Preface @ 7:56pm - Since there has been "viewers" and no "responders"...let me say up front that I am looking to buy a DTV DVR....I am just wanting to clear up some questions and issues beforehand. Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving !!
The only experience with DVR that I've had is with my current DVR (Sony SAT-W60, Ultimate TV). The picture and abilities to do whatever you want have been awesome...especially the picture quality. I recently upgraded the HD to 80 hours.
Does the D**TV R-10 that I've seen in stores and on D**TV's website have comparable picture quality to the SAT-W60? Also, does it have the capability to record 2 events at once...and allow you to view an already recorded show at the same time ?
Last but not least, my need to know revolves around some problems I've been having lately. Every so often recently I've seen the picture drop out while the audio is still there. I've seen it look like it has lost sync and a black and white picture just floats around on the screen, then locks back in at some point. I've also seen large pixels appear followed by a breakup of the picture into red, green and sometimes picture is lost entirely for a minute or two, then comes back. By the way, all of these issues have occured in recordings...I seldom get the chance to view live.
Are these symptoms of an LNB problem...or a reciever problem...or has something been happening in the atmosphere that is causing a bad or corrupted signal to hit the dish ?
I'm just looking for answers before I start replacing "stuff" ...Thanks in advance for your reply and possible suggestions.
Since both the R10 and Ultimate TV are SD receivers that just play back the same signal off the satellite, I would think that they should have the same picture quality, at least in theory. (I've never had Ultimate TV, so I have no hands-on experience with one.)
The R10 does have dual-tuners, so you can record two things at once and also watch something that was already recorded at the same time.
The symptoms you describe sound like maybe the hard drive is failing, something that can happen to any DVR. At least that's what my first guess would have been if you were talking about a DirecTV DVR w/ TiVo, or any TiVo for that matter.
I, too, live in the DFW area and have considerable distortion with almost every show I now record. I've been back searcing the net for information aobut the possible probelm. I searched about two months ago and found that Ultimate TV is aware of the situation and is working on a solution with a software upgrade. Since I haven't seen anything since, I'm back searching today and saw your post. maybe it is a failing hard drive, but I think you said you had replaced yours. I like the Ultimate TV ability to jump 30 seconds at a time through commercials while TiVo has no simple process other than to fast forward and hope to catch it perfectly when the commercials are over.
So, I'm sticking with Ultimate TV, even at $9.95 per month through DirecTV. But, I'm not going to put up with this image breakup much longer. Microsoft, aka Ultimate TV, isn't doing enough quickly to fix the problem. It's not a product they sell any more and they do have a history of failing to support products you buy from them when they don't see any more bucks for them.
I like the Ultimate TV ability to jump 30 seconds at a time through commercials while TiVo has no simple process other than to fast forward and hope to catch it perfectly when the commercials are over.
Or you can turn on the 30 second skip functionality by pressing Select - Play - Select - 3 - 0 - Select on your remote control.
Originally Posted by JRMcBride
Microsoft, aka Ultimate TV, isn't doing enough quickly to fix the problem.
I didn't know there was any support at all for UTV.
I had never heard of this feature before and honestly tried it. I couldn't get it to work so I am assuming that you are just pulling our legs.
No, he's not. But he forgot to mention an important step. Start a recording first! This will not work while entering while watching live TV. Go to the list and start something you've got recorded. It doesn't matter what it is - I think even a suggestion. THEN hit Sel-Play-Sel-3-0-Sel. You should hear three beeps when it's accepted and it will reset and have to be repeated whaenever the box reboots or loses power.
It's PERFECT for watching the NFL and getting straight to the next play!
There is no dark side of the moon really - as a matter of fact, it's all dark