Features I would like to have on the 830. 1. More than one last channel recall ( I would like up to ten ) 2. The ability to rewind and record only a part of the program that you want to record and not the whole program. 3. Do something about the external hard drive having to be married to one receiver so that if the receiver has to be replaced, you dont lose the recordings on the external hard drive.Now that I'm on here and actually posting - I wanted to poll this group on 8XX receiver features.
#1. I dont believe the number of tuners has anything to do with last channel recall. The last channel is not stored in the tuners. I had a free to air receiver that had twenty channel recall, and it had one tuner.#2. Watching the news for 2 hours, then a news item comes on that I think my wife would like to see. So I want to rewind and record just that one item and not 2 hours. Also on TCM between movies they sometimes show shorts. Again I would like to back up and record just that short. Sports is another example where I would like to back up and record a certain play etc.Thanks @ralphf!
For #1, since the box only has two tuners, this may not be possible (but would have to consult with the developers).
#2, do you have a use case you could outline for this just so I better understand? I'm trying to think through how you would initiate this while also considering that most folks want the full recording on an impulse record. Perhaps the pop-up receives another button that says "Record from this point."?
#3. This would be against our agreements with the networks, so we wouldn't be able to implement this (I know, it's not ideal). It falls back to digital rights and the potential of sharing content between accounts.
As an FYI, with Rogers' PVRs you can't do exactly that, but you can record a programme you have watched since you changed to that channel.#2. Watching the news for 2 hours, then a news item comes on that I think my wife would like to see. So I want to rewind and record just that one item and not 2 hours.
#3 . What is this agreement? I would like to read it. If I wanted to share anything with others, I can do that now. They can come to my house and watch it. If they want to watch it at their place, I could take the receiver and the hard drive to their place and connect it to their TV. Also can record on DVD or film it with a video camera. So, I wonder about this agreement.
Thanks ExDilbert for your support and help. I wonder if SD will listen. I sure hope so.#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.
... 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.
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.I wonder if SD will listen.