Category: "Cable HD DVR"

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09/02/06

  11:34:02 am, by The Dreamer   , 908 words  
Categories: Stuff, ReplayTV, Home Theatre, Cable HD DVR, OTA HDTV, VoIP, HDTV

Oops, that was fast.

I had started the quest to research what cordless phone I would get to replace my current 5.8Ghz one, since it doesn't get along with the Amphony 1520.

I had kind of narrowed it down to a 2.4Ghz phone that I had come across on eBay, a Uniden DCT646-3. Well, I bought it. )-o

At first I was questing for a 900MHz phone...but there doesn't seem to be much (or any) in the way of *NEW* digital (DSS) 900Mhz phones. Making it even harder to find one with the features that I would want. Namely handset speaker phone, multi-handset capable or included, VMWI, CID.

I know that 2.4GHz and WiFi don't get along...but consensus is that WiFi doesn't prevent a 2.4Ghz phone from working and the 2.4GHz phone only causes performance degradation to the WiFi. And, in the congested 2.4GHz that is life in a condo, near apartments, near a major university....it is kind of something I'm stuck with. Plus it is still my plan at some point to replace the bridge portion of my WiFi network with something else.

Like the phone demarc is in the room where the DSL modem is, and the condo is wired with CAT5....so maybe I'll put the DSL modem directly on the incoming line? And, use the condo's CAT5 for networking. Though my Living Room is laid out wrong for this to really work right now...and no plans to move the main computer to the other bedroom. But, if I did move the computer, than it could be a definite possibility. Or the condo's CAT5 would only link the Living Room to the 'computer' room. And, I would keep WiFi for the stuff in the LivingRoom. On the basis that they are close enough to cope....plus I still want WiFi for my DPH-540 and my laptop(s).

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08/31/06

  08:38:23 am, by The Dreamer   , 562 words  
Categories: General, Cable HD DVR, TV

Getting a Cable HD-DVR....

When I got out of the shower this morning....I guess I was in there a lot longer than I thought. I found it was after 8am.

Remembering that when I had email customer support regarding an order for blank checks I made last month, that I hadn't received. The response was to call them and then asked me to fill out a survey on the helpfulness of their response.

Well, since I was home during the window (I haven't yet gotten around to trying the now working phone in my cubicle at work :)) )....I called and all they did was look up the info confirm my address and offer to send me another book of checks. Hopefully these will materialize, etc. |-|

Meanwhile, I since I was hope and using the phone....I thought I would give Cox a call, since it had been more than 24 hours since they promised that I would get a response within 24 hours. (digging through my email backlog....1000+ of manually filtered emails [meaning spam and date sensitive material, removed]) I saw that I had previously gotten a response email from them, also promising a response within 24 hours....but no actual response (since that's among the date sensitive stuff I look for, though not so much the received receipt...)

Anyways....after getting a hold of a person...I had to keep repeating that I wanted an HD-DVR and not to take anyway any of the stuff I'm already paying them for. Finally, he accepted that I really did want to add an HD-DVR to my current subscription and not remove stuff.

And, not because I had threatened to do so in a previous blog entry. He didn't seem to understand why a single guy with a single TV could possibly want to watch so much stuff. Though I'm starting to wonder if I can still watch all this stuff. But, I suppose if I spent less time at work or doing work from home....I would be able to resume my habit.

Plus the new fall season is starting to pile on....

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08/30/06

  09:38:22 am, by The Dreamer   , 203 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, Cable HD DVR, DVDs / NetFlix

Didn't I order an HD-DVR

I thought I ordered an HD-DVR a while back to add to my current Cox cable setup. Because I seem to be missing this year's US Open Tennis coverage....

Though I don't actually know when I would watch it....though that is kind of the point of having a DVR &#59;D

Because of the long stretch of having no TV, and settling into a new pattern/routine that is not TV centric....I am watching significantly less TV than I think I have ever done since I turned on a TV for the first time in my life.

Probably a good thing given the nasty things those people seem to think TV is supposed to be for (a means to force us to watch commercials...rather than derive enjoyment). Though it means I have this huge investment in electronics that isn't getting much use.

