Today I called and scheduled to upgrade, my reason: "I want to record and watch another channel at the same time on all my recievers" (currently I only have 2 of my recievers with double cable).
I did not ask for MRV but he insisted and gave me Whole-Home DVR upgrade:
my email shows:
YOUR EQUIPMENT SELECTION
1 Whole-Home Upgrade $199.00
1 DIRECTV® HD - Swap $0.00
Equipment Total $199.00
Installation Fee $49.00
Delivery & Handling Fee $0.00
Order Total Paid* $267.40
on the phone csr promised:
1. sidecar to new dish upgrade
3.free new DVR(refused to give model#)
1. I this the only way I can get subsidized swm installed? I mainly wanted to record while watching another.
2.Are there any disadvantages for having MRV. (don't fix it if ain't broken comes to mind)
3. Is this a good deal since I am a"loyal" customer since 90's?
4.I have my DVRs connected to the internet, some wired and some wireless. Are they going to mess all that?
I read"Please do not attempt to connect your HD DVR to the Internet yourself." here
If you have Whole-Home DVR service, you'll need to get the DIRECTV CINEMA™ Connection Kit — a professional installer will provide all the necessary equipment and connect your DIRECTV® System to your home Internet network. Please do not attempt to connect your HD DVR to the Internet yourself. To get the DIRECTV CINEMA™ Connection Kit, click here or call 1-800-531-5000
Please help if I have to cancell some things and keep others.
Okay, looking at your setup, due to the number of receivers (tuners) you have, you should get a SWiM-16. You will have 4 cables from the dish to the SWiM-16 and then off of the SWiM-16 you'll have splitters to run a single line to each of your receivers. Even with the single line, you will have use of both tuners for all your receivers.
By going the MRV route, all of your receivers will see each other so you'll be able to play back recordings from any DVR on all your other receivers. Also, with the MRV upgrade, you will get a DECA unit for every receiver that is not a H24/HR24.
If you get the Cinema Connection Kit, you will get an extra DECA and a PI that is used to bridge the coax network for all of your receivers to your home network. This would be as easy as using one of the extra non-used cable runs from when you needed two cables to a DVR and using that cable to connect the Broadband DECA. The ethernet cable that was hooked to that DVR would then connect to the Broadband DECA. With this setup, the receivers communicate over the coax, but are connected to your home network via one ethernet cable.
I would check your on-line account and see exactly what is listed on the order there. If it does not say Internet Connection Kit or Cinema Connection Kit, you might very well not get that with your order. You'll need to call back up and cancel and recreate your order or see if the CSR can get it added.
As for the cost, depending on your account history, CSR's can offer discounts on the Whole Home Upgrade. What you are paying is the full cost: $199 upgrade + $49 service visit.