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Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 21 August 2016 · 234 views

In regards to the iTunes Store support failure , I've decided to continue purchasing à la cart TV content via iTunes due to how much better it works with my setup - namely because I can't download episodes from Amazon to my Mac mini and must stream them with occasional picture quality issues.
 
For HBO and Showtime I'll most likely resubsc...


iTunes Store support failure

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 05 August 2016 · 209 views

I enjoyed season 1 of Killjoys , so when season 2 showed up for pre-order in iTunes back in June for $19.99 I bought it.
 
I didn't start watching the series right away, but when I finally got around to watching episode 1 I thought it was rather odd that it ended without any ending credits.  So I dropped iTunes Support a note on July 23rd:...


HBO Redux

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 24 April 2016 · 442 views

Game of Thrones starts up again tonight so I reactivated my HBO Now subscription. Looks like they finally gotten their act together!   Last year the symbol next to Casting By  in the title sequence looked like it contained 4 crosses:

 
now you can see that the crosses are actually fleurs-de-lis:

 
Full screen:



Looking back

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 11 January 2016 · 672 views

Hard to believe, but its been three years since I cut the cord . I did so because I estimated $800 a year in savings while still being able to watch the shows I wanted to watch. Those savings would be what I used to pay DirecTV ($146 a month) less purchasing shows à la cart - buying seasons via Amazon, iTunes, and physical media (Blu-ray & DVD s...


new channel H&I

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 27 December 2015 · 549 views

I started reviewing the channels to uncheck the ones I won't be watching (religious, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, etc.) and right away ran across new channel Heros & Icons  on 2.3.  They have shows from the 50s thru the 90s like The Rat Patrol, The Saint, The Wild Wild West, 21 Jumpstreet, NYPD Blue, etc.
 



Time for another scan

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 26 December 2015 · 630 views

Been a while since my last channel scan , when my channel count dropped from 119 to 116.  I just learned about a new SciFi channel Comet  that's being broadcast here in Houston. It's on a new subchannel, so time for another channel scan!  Had an unexpected jump from 116 to 129 channels.

 
They're not listed in the TV Guide...


New Keyboard

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 25 October 2015 · 653 views

Back in January of 2013 I picked up home theater keyboard for use with the Mac mini that drives my HDTV. The keyboard worked OK, though typing on it was a bit tedious and I had minor communication issues with the USB dongle that necessitated the use of a USB extension cord to get it out from behind all the AV equipment.
 
For the past few months I'v...


Third 6TB drive installed in the Drobo

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 25 August 2015 · 791 views

At the start of the year I moved a bunch of MKV files off the Drobo onto the 3TB drive hooked up to my Mac Pro.  
 
Since then that 3TB drive has filled up, so I debated setting up a Drobo for my Mac Pro.  I decided not to as the Thunderbolt Drobo's were last updated back in 2012. I'm holding off in hopes of a faster Drobo - the current Dr...


June Savings, Showtime

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 08 July 2015 · 329 views

No new content for June so the savings was $156.  At this point my cumulative savings of $3780 has more than paid for my investment of $3716 in the Mac mini DVR project, so I think I'll stop the monthly update; however, I'll still post the occasional entry when I check out things like Showtime's new streaming service . 
 
There's a num...


Thought I needed a new tuner

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 07 June 2015 · 465 views

This past week I noticed an issue where a few recordings were cropped:

 
I didn't think much about it at first as the episodes I noticed it on had been recorded multiple times, so I just watched another recording.  
 
I then ran into it when watching live TV.  I did some experiments and realized it was always occurring on the 3rd t...






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