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Need help figuring out the MRV deal

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by swallman, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. swallman

    swallman AllStar

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    I am currently a Dish Network customer with SD equipment but am looking to upgrade to HD. Had DirecTV many years ago (before HD) and am considering switching back.

    We currently have 3 DVR's, one with 2 tuners. The 2nd tuner of the 2-tuner DVR is connected to 3 TV's, everything else goes to a single set.

    We were thinking of switching to 2 HD DUO DVR receivers (on Dish) which would give us essentially what we have today with a bit more flexibility.

    Just wondering what options would be available for a similar setup on DirecTV ? With the MRV option, do we need HD Receivers for each TV ? What if the TV isn't HD (and not planned to upgrade) ? With Dish the receiver will downscale if needed.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Codfishjoe

    Codfishjoe AllStar

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    So if my understanding is correct, you would need service on a total of 6 tvs, but 3 of the tvs show the same programming on them since they're all hooked to one tuner, right?

    To give you the information, you do need one seperate receiver for each tv you want different programming on. You are able to hook a receiver up to multiple tvs to get the same programming on each tv, but you aren't able to split the tuners of DTV DVRS between TVs. Both tuners would go to one tv.

    The MRV does require HD receivers, and what it does is allow HDDVRs to share recordings to any other HD receiver in the home, so you would need one hd receiver per tv to view recordings. The HD receivers do work with sd tvs. So a good question would be, how many tvs do you want to be able to view seperate programming on?
     
  3. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    DIRECTV doesn't offer RF modulators on any of their current HD equipment, so you'll not be sharing any receivers without external modulators.

    HD cannot be transmitted via RF modulators so, as with DISH Network, you'll need an HD receiver for each HDTV or you'll have to use both HDMI and component to share a single receiver between two HDTVs (surround sound audio becomes complicated here).

    Note that DIRECTV makes you choose between IR and RF remote control so you'll need to plan accordingly. If you choose RF, you'll have to use the quite capable DIRECTV remote (universal remotes are not an option).
     
  4. gss1537

    gss1537 Mentor

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    I don't know the technical terms to answer your question but we just switched from Dish as of 9/4 and the HD picture quality is better with DirecTv HR24's than what our VIP622 was. Not sure if the box matters but so far DirecTV picture quality is better.

    I have a HR24 connected to a SD TV and have no problems. There is a format button on remote that lets you toy with the screen output.
     
  5. mobandit

    mobandit Hall Of Fame

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    The PQ on all D* boxes is very similar. The differences are in other areas (speed, wide-band tuners, DECA, etc).
     
  6. TBoneit

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    personally from reading about severe equipment shortages on the DirecTV HD side I'd wait for now.

    Something else to think about is getting one Dual DVR. and two VIP211 or VIP211K hd receivers and paying a one time $40 fee for enabling them to use a USB drive of 50 to 750Gb to become a single tuner DVR without paying the DVR fee. You can save some money that way.
     

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