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WayneF

join:2006-05-12
Plano, TX

[DVR] What DVR features would you like to see added?

I saw a friends Direct TV this week. I definitely do not want to switch from FiOS, but his DVR had Search features I wish I had.

His search did not show PPV items. I wish mine did not, it is never what I'm looking for. I would like a menu to disable PPV from search, I guess like the one to disable porn. Or at least, to list all PPV last. It is like too intrusive advertising as is.

His search would allow looking for key words like "Western". One found item was Western Movies, which showed all of them (less PPV). My Verizon DVR finds no match.

And if he attempts to record a channel he does not subscribe to, he gets a warning first. I can record channels I cannot watch. Why?


JPL
Premium
join:2007-04-04
Downingtown, PA
kudos:4

Here's one piece of functionality that I would love to see. I don't think anyone currently provides it, and it wouldn't be DVR functionality, per se. There are series that are available on demand. Alot of what I watch is available on demand. But I still set up series because, well, I forget when the shows air otherwise. For me to watch those shows on demand would require that I actively go out and figure out when the latest episode has aired. It used to be easier to do that, but given how TV schedules are no longer what they used to be, there would be alot of shows I would miss if I didn't actively record them on my DVR.

How about DVR like scheduling functionality but against VOD? So, let's say I set up Burn Notice as a series. I can tell it: only notify me of the show when a new episode is availabe on demand. Then my list of 'recordings' would also include links to the on demand version of shows that I specified in that way. That way I can just set up a series to go after on demand. It not only saves space on my DVR, but frees up a tuner, and allows me to set up series even if I don't have a DVR.

For a while it looked like Verizon was moving more and more toward that type of seemless integration. That progress seems to have halted.


nlk10010

join:2007-06-27
Great Neck, NY
reply to WayneF

Well, to be fair, the most important feature from my point of view is accurate, to the greatest extent possible, guide data. Without actual new episodes being marked "New" (and not new episodes NOT being so marked) much of the DVR functionality that's important to me doesn't work.

If they HAD good guide data then I'd love for the DVR to be able to automatically "bump" programs in conflict; e.g. if I have two series set to record on Wednesday @ 9PM ("New episodes only") and I add, say, a game at the same time then the DVR should know to automatically "bump" one of the series to a repeat episode later on.

Unless programming features is not what you meant, of course.



Rattler

join:2001-04-13
Havertown, PA
reply to WayneF

I wish they'd get a reliable Remote DVR function. Mine hasn't worked for over a month and V* tech support doesn't know what's going on either. All the diagnostics say it should work.
--
Never raise your hands to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected. -- Red Buttons


RadioBob

join:2008-03-31
Severna Park, MD
reply to WayneF

Years ago I had Direct tv and the tivo they supplied had a feature which let you put in any movie and if it showed up on the schedule...weeks or even months later... it would automatically be recorded. Don't know if they still do this or not but I found a lot of great films that way.


xocsucram

join:2008-10-02

i want more tuners, Dish has a 6 tuner DVR, 4 would be fine.

its a real pain in the butt when setting up shows that i like and wanting to have it record older episodes too then, even tho i have one show above the other in the series priority, it cant just NOT record those shows when adding a new recording.

space isnt even an issue, i have like 5 HD movies and a bunch of HD shows backed up for hours and its only 30% of my 100gb HDD on the qip7200

or something similar to what Cablevision was talking about adding a few years ago, complete HDD free STBs and they record everything on the ISP servers which i would assume would be no limits to simultanious recordings and you access it at any time.



celticpride

@verizon.net

In responce to radiobob, yes tivo still has that function its called WISHLIST and i use it quite often on my tivo premiere with verizon fios,It works great! when i read about a movie or program i want to watch but isnt scheduled yet i go to my wishlist menu and type the name of the movie in and set it to automatically record it when its put in the guide,even if its months later, when the program shows up it recorde it. On another note mt tivo has a 30 minute buffer i dont know what verizons buffer holds ,but i would like to see a 90 minute buffer on all dvrs like directv has!


grecord

join:2002-01-06
Germantown, MD
reply to WayneF

After looking at my feature wish list I guess I want Tivo.

