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MRV from HD recording to SD box?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by El Gabito, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. El Gabito

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    Is this possible?

    Asking for a friend looking to switch who has 1 HD in the living room and 2 SD elsewhere. Can they watch something recorded on say an HR34 in HD on one of the standard SD receivers and/or an SD DVR?

    Searched around and couldn't find an answer.
     
  2. JohnTSmith

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    Maybe someone who "100% knows the answer" will say otherwise, but just looking at the technology involved (HDDVR=MPEG4 SDDVR=MPEG2) and the fact that an SDDVR may not receive or recorde an HD signal... I doubt that what your friend wants to do is possible
     
  3. wahooq

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    only hd rcvrs can participate in whole home
     
  4. dishrich

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    As already mentioned, MRV ONLY works between HD receivers.
    BUT, you said "looking to switch" - which I take to mean he's going to be a new customer, correct?
    If this is the case, ALL new customers can get 1 FREE HD DVR (NOT necessarily the HR34) & up to 3 FREE HD receivers as well...so it's a moot point.
    And yes, HD receivers WILL work on SDTV's; although if the TV does NOT have an A/V input, they would need an cheap A/V modulator, since no HD receivers have RF outputs.
     
  5. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    "Besides that", the SD receivers don't have a network port, so they can't do anything with MRV, "even if" it was a MPEG-2 program.
     
  6. dpeters11

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    If one of the SD boxes happens to be an R22, it can participate in Whole Home. However the account must have one HD DVR and one HD receiver/DVR, the R22 would be a third box.
     
  7. El Gabito

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    Ah very interesting. Yes, new customer and didn't realize you could do SD on a hd box.

    So it will automatically scale down HD content?
     
  8. dishrich

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    Yes, just put the box on 480I or P output & it will work just fine to your SDTV.

    BUT, unlike ANY other HD boxes, while it can simultaniously put out an HD AND SD picture - it will NOT allow ANY on-screen displays to show simultaniously.
    If you are watching HD output to your TV via the HDMI or component output, & are sending a (downconverted) SD output via the composite &/or S-video connection, AND then you have any OSD come up, while they WILL come up on the HD outputs, on the SD outputs you get a nasty "can't display OSD; switch box to SD mode" message.

    This can be a problem when, say, you want to send an HD signal out to your HDTV, while sending a (downconverted) SD signal to a DVD recorder. Or doing an SD backfeed to a secondary TV. You'll find PLENTY of posts here about this very issue, & workarounds. Again, shouldn't be an issue for your purposes...
     
  9. bobnielsen

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    With a HD receiver you can also downscale HD programming to 480i and it will look better on a SD TV than the equivalent SD channel.
     

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