First thoughts being back with TWC
After being away from TWC and with DirecTV since 2005, I've now been back with TWC for two weeks. My theater-room system isn't set back up yet, so no sound comparison yet. But I've had a chance to see how the Whole Home DVR works in comparison to what I'm used to at DirecTV.
Top Line answer? It's not as bad as it used to be but not as good as DirecTV's DVRs. As always, when switching, there are some things I already know I miss.
For instance, although I can FF through commercials, there is no 30-second skip or 30-second slip available. Skip just jumps ahead 30 seconds per button push with no video on the screen. Slip essentially does a 30-second FF burst with each button push. When coupled with the 6 second jump-back, it is a very quick way to get through shows without ever seeing any commercial content at all. I used skip all the time. Most shows group 30 or 60-second commercials together. With 30-second skip, 6 quick button pushes puts you 3 minutes ahead very, very quickly.
Another thing I really enjoyed is dual-buffering. It allowed me to watch two live football games at once. You set up the buffers and then pause the one you're not watching (which keeps recording) and jump to the other -- which has been recording in the background. Then, I can use the 30-second skip - which almost perfectly matches play timing and makes quick work of commercials and I'm never far behind on either game.
Even though I can now record 6 shows at once, I used to be able to record 8 at once with my two DVRs -- and if I got more DVR's, I could have handled even more.
I also liked the flexibility on the DVR regarding the number of recorded shows recorded I can keep in a series. I can now record either seven or several number below that or ALL of them. With DirecTV, I can record 10 before I'm forced to ALL. I also had the ability to mark individuals shows (Series or not) as 'KEEP' so they aren't deleted when they normally would have been. KEEP shows aren't counted in the series limit you set.
Searches: Previous show/actor searches are not kept for fast retrieval. DirecTV keeps them until you delete them. TWC also has no 'keyword' search capability - or at least I haven't found it yet. So, since we're out of regular season for primetime shows, I cannot do a keyword search for "Blindspot" so that when it returns to the schedule in the future it automatically records. I can't do a keyword search for 'Vietnam' so that when any show in the future with the word Vietnam in the title or show description comes up, it'll record.
So, what's good? The picture looks OK - good in most cases. As good? Close I'll say. Definitely not better. The DVR seems reliable so far too. It most definitely was not in early 2005.
More with more time and when the home theater set up happens - or when I think of more.....
Link: System Pix & Diagrams
Klipsch: (2) RF-83, (1) RC-64, (2) RVX-54, (2) RSX-5, SVS: (1) SB13-Ultra
Yamaha: Aventage RX-A1080, CDC-685, Samsung: UBD-M8500, JVC: Procision DLA-X550R
DragonFly: 16:9 133" High Contrast Screen, Apple: AppleTV, Roku: Roku4
Amazon: FireTV Stick, Logitech: Harmony One, ACP: J15BLK 1.5 kVA Power Conditioner/UPS
Last edited by lflorack; 08-03-2016 at 02:49 PM.