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Two HR24 setup

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by wistex, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. wistex

    wistex Mentor

    Jun 7, 2006
    I had DirecTV for 3 years, then I moved, so I thought I would give U-Verse a try because of the total home DVR. That is awesome but the HD quality is pretty miserable, especially for sports. I'm moving from my rental now and U-Verse isn't even in the new neighborhood. The new place has existing DirecTV service, but they have the Hx20 models, which is what I used to have as well. When we move in, I want two HR24s and a H24. I don't have three HDTVs yet, only 1, but I will as soon as we figure out the space requirements in each area. Will the installer have an issue with that? From reading here, it sounds like I should also request a Internet Connection Kit?

    I've been reading on directv.com and here a lot but I still have a few questions about the MRV and DECA. With two HR24s wired up, will I be able to record 4 HD shows at the same time with a single playlist? Do I ever specify which DVR is recording what or does the system just switch back and forth between two DVRs such that the "next" recording is on the DVR with the most space remaining? Thanks everyone, I'm really excited about this next generation DirecTV system.
  2. joed32

    joed32 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    DVRs can only control what they record, they can not control another DVR. They can play what is on another DVR. From a non DVR receiver you can select "record" and then choose which DVR to record to. Hope that makes sense. 2 DVRs could record 4 programs but you would have to set up 2 on one DVR and then set up 2 on the Other DVR. I just added an HD receiver to my all DVR system to make life simpler. Now I can record from a single location.
  3. wistex

    wistex Mentor

    Jun 7, 2006
    I think that makes sense. So DVR1 would have its own set of season passes and DVR2 would have a second set of season passes, with no overlap. But all recorded programs will be accessible from any HR24/H24. So it's mostly just an initial setup issue. The playlist is combined but the DVR functions are not.
  4. jodyguercio

    jodyguercio Active Member

    Aug 16, 2007
    Exactly. One dvr can be setup to record ABC/CBS shows and the other NBC (are there shows there still to watch?)/FOX shows. You can then share the playlist on both units and all programs will be viewable on all units.
  5. wistex

    wistex Mentor

    Jun 7, 2006
    Well, I can deal with that! Sounds amazing! This will give me the flexibility to record the Sunday night/Monday night football games without having to juggle DVRs and later showings of other shows.

    I like NBCs Thursday night comedies, Chuck, and "The Event" sounds promising as a new show. So I still watch more NBC than CBS where I only watch The Amazing Race!
  6. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise DBSTalk Club

    Jun 29, 2006
    Since the others didn't mention it, I recommend that you do get the internet connection kit as part of your installation. It will tie your router into the DECA network, giving you access to Media Share, TV Apps, VOD and Directv2PC.

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