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DIRECTV First Look: C31-700 Home Media Center RVU Client

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Scott Kocourek, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. Aug 23, 2012 #1 of 503
    Scott Kocourek

    Scott Kocourek Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2009
    This is the future of DIRECTV: It's all RVU, and it's smaller than you imagined. Yes, that's an iPhone on top.


    C31 First Look

    This is an incredibly small box. It only works with the HR34 but it provides full DVR functionality with zero fan noise. Even pause live TV!

    I'd like to thank the hard working C31 test team, who really came through on this little box.

    The C31 is only available in limited areas at this time.

    Please note that some DBSTalk.com testers and staff members may have received free equipment from DIRECTV or its partners for the purpose of evaluation and testing.
  2. Aug 24, 2012 #2 of 503

    Smuuth DIRECTV A-Team

    Oct 4, 2005
    C31 FAQs

    Q. How is the C31 different from an Hxx receiver?
    A. The C31 is an RVU client for use with the HR34 Server and has no tuner of its own.

    Q. How does the C31 receive programs or recorded content?
    A. The C31 utilizes one of the 5 tuners on the HR34 for live content or can play recordings from the playlist on the HR34.

    Q. What capacity is the hard drive on the C31?
    A. The C31 has no hard drive of its own but can access the hard drive of the HR34 to schedule programs to be recorded or play already recorded content.

    Q. How does the C31 connect to the HR34?
    A. The C31 connects utilizing coax and can either be connected throiugh a green label splitter from the HR34 or connected to the SWiM utilized by the HR34.

    Q. How many SWiM channels does the C31 use?
    A. The C31 does not use any SWiM channels itself, but does requires one tuner of the HR34 when the C31 is on.

    Q. How many C31s can be connected to the HR34?
    A. Currently, the maximum number of clients for an HR34 is three.

    Q. How does the C31 connect to my TV?
    A. The C31 has an HDMI output and a 10 pin output which can utilize the H25 10 pin connector cable for component output. (NOTE: The H25 10 pin connector is NOT included with the C31.)

    Q. Does the AM21 work with the C31?
    A. No, but if an AM21 is connected to the HR34, the C31 can play or schedule OTA recordings utilizing that AM21.

    Q. Why would I want a C31 client connected to my HR34 rather than an Hxx receiver?
    A. Although the C31 has no tuner of its own, it can fully utilize trickplay features (FF, RW, etc.) on live TV from the HR34 as if you were watching the HR34 directly and does not tie up an additional SWiM channel.
  3. Aug 30, 2012 #3 of 503

    Sixto DIRECTV A-Team

    Nov 18, 2005
    Mighty small, and nice First Look!
  4. Aug 30, 2012 #4 of 503

    Draconis DIRECTV A-Team

    Mar 16, 2007
    Las Vegas, NV
    Well done.
  5. Aug 30, 2012 #5 of 503

    carl6 Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Hello C31, welcome to the DirecTV array of equipment offerings. Nice LITTLE box.
  6. Aug 30, 2012 #6 of 503

    amh84 Mentor

    Apr 19, 2010
    Rio Rico,...
    Thanks for the great first look write up, as always.

    Can't wait to get one.
  7. Aug 30, 2012 #7 of 503

    Alebob911 Hall Of Fame

    Mar 22, 2007
    Another great First Look!

    I must say that the current firmware on the C31's make these little guys work VERY well! It could be the HR34's firmware too but at any rate the C31 is a great RVU client.
  8. Aug 30, 2012 #8 of 503
    Sgt. Slaughter

    Sgt. Slaughter Hall Of Fame

    Feb 20, 2009
    Dont let the size fool you...the sucker packs a solid punch and allows you some nice easy options in the home when needed... :)
  9. Aug 30, 2012 #9 of 503

    carl6 Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
  10. Aug 30, 2012 #10 of 503

    Groundhog45 Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Nov 9, 2005
    Cedar Park,...
    Cool looking little box. Great first look, as usual.

    Carl, do you have a link for that video?
  11. Aug 30, 2012 #11 of 503
    The Merg

    The Merg 1*

    Jun 24, 2007
    Northern VA
    Great first look as usual.

    - Merg
  12. Aug 30, 2012 #12 of 503

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Nice job as always.

    Can you tell us what remote comes with it? And what happens if all 5 tuners are recording, what does the C31 see?

  13. Aug 30, 2012 #13 of 503

    carl6 Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    The C31 can still watch recordings (including MRV from other servers) if the live tuners are busy. Just like an HR2x if both it's tuners were busy.
  14. Aug 30, 2012 #14 of 503
    Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    I don't know what remote will come with it, at least for now assume it is the rc65.
  15. Aug 30, 2012 #15 of 503

    Supramom2000 In Loving Memory of Onyx-2/23/09

    Jun 20, 2007
    Colbert, WA
    What about connection to an A/V receiver? Can that be done?
  16. Aug 30, 2012 #16 of 503

    carl6 Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    That should work if you use the hdmi connection. You would need a separate dongle to use component video/audio.
  17. Aug 30, 2012 #17 of 503

    inkahauts DIRECTV A-Team

    Nov 13, 2006
    Nice to see it being released! :)
  18. Aug 30, 2012 #18 of 503

    johnr9e Mentor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Any chance it supports HDMI-CEC?
  19. Aug 30, 2012 #19 of 503

    inkahauts DIRECTV A-Team

    Nov 13, 2006
    Not sure, but it can work with the RF remotes, it has the rf capability built in unlike the h25.

    It can tune to a channel that is being recorded (and dos just that when you take it out of stanby in this scenario) as long as that channel isn't being tuned to by another client already. If you type in a channel, it will offer you the same conflict screen as you are used to now, and offer for you to cancel anyone of the five recordings so you can watch the channel you want (it wont let you cancel one if the show is also being watched live on another clients foreground tuner). And of course you can always go into the playlist.
  20. Aug 30, 2012 #20 of 503

    inkahauts DIRECTV A-Team

    Nov 13, 2006
    Not yet at least.

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