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Tuner firmware update

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 24 May 2015 · 64 views

Been over a year since I checked the firmware on my tuners, so I downloaded the update tool  and ran it:

 
I have the older HDHR3-US model, current version is HDHR4-2US .  Looking at the firmware changelog I see that not much changed for my model since the 20140121 firmware:
Release 20150406 - HDHR3-US/DT/EU models: Fix reboot when...


Useful Site

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 11 May 2015 · 147 views

Cut Cable Today  - they have a nice comparison of DVRs for use with an antenna .  
 
My folks plan to cut the cord in the near future, they'll probably go with the Tablo , their top pick.  The Tablo didn't exist when I start this project, else I might have gone with one.
It sits on your home network (does not directly connect to y...


April Savings, HBO Now

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 05 May 2015 · 173 views

No purchases for April, so $156 saved.  Now at $3478 for the cumulative savings since January 2013. Only $238 left to pay off the setup.
 
 
As you may have heard, HBO Now  is up and running.  At the moment you can only sign up if you use an Apple device (iPhone, iPad or Apple TV) or if you have internet service via Optimum....


Laff TV, Savings

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 15 April 2015 · 143 views

I'd previously mentioned that Live Well was being simulcast in both HD and SD on the 2 subchannels of the local ABC station.  This morning the SD subchannel switched to the new Laff TV network.
 

 
As you may have surmised by the name, it's a comedy channel and features shows like Empty Nest, Drew Carey, Grace Under Fire, Spin City as w...


Elgato impressed me today

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 21 March 2015 · 179 views

This morning I noticed the count for Schedules (for scheduled recordings) was only 65, which is way less than normal.  Looking into it, I realized the Programming Guide was missing data for any shows that started on or after 7pm of March 27th.  The guide usually covers just under 14 days, while March 27th is less than a week away.  
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January Savings

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 18 February 2015 · 160 views

Purchased a couple shows in January,  Archer, Season 6  and King of the Nerds, Season 3 .  However, as mentioned back in December , I received an iTunes gift card over the holidays so purchases would be "received as gift" until the card was used up.  I've also bought a couple apps and ebooks, so the gift card balance is down to $...


118 Channels

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 21 January 2015 · 149 views

Time for another rescan.


The Justice Network just went live.



Freed up a lot of space on the Drobo

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 14 January 2015 · 621 views

When I started Adding Blu-ray content , my process was:
use my late 2008 MacBook Pro to convert the Blu-ray to an MKV file
transfer the MKV over to my 2012 Mac mini, because it was 3x faster than the MBP
convert the MKV to an M4V file (H.264) via Handbrake

After that, I left the MKV files on the Drobo.  In part because I had the space, and in par...


December Savings

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 01 January 2015 · 163 views

I'd forgotten about Doctor Who: Last Christmas , but we ended up watching it at my folks so I didn't purchase any content in December.  That netted me $151 savings for the month, with $2974 cumulative savings since I started on this journey back in January 2013.  Not bad at all.
 
Still have $742 remaining to pay off the hardware setup...


November Savings

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 01 December 2014 · 195 views

Once again no new content, though it was time to renew the Electronic TV Guide Subscription to the tune of $20.  That puts the savings for the month at $131 with cumulative savings at $2823.  $893 remains to pay off the hardware.
 
Like last year, I just returned from a vacation.  There's 1255 recorded shows, up quite a bit from last y...






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