And, I just ordered the digital wireless audio transmitter/receiver (Amphony Model 1520), which may even arrive in time for the long weekend. So, I'll finally have rear surrounds again....hasn't been that enjoyable listening to anything without them.

At least I'll be able to get back into watching DVDs, and use my NetFlix subscription that has been idling.... )-o

05/01/06

  11:00:13 am, by The Dreamer   , 478 words  
Categories: Samsung HLN4365W1, Cable HD DVR, TV

New SA8300HD/HLN4365W1 Discovery

Not sure which to attribute this discovery to....but the other day (Saturday night) I was doing one of the rare times of watching live TV.

I was watching my Calgary Flames on TV..... :wave:

I decided to use the SA8300HD DVR to do the live TV viewing of this, rather than task the ReplayTV that was already recording it or one of the other boxes....largely because I was already switched to the DVR for other HD viewing I had been doing at the time, and then decided to switch to viewing the game in progress.

I thought that the normal output of grey pillars was what I'll have to live with, even though there's no fear of burn in on the display and it is distracting against the black border of the screen.

But, I decided to hit change the aspect of the display on both the HLN4365W1 and the SA8300HD so get the black pillars. I'm sure I'll remember to switch it back....

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03/14/06

  10:36:31 pm, by The Dreamer   , 140 words  
Categories: Cable HD DVR, DVDs / NetFlix, HD Movies, TV

HD: As Good as It Gets

Link: http://www.netflix.com/MovieDisplay?movieid=1181488&trkid=189530&strkid=5296964_1_0

I had previously seen this on DVD, but when I turned on my DVR today....it was playing, so I found myself watching it. To the point where I looked at my schedule to see if I had to ax some other recordings to make sure I wouldn't get interrupted.

Apparently "Joey" didn't make the cut again...so it was missing my from my guide, but "Scrubs" would get in the way....so that got the ax. I wasn't going to touch "NCIS" or "The Unit".

This time around, I'm rating this 5 stars.

:rs::rs::rs::rs::rs:

Over on NetFlix, I had rated the DVD only 4 stars. I don't think it is because it is in HD, but just something about watching it again and how I seem to connect differently with it (perhaps something about my circumstances....) :lalala:

02/14/06

  12:46:31 am, by The Dreamer   , 367 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Cable HD DVR, Software

Personal ReplayGuide Lives!

A few days ago, Zap2it reduced the amount of data available by DataDirect to 3 days. (they have since removed the restriction, without solving the actual issues that prompted them to do this....)

This reduction of data was kind of bad, because I've been using the extended range of data to map out the recording of the Winter Olympics (though though I'll probably limit my viewing to finals in events of interest, which I haven't decided what they are yet). Though it wasn't the end of the world, because the ReplayTVs can still get the full data from DNNA. Though I do use PRG to help catch shows that I might want to record on my HD-DVR.....)-o

The issue is the stress other people are putting on their servers. Namely the large cluster of people that do requests in the early morning (about midnight to 3am). I had long ago changed my polling to be somewhat random at later times....though since my updates are scheduled by cron. For a given day of the week, the download is done at the same time each week.

Zap2It had added an acknowledge function, which returns two times...one for which downloads are blocked 'til and one for a suggested time to hit them again. It doesn't currently impose a blocked constraint (since it returns the time of the request for 'blockedTime').

And, without resorting to a rescheduling 'at' job or something (which I'm too tired to investigate doing, now that I've thought about it :yawn:) based on 'suggestedTime'. I updated the datadirect_client.pl to require next run to be sometime on the next day after 'blockedTime' and/or 'suggestedTime'.

There's a couple lines in the script that can be commented out, so that it ignores 'suggestedTime'....I had thought about releasing it this way, but opted not to. It was more to test my changes (which kept pushing 'suggestedTime' further and further into the future....:oops:)

So, here's the file: datadirect_client.zip

Now to see about catching some zzz's :zz:

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02/06/06

  05:13:24 pm, by The Dreamer   , 317 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Home Theatre, Samsung HLN4365W1, Cable HD DVR, Software, Momitsu V880N

New and improved JP1'd URC8910

Thinking things over some more, and noting that there was an SA8300 DVR code available....I decided to mess around with my JP1'd URC8910.

Key changes....

