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Whole Home DVR Problem

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by Paladin369, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. Paladin369

    Paladin369 Mentor

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    Greeting, Had this installed on Thursday 6/17 on three DVR's the play list for all DVR's show up on all three, I can play show on two except for the HR20-700. When I select a show category all the shows have a RED circle with a white line in front of the shows. When I select a show, I get a message, "This program cannot be played at this time. Living Room playlist is already in use." Then when I select PLAY, the second message is, "This program can't be played because too many recordings are being watched from playlist: LIVING ROOM" The Living room DVR is not in use, nothing is recording or playing. Is there something that I need to do ti fix this or do I need to call for a technician?
    The Attachment shows the red circle in front of the show titles

    Thank you
     

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  2. The Merg

    The Merg 1*

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    A show can only be streamed from the server DVR to one client at a time, so that is generally the reason that message will appear (i.e. Streaming from DVR1 to DVR2 and then trying to view the same recording from DVR1 on DVR3).

    If you are getting this for every recording that is on the Living Room DVR while at the HR20-700, try resetting the HR20. You can also try resetting the Living Room DVR as well to see if that resolves the issue.

    - Merg
     
  3. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    I am getting this error when using my HR24 to play from a HR20-700, and no other MRV is in use. I suspect its a bug. All I could suggest right now, is to reboot the two units.
     
  4. Paladin369

    Paladin369 Mentor

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    Thank you very much for the help, the reset worked.

    have a Good Day
     
  5. SMinHD

    SMinHD Mentor

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    I have this happen as well, so far, only on one of my two HR24s. Every show has the icon and all shows display the message you described when attempting to play. I have to do this about once a week. Wouldn't think that is normal/desired. Has this been an issue throughout the MRV trials? Any way to know if this is a reported bug to D* and that it is being addressed?
     
  6. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    I don't think I've read where anyone has had this more than once. I've seen it, but a simple reset has resolved it and it hasn't come back.
    If you're having this more than once, I'd wonder about your network.
     
  7. SMinHD

    SMinHD Mentor

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    It's actually all 24 models, pure DECA with nothing but coax running to receivers from switch.
     
  8. SMinHD

    SMinHD Mentor

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    I see what's going on now. First of all, I have two HR24s and two H24s. It was my understanding that per DVR, you could only watch a single recorded program from one other receiver at the same time, but two total were allowed (different recorded programs). What I'm seeing is I can only watch one recorded program, total, from each dvr. I watch one recorded program from living room and all programs get the red icon. Did I misunderstand this?
     
  9. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    "Well then", it shouldn't be happening this much. Not quite sure what to say, since this isn't "normal", nor has it been posted by anyone else that this happens repeatedly. :shrug:
     
  10. RobertE

    RobertE DIRECTV A-Team

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    Correct. Each host DVR can only serve to one other location at a time.
     
  11. SMinHD

    SMinHD Mentor

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    Hmm..just copied this from D* website:

    How many different recorded shows can my family watch at the same time with one HD DVR?

    With DIRECTV's Whole-Home DVR service, you and your family can watch two recorded shows at the same time on separate TVs — for example, your kids can watch one show on the TV in their room and you can watch another in the living room. If you happen to have a second HD DVR, you can watch up to four recorded shows at the same time in different rooms — every HD DVR in your Whole-Home DVR setup allows you to watch two recorded shows at the same time in different rooms.
     
  12. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    As long as one of the rooms you are watching the show in, is the one with the DVR :)
     
  13. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    Hope you don't believe all the ads you see.
    What they didn't say was:
    One show viewed locally on the DVR while another can be viewed remotely.

    Also understand that if you pause a show remotely, you can't "resume" it from another remote receivers. You MUST STOP playing it [to free up the DVR] and then go to the other remote receiver and then resume play there.
     
  14. SMinHD

    SMinHD Mentor

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    Darn tricky advertisements. I'm witnessing both of your points now. Thanks so much for the clarity guys.
     
  15. RobertE

    RobertE DIRECTV A-Team

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    Agree that the wording of all that could be better. Same with the commercials. But thats marketing weasels for you.
     
  16. SMinHD

    SMinHD Mentor

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    So you mean I shouldn't believe that new iphone app can help with ED?
     
  17. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    I guess that might depend on where you keep your iphone. :eek2:
     
  18. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 DIRECTV A-Team

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^What he said^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Unfortunately....VOS' explanation is accurate, but tough to put a marketing spin or visual "coolness" behind it...so you see what you see.

    It's not quite in the same boat as the infamous (Comcast) cable ad claim "You have access to more than 2000 HD selections"...which of course, is not actually in the form of channels...but video on demand programs, many of which are repeated over and over.

    To worst is...to the uninformed consumer...alot of this is at minimum...confusing.
     
  19. judson_west

    judson_west Godfather

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    I have been able to watch a program, locally, in one room and watch the same program, remotely, in another room. The start of the remotely viewed program was at the beginning of the program. I have also watched a program locally. Stopped it. Gone to another room and began watching the same program, remotely, starting from where I just left off.
     
  20. mbamenra

    mbamenra New Member

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    I had this problem occur after I disconnected and switched the location of two receivers. The content on one of the receivers I had switched was not able to show on a 3rd receiver that I had. I reset the offending receiver but still no dice. So then I reset the 3rd receiver. That fixed it. So I would recommend resetting both the receiver that whose content won't play AND the receiver that you are using to try to view the content on the other receiver.
     

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