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Roger Dylan
03-03-2010, 06:13 AM
Since last night's lame Tivo event, and the almost total lack of interest here, except for the inestimable Omikron, it may be that Tivo as a long term ongoing entity is dead to us here at DDB.

The evidence indicates that any new DirecTivo HiDef device coming along will not be of much interest here. I doubt Tivo have the skill left, certainly not any of the hacker-tolerant inclinations of the founders.

That leaves us with the existing hardware, and whether there is interest here in expanding the capabilities.

I have a fondness for the HR10-250. I think it has some capabilities moving forward.

I am not blind to its shortcomings: slow processor, mediocre OTA tuner.

Nonetheless.

* Digital and HiDef OTA recording (subbed or not)
* Playback of HiDef video
* Full DirecTV standard def recording (with subscription)
* Hackable, with a considerable body of former art
* HME capability
* MovieLoader already serves playsback pre-series3 tfm/ty, including HiDef
* ffmpeg (special version) capability to move from many mpeg formats (including HiDef) to tfm/ty already exists

The only two things missing from the HR10-250 becoming an exciting and viable platform for many years to come are, it seems to me:

1. Do we wish, as a forum, to allow discussion of full OTA recording and guide capability sans subscription
* would such open discussion be against the principles of the forum
* would such open discussion put the capability in jeopardy of countermeasures from DirecTV?

2. Is there interest/remaining capability here to develop an on-the-fly computer server (like TivoServer) that would work within the abilities of HME/mfs_ftp.tcl to provide computer-resident serving of typical mpeg files (2 and 4, SD and HD) to the HR10-250 in close to real time

I invite discussion.

captain_video
03-03-2010, 08:20 AM
Discussion of bypassing a paid subscription on any Tivo has always been a verboten topic here so I'd have to say it still wouldn't be allowed for legal reasons. However, that doesn't preclude someone setting up a separate forum on Yahoo! or something similar to host said discussions. The HR10-250 was orphaned by DirecTV years ago. They basically bitch-slapped every HDTivo owner that paid the high price of ownership of this model, myself included, so I wouldn't feel much remorse in a hack of this nature.

OTOH, I no longer have a DirecTV dish on my roof and I'm more into HTPCs than Tivos these days. With ATSC tuner cards costing about $50 on average these days and DVR apps available with free guide data, I can't see hacking a HDTivo just to get OTA channels. The new Ceton quad tuner cablecard tuners are supposed to be available by the end of the month so I'll eventually be kissing my two S3 Tivos goodbye.

jt1134
03-03-2010, 02:51 PM
Sure, the HR10 was/is a great piece of gear, but how many people out there still feel the same? and still have one in service? I never really quit hacking on mine, but how many others are in that boat?

I doubt at this point in the game Directv would really put up too much of a fight if someone posted a method to use the HR10 for ota without a sub. However, in my experience, I have yet to come up with something that is not easily portable to SA tivo's. A patch that allows paid features on an unsub'd SA tivo would certainly be more of a legal problem.

Maybe it would be OK to just post a hint :P

shortkud
03-10-2010, 11:38 AM
Would rather see the effort go towards supporting MPEG4 on it :P

captain_video
03-11-2010, 08:49 AM
Not going to happen without replacing the mainboard and tuners. In other words, a completely new DVR.

Roger Dylan
03-11-2010, 02:59 PM
would rather see the effort go towards supporting mpeg4 on it :pzooooooom!

woracan
04-24-2010, 07:53 PM
Sure, the HR10 was/is a great piece of gear, but how many people out there still feel the same? and still have one in service? I never really quit hacking on mine, but how many others are in that boat?

I doubt at this point in the game Directv would really put up too much of a fight if someone posted a method to use the HR10 for ota without a sub. However, in my experience, I have yet to come up with something that is not easily portable to SA tivo's. A patch that allows paid features on an unsub'd SA tivo would certainly be more of a legal problem.