SAT now controls my Samsung SIR-T351's....it shouldn't because I have two and there's not enough separation now using this remote. :oops:

CBL now controls my SA8300HD DVR

I moved the receiver code to RCVR/AMP, because...I replaced the ReplayTV codes where I can control things from a single button.

And, the VCR is this key. I could've mapped a different keymove to select which unit is set, but I used the AUX device mode and the numeric keypad as the unit selector.

I'll still probably use the URC6131 for regular ReplayTV operation, because I'm more used to its layout and I like the arrow keys on it better.

Though I did customize the ReplayTV keymap on the URC8910 to be somewhat similar. Also while I was at it, I loaded a custom Samsung HLN DLP TV code...which gives me extra things like P.Mode, S.Mode, DNIE, Aspect controls...which weren't present under the builtin code. Though I had to still tweak things a bit, because other definitions were wrong....(for discrete inputs).

I also don't know if I'll use the DVR setting that often....guess it depends on if the layout grows on me.

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11/24/05

  11:13:13 am, by The Dreamer   , 230 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Cable HD DVR, OTA HDTV

SA8300HD DVR Let Down

Well, last night my SA8300HD DVR let me down. :..(

Whenever possible, I've been double recording....especially the shows that I really do want to watch in HD.

Double recording in that inaddition to have the SA8300HD DVR record the show, I also recorded the downconverted HD from OTA HDTV onto a ReplayTV. Though ABC and FOX had priority for getting scheduled into my ReplayTV, because these aren't available by cable (darn Sinclair Broadcast, forcing the public to use other means to get those shows if they get missed....now I'd get a Video iPod if it did 16:9....)

Well, last night there were shows on FOX/ABC that I couldn't do double recording....well, normally there isn't, but there was a movie on FOX last night....so I opted to record that instead of my regular shows.

The SA8300HD DVR decided to lock up and reboot during the recording of a couple of shows last night....so now I don't have these shows from HD, even though the shows were from CBS and NBC....I could probably have rationalized watching what it had recorded if the crash had been at or near the start or perhaps in the middle. But the it lopped of the ends of the shows. It may as well not have recorded it at all if it was going to do that to me.

:##

10/30/05

  02:35:32 pm, by The Dreamer   , 248 words  
Categories: General, Samsung HLN4365W1, Cable HD DVR, VoIP

Lamp Hour Check

Just as I thought I was done my semi-annual time change, I remembered that I had forgotten to do my TV. Just after I had turned it off after checking my scheduled recordings in my SA8300HD DVR.

The Lamp Timer read 2753 hours.

That's 999 hours consumed since the last time change. So it has been 210 days since I last checked the Lamp Timer, so that's an average of 4.75 hours per day. I guess that's about right.

I've been thinking of getting a new lamp as a spare. Probably getting closer to a point where I can rationalize doing it better &#59;D

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10/24/05

  08:10:32 am, by The Dreamer   , 426 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Cable HD DVR, OTA HDTV

UPN53 bites the dust

After watching a large number of bad recordings of stuff from NBC-HD, I decided, last night, that I really should check the aim of my antennas.

After going through the channels and tweaking the antenna around trying to see if I can find a sweet spot that can receive all the stations, which exist in 3 different directions from my QTH.

Basically, I found a spot where I could get everything except PBS...or UPN. PBS is a problem because it is much further off from the other two directions, while UPN is much further away than the other stations.

Last night, I opted to leave out PBS, because I so rarely record anything from it.

This morning I changed my mind, as I found the desire to record something from PBS.

I decided that it was time to remove UPN from my OTA HDTV recordings. Of course, it is WWHO/UPN53's fault. For unknown reasons, they have decided to not air anything in HD this season....at first I thought because they were under new UPN slanted ownership that they were refusing to air WB programming in HD, but I haven't seen them air any UPN programming in HD either. Namely the many shows which I enjoyed last year in HD from them...was there anything new that I was trying to follow this season?

So, since they aren't transmitting HD, there's no reason to waste my time recording the OTA DTV signal. Sure it is a bit clearer than analog SD by cable. But, I can record cable source from any of my ReplayTVs. But, only two of them can record from OTA HDTV...and I'd rather get content that is in HD.

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