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Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2019-07-19, 02:55 PM
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Posted By ExDilbert
I had two Shaw HDPVR 600s for a year after they...

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...
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2019-07-19, 12:26 PM
Replies: 302
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Posted By ExDilbert
Dream on. At one time there was a thread over 50...

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...
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2019-07-18, 05:14 PM
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Posted By ExDilbert
#3. I don't see the reasoning behind this...

#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...
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2019-07-16, 09:01 PM
Replies: 302
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Posted By ExDilbert
The point is to show that part of the show has...

The point is to show that part of the show has already been aired and is no longer available live. Other makes of PVRs do this, not just the HDPVR 830.
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2019-07-16, 02:43 PM
Replies: 302
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Posted By ExDilbert
A 5400 RPM hard drive is often better for PVR...

A 5400 RPM hard drive is often better for PVR use. They are quieter and run cooler. That's a benefit, especially in a PVR enclosure that was designed for a 5400 RPM drive. Media drives are preferred...
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2019-06-20, 03:40 PM
Replies: 302
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Posted By ExDilbert
I used the internet connection on the 630 for VOD...

I used the internet connection on the 630 for VOD over 5 years ago. It sounds like things have gone downhill since and the 800 series hasn't helped.
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2019-03-29, 09:58 AM
Replies: 302
Views: 77,753
Posted By ExDilbert
I am not a current subscriber but the one thing...

I am not a current subscriber but the one thing that might win me back is a whole home solution. Being able to watch PVR recordings on another PVR or a receiver would be a minimum. Being able to...
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2018-08-19, 12:46 PM
Replies: 302
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Posted By ExDilbert
Most modern consumer drives will spin down. Spin...

Most modern consumer drives will spin down. Spin down can be turned off or the time set with a drive utility. This should not be an issue with modern equipment since it is designed to spin the drive...
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2018-08-19, 11:08 AM
Replies: 302
Views: 77,753
Posted By ExDilbert
I used one with a 630 briefly. It was a 2.5" case...

I used one with a 630 briefly. It was a 2.5" case with external PSU. I opted instead to upgrade the internal hard drive. The only PVR hat I ever found to work reliably with an external drive was the...
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2018-08-15, 02:34 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 77,753
Posted By ExDilbert
It could be the enclosure. I've found Vantec...

It could be the enclosure. I've found Vantec enclosures to be hit and miss. USB2 models seem to work the best with PVRs. I've had issues with USB3 models or those with both eSATA and USB2. Even the...
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2018-05-29, 05:11 PM
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Posted By ExDilbert
The hard drive may need to be 2TB or less. 2TB is...

The hard drive may need to be 2TB or less. 2TB is the size limit for most PVRs.
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2017-11-15, 05:21 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 77,753
Posted By ExDilbert
Higher current rating on the PSU is not a...

Higher current rating on the PSU is not a problem. It can actually be an advantage in terms of reliability. Voltage must be the same and current cannot be lower. Also note that a switching PSU cannot...
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2017-10-04, 08:44 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 77,753
Posted By ExDilbert
One thing I would caution against is the use of...

One thing I would caution against is the use of power bars with RF filters or surge protectors. Any use of cords that include filters or surge protectors combined with a UPS can cause odd behavior or...
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2017-10-04, 10:17 AM
Replies: 302
Views: 77,753
Posted By ExDilbert
Common causes of equipment damage or failure are...

Common causes of equipment damage or failure are rapid power cycling and surges. Protection does not require a large capacity UPS but does require good quality power filtering. A large capacity UPS...
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2017-10-01, 06:21 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 77,753
Posted By ExDilbert
I misread component for composite. Should have...

I misread component for composite. Should have known better since I don't think the 830 has component output. Chances are that they are taking the composite signal from the HDMI signal which is...
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2017-10-01, 04:03 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 77,753
Posted By ExDilbert
1. Because that's what the big studios dictate to...

