I've continuously maintained my server URL blocks to prevent unwanted updating, of course as soon as I got an HDMI-2 TV (top one on my sig) I had to manually install 134R on that DVR+.
is still connected to second TV and as shipped from '4th of July' deal, still has my preferred 115R installed. It was connected to the same server (with the URL blocking) through Ethernet connection and a month ago up popped that 'nag box' about "update available". CM may have added a new UpDate URL but DVR+ #1
(also on Ethernet and operated daily) never did this. Since on PSIP Guide now, I just pulled Ethernet plug from #3
to avoid losing 115R.
My internet service has just been upgraded to Fiber-optic and I installed a new server/modem w/o any URL blocking.
As expected, update 'nag' box was soon seen and since DVR+ #1
's on 134R, I commanded the firmware flash. Four attempts yesterday and today have ended with "Download Failed". Ethernet connection was good enough for 'nag' to load and a 'speed test' on WiFi Tablet was the fastest I've ever seen, so I must assume an issue on the CM end of the connection.
If that situation continues I'll have to download firmware file to a flash drive and try a manual update. At least I shouldn't have to resort to that 'three-handed' "Maintenance Reset".
Originally Posted by JHBrandt
<.....>As for DVR+ alternatives, I started a thread a month or two ago: https://www.avsforum.com/forum/42-hd...rs-thread.html
. Unfortunately there aren't many choices at the moment: among "traditional" DVRs that hook directly to your TV like the DVR+, there are the cheap MStar boxes, the CM-7004, the DVR Which Shall Not Be Named, and of course Android streaming boxes with a DVR app, like the Stream+, Shield, and AirTV Player. For my money, none are quite what I want (not even the DVR Which Shall Not Be Named) as a DVR+ replacement. I still use my DTVPal DVR, though, so I'm probably not very typical.
The trend today seems to be toward the streaming boxes, and/or "Network" DVRs like the Tablo, since you can watch on smart phones or tablets as well as your TV. You need a streamer like the Roku on each TV though. (The thread offers more info on the Big 3 network DVRs.) Of these, I tend to lean toward the AirTV "black box," but mostly that's just because I happen to own one. It is impressive in some ways, though; especially being able to stream live TV or recordings over the Internet when you aren't home.
BTW, the AirTV BB poses a Pachinko-level challenge: how do I copy recordings off the [email protected]
#%$# thing? Windows doesn't even recognize the file system it uses. (I suspect it's XFS, but there's no Windows XFS driver, and even Partition Magic doesn't recognize XFS partitions.)
I also would like to thank
for creating the above linked thread and of course the great
for all his work in the past for users of the DVR+ (blocking unwanted updates for me) as well as help for AVS "links that will always work properly, for all other
AVS Members" (see his pink link).