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#1 OFFLINE   baby on way

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 09:43 PM

I was reading an article recently about Directv and in the article found they are coming out with a dvr where you can record in one room and watch the show on any tv in the house, apartment and so on? Can anyone confirm this? It also said it was coming out later this year. Would love this if it came out.

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#2 OFFLINE   spartanstew

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 09:46 PM

Yes, I can confirm it.

I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.

 
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Posted 23 February 2009 - 09:47 PM

Its called MRV (Multi Room Viewing) and is a highly anticipated feature.

Private testing is going on right now so hopefully sometime this year we will see it out in public.
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Posted 23 February 2009 - 10:08 PM

Yes, Multi Room Viewing will be out soon-however, you'll need HD receivers and/or HD DVRs that have Ethernet connectors on the back. That includes all HR2x HD DVRs but only the H21 and H23 HD receivers. The only exception is the R22 SD DVR, but that's only because it's a software limited HR21 HD DVR.

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 10:41 PM

Also, to be clear, you'll need receivers at each TV location (the ones specified by newshawk). It's not a DVR that sends shows to every TV (after reading your first post again, that seems to be the implication). It's software that enables the DVR's at each location to "talk" to each other.

I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.

 
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Posted 24 February 2009 - 12:30 AM

Also, to be clear, you'll need receivers at each TV location (the ones specified by newshawk). It's not a DVR that sends shows to every TV (after reading your first post again, that seems to be the implication). It's software that enables the DVR's at each location to "talk" to each other.


Actually, it's software that allows Ethernet-equipped HD receivers to view recordings from HD-DVRs. It does NOT (currently) allow DVRs to do anything with each other, and such a feature has never been announced, despite lots of people here talking about it as if it had been. Most of us would like to see that happen, but DirecTV has NEVER even implied that they were working on such a feature. Only HD-DVR to HD receiver has ever been officially talked about.

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 06:27 AM

Yes, Multi Room Viewing will be out soon-however, you'll need HD receivers and/or HD DVRs that have Ethernet connectors on the back. That includes all HR2x HD DVRs but only the H21 and H23 HD receivers. The only exception is the R22 SD DVR, but that's only because it's a software limited HR21 HD DVR.


I think he is talking about the "Whole house DVR" and it will communicate through the RG6 cabling so those without networks can use it too. I have heard no release date for this as of yet.
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Posted 24 February 2009 - 08:18 AM

Actually, it's software that allows Ethernet-equipped HD receivers to view recordings from HD-DVRs. It does NOT (currently) allow DVRs to do anything with each other, and such a feature has never been announced, despite lots of people here talking about it as if it had been. Most of us would like to see that happen, but DirecTV has NEVER even implied that they were working on such a feature. Only HD-DVR to HD receiver has ever been officially talked about.


Well, I meant to type Receiver and not DVR, but regardless, I'm pretty confident DVR to DVR MRV will be coming, officially announced or not.

I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.

 
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Posted 24 February 2009 - 08:23 AM

Also, to be clear, you'll need receivers at each TV location (the ones specified by newshawk).

The term that Chase uses is "slaves" in reference to the whole house DVR due next year.

I think the OP is talking about the WHDVR and not MRV as MRV doesn't yet support all TVs and there is much to suggest that it won't.

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 09:01 AM

Be interesting to see if they could utilize a SWM frequency type of set up >the cableing is already there

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 09:57 AM

Be interesting to see if they could utilize a SWM frequency type of set up >the cableing is already there

<Your IRD is inputed by standard means, but outputs a certain frequency that is picked up by another IRD looking for that freuquency that is not being used for input>:eek2:
Possible?


See my post above, it's in the works...
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Posted 24 February 2009 - 10:32 AM

See my post above, it's in the works...


Sure is. Directv is part of the MoCA group, and so is the company that provides the SWM technology.

Now, whether that ever comes to light in a real product or not, no one knows. And if it's in testing, no one participating can talk about it anyway.

So that leads us back to what has been publicly announced at investors' conferences and whatnot: Ethernet MRV in the near-term future, SWM stuff in the further future. Details (hopefully) to follow in the coming months. :)

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 12:32 PM

See my post above, it's in the works...


Cool, didn't know if you were talking about secondary cables:grin:
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Posted 24 February 2009 - 12:56 PM

Its called MRV (Multi Room Viewing) and is a highly anticipated feature.

Private testing is going on right now so hopefully sometime this year we will see it out in public.



Are there any testing results posted anywhere for us to see?
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Posted 24 February 2009 - 01:45 PM

Are there any testing results posted anywhere for us to see?

For the private testing? :)
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Posted 24 February 2009 - 01:56 PM

For the private testing? :)


Sure, why not leak out some bread crumbs for us !
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Posted 24 February 2009 - 02:24 PM

The term that Chase uses is "slaves" in reference to the whole house DVR due next year.

I think the OP is talking about the WHDVR and not MRV as MRV doesn't yet support all TVs and there is much to suggest that it won't.


So nice of you to just make things up .. Here's what Chase Carey had to say about in the Q3 2008 earnings call ..

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And you are going to move from that being able to up the time, boxes in the home, so if you got an HD box in one room and HD DVR in the other room, the HD box can access the HD DVR and then probably more towards the end of '09, '10 move to really a next generation box.


Not sure how that is "much to suggest that it won't."
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Posted 24 February 2009 - 02:34 PM

Sure is. Directv is part of the MoCA group, and so is the company that provides the SWM technology.

Now, whether that ever comes to light in a real product or not, no one knows. And if it's in testing, no one participating can talk about it anyway.

So that leads us back to what has been publicly announced at investors' conferences and whatnot: Ethernet MRV in the near-term future, SWM stuff in the further future. Details (hopefully) to follow in the coming months. :)


For the Ethernet MRV, what is the approximate max length for the ethernet cable?
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Posted 24 February 2009 - 02:36 PM

For the Ethernet MRV, what is the approximate max length for the ethernet cable?


Since my boxes are not using wired ethernet I really couldn't tell you. I imagine there are specs out there giving maximum usable lengths for Cat5e cable though that would give you a ballpark estimate.

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 02:39 PM

For the Ethernet MRV, what is the approximate max length for the ethernet cable?


100 meters.




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