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devildog820

join:2011-01-05

[CFL] Switching from DirecTV questions

Hi All,

Thinking about switching from DirecTV back to BHN. I believe I have about a year left on a contract from when I upgraded to whole home.

Do they still pay cancellation fees? What's the commitment to BHN if they do?

Is the DVR software still clunky and annoying? As in, shows aren't grouped together, no 15 minute skips, still low res?



BHNtechXpert
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said by devildog820:

Hi All,

Thinking about switching from DirecTV back to BHN. I believe I have about a year left on a contract from when I upgraded to whole home.

Do they still pay cancellation fees? What's the commitment to BHN if they do?

Is the DVR software still clunky and annoying? As in, shows aren't grouped together, no 15 minute skips, still low res?

If you act fast yes...

Clunky and annoying is a personal opinion thing. It isn't to me compared to others but again depends on the user. If you record high def thats what you will get back. Not sure what you mean by low res. Just depends on what the content is and the resolution.
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JeffMD

join:2002-08-16
Edgewater, FL
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reply to devildog820

I've never had a dvr record "low res". If they have to record analog then there is a quality loss because it has to digitize the video to digital, and analog cable TV has enough noise to throw video codecs into a fit. However ever since road runners very first DVR if you are watching a digital channel then it saves itself work by simply saving the digital stream so that there is no quality loss on recording.

Saddly the interface has not changed since day 1. I hate it too but most DVRs use similar interfaces so what can you do? I think when Google's Android for TV's is done we will finally see some innovative TV interfaces that will trickle into the dvr market. This is probably 5 years down the road though. ^^


devildog820

join:2011-01-05
reply to BHNtechXpert

Ah, I meant the resolution of the interface, not the programs. It just seemed to me that the DVR interface is highly outdated compared to some competitor offerings. Except for Comcast, they have it way worse.

and thanks!



BHNtechXpert
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reply to devildog820

The guide and GUI are in SD but that will be changing eventually. I realize that it doesn't happen in the timelines you guys want but you should understand that we have to modify the guide for all devices to keep that seamless experience...makes it very difficult to do trust me.



BHNtechXpert
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reply to devildog820

DD if you are planning to do this and want the contract buyout you need to act fast my friend...like really fast....


devildog820

join:2011-01-05

Hahah. I just did it and set up new service. I've watched your posts for a while and took the hint, figuring you knew exactly what you were talking about.

I have lightning already, so this is saving me about $60 a month. Thanks for the help!

Also, I totally understand the software update process on these guys. I really just want shows grouped together in the DVR list and smart recording (e.g. if there's a conflict, the DVR will find another time one of the conflicting shows is playing and record that one. Also, it won't record the same episode over and over). I don't really care about HD guides.

I may or may not also work out of the office where one brand of the cable boxes are engineered, those guys work hard. (I work on something completely different)


tim tim tim

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You can set it to not record the same programs over and over in the record series options menu


devildog820

join:2011-01-05

Ah, good to know. thanks!



BHNtechXpert
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reply to devildog820

said by devildog820:

Hahah. I just did it and set up new service. I've watched your posts for a while and took the hint, figuring you knew exactly what you were talking about.

I have lightning already, so this is saving me about $60 a month. Thanks for the help!

Also, I totally understand the software update process on these guys. I really just want shows grouped together in the DVR list and smart recording (e.g. if there's a conflict, the DVR will find another time one of the conflicting shows is playing and record that one. Also, it won't record the same episode over and over). I don't really care about HD guides.

I may or may not also work out of the office where one brand of the cable boxes are engineered, those guys work hard. (I work on something completely different)

Awesome!!! Let me know if you need anything at all. And yes...time was running out very quickly...very
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BHNtechXpert
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reply to devildog820

Well the good news is this has been extended a bit for those that still may want to make the switch.