1. Because that's what the big studios dictate to Shaw and the makers of most electronics. If they don't comply, they lose licensing for the technology required to display big studio content. The...
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2017-08-31, 01:48 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 77,753
Posted By ExDilbert
The time is set by the satellite signal. Don't...

The time is set by the satellite signal. Don't know the technical details. The regional time (EST, PST, etc) is set by Shaw Direct according to location information on the account. Any issues with...
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2017-08-21, 09:37 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 77,753
Posted By ExDilbert
The download will occur when the receiver is...

The download will occur when the receiver is "off." It is never really off just on standby. Firmware updates are typically done after the receiver is rebooted or in the early morning hours when it's...
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2017-08-14, 11:36 AM
Replies: 302
Views: 77,753
Posted By ExDilbert
That feature has been on the 630 for years,...

That feature has been on the 630 for years, probably since day one. I wish other PVRs had the same feature.
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2017-08-02, 08:55 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 77,753
Posted By ExDilbert
The 800 and 830 should be able to stream Shaw's...

The 800 and 830 should be able to stream Shaw's full VOD library over wifi. It will be more extensive than what is available from Shaw with a TV app. There may exceptions but it's usually very...
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2017-07-26, 10:44 AM
Replies: 302
Views: 77,753
Posted By ExDilbert
I'm not even sure of that. Apart from fixing some...

I'm not even sure of that. Apart from fixing some technical shortcomings in the 530 and 630, the 830 is not significantly different. Even when the 530 series was introduced, it was basically a catch...
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2017-07-25, 01:24 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 77,753
Posted By ExDilbert
Exactly. Both companies' offerings are sadly out...

Exactly. Both companies' offerings are sadly out of date and very weak compared to what is available in other countries. There is no money to be made satellite TV in Canada and no real competition....
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2017-07-24, 09:33 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 77,753
Posted By ExDilbert
The USB2.0 standard provides up to 0.5A from the...

The USB2.0 standard provides up to 0.5A from the port. I tested an external 2.5" drive rated at 0.5A on the 630 once and it worked, even though it's not recommended. I didn't use it for long since it...
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2017-07-22, 02:34 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 77,753
Posted By ExDilbert
BDUs typically repair returned receivers and use...

BDUs typically repair returned receivers and use them to replace faulty receivers with the same model. Eventually, they may run out of older models for replacements and start using more recent models...
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2017-07-20, 09:45 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 77,753
Posted By ExDilbert
Someone who lives in a state where Shaw will not...

Someone who lives in a state where Shaw will not ship one might. Shaw claims the full retail price of the 830 is $499. Shaw customers can buy one for $299, probably close to cost. New customers get...
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2017-07-20, 03:48 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 77,753
Posted By ExDilbert
There are a Shaw Direct HD 800 and HDPVR 830 on...

There are a Shaw Direct HD 800 and HDPVR 830 on eBay already. There are decent pics in the ads if anyone wants to see what they look like. Did a search for ARRIS 830 specifications and nothing turned...
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2017-07-14, 10:25 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 77,753
Posted By ExDilbert
Where have we heard a rumor like that before?...

Where have we heard a rumor like that before? Anyone remember the 500 series that would support MPEG4 in the future? I'll wait until I see whole home actually working before I rush out and buy a new...
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2017-07-12, 09:15 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 77,753
Posted By ExDilbert
That's often the case with new equipment. The...

That's often the case with new equipment. The studios don't like component because it doesn't support HDCP and the box makers look at it as a cost saving. I noticed Shaw didn't lower the price though.
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2017-07-12, 05:05 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 77,753
Posted By ExDilbert
Shaw Direct would have to pay for a technical...

Shaw Direct would have to pay for a technical writer to produce one. I get the impression that spending money on such things is against Shaw's religion.
Forum: Shaw Direct Satellite   2017-07-11, 01:40 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 77,753
Posted By ExDilbert
Meanwhile, Dish Network bought Sling and...

Meanwhile, Dish Network bought Sling and advertises the technology as part of their product line. Shaw Direct is looking more out of touch with every product "enhancement."
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