Are recordings stored locally on the pvr? or streamed from Shaw's servers?
Recordings are saved to the hard-drive inside the PVR, not a Shaw server.
However I was going to start my own thread asking why not put the recordings in-the-cloud with the DCX3510 with the way it is setup
thanks for the info! but omg NO NO NO!!! don't start putting it in the "cloud". They don't have the expertise to be reliable as it stands. Making us 100% dependant on their servers is just a bad idea. Unless it is only stored there as a backup for when our recordings are lost.
I think the DCX3510 is dependant on the server now.
From what I can gather, the DCX3510 is a dumb terminal,
The user tells the DCX3510 to change channels, the PVR tells 'the server' what the user wants, then the server tells the PVR to change channels.
The user wants to record something, so the user schedules it in the guide, the PVR tells the server that the user wants to record something, then the server tells the PVR to record at that time and which channel.
I could be way wrong but this is what I've gathered,
So if this is the case, why not take the hard drive out and do the recordings in the cloud...
Would allow Shaw to change the PVR and give the DCX3200 and the DCX3510 access to the recordings as they are on the same account, would solve the issue when Shaw replaces a PVR, the user wouldn't lose access to the recordings
As well the recordings would still go on when there are issues between the server and the PVR.
LOL !! I don't think the comedy channel could right a better joke.... I bet they paid someone a lot of money to come up with that setup. This is what I was trying to ask in another post, that Matt so rudely locked and forwarded me to some other thread that didn't help at all.
I like the idea of the recordings being on the pvr hard drive without the need to communicate with the servers at all. So much easier and im sure the mods here wouldn't be nearly as busy with upset customers. But I also see the value of having them backed up on the server. If pvr craps out (which seems almost a guarantee), recordings aren't lost. When Shaw forces another so called "upgrade", library is still there.... etc
Which is how the older iGuide operates, except without the server at all.
I came up with that from what I have read about the HD-Guide and looking to the future a bit.
There is no reason to save recordings in two places though, recordings usually aren't worth a backup-solution...
I want my recordings list backed up more... Which series', which channel for example
If I had the choice I would take Hard Drive over "Cloud" !!!! lose the server connection except for occasional software updates etc.....
Yeah, there is a reason I still have my DCX3400 lol
I think you've "hit the nail on the head", It's the 3510's reliance on the server which seems to be the crux of 95% of its problems. Shaw may not have the right mix of engineering talent to pull this off without a lot of trial and error, unfortunately for us subscribers.
So would the 3400 be a "safer bet" for a receiver/PVR?
Compared to the DCX3510? Yes...
The DCX3400 uses the older 'classic' non-HD Guide, it works well, only major bug that comes to mind is it crashes/locks-up sometimes when an Expander is connected - hopefully this will be fixed in the next update
Looks like if I want a pvr, I will have to find an older one from one of the many ex-customers. or change providers. since the only options are an overpriced Gateway, or flawed tech (3510).
If you consider the DCX3510 an acceptable price, just broken, the Gateway for $50 more isn't excessive, and definately worth the price difference (6 tuners instead of 2)
3510 - $348
Gateway - $498 (but 2 portals)
So, Gateway is actually a better *cough* deal. Both Overpriced.
$398 for only one Portal
EDIT: MemoryExpress has the Gateway for $229.99 and the Portal for $138.99, so the Gateway and Portal is 361.98
$361.98 is a very good price expecially compared to the DCX3510
Shaws website doesn't even offer just one portal and gateway.. Someone really needs to redesign the whole site!!!!! but seriously, anything over $300 is not a good deal for a pvr. I have a 1 TB HD that streams to my bluray players and playstation and pc for way less.... This just gives me access to a service I pay monthly for.
I miss the days of plugging my tv into the wall and watching without all the problems, and recording on my own without having to ask Shaw for permission.....
the Gateway at $229 should include one portal since it is pretty much useless without it.......
next thing you know, as part of their home phone service, they will sell you a phone but with separate receiver. LOL
I'll take HD over just plugging my TV into the wall.
It would be nice if Shaw offered the basic channels in HD decrypted, but that isn't going to happen - sometimes (or just in some areas) the preview channels are
But if you could get HD just by pluging in to the wall. I don't mean an unencrypted signal, but if the cablecard standard actually worked. But, there is no incentive for cablecompinies to develop/promote/support the standard. Why let the fee market come up with a good software/hardware combination, when our local cable company who has only our best interests at heart will do a much better job at it. (sarcasm)
I'd be happier with unencypted signal than CableCARD, but I'd take either
What I would really like to see Shaw do is unencrypt the LTSS channels so anybody can get them that has the equipment... Would save Shaw a bunch of money having to setup and support the systems up
I don't know exactly how the technology works. But seems a good option would be a small decrypter in the basement where the cable enters the house. then all tvs can connect to that somehow, eliminating the need for a box on every tv. Or could use any tech at that point.... This provides Shaw the ability to still secure their signal but also leaves consumers with options.
I am aware of that equipment.. haha but it is neither small, nor cheap
why would it be any bigger or more expensive than the current boxes?? it would simply be decrypting the signal... everything else, ie pvr's etc, would still be downstream if you wanted.
Decoding all channels, seperating the output signals, out into a shared format that your indvidual TVs can pickup
Sounds like we are going backwards in technology. I still have a phone with a AGT sticker on the bottom that we used to rent every month.
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