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Finally switching to HD......Questions......

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by bguppies, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. bguppies

    bguppies Cool Member

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    Have had DirecTV since 2000....

    Have 3 DirecTivos and 1 regular DirecTV receiver...

    Have had Sunday Ticket for 10 seasons now...

    We have a 3 lnb Oval dish...

    I want to switch one DirecTivo to a DirecTV HD DVR.

    Questions.......

    1) Will we have to get a new Dish for HD ?
    (where is the HD in the sky? 101, 119, etc?)

    2) Will we still be able to use our old SD boxes ans DirecTivos on our SD sets in the bedrooms? (we just have 3 HD TVs in the living room for football season)

    3) Which DirecTV HD DVRs have the capabality to add a external hard drive for added recording space?

    4) Which HD DVR model (s) would I need to get, to later be able to switch to multi-room viewing later, after we replace the bedroom TVs with HD TVs?

    Thanks in advance for any help with these questions or any other input or ideas you might have for my set up..........

    Bill
     
  2. NR4P

    NR4P Dad

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    Yes for 99 and 103 Sats

    Maybe, you will need a SWIM8 with Legacy support which if I recall is 3 legacy boxes.
    But without knowing the number of boxes and total tuners, could be a SWIM16.

    All HR2x's support ext drive. Latest model is HR24.

    Any HR2x supports Multi Room Viewing
     
  3. bguppies

    bguppies Cool Member

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    Thanks for the quick reply...
     
  4. armchair

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    I would suggest requesting the Whole Home DVR with Internet Connection Kit (aka WHD with ICK) upgrade. You will most likely get the legacy boxes swapped for SWiM compatibility and still have the advantage of new HD equipment.

    If interested, the MRV fee is a $3/month but the upgrade may compare better than HD upgrade.
     
  5. bguppies

    bguppies Cool Member

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    I've been searching, trying to find a thread that explains all of the acronyms in here....

    I get MRV is multi room viewing

    I keep seeing
    DECA
    SWIM
    WHD
    ICK

    What do these mean, so I can follow the various set up threads better to try and catch up with 2010 home set ups.

    Bill
     
  6. john18

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    From another poster...

    Basic definitions follow...for more detail, search the DBSTalk forums.

    MRV = (multi-room viewing) This allows multiple boxes to share recordings

    DECA = (DIRECTV Ethernet Coaxial Adapter) This is the module used for the Directv-approved method of setting up MRV.

    SWIM or SWM = (single wire multiswitch) This allows 2-tuner DVR's to only need 1 cable connection. This is required for the "Whole Home DVR" setup.

    LAN = (local area network) This is basically the internet wiring/connections in your house controlled by the router.

    Broadband connector = This is how the internet connection is added to the SWM connections with the "Whole Home DVR" setup.
     
  7. john18

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    ICK = Internet Connection Kit
     
  8. bguppies

    bguppies Cool Member

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    Thanks for the quick primer...

    Now reading the threads will make more sense..

    Bill
     
  9. john18

    john18 Active Member

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    You're welcome.

    If you haven't already read it or figured it out, MRV was a term used for multi-room viewing during the test phase. Whole Home is the term that D* named it once it came out of testing. Some folks have decided to not upgrade from their ethernet solution, so they are using MRV and their setups are unsupported by D* despite them paying the same $3.00 per month.
     
  10. bguppies

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    Now for perhaps the dumbest question I'm going to ask...

    Do the various networks have different channel numbers in their HD version on DirecTV?

    Just curious how that works, as we will still have 3 old DirecTivos in the bedrooms, getting the SD signals, but a new HD DVR in the living room getting the HD channels....

    Thanks again for all the help..
    Bill
     
  11. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

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    The channel numbers are the same. There is a menu option to hide the SD (or even HD) equivalents from the guide.
     
  12. bguppies

    bguppies Cool Member

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    Thanks Bob...

    I would hate to have to learn a whole new set of numbers for HD now.:D
     

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