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post #14701 of 14740
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Originally Posted by Tom Imp View Post

Has anyone had any issues when recording with the Genie recently?

Last night I set up Elementary to record and that was the only thing scheduled. While watching the Bowl game a message came up on screen saying that the program was set to record and that it needed to switch to CBS, along with the options to either continue recording or to cancel. I chose to keep the recording and at 10pm sure enough it switched itself over to CBS.


The only time I encounter that is when, as an example, I’m recording simultaneously on CBS and ABC, and then try to watch NBC. Although, I do seem to recall what you experienced once before but haven’t encountered it since. It just may be that occasional fluke.

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Originally Posted by glassrd View Post

LED says 1080i for my 1080i plasma TV.

Two technicians came to provide service this AM. They could not resolve the grainy image quality issue. I have cancelled my DIRECTV service now alltogether. Of course I had to call in again and argue why I should not be charged for cancellation. Only then did they offer to re-install the older model receivers. After three long calls and 7 DIRECTV personnel, I lost my patience. Too bad. I had been a happy DIRECTV customer for many, many years. I suspect DIRECTV will hear from many more dissatisfied customers who think they are getting an "upgrade" with Genie, only to find their picture quality may get worse.

Did they take the time to swap it out another Genie? My HR-44 PQ looks fantastic.
post #14702 of 14740
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Originally Posted by Tom Imp View Post

Has anyone had any issues when recording with the Genie recently?

Last night I set up Elementary to record and that was the only thing scheduled. While watching the Bowl game a message came up on screen saying that the program was set to record and that it needed to switch to CBS, along with the options to either continue recording or to cancel. I chose to keep the recording and at 10pm sure enough it switched itself over to CBS.

Normally this is something that only happens when you are maxed out on scheduled recordings, so I don't know why all of a sudden this would occur. I'll test it again to see if it happens again before I call, but I just wanted to see if anyone else has experienced this.
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Originally Posted by Aliens View Post

The only time I encounter that is when, as an example, I’m recording simultaneously on CBS and ABC, and then try to watch NBC. Although, I do seem to recall what you experienced once before but haven’t encountered it since. It just may be that occasional fluke.


I recorded off of NBC last night and the issue didn't occur so I guess it was just an isolated incident. Thanks.
post #14703 of 14740
Are you recording OTA using an AM21? If so, you will be limited to 2 OTA signals at one time even though the Genie has 5 tuners.

SMK
post #14704 of 14740
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Originally Posted by Tom Imp View Post

Has anyone had any issues when recording with the Genie recently?

Last night I set up Elementary to record and that was the only thing scheduled. While watching the Bowl game a message came up on screen saying that the program was set to record and that it needed to switch to CBS, along with the options to either continue recording or to cancel. I chose to keep the recording and at 10pm sure enough it switched itself over to CBS.

Normally this is something that only happens when you are maxed out on scheduled recordings, so I don't know why all of a sudden this would occur. I'll test it again to see if it happens again before I call, but I just wanted to see if anyone else has experienced this.

It happens to us occasionally, even if only one program is set to record. We have an older DVR, but I imagine it a a DTV issue, regardless of DVRs.
post #14705 of 14740
Anybody seeing some picture break-up on the Colts-Pats game?
post #14706 of 14740
Yes. Terrible motion blur also.
post #14707 of 14740
Has anyone else noticed screen freezing?

I have the older H21-200 and experienced it twice.

Once on ESPN and once from TCM.
post #14708 of 14740
Considering coming back to DirecTV after a 7 year hiatus on U-Verse and Xfinity. When I left, D* just transissioned into Mpeg4 compression. What is the hardware and PQ like nowadays and how is packaging price? Salesman is pushing hard after I posted a tweet to @comcastcares for their cancellation phone line. However, I think I'm being quoted a 3 month price rather than a full year. So I'm skeptical.
post #14709 of 14740
I can't speck as to the price but I can to the equipment and picture. The latest thing is called Genie, an HR 44 that can record 5 channels at once and if you do a download from D. then you can do six.
they also have what they call clients that are small little box's that work with the 44 and think they have wireless now. I don't know for sure but if the MPEG 4 was the original it's a 2 now. The services is great and about half of everything can over the phone but all you need to do is learn that the people on the phone are reading from a scrip until now work so then they turn you over to the tech's and if need be there is a service man the next day.
post #14710 of 14740
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Originally Posted by Milenkod View Post

Considering coming back to DirecTV after a 7 year hiatus on U-Verse and Xfinity. When I left, D* just transissioned into Mpeg4 compression. What is the hardware and PQ like nowadays and how is packaging price? Salesman is pushing hard after I posted a tweet to @comcastcares for their cancellation phone line. However, I think I'm being quoted a 3 month price rather than a full year. So I'm skeptical.