Maybe it would be OK to just post a hint :P

I still use my HR10-250 every day to watch OTA digital TV. I'm looking into a hack to get it to quit adding satellite channels to my lineup. I get tired of having to go in and delete them all. It also recently started getting messages (DirecTV advertisements or announcements) which sure I could ignore, but I'd rather they didn't appear at all. Other than that and the fact that it doesn't receive the few remaining analog channels, I'm pretty happy with it. I may buy a S3 TiVo if/when the price gets down around $25.

woracan
04-24-2010, 08:10 PM
Does anyone know where the HR10-250 stores mail/messages? I've looked in mfs under /MessageItem/MessageBoard and /MessageItem/PreTivoCentral and found nothing. I also did a recursive grep of the entire /var directory for words from a message that showed up on my unit.

I found in tivoapp 6.4a two locations to patch that will probably only keep the UI from telling me there are new messages but will probably not keep messages from being received and saved (wherever it is they are saved).

Roger Dylan
01-21-2012, 02:03 AM
Seems like the HR10-250 is over, as many in my local community say they will abandon the ones we have kept going the past few years and will go back to active DirecTV accounts and the new DirecTivo. As counseled, I have not discussed the details of how these DirecTV-abandoned and salvaged HR10-250s have been working well for OTA-only recording; but in any case the need for that is now over.

One last appeal, though, as to whether anyone has come up with a practical way to play back normal mpeg files on the HR10-250? Some blend of TivoServer and MovieLoader? A few people have indicated they'd still like to keep the HR10-250s going (like in seldom-used rooms, etc.) if it could just play back their networked mpeg files somehow.

Thanks

Roger Dylan
01-29-2012, 09:44 AM
Here's my case for the HR10-250, in the largest portion of the niche I serve (at no charge, even though I incur signficant expense). Admittedly I also keep them running just because I like them.

Elderly people on fixed, and low, income. Can't afford DirecTV or cable, even basic. But they would like, and I would say deserve after a lifetime of creating a robust economy we have subsequently squandered, basic OTA DVR capability. Given that the HR10-250s have been abandoned by their seller for the purpose for which they were sold, any salvage value is fair game as far as I'm concerned, and I'd like to see that salvage value put to good use.

These people must have (for me to help) a resource, a relative or whatever, or by existing or whatever means, to have an OTA antenna that gets reasonable coverage from the local OTA networks PLUS a DirecTV satellite dish (these are available in the trash, basically, for the resourceful [poor doesn't mean stupid or inept or without people to help] ).

Given all that, a modified HR10-250 can give these folks OTA DVR, with full recording and guide capability. I applaud DirecTV for continuing to make that guide available; and even if/when they abort it we will find other guide resources, admittedly more complex; but the niche will be provided for.

The big gap in the capability I can give these people is that standard mpg files (as opposed to .tfm/.ty files) are not accessible. I have therefore invited technical contributions to the cause. I'm not inclined to give up that cause, which is why I'm so annoyingly relentless here.

stevel
01-29-2012, 06:44 PM
There exist commercial products that serve this market - DISH offers one for example. I will note that an HR10 without service has no guide, as that comes over the satellite. The HR10 does not look at the OTA guide info.

Roger Dylan
01-30-2012, 03:50 PM
an HR10 without service has no guideYou are a helpful guy, always have been. But you have this bug up about the HR10-250. I wish your wife would get rid if it so you could have a peaceful life with your DirecTV H2X knockoff. Your statement continues to be incorrect. An HR10 hooked up to a DirecTV dish can get the OTA guide, with or without service.


that [guide data] comes over the satellite. The HR10 does not look at the OTA guide info.Again, the impulse to help by correcting me is to be applauded; but there isn't anything to be corrected. In the message you are replying to I stated that a DirecTV satellite dish is required. Service is not, but the dish is.

You do have a continuing interest in discussing the HR10-250, and there are few of us left, so I'm grateful for your comments.

stevel
01-30-2012, 04:58 PM
I was responding to your most recent post suggesting that "elderly people" who don't have DirecTV could use an HR10. As you said (and as did I), the guide info for an HR10 comes over the satellite. No dish, no guide. Or were you suggesting that these folks spring for a DirecTV dish, get it installed and have a cable run to the HR10 just to get the guide?

