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    Cutting Edge History

    The DIRECTV Cutting Edge programs was started in 2006 by a team of volunteers lead by DIRECTV hobbyist Earl Bonovich. Earl was already well-known in the community because of his reviews of DIRECTV's R10 and R15 DVRs when he published the first review of DIRECTV's HR20 DVR. The HR20 was a revolutionary piece of equipment to be sure, but when released to the public it was still in a very early phase of development.

    Traditionally, DIRECTV has chosen to test software builds through employees, but diligent effort on Earl's part created a first-of-its-kind partnership between DIRECTV's engineers and the hobbyist community. Desperate for promised features and much-needed stability, early HR20 adopters jumped at the chance to download new versions of the DIRECTV software, test, and report back.

    In 2006, the Cutting Edge program was formally started at DBSTalk.com and quickly succeeded in identifying a number of problems. DIRECTV's staff worked throughout 2006 and 2007 and built new testing and tracking procedures that resulted in a record number of improvements, turning the DIRECTV HD DVR into a top-notch performer.

    Starting in 2007, DIRECTV initiated a closed testing program where pre-release hardware was sent to willing testers. This hardware was tested confidentially and when it was ready, testers collaborated on a review. These reviews have traveled the world and have been used by large and small companies for training and as sales aids.

    2015 brings a new beginning for the CE program here at the Edgecutter Cutting Edge forums. This site was designed from the ground up for DIRECTV CE testing and is now the official home to the Cutting Edge program.

    Some content in this post is based on material originally appearing at DBSTalk.com. No copyright infringement is intended.
    Last edited by Stuart Sweet; 07-30-2015 at 01:45 PM.

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    The Solid Signal Blog maintains the largest repository of links to reviews of Cutting Edge-tested hardware. Check out this link for downloadable content hosted by SolidSignal.com and DBSTalk.com.

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