Check out DBS Forums. They have some forums just for D*. Lots of good info there.

http://www.dbstalk.com/index
post #14711 of 14740
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Originally Posted by tomhunter8 View Post

Check out DBS Forums. They have some forums just for D*. Lots of good info there.

http://www.dbstalk.com/index
Thanks. Some worthwhile info over there. Already wrote a few posts.
post #14712 of 14740
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Originally Posted by Phil17108 View Post

I can't speck as to the price but I can to the equipment and picture. The latest thing is called Genie, an HR 44 that can record 5 channels at once and if you do a download from D. then you can do six.
they also have what they call clients that are small little box's that work with the 44 and think they have wireless now. I don't know for sure but if the MPEG 4 was the original it's a 2 now. The services is great and about half of everything can over the phone but all you need to do is learn that the people on the phone are reading from a scrip until now work so then they turn you over to the tech's and if need be there is a service man the next day.

fyi...In the early days, all broadcasts were MPEG2...when they went to HD, it was too much bandwidth and they switched to MPEG4. That's pretty standard for all services now as MPEG4 has various levels of compression....hence why U-Verse looks worse than D* despite usind the same compression standard.

I signed up for DirecTV and I got the "Genie" and two mini-genies. I think that is what you are referring to.
post #14713 of 14740
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Originally Posted by Milenkod View Post

fyi...In the early days, all broadcasts were MPEG2...when they went to HD, it was too much bandwidth and they switched to MPEG4. That's pretty standard for all services now as MPEG4 has various levels of compression....hence why U-Verse looks worse than D* despite usind the same compression standard.

I signed up for DirecTV and I got the "Genie" and two mini-genies. I think that is what you are referring to.

They say the same thing about dish network not as good a picture as direct. When we got our HR 44 the clients were called clients and still are in the menu, neat stuff. we still have a HR 23 and 24 in the whole home set up. We were in the beta test of that and there was another name for it, can't recall what is was but I thought is was better the whole home. FYI, the last DVR I paid for was the first 2 hidf Tvio's, the old HR 10 250's. They take care of the long term costumer no mater what you my read on DBS.
post #14714 of 14740
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Originally Posted by Phil17108 View Post

They take care of the long term costumer no mater what you my read on DBS.
I was a D* subscriber for 12 years prior to my hiatus. I do recall getting perks and calling and asking if there were deals. There was always some kind of customer loyalty discounts. Then, those dried up and in came "bundles" that were the cost effective way to go. Funny, as I'm un-bundling now to save the most money.
post #14715 of 14740
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Originally Posted by Milenkod View Post

I was a D* subscriber for 12 years prior to my hiatus. I do recall getting perks and calling and asking if there were deals. There was always some kind of customer loyalty discounts. Then, those dried up and in came "bundles" that were the cost effective way to go. Funny, as I'm un-bundling now to save the most money.

I get what you are saying on the bundle BS. I just did a little of that last year with may phone-internet-cell. Direct has also called me many times and came up with freebees and equipment upgrades.
post #14716 of 14740
I have noticed increases in MPEG noise and fast-motion macro-blocking.

Looks like DirecTV's picture quality has declined:

This is also being discussed in DBSTalk:

http://www.dbstalk.com/topic/209591-the-decline-of-directvs-picture-quality/?hl=%20noise
post #14717 of 14740
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Originally Posted by tomhunter8 View Post

Check out DBS Forums. They have some forums just for D*. Lots of good info there.

http://www.dbstalk.com/index
DBS Forums went off a few years ago, don't confuse the 2 ... wink.gif
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post #14719 of 14740
No.........
post #14720 of 14740
Sounds like Charlie's doing a bit of stock-pumping.
post #14721 of 14740
I hate Dish with every fiber in my body. Everything they do has and is always a step behind D*.

- Their remote sucks
- Their channel guide menu sucks
- Their grouping of similar channels sucks
- Their picture quality sucks
- Even their TV commercials sucks

If D* and Dish merge they better let D* be the primary software & hardware or else I'm gone simple as that. It's fine and could be win win for all if and only if Dish play only a supportive and consulting role and let the MVP do their thing.

That's my honest opinion and that's that. Don't try to sway me or change my mind or make me see a different angle. I've been in this game since the dawn of time before they D* known as Prime star so I know what's up. And I have experienced others such as Dish or U verse or TWC or Cox many a times when I visit family and friends to know enough they suck.