I'm just trying to be a realist here. As for a "bug up", I know what the HR10 can do and what it can't - I've had one for six years. What I get from your posts is "If the only tool I have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail." Your proposed usage is satisfied by other products on the market which are not expensive, though I guess you are suggesting a use for discarded HR10s. Even so, the dish requirement (and the inability to record without service) makes that a non-starter in my book.

Roger Dylan
01-30-2012, 06:49 PM
I guess you are suggesting a use for discarded HR10sWow. No grass growing under your feet.
the inability to record without service makes that a non-starter in my bookSomething, again, you say over and over again. It is probably still the policy here not to discuss the salvage value of the HR10-250 as an OTA recorder, but I don't think that means we have to say things that aren't true.

If, for example, a policy were not to discuss that the world is round I don't think it's appropriate to say the world is flat; we should rather say "we can't discuss the round world point of view here." So, why don't we agree to say "We can't discuss the ability of the HR10-250 to record OTA without service."

Roger Dylan
02-12-2012, 12:04 PM
Well, this is embarrassing. I was asked whether a .tmf/ty/ty+ file from a Tivo s3 or Tivo HD can be imported directly to an HR10-250 without intermediate conversion. I've never tried that (more likely I have but can't remember the results). I know there are some format differences but I'm just not sure. Obviously I will do some experiments as soon as I can fire up an old s3.

But in case someone knows, in theory, or has tried it, I ask here first.

As something of a progress report, I've recently been asked to look with an eye to preventive maintenance at a few existing multi-room non-subscribed OTA HR10-250 setups (2/3 HR10s harvested by scripts to a central computer running MovieLoader), that have been running for years without intervention, and I could find nothing needing fixing. I eyeballed the power supplies and saw no capacitor swelling, and there have been no symptoms.

I know I'm fixated on this, but this is one hell of a piece of hardware.

tvtyme
02-22-2012, 03:05 AM
So, why don't we agree to say "We can't discuss the ability of the HR10-250 to record OTA without service."
captain_video already stated such in Post #2. FWIW, you're on the right track regarding the capability. But mum's the word on discussing it here.
L8r

brdhntr
06-10-2012, 06:03 PM
Since last night's lame Tivo event, and the almost total lack of interest here, except for the inestimable Omikron, it may be that Tivo as a long term ongoing entity is dead to us here at DDB.

The evidence indicates that any new DirecTivo HiDef device coming along will not be of much interest here. I doubt Tivo have the skill left, certainly not any of the hacker-tolerant inclinations of the founders.

That leaves us with the existing hardware, and whether there is interest here in expanding the capabilities.

I have a fondness for the HR10-250. I think it has some capabilities moving forward.

I am not blind to its shortcomings: slow processor, mediocre OTA tuner.

Nonetheless.

* Digital and HiDef OTA recording (subbed or not)
* Playback of HiDef video
* Full DirecTV standard def recording (with subscription)
* Hackable, with a considerable body of former art
* HME capability
* MovieLoader already serves playsback pre-series3 tfm/ty, including HiDef
* ffmpeg (special version) capability to move from many mpeg formats (including HiDef) to tfm/ty already exists

The only two things missing from the HR10-250 becoming an exciting and viable platform for many years to come are, it seems to me:

1. Do we wish, as a forum, to allow discussion of full OTA recording and guide capability sans subscription
* would such open discussion be against the principles of the forum
* would such open discussion put the capability in jeopardy of countermeasures from DirecTV?

2. Is there interest/remaining capability here to develop an on-the-fly computer server (like TivoServer) that would work within the abilities of HME/mfs_ftp.tcl to provide computer-resident serving of typical mpeg files (2 and 4, SD and HD) to the HR10-250 in close to real time

I invite discussion.

