8 - 9 on channels ABC and NBC. Then from 9 - 10, you had two other shows recording on channels CBS and FOX. You would not have any padding on any of those shows.
post #13719 of 14743
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Originally Posted by Stew4msu View Post

Correct, but the key part of your statement is "on the same channel".
If, however,you had a 2 tuner DVR with two shows recording from 8 - 9 on channels ABC and NBC. Then from 9 - 10, you had two other shows recording on channels CBS and FOX. You would not have any padding on any of those shows.
Ah I see. Yeah that would be impossible.
post #13720 of 14743
The five channels (Sho/TMC) showing the same movie thing is getting old! Just sayin!
post #13721 of 14743
These Genie clients are freakin tiny! The Uverse boxes that served the same functions where 5 times bigger than these things.
post #13722 of 14743
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Originally Posted by Closet Geek View Post

The five channels (Sho/TMC) showing the same movie thing is getting old! Just sayin!

DBStalk.com says its due to Sandy.
post #13723 of 14743
It is.
post #13724 of 14743
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Originally Posted by slimoli View Post

It is.

Re: Showtime: Back to normal as of last night ...
post #13725 of 14743
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Originally Posted by ti-triodes View Post

You should do a commercial with your generator company, not D*. You can extoll the nice stable output voltages of their products. biggrin.gif
You don't need stable voltages in your generator if you use a backup battery in between it and the box. That will suck the power fluctuations. You do have to lower the sensitivity a bit to keep it from tripping to battery too often, but that still keeps the range within safe limits for the DVR.

I actually keep my DVR connected to a backup battery that gives me a good 30-40 minutes of run time when the power goes out. That almost always gets me through any power outages that might happen during a recording.
post #13726 of 14743
I called DirecTV to see about getting my DVR upgraded to the new Genie because my current DVR sucks balls. It's an HR25 or something like that, really slow with every click of a button. They told me I could upgrade to the Genie for $300. I said no, so they said they could offer me an HR34 for $100 if I also upgraded my account to the whole home DVR service (at $3/month), which I also said no to. I told them I'd mull over my options and ended the call. I have a very connected home but just don't watch TV anywhere but the main room. I have a 2nd spare TV that I watch occasionally when the wife wants to watch her shows at the same time, but I'd be surprised if I turn on the 2nd TV once a month.

For reference, I'm a customer in good standing - I buy into their top tier programming package and have since 2007. I occasionally buy premium sports packages. I'm already sending them a bit of cash each month. Asking me to pay full price for a DVR that new customers get for free, or upgrade my services for something I don't need/use seemed repugnant to me, so I called them back to cancel my service. Seriously.

The guy at the other end of the line looked over my account and took action. The result: they're upgrading my DVR to the Genie for free. My 2nd TV (which has an HD receiver but not a DVR) also needs to be upgraded because the Genie needs a new SWM or something and my old receiver wasn't compatible. They're doing it all for free. As they should.

I'm not one of those people who call every 2 years and ask for freebies. This is the first time I've considered canceling service with them. I have to say, I'm very pleased with their willingness to work out the issue and keep me as a customer. Thank you DirecTV!

Yes, this upgrade reset a 2-year commitment with them, but I'm ok with that. I've been with them 5 years, 2 more seems reasonable.

I'm getting the Genie installed later today - I'm hoping it's a serious step up from my old equipment. We'll see.
post #13727 of 14743
Yeah I've called a couple of times before to get the HR34 and have been told I'd have to pay. I'm out of contract, good customer for over 12 years. I haven't threaten to cancel yet.

But if I'm going to pay for a DVR, it's not going to be for a fricking lease which requires a 2-year contract.

D* is seriously out in La-La land if they think they can offer zero upfront fees for new customers and try to get existing customers to pay for the same 2-year contract.

I'm already eyeing one of the Comcast intro deals to at least upgrade my Internet. Rather than upgrade my woefully under-spec'd HR20, I just added an eSata drive for now.

I'll see what Tivo does with their extender and what Apple may do next year.
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post #13729 of 14743
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Originally Posted by wco81 View Post

Yeah I've called a couple of times before to get the HR34 and have been told I'd have to pay. I'm out of contract, good customer for over 12 years. I haven't threaten to cancel yet.
But if I'm going to pay for a DVR, it's not going to be for a fricking lease which requires a 2-year contract.
D* is seriously out in La-La land if they think they can offer zero upfront fees for new customers and try to get existing customers to pay for the same 2-year contract.
I'm already eyeing one of the Comcast intro deals to at least upgrade my Internet. Rather than upgrade my woefully under-spec'd HR20, I just added an eSata drive for now.
I'll see what Tivo does with their extender and what Apple may do next year.

