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Your HR34 preferred client

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Davenlr, Jan 8, 2012.

If you get an HR34 - What Client would you want?

  1. RVU client at $6 per month

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. H25 client at $6 per month

    18.3%
  3. DVR client at $6 per month

    26.8%
  4. No preference

    71.8%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. jzoomer

    jzoomer Legend

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    It was a tough call between H25 and DVR for me.

    RVU at this point is not really an option because of the uncertain RVU future and I don't have one of the few Samsung TV models. My goal would be power reduction so I would choose the H25 so that I would have a lower power standby mode than a DVR.

    Why was an H25 used in the poll versus other non-DVR H models?

    The RVU client fee is really lame on Directv's part.
     
  2. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Because it is the receiver currently being used on HR34 installations by DirecTv.
     
  3. NR4P

    NR4P Dad

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    Assuming I am able to get an HR34 someday, selected DVR and H25.

    RVU TV's from Samsung are expensive. And if and when I decide to replace it in the future, if I don't get another RVU TV, I may have to purchase/lease another box from Directv. And we know the deals for current customes aren't quite "deals". Will they have an upfront equipment charge $$ and require another commitment when a new client is needed?

    Also my experiences with replacing 2 HR20's, 1 HR21 and 1 HR24 since 2006 demonstrates a lack of long term reliability of the Directv products. If the HR34 HMC isn't much more reliable, than additional tuners are necessary to keep the TV's going should the HR34 fail.
     
  4. dsw2112

    dsw2112 Always Searching

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    While I can't say I've had the same reliability problems, I would share your concern that one should have additional tuners with a HR34. At the same price point ($6 mirror fee) RVU clients don't offer enough in the way of benefits, and actually have more drawbacks for this household.

    Add RVU capability to the H25, and you have a great solution for all. ;)
     
  5. Jerry_K

    Jerry_K Godfather

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    With only two rooms in the RV, HR34 and HR24 for more Series Links and more tuners. Satellite is our only option. As it is we will have to figure out how to limit Series Links. Two HR34s would be nice but I don't want the complication of the four cables from the dish. Bad enough with two wires for the old DirecTiVos. One wire is very nice.

    If I was forced into DirecTV in our former home I would have five HR34s with 2T drives and enough dishes on the roof to feed the HR34s with whatever distribution required.
     
  6. jzoomer

    jzoomer Legend

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    Can you have a RVU client without MRV?

    If you do not need MRV to use the RVU client, you could save $3 per month on the MRV fee. If you do need MRV to use RVU client, you have to go through two separate fees to use the RVU client (setup with one HR34 and a TV with an RVU client).
     
  7. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Well, unless you just wanted the menus, and no programming, I would think the MRV fee would be included, and is probably the reason starting in February, all those fees are combined into one "advanced" fee for new customers.
     
  8. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

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    Teays...
    The downside of RVU for me is that it can only play what is recorded on the HR34. So for someone like me who has 6 total DVR's, losing access to all that content just won't fly.

    For someone just starting out with DirecTV, maybe. But I can still see the limitations rearing their head sat some point.
     
  9. Alan Gordon

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    RVU clients like the Samsung TVs cost $6 a month... just like a DVR.

    ~Alan
     
  10. Alan Gordon

    Alan Gordon Chancellor

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    That could actually work well for some people.

    For instance, a family could have an HR34 in the living room/den/family room area with family and kids programming on it, and an RVU client in the kids' room(s), and then an HR2x in the parent's bedroom to record things like "Boardwalk Empire, Spartacus, "True Blood", etc.

    ~Alan
     
  11. jzoomer

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    The real problem with the RVU server concept is the 2TB limit of the hard drive in the HR34. With 6 DVRs you have up to 12TB of storage which you lose with the "media center" concept. 2TB is not enough for a real media center.
     
  12. boxster99t

    boxster99t AllStar

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    Ditto.
     
  13. alexginga

    alexginga Mentor

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    Now we're talking! Give the man all the toys that he wants! :D

    I have a C-Series 55'' Sammy I bought a year ago (for unrelated reasons) and I am secretly hoping (as it already recognizes DLNA on my LAN as valid inputs) that it will work with HR34 via RVU.

    Regardless - I am buyng a new D-Series Samsung TV - so I will test it with HR34. I wish there was an official confirmation that all D-Series (not just D6000s) would work with it. I personally prefer the D8000 series - I called Samsung - but I was not able to get any confirmation whether it is certified/will work with DirecTV RVU.
     
  14. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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  15. alexginga

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    Fully agree. Plus the fact that HR34 represents a single point of failure. It almost sounds un-American, like a Central Planning system in the land of Unbridled Profit-driven Capitalism..

    I think the breakthrough for RVU is a year ahead whe more new RVU 2.0 devices are unveiled.

    What if we replace all our HR20s and HR24s with a couple or three HR34s and the rest can be a mix of H25 and RVU?
     
  16. alexginga

    alexginga Mentor

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    If you visit Best Buy or go to http://www.samsung.com/us/topic/our-smart-tvs - you will see that Samsung is talking about D-series TVs as 2012 Smart TVs. The all have a very similar interface, apps, some of them have built-in web-browsers with Flash compatibitility.

    It looks like letter D is common to all of them. If I am not mistaken - it represents this new generation of TVs, regardless of the size, plasma/LED or numeric series..

    But it would be nice to get an official confirmation from Samsung..
     
  17. jacksonm30354

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    I currently have an H34 and 3 H25's. (As they replaced my old dish with a SWMline, that puts me at my 8 tuner limit.) Additionally, I'd like 3 C30's whenever they come out. It's rare that 3 or more shows would be recording at once, and rare all boxes would be use at once, so I think I would be safe with that setup.
     
  18. kevinwmsn

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    I voted DVR. My reasoning is that if I'm going to pay the same $6 for RVU client(either box or built in TV) and steal a tuner from the HR34. That to me would take away the point of having the 5 tuners for the HR34 which could record many shows at once and have PIP or Double Play.

    The H25 is a step up, but it wouldn't have trickplay. I have gotten quite used to have trick play being able to rewind something for a replay or quick pause for when the phone rings or restroom break.

    I'm just not ready to go all in with a hr34 and nothing but RVU clients, the single point of failure would bug me. It would be like any other equipment, it will fail at some point. However, I would still like a HR34 as my main DVR.
     
  19. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    Seems like there are two base scenarios: single HR34 in the house or multiple HR's in the house. (That said, there might be a third at some point, multiple HR34s.)

    If one has an HR2x already, RVU is not a very good choice. RVU won't play content from the HR2x. And is just as costly as having an H2x as a client.

    I have hopes that RVU will finally settle down to a cost structure whereby one can have a room that is rarely used have a TV that doesn't cost an extra $6 each month. If RVU would top out at 3 paid clients and other (mostly) inactive clients that can easily swap in and out, that would work very nicely.

    Also, how are RVU clients counted in a multiple RVU server environment?

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  20. kevinwmsn

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    Would the RVU units be leased or owned? If they can be owned for like the price of a bluray player, then they could be activated/unactivated for that seldom used room similar to owned recievers.
     

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