My first time on this particular Forum, but the facts remain the same. My particular Hr10-250 was in use for the last 5 years as a OTA tuner with the capacity to replay stuff I'd missed in the last hour.
The hd died, downloaded an iso, put it on hd system boots fine. Won't scan OTA channels w/o aquiring sat info. Fine, hooked up old oval 3 lnb dish to left side sat 101 temporarily, have signal @95%, no guide, won't scan channels. Look, I just bought a Tivo Premier sub @ 15.00 per month, building a pc w ota card and HD video card etc., but D** really P---d me off way back when. I've no problem paying for what I get, but not getting what I paid for breaks my cardinal rule, and German stubborness reigns supreme! LOL Just burned PTV net, and WILL keep at this, advice is appreciated. I want to record OTA only, on MY machine,on a format D** does not support. If there is a way to do this by paying Tivo, no problem, if I can get it running off the sat local guide, super, I like the machine, and I'm damn stubborn.

stevel
06-10-2012, 08:57 PM
You need 6.4a nowadays or you'll get the local channel issues. There is no way to record without DirecTV DVR service. You can use it as a tuner with the buffer.

Roger Dylan
06-16-2012, 11:36 PM
I want to record OTA only, on MY machineWe can't discuss the methods by which you can record OTA on the HR10-250 without service.

Roger Dylan
06-16-2012, 11:56 PM
post deleted

brdhntr
06-17-2012, 04:24 PM
You need 6.4a nowadays or you'll get the local channel issues. There is no way to record without DirecTV DVR service. You can use it as a tuner with the buffer.

I have 6.4 and ptvnet will give a couple things a try. At this point, I would rather pay for 2, 15.00 local guides than pay 30.00 for the other service, that's how aggravated I am am w them.

brdhntr
06-17-2012, 04:28 PM
Thanks Roger, you have given me a few ideas

Roger Dylan
06-18-2012, 02:41 AM
Thanks Roger, you have given me a few ideasIf you got those ideas because I was indiscreet and mentioned a couple of things I shouldn't have, well good for you but keep quiet about it. I deleted that stuff almost immediately.

You know, it's like if you continually ran across people who kept saying the world is flat. You'd like to say something, but unfortunately the venues where you encounter this specify "no discussion of the shape of the Earth is allowed." I hate that silence might be construed to indicate assent.

I understand the reasons for keeping this stuff under wraps. I agree. Though I think the HR10-250 is a special case because it was abandoned by its seller for the purposes for which it was sold and getting some salvage value out of it is defensible, I agree that talk about it should be tightly controlled.

But we don't have to say things that aren't true. We don't have to say "it can't be done"; we need only simply say "we can't discuss it" rather than denying reality. I don't know what the problem is with his.

brdhntr
06-18-2012, 11:40 PM
If you got those ideas because I was indiscreet and mentioned a couple of things I shouldn't have, well good for you but keep quiet about it. I deleted that stuff almost immediately.

You know, it's like if you continually ran across people who kept saying the world is flat. You'd like to say something, but unfortunately the venues where you encounter this specify "no discussion of the shape of the Earth is allowed." I hate that silence might be construed to indicate assent.
I understand the reasons for keeping this stuff under wraps. I agree. Though I think the HR10-250 is a special case because it was abandoned by its seller for the purposes for which it was sold and getting some salvage value out of it is defensible, I agree that talk about it should be tightly controlled.

But we don't have to say things that aren't true. We don't have to say "it can't be done"; we need only simply say "we can't discuss it" rather than denying reality. I don't know what the problem is with his.


Well said, I completely understand. What they did is still wrong tho, and their refusal to offer a reasonable solution is still irksome to no end. I've re-purposed another computer to use as a dvr, besides my Tivo Premier, so I've spent more than it would cost to re subscribe, but they broke my cardinal rule " Don't be so unreasonable that you Tic Me Off". Kinda ridiculous, no? lol

brdhntr
06-18-2012, 11:43 PM
Also, I didn't even see your deleted reply, but thx for understanding my stubborness!

crashHD
07-03-2012, 07:25 AM
Since 6.2a lost locals, I moved to 6.4a. (retaining mrv was the only thing holding me back from 6.4a).

Since I have to run 6.4a anyway now, there's nothing holding me back from swapping out my standard Series2's in favor of the HR10, and gaining OTA-HD.