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How many recordings at once?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by thefunks67, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. huskerhead

    huskerhead AllStar

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    Perfect! Thanks for your help. I plan on ordering one or two online thru Abt ($189) or Amazon ($195)
     
  2. GreenScrew

    GreenScrew Mentor

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    Can the receiver watch a recording in progress? In other words, if I'm recording a ball game that is half way through, can I start watching the beginning of it before the recording is completed? From either the DVR recording it or another connected receiver? What about watching this recording in progress on both the DVR recording it and a separate receiver?
     
  3. The Merg

    The Merg 1*

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    Yes to both.

    - Merg
     
  4. kizernal

    kizernal New Member

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    I have a H20-700 with Deca attached using only one input into the receiver. So even adding the 2nd line to the receiver i would not be able to record additional shows right? Would it give me the ability to at least watch something different while the 2 are recording?
     
  5. jdspencer

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    Since you have DECA, that means it's a SWM installation. The HR20 only needs one connection for dual recording.
     
  6. kizernal

    kizernal New Member

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    Currently it only records 2 shows at one time via the one coax feed. If i used the 2nd input would i see any value? Additional recording ability or ability to watch 3rd channel while 2 are recording?
     
  7. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    no.
    It's not the number of cables, but the number of tuners [2] that is the limiting factor.
     
  8. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    Correct answer.
    Incorrect explanation.

    The two recording limit is a function of the way the DVR is implemented at the lowest levels. Whether you have two tuners or four tuners, you can still only record up to two tuner streams at a time. By your explanation, the HR20 (or an HR21-4 with AM21) could record up to four channels and that's not the case.

    The other DBS company offers one recording per tuner in their HD DVRs so the distinction is important.
     
  9. jdspencer

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    The two recording limit on the HR2x/AM21 combination actually goes back to the DirecTV days with the HR10-20. When they implemented the HR10, they used base code from the SD TiVos. It was easier to change the base code so that the system only needed to use two of the four tuners. Back when the HR10 was introduced, the TiVo community was asking why only two recordings, since it had four total tuners.
     
  10. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    Suffice it to say that the HR2x series doesn't have much code in common with either the SD TiVos or the HR10-250.
     

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