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Remote recording via MRV

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by kenkahn, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. Jun 6, 2010 #1 of 18
    kenkahn

    kenkahn Cool Member

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    I'm now 'officially' signed up for Whole-Home DVR; also known as MRV. According to an email I just received from DirecTV and verified from directv.com/wholehome, I should be able to "Record and Delete shows from any connected TV". I have two DVRs, an HR21-200 and a HR22-100, and a H21-200, on my MRV network. I can list, view and delete shows recorded on either DVR from any of the other receivers . However, I can't figure out how to schedule a new recording from another receiver to either of the DVRs. I know I can do this from the DirecTV schedule web page but should I be able to do so directly from my receivers via MRV?
     
  2. Jun 6, 2010 #2 of 18
    Michael D'Angelo

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    You can only schedule a recording from the HD receiver. You cannot do it from an HD DVR. So it will work with you H21 but that is the only one.
     
  3. Jun 6, 2010 #3 of 18
    kenkahn

    kenkahn Cool Member

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    That's what I thought. I don't understand why the distinction though. How hard would it be to ask which DVR to record to for an MRV enabled DVR? I guess I shouldn't (can't) complain this being unsupported and all.

    Thanks...
     
  4. Jun 6, 2010 #4 of 18
    tonyd79

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    I'm not sure from your posts. You do know how to do it from the H21, right? Just record like you would from one of the DVRs locally and it will ask which DVR you want to record it on.
     
  5. Jun 6, 2010 #5 of 18
    barryb

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    I am with you on this one. It has nothing to do with being unsupported or not, it's in the software.

    Please DirecTV: give us the option to schedule a recording from any receiver, even a DVR to another DVR.
     
  6. Jun 6, 2010 #6 of 18
    bww

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    Just had MRV installed the other day along with some HR24s and the installer left the lastest "directv Tips and Tricks". on page12 it list Directv Whole-Home DVR Service and has an example of a person recording Entourage and it ask on the screen "Select the DVR you would like to record on. Then it has a box with the various locations of the DVRs in the house.

    Since this is in their "manual" it shouldn't be too far away as reality.
     
  7. Jun 6, 2010 #7 of 18
    veryoldschool

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    !rolling
    Yeah, like their manuals are so up to date. :lol:
     
  8. Jun 6, 2010 #8 of 18
    thekochs

    thekochs DirecTV 10yr+ Customer

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    Amen !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It would be nice to think that when the MPEG encoders for time slot are full/used, the DVR asks you what other DVR to schedule this recording from that has a MPEG encoder resource free. An extension to this would be to manage other DVR recording settings...unified playlist should be unified manage recoding list too.

    Wouldn't this mean that their manuals are actually ahead of the facts, not behind. :lol:
     
  9. Jun 6, 2010 #9 of 18
    xmetalx

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    I would love to see this implemented, as well as a few other small, but needed changes to the current MRV service
     
  10. NR4P

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    This may be a minority opinion but I like it the way it is.
    Here's why.

    If I'm using a DVR and I want to record something, unless the HD is full it doesn't matter where it records. With the unified playlist no matter where it records I will see it when I want to play back. I don't even worry from what room its coming from now that DECA is here. It works everywhere.

    When I use my H21 to record, I have to pick which DVR, that makes sense. But do I want that extra step on every HR DVR I start a recording on? No. Another step 100% of the time will be a nuisance. Unless there is a menu setting to disable it, please avoid this.

    Of course there are exceptions such as a parents DVR that isn't visible to kids etc but if I can't view it in another room, then I shouldn't be able to record to it either otherwise its way too confusing.
     
  11. Michael D'Angelo

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    The nice thing if added would be if you are using one DVR that is/will be recording two programs you could set another to record something else without having to go to that one or use remote booking.
     
  12. tonyd79

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    If it is done without extra steps for normal programming, sure. (As pointed out in the post you replied to.) Maybe if it does this only in case of conflict, or maybe it defaults to the local DVR but it is a choice in the record options you can go and change for that recording/series recording, just like starting early or ending late.
     
  13. thekochs

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    If they just did this when it sees conflicts...in other words the local DVR MPEG encoder resources are full for that time slot....this would be great. Ideally, a drop-down box pops up to select DVR to record from with the local being the default if not conflicts.

    To me, it is just crazy that you can do this from a non-DVR to DVR but not DVR to DVR. DirecTV is promoting a network and to me this would expand the total disk "array" and resources. In marketing terms for a guy like me with 3x HR23-700s....I now have 6 MPEG encoder concurrent recording resources. I know..."you could do that now"....yeah but my point is this is why I'm paying for MRV. I'd like to see MRV expanded to have more intelligence and remote scheduling and remote management. I bit the bullet and now paying for the monthly "service" so my expectation has gone up to have more than just remote playback from a combined playlist. :D
     
  14. Stuart Sweet

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    thekochs, I think that if you're patient, you'll be rewarded. All things in time.
     
  15. barryb

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    oh? :D

    This would be the single biggest new feature in my house.
     
  16. bratboy

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    I like that idea. While I'd like the option always available if it was at least an option when there's a conflict would be nice.
     
  17. David MacLeod

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    soon... ?!?!?! :)
     
  18. thekochs

    thekochs DirecTV 10yr+ Customer

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    Ahhhh.........clearly you don't know me....patient.....what is that ? :lol:
    I figure there is more coming for MRV...there are alot of creative ideas/avenues you can go down and DirecTV can even use to market over Cable and Dish and UVerse.

    How's this one......now that MP3s are "natively" supported in the new firmware release DirecTV works on video files (aside from MPEG Transport Stream) like VOB/IFO, AVI, MP4, etc. Then, a consumer can take external HDD via eSATA or USB or Ethernet port or thru some DECA connection and have this external HDD with your MP3s/PICs (JPEGs)/Videos map into your MRV and into your playlist ? Now, for those of us that have struggled with MediaShare by using a PC with WMP transoding or Tversity or transcode software on NAS (eg. MediaTomb or Twonky) you could map this simple external HDD into MRV and the DECA network and use it for more marketing and content play to drive the use of MRV monthly charge adoption. Heck, maybe have a special DECA module that plugs into the 2nd port Ethernet port of the STB or connects to a splitter and this DECA module does the decode of the MP3s/PICs (JPEGs)/Videos and serves to the MRV/DECA network.

    If you like that one....got plenty more. :)
     

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