Two features I would like are a means to automatically only display channels you are subscribed to, and to have a wish list search where you can place a keyword in search and it will keep that on file and alert/record when match is made. With Tivo you could also get recommended programs based on what you regularly watched. Tivo also had a much better buffer when switching between two channels.


kes601

join:2007-04-14
Virginia Beach, VA
kudos:2

said by grecord:

After looking at my feature wish list I guess I want Tivo.

Two features I would like are a means to automatically only display channels you are subscribed to....

You can do this. It's in the Menu Settings somewhere.


nascar

join:2000-02-28
Verona, NJ
kudos:2
reply to WayneF

I'd like to be able to Search and or see a List of "Live" programs/sports in chronological order. Maybe even a way to auto-record "Live" programs/sports.

I'd also like to see "Live" added as a choice along with "First Run" and First Run and Repeats" within Series Recordings settings.


Mac973

join:2009-05-18
West Orange, NJ
reply to xocsucram

said by xocsucram:

i want more tuners, Dish has a 6 tuner DVR, 4 would be fine.

Agreed. More tuners would be nice, or at the very least, a third tuner that could be used to watch live tv only (without recording features) while the other 2 tuners are recording other channels.


BSAIII

join:2007-06-16
Apple Valley, CA
reply to WayneF

If I am watching a show (recorded or live) or I am in the grid I want 1 button to take me to search and search on what I was looking at. Yes, we have a search button but no matter where you come from you have to type in what you want to search on.



nascar

join:2000-02-28
Verona, NJ
kudos:2
reply to WayneF

The Verizon IMG team is aware of this thread and the ideas here are really good. Keep them coming!


DGGSLF

join:2007-04-14
Lynn, MA

Even with MRDVR enabled, I just found out that I would have to get a DVR installed on each TV in order to efficiently pause/back up live TV.

I would like the ability to have a single "whole house DVR", which would allow two live streams (because it only has two tuners) to different TVs. In this scenario, my wife in the bedroom could pause her show, while I'm in the den pausing and backing up the touch down action while watching the football game.

I know I can do this using a workaround by recording the game on the TV without the DVR but if I forget to press the record when the game starts, the backup only goes back to when I pressed it on the TV with the regular STB.

True irritation that I encountered this weekend!


bobcamp177

join:2010-06-23
Cicero, NY
reply to WayneF

Recording based on keyword search, like the Wishlist on a Tivo. For example, I had to set up 3 separate series to record the U.S. Open because it was on three different channels.

Also, on a similar idea, provide a way to NOT record on SD duplicate channels, or maybe provide an option just to hide them completely.

Finally, a user guide for IMG 1.9 would be nice. I have no idea what those options mean when creating a series recording.


kennye

join:2009-02-05
Carrollton, TX
reply to WayneF

With the addition of 2GB of storage, some additional ways to search and categorize recorded shows would be helpful. Right now, shows are displayed by folder with the most recent show recorded displayed first. It would be useful to be able change the sort order to oldest first. Also, there is no way to search the shows recorded. A search capability similar to the VOD or guide search for the recorded list would be useful.

A way to display the list of recorded shows without the folders would be helpful. Along with the ability to change the sort criteria, you could view the oldest and newest shows recorded.

A option to let the user set up folders would be helpful. Than you could have a NBC, ABC, CBS folder for example. Or a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday folder. Or a Mom, Dad, Children folders.

Another good option would be a Most Recent Viewed folder. Many times, you have to stop watching a show and return later. It can take a while to move through the recorded list to find the show to start watching again.

Another enhancement would be to increase performance scrolling through the recorded list. As the recorded list gets longer, it takes longer to scroll through the list. Large lists were probably not a consideration when the dvd was first developed.



