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DBSTalk First Look: Multi-Room Viewing Opt-in Beta


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#1 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 17 January 2010 - 10:58 AM

You've heard about it...
You've asked for it...
It's finally here!

Multi-Room Viewing is now possible on the HR2x and H2x series!

With version 0x0395, DIRECTV has started an opt-in, unsupported beta of Multi-Room Viewing!

The Cutting Edge test team is very proud to present this First Look of Multi-Room Viewing (MRV). More than any other First Look, this was a real team effort. I can't even count the number of folks who contributed.

For MRV support, please go to this thread. This is not the support thread for MRV.



Multi-Room Viewing First Look


Please note that some DBSTalk.com testers and staff members may have received free equipment from DIRECTV or its partners for the purpose of evaluation and testing.

Edited by Stuart Sweet, 17 January 2010 - 05:48 PM.

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#2 ONLINE   Doug Brott

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 05:38 PM

DIRECTV has created a web page for sharing information about Multi-Room Viewing that can be found here.

Of particular note is the reference to the "Beta Testing Phase."

Beta Testing Phase

Please note the DIRECTV Multi-Room HD DVR service is currently in its beta testing phase. During this beta phase, the service will be offered at no charge. Once the service is out of beta and has launched nationally there will be a monthly service fee for the service.

If your receivers are not currently networked please do not network them to participate in the beta testing phase. Once the service launches nationally there will be a special networking offer available to take advantage of the service.


The "special networking offer" is likely related to the the DIRECTV Ethernet over Coax Adapter (DECA). You can find more information about the DECA here.
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#3 ONLINE   Doug Brott

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 06:43 PM

A couple of things to consider:

  • The video streaming from room-to-room can be affected by your home network. Even wired networks can have problems if the router or switch cannot handle a proper continuous data rate.
  • DIRECTV will be relying on the DIRECT Ethernet over Coax Adapter (DECA) for networking. You must have a SWiM (Single-Wire Multiswitch) device to use the DECA adapter. To check if you have a SWiM installation, simply press the {DASH} key on your remote while viewing Live TV.

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#4 ONLINE   Doug Brott

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 06:46 PM

0x395 is not yet available as a national release. It will be available very soon.
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#5 OFFLINE   Scott Kocourek

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 06:52 PM

Great Job on the first look, I think people are going to love this feature.

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 06:55 PM

Very nice looking First Look. Great job.
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Posted 19 January 2010 - 06:56 PM

Very Nice Piece Of Work with The First Look At MRV!!!

Originally Posted by BubblePuppy:
This is also from the web site:

"If your receivers are not currently networked please do not network them to participate in the beta testing phase. Once the service launches nationally there will be a special networking offer available to take advantage of the service."

Almost reads as if that once it goes national you will need DirecTV equipment to have MRV.

Originally Posted by RAD:
"One rumor was that DirecTV would have an upgrade available to get folks to a DECA netrwork, replacing any hardware necessary, for a fixed price. They may be saying that so folks don't go out and spend a bunch of money pulling wire or wireless/powerline adapters or upgrading receivers when the DECA upgrade might be cheaper, and then having folks upset that they paid more then the upgrade."

Exactly what Directv doesn't want you to do knowing that DECA will be easier to install and will (suppodedly) work better in handling MRV.

Edited by Richierich, 19 January 2010 - 07:02 PM.

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 06:56 PM

Another stellar first looks. Great Job! :)

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 06:58 PM

Beautiful work!
I like it. :)

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 08:06 PM

may not be the right place to say this but this will be a monthly charge for something that uses my network?

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 08:14 PM

may not be the right place to say this but this will be a monthly charge for something that uses my network?


No,there will eventually be a fee to enable the Multi Room Viewing software between capable receivers. (after the Opt-In Beta period is over)

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 08:15 PM

BTW, nice First Look guys, as always. :)

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 08:15 PM

may not be the right place to say this but this will be a monthly charge for something that uses my network?


Yes, and your DVR uses your Electricity in your house, what a Ripoff. :lol:
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Posted 19 January 2010 - 08:18 PM

The networking solution that DIRECTV will be supporting is the DECA solution which connects the receivers using the Satellite Cabling of your receiver. You must have a SWiM for this to work.

So will it be using your network? No.
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Posted 19 January 2010 - 08:28 PM

How will they stop you