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2019-09-13 11:54 AM
ExDilbert PVR disks should be kept under 75% capacity to maintain good performance. (That goes for any device with a hard drive.) Over 90% capacity, performance degrades dramatically and may result in recording or playback issues.
2019-09-13 11:38 AM
k801809 At this time, no, sorry. There are no planned updates for the 6XX line of receivers. How full is your hard drive? We definitely find the more recordings, the slower the system will get overall. The 8XX line has a much higher processing power.
2019-09-13 11:34 AM
jcwrmm
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Sorry, SKIP/Jump actions, FFWD/RWD, etc.
Are you going to do the same for 630's as I have had issues SKIPping forward when something else is recording?
2019-09-13 09:44 AM
k801809 Sorry, SKIP/Jump actions, FFWD/RWD, etc.
2019-09-12 09:57 PM
Billy34 sorry what are trickplays?
2019-09-11 04:37 PM
k801809 Correct, we are rolling out a new software version this week for HDDSR 800s and HDPVR 830s next week. The biggest feature you'll actually notice is the integration of VOD in the Guide. You can press D on applicable programs and networks to search the VOD library to make finding content easier.

You can also now disable Stingray poster album art if you wish to connect to WiFi but save bandwidth there, and you can also press STOP during an in-progress recording to stop recording it (I think someone from here actually suggested that one... maybe it was an email to me.)

Other than that, the usual under-the-hood improvements. You may notice trickplays are lot better while recordings are in-progress, most notably.
2019-09-11 01:18 PM
HowardDoin My 800 receiver says I got a new update overnight?? Says itís 66.25. Accidentally hit the ok button and didnít get a chance to read what was in it.
2019-08-18 09:12 AM
RuralRouter starchoice, I have a 630. I sometimes have to completely exit viewing a PVR program to do something else. I love that it goes back about 30 seconds of the program when I restart the interrupted viewing. Never had a problem with it going back more than the ~30 seconds.
2019-08-17 07:12 PM
starchoice Anybody having issues with resuming programs from where they previously left off? I find that when I stop a PVR program and then resume, it starts from the beginning or near the beginning and not where I left off.
2019-08-16 08:22 PM
jeff968
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One issue I have noticed randomly is that the remote skip forward function acts up on some recordings. The fast forward seems to work fine on these recordings. I haven't seen this on a 630.

A nice to have new feature would be to add some sort of Netflix integration so that I don't have to use my TV remote to access the smart TV integration.
2019-07-19 02:55 PM
ExDilbert I had two Shaw HDPVR 600s for a year after they were introduced. Apart from one failing after a software update and the tiny hard drive (which I upgraded), I rather liked them. That doesn't negate the 500 series fiasco and the way Shaw treated customer over their own failure to provide MPEG4 compatibility. The 800 series seems to be as good or better than the 600 but it's too little too late.

As for Rogers NextBox issues, they originated with Cisco. Cisco should have fixed the problems but they decided to sell their NextBox subsidiary to another company and walk away. It is painfully obvious that Cisco was negligent and that Rogers is incapable of correcting the issues they caused.
2019-07-19 12:48 PM
LONSat @ExDilbert

Having stuck with Shaw Direct through many years I can say I do not find many issues (unresolved) with the signal nor the equipment. I do recognize that some people have issues with audio but I do not find I have those issues of late. The 600 series has very stable for years and the 800 series seems to have built off of that base. As to HD offerings they have surpassed Bell Satellite and by fall will be almost entirely HD. The final channels hopefully to be converted in spring 2020, where the HD version is available. As to audio issues I will acknowledge are talked about but they seem to be channel specific and may be a source/encoding issue or the users dish may need tweaking. There is for now an active Shaw Direct rep on the forum who seems to be listening and providing good feedback and is soliciting feedback on the hardware and service.

Shaw Direct having Vertical and Horizontal polarity is a little fussier to tune and all dishes need to be tweaked from time to time. Some transponders/channels seem to react to misaligned before others.

I have seen people with Rogers Navigator equipment and I would put Shaws PVR capabilities and reliability miles ahead. As to whole home it would be a nice to have but having read about Rogers implementation of it, it might be best that Shaw didn't go down that route.
2019-07-19 12:26 PM
ExDilbert
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I wonder if SD will listen.
Dream on. At one time there was a thread over 50 pages long that detailed problems with Shaw Direct (then Star Choice) HD channels. Some of the issues are not yet fixed to this day, some 10-15 years later. Anyone looking for a BDU that will provide the latest features and technology needs to look elsewhere. Shaw Direct has been 5-10 years behind other BDUs when it comes to providing new equipment, new features and adding HD channels. I thought that Shaw Direct would have used the HDPVR 800 to add whole home technology but they missed that opportunity.
2019-07-19 06:03 AM
RuralRouter
O/S Bloat

Thank you and amen.

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... some of these "nice to have" features require additional code in the firmware which usually slows down the equipment. If there is little or no demand for these items, a BDU will not incorporate them for the good of the overall customer base.
2019-07-18 11:56 PM
ralphf
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#3. I don't see the reasoning behind this response. Bell Satellite PVRs allow switching external drives between similar PVRs on the same account. The recordings are tied to the account, not the device. I don't see how preserving recordings when a PVR is replaced would contravene broadcaster agreements. It's a technical limitation of Shaw's external drive implementation, not a legal issue. It's also no different than whole home PVR or being able to watch recordings on other devices in the home, features which are available from other BDUs. It's also much less susceptible to abuse than being able to watch recordings or live TV on portable devices outside the home.
Thanks ExDilbert for your support and help. I wonder if SD will listen. I sure hope so.
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