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I was speaking to an actual Shaw Direct technician this afternoon, who told be there is new firmware coming for the DSR 530 some time in the next 2 months ...

1. 2 week schedule (much needed)
2. Record 2 programs while watching a 3rd (very useful)
3. Set to record new episodes only, plus several other record options
4. Better search mode
5. Interactive weather
6. Plus other features that I cannot remember

These features should make life easier for all 530 users. This new firmware has been under test for many months and they have been unable to crash the receiver once.

Plus a further update later in the year that will allow you to watch multiple channels at the same time ... called mosaic.

A new HD PVR scheduled for release in 2010 ... possibly by April ... will allow you to attach an external hard drive.
 

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Considering how much this has been discussed on the forums, I think a lot of people are taking the approach of "we'll believe it when we see it."

Shaw Direct has been promising this firmware update for years -- instead, all we've gotten is a firmware "update" that broke HDMI connectivity for a lot of users and added so-called copy protection (CGMS-A).
 

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Yes, according to the tech this firmware was developed in 2007. But he assured me it will be installed on all 530's before the fall season. I would rather wait than have happened with Bell TV where they installed defective firmware on their user's HD PVRs which required users to reset their units every time they wanted to turn it on!
 

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I was speaking to an actual Shaw Direct technician this afternoon, who told be there is new firmware coming for the DSR 530 some time in the next 2 months ...

1. 2 week schedule (much needed)
2. Record 2 programs while watching a 3rd (very useful)
How would this work that you could record two programs and watch a third? Considering there are only two lines I mean. We can do this currently, but we also have a 505. I'm curious about this...

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Duh...OK, how foolish of me. I didn't think of the obvious...:) I was thinking for a minute that getting the third line for the 505 was going to be superfluous...

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sorry if this is hijacking, but I have a 505.......which isn't a PVR......Is there a second tuner built into this unit....is that what you are saying thehans? Is there a way to use one receiver for two TV's (both TV's watching the same channel obviously)?
 

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sorry if this is hijacking, but I have a 505.......which isn't a PVR......Is there a second tuner built into this unit....is that what you are saying thehans? Is there a way to use one receiver for two TV's (both TV's watching the same channel obviously)?
No, the 505 has one tuner. We have our 505 plugged into a digital video recorder. We have our 530 also, so currently we can record two separate things and watch something live that's completely different. I was thinking the new software would allow this to happen with the 530. But I was quickly corrected. :)

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Ah.......understood. How is a DVR working on your 505? You must not be using the DVI output because the latest Firmware killed my ability to use an AV receiver with the DVI to HDMI cable, because the firmware thinks my AV receiver is a DVR (repeater)
 

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The tech definitely said .. record 2 programs while watching another live.

This new firmware is for the 530 only.

By the way, the new HD PVR scheduled for next year will have an HDMI connection.
 

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It's perfectly possible to connect the STB via composite video or S-video to a DVD recorder, while having DVI connectied (directly) to the TV and not through an AVR. Of course, this is also only SD.

Let's get back to the topic of this thread though please. If you wish to discuss DVD recorders or the 505, please do so in existing or new threads.
 

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The tech definitely said .. record 2 programs while watching another live.
That tech gave you the wrong information. You can record 2 programs at once and watch a (previously) recorded program. I just had a quick meeting today with a supervisor with regards to the new firmware and I got a summary sheet as well and it was mentioned many times that you can't record 2 shows and watch a 3rd show live.
 

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Most of these features, except for the recording options (obviously) will also be rolled out to the 207/209/317/319/505 models. Interactive weather is supposed to launch in the last week of July, with the new guide/recording features to following 3 weeks later.
 

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The MOSIAC is REAL

Likely the same as Dish and Bell use during Olympics and Elections.
Multiple video screens meshed together in the headend of their choosing and a selectable ring around it that switches the audio stream and then you can select to go to the full screen channel.
Almost a shrink wrapped OpenTV application by now.
Just add content and go.
They probably want it in time for 2010.

I was consulting for a Montreal outfit to build some new stuff and tear down some old stuff that just happened to be in their Calgary uplink building.

In the rack next to the one I was working on were a bunch of digital video servers/encoders and gear label mosaic right next to the uplink encoders and stuff.

Unfortunately I didn't see any of it in action.

Built in 2007 eh?
I once knew the guy that roadmapped all that stuff for them.
So it took them 2 years to build it and another 2 to test it out!
That's sets the expectations pretty darn high that it should be be nothing less than fantabulous and bulletproof.
Not the type of vision I typically get when thinking of Shaw Direct, but I hope I'm wrong.
It would be nice to have a real contender back in the Canadian satellite market.
 

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One neat new firmware feature will allow you to search for a program without knowing the channel or times. Key in say "Dog Whisperer" ... you will be given the channel and the days and times of the program.
 

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It's a good feature, but..

One neat new firmware feature....
It's only new to them.
Just about every other STB has had it for years.

Since Moto cable boxes have had it for some time with the various EPG vendors, one has to wonder if maybe Moto should just stay with hardware and let a real company write EPG code.

Lets face it, their last industrial gray guide for ancient legacy boxes was nothing short of below average.

When you show up to the party this late in the game, if everybody hasn't left yet, you had better bring a real surprise for everyone if you want to be remembered as at least an also ran.

BTW, are we there yet?
 

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Almost...employees are running the update now, and are being trained on how to support it.
It is going to be a very slow rollout when it starts though. Interactive weather is first (2-3 weeks away) and the new guide/recording features will follow (2-3 weeks after the iTV launch).
 
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