I would be *really* surprised if they did not give you an HR34 for free, based on your description of your history (I define "good customer" as always pays on time). Call and talk to a retention rep, they've got the juice. 800.824.9077
post #13730 of 14743
^ I was in the same boat. Customer for over 10 years, highest package with everything. I was tired of paying so much monthly. I was ready to leave DTV and go to Dish. Get the hopper and all for like 79 a month for 2y or whatever it was. I said if they can match the offer I'll stay. They did! And only a 1 year contract, not two. Also threw in sunday ticket and the upgrade to the whole home dvr, single wire slimeline setup. I was happy with that.
post #13731 of 14743
I'm sure they'll do it if I call retention.

But at this point, I'm not sure I want to be tied into them for 2 years.

With various promo deals, I can probably pay less at Comcast. Plus they have access to Watch ESPN and some other things. The minus would be that they only have one channel of HBO HD or something like that. Certainly not HBO East and HBO West.
post #13732 of 14743
We are hopefully about to purchase a house and I found out today they only have cable runs going to 2 rooms, and we would need an additional 2 cable runs. Because it is in Florida the builder did not make an attic entrance so we would have to basically cut the ceiling to create attic access to run the wires down the wall. And to run wires to the rooms another optino would be to drill through concrete.

So my question, does D* offer wireless hd stb's or dvr's? We currently have 4 hd-dvr's. If not I would have to hate to move to ATT.
post #13733 of 14743
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Originally Posted by mx6bfast View Post

We are hopefully about to purchase a house and I found out today they only have cable runs going to 2 rooms, and we would need an additional 2 cable runs. Because it is in Florida the builder did not make an attic entrance so we would have to basically cut the ceiling to create attic access to run the wires down the wall. And to run wires to the rooms another optino would be to drill through concrete.
So my question, does D* offer wireless hd stb's or dvr's? We currently have 4 hd-dvr's. If not I would have to hate to move to ATT.

No they don't.
post #13734 of 14743
Dish does. Not officially, but it works fine.

LINK
post #13735 of 14743
DirecTV & the Lakers' RSN-Time Warner Cable Sportsnet have reached an agreement. It doesn't mention if it's on a separate tier or not but I'm sure more details are to come. TWCSN will be on channel 691 (SD/HD) & it's Spanish language channel, TWC Deportes will be on ch. 458.

http://www.twcsportsnet.com/articles/2012/11/15/twcsportsnet-reaches-deal-with-directv-111512

Update: TWCSN is up and running on DirecTV ch.691
Edited by Tom Wellman - 11/15/12 at 3:36pm
post #13736 of 14743
I'm getting the Genie on Tuesday, (new customer) and I just found out the HR34/Genie does not have an optical port for sound. I have a soundbar w/ active sub and it uses opitcal cables. Is there such a thing as an opitcal to digital audio adapter or cable or is that just a dumb question?
post #13737 of 14743
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Originally Posted by Justin Sullins View Post

I'm getting the Genie on Tuesday, (new customer) and I just found out the HR34/Genie does not have an optical port for sound. I have a soundbar w/ active sub and it uses opitcal cables. Is there such a thing as an opitcal to digital audio adapter or cable or is that just a dumb question?

Something like this?
http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Coaxial-Toslink-Optical-Converter/dp/B001622FL8

Digital coxaial cable to the input of the converter and outputs to optical to connect to soundbar.
post #13738 of 14743
Just got Genie and service installed Tue Night. So far I'm ipressed with everything. Have one client box. Last night as I was trying to activate some of the different apps and it said I had no internet. I did have internet (laptop, ps3). Everything worked but apps and the client box. Had to restart the box to resolve it. Does this happen often? I was under the impression from the guy who sold me this package and various info on the Directv Site that there would be movie poster thumbnails of the movie/tv show inside the guide info/list info. There is not. I have seen a couple of shows display this but only about 10% of the time. Thanks in advance.
post #13739 of 14743
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Originally Posted by Justin Sullins View Post

Just got Genie and service installed Tue Night. So far I'm ipressed with everything. Have one client box. Last night as I was trying to activate some of the different apps and it said I had no internet. I did have internet (laptop, ps3). Everything worked but apps and the client box. Had to restart the box to resolve it. Does this happen often? I was under the impression from the guy who sold me this package and various info on the Directv Site that there would be movie poster thumbnails of the movie/tv show inside the guide info/list info. There is not. I have seen a couple of shows display this but only about 10% of the time. Thanks in advance.

Can't comment on the internet glitch. Regarding the thumbnail I get it more often than not, depending on the particular show and channel. Sometimes there just isn't an available image. I'm actually surprised at some of them--I'll click on some foreign film in the guide and the thumbnail will be of the original foreign release poster or dvd art and the title will be different from the US release. Many ommissions are on TCM for older films never released on dvd.
post #13740 of 14743
Anyone ever have the screensaver come on while watching tv?
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