EDIT: Whoa it didn't really occur to me how far I threw Dish under the proverbial bus. So if any of you D* associates appreciated my ass whooping of Dish and would like to thank me with an Amazon or Walmart gift certificates I wouldn't say no. smile.gif
Edited by zoey67 - 3/28/14 at 6:48pm
post #14722 of 14740
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Originally Posted by zoey67 View Post

I hate Dish with every fiber in my body. Everything they do has and is always a step behind D*.

- Their remote sucks
- Their channel guide menu sucks
- Their grouping of similar channels sucks
- Their picture quality sucks
- Even their TV commercials sucks

Hmmm, I'm not entirely sure, but I guess you don't like 'em, Z...tongue.gif
post #14723 of 14740
has anyone sued E* out their ass for those misleading Hopper ads yet?
post #14724 of 14740
My receivers are painfully sluggish. There's a hole in my wall where I repeatedly bang my head.
post #14725 of 14740
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Originally Posted by Waboman View Post

My receivers are painfully sluggish. There's a hole in my wall where I repeatedly bang my head.

Ditto. I've got an hr34, you?
post #14726 of 14740
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Originally Posted by ambesolman View Post

Ditto. I've got an hr34, you?

I have an HR21 and HR24. Both are painfully s-l-o-w.
post #14727 of 14740
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Originally Posted by Waboman View Post

I have an HR21 and HR24. Both are painfully s-l-o-w.
I know exactly what you are talking about....mad.gif
post #14728 of 14740
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Originally Posted by Waboman View Post

I have an HR21 and HR24. Both are painfully s-l-o-w.

They surely are.

I have those two boxes, but last year I went whole house with Genie, while the 21 and 24 are in bedrooms.

The Genie box in our main HT rig is very quick. When I watch something in the master bedroom on the 24, it is painfully slow in comparison.

I have been very impressed with Genie. Between it and the two other boxes, we can record, I think, 9 things at once (not that we have ever needed to) and all three boxes share their content. I have yet to have a recording conflict since getting a Genie.

To paraphrase Anchorman, "Genie is the balls". :-)
post #14729 of 14740
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Originally Posted by zoey67 View Post

I hate Dish with every fiber in my body. Everything they do has and is always a step behind D*.

- Their channel guide menu sucks

If D* and Dish merge they better let D* be the primary software & hardware or else I'm gone simple as that. It's fine and could be win win for all if and only if Dish play only a supportive and consulting role and let the MVP do their thing.

It's coming up on a year since I left Dish. There are two things I miss.

1. The guide. The D* guide only shows an hour and a half while E* shows 3 hours. That is huge in my book. With E*, I could see my entire night in front of me. With D*, I scroll through my favorites list from 8-9:30, then I have to start over again to see 9:30-11. What a PITA when you are used to seeing everything.

2. D* is a failure when it comes to showing an original airdate or episode number. I spent two months trying to get them up to speed and got no results. Without an OAD or episode number, when you set the DVR to record new episodes, it sees EVERYTHING as a new episode and records them all. That means, depending on the show, that I can have a dozen recordings of the same show within a 24-hour period. And please don't tell me that I can do a manual recording when the technology is there for me avoid that and the completion has it. If D* would add additional recording options it would make the OAD and episode number a moot point. By adding once, weekly, daily, and M-F, repeat episodes are eliminated. D* gives you two recording options: first run and all. WTF! Dish gives me 6 recording options! I've spoken to three different people at Tribune Media Services, the people who provide the guide info to both D* & E*, and was told they send the EXACT same info to both providers, but for some reason D* drops the OAD and episode number for some programs while E* keeps them. I've gone as high as the president's office and provided them with pictures (see below) showing identical guide info from both D* and E*. They said they were aware of the missing OAD (they mentioned the NFL Network) and were looking into it. That was 6 months ago and no changes have been made. Unfortunately, D* have their engineers in a hermetically sealed vault 3 miles below the Earths surface and you aren't allowed to speak to them, so everything gets to them secondhand if at all. It was a frustrating 2 months dealing with them, and while typing this I've gotten myself pissed once again.

The HR44 is awesome. The speed is exceptional, but the Client is too sluggish, however, I can live with that because it's in my bedroom. I didn't have a chance to play with the Hopper, but I do love the HR44 and what it can do.

IMG_4444_zpsd98fcfb5.jpg Dish3_zpsc181c390.jpeg

IMG_4446_zps18ab73c1.jpgDish5_zps1689147a.jpeg

IMG_4448_zps955a8b85.jpg Dish4_zps2c84e17b.jpeg
post #14730 of 14740
I get the original air date on my hr34
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