Thirsty III

@bellatlantic.com
reply to RadioBob

"a feature which let you put in any movie and if it showed up on the schedule...weeks or even months later"

I would like that too. I have been waiting for over a year for Let It Be to be shown. I have to keep searching for it once a month. If i don't forget.



Thirsty III

@bellatlantic.com
reply to WayneF

I would like Pictue-In-Picture. It would be good if 2 baseball or football games.


kennye

join:2009-02-05
Carrollton, TX
reply to WayneF

I currently have two DVRs with MRDVR. It would be useful if there was full access to the second DVR from the first. Right now there are limits such as setting up series, etc. I am sure Verizon is aware of the limits, but any changes to give more access to the other DVRs would be helpful. Right now, I have to go in the other room for some functions. (Not a big deal, but inconvenient)


xocsucram

join:2008-10-02
reply to WayneF

i thought of another feature.

why cant they make it easier to negotiate DVR scheduals, rather than having an all or nothing option when trying to add a 3rd by mistake, then having to go thru hoops to find the 2 programs within that time slot

either that, or make it so that REPEATS of a series automatically gets cancelled as you're scheduling a new recording

also the warning when you're watching a channel and a 2nd recording is about to occur, you get the warning, click okay but it creates a 0 second recording of the show, then it pops up again and takes you to one of the 2 channels and creates a 2nd recording file which records the full episode.

also, fix the annoying aspect ratio glitch that cycles the aspect at the end of a recording in the final minute or so



More Fiber
Premium,MVM
join:2005-09-26
West Chester, PA
kudos:30
reply to WayneF

One minor feature I'd like is the ability to "unmark" an episode as watched.



linflas

join:1999-08-18
Manassas, VA

Since I figured out the hidden dual buffer feature the only thing that really annoys me with the FIOS DVR vs my DTV dvr is the inability of the FIOS DVR to save anything currently in the buffers. Example I am watching a 30 minute program and 20 minutes in get called away and forget to hit record. I come back and the program has ended but is still there in entirety in the buffer. With DTV I just rewind into the program and hit record and it is saved, with FIOS I am told I cannot record a program that has already aired.


DGGSLF

join:2007-04-14
Lynn, MA

So what the "hidden dual buffer feature"? Can you explain to me? I may also find it useful.



linflas

join:1999-08-18
Manassas, VA

When the original TIVO for DirecTV box came out it had a feature that users grew to love called dual live buffers. Since the device required 2 connections and tuners so you could watch a program on tuner A while recording a different program on tuner B it basically kept dual 1 hour program streams you could switch between so you could be watching program A on tuner 1 while program B on the other tuner was also being buffered and you could switch back and forth between them. When DTV broke away from TIVO and put out their own branded DVR's the number 1 complaint from subscribers was the lack of similar capability on those DVR's. They eventually relented and in fact improved upon it slightly by making each buffer 1.5 hours long.

In another thread on this topic a year or so back on this forum I said that was one of the deal killers for me cutting the cord with DTV, the other being the NFL package. I have since discovered that the "feature" is actually there if you use the "Previous" button. I don't know what button this is on the FIOS remote but on my Logitech it is the previous button which switches between what you are currently watching and whatever channel (or recorded) program you were watching previously. Example if I am currently watching 507 and had previously been watching 505 if I hit the previous button it takes me to channel 505 and I can rewind back through however much there is in that buffer, hit previous again I am back on 507 without resetting the buffer so I can rewind 507.

With the FIOS box there is one little wrinkle not present with the DTV box in that the previous button always takes you to whatever activity you were doing previously so if you happened to be watching a recording previous to changing to 507 and hit previous it will take you back into the recording. The interesting thing is that if before watching the recording you happened to have been watching 505 and are currently on 507 if instead of hitting previous you re-enter 505 it will change to 505 with whatever was in the buffer just like using the previous button. I hope that all isn't too confusing, it sounds more complicated when I read this than it actually is in reality.


DGGSLF

join:2007-04-14
Lynn, MA

Not confusing at all. I get it and will test at home. I was not aware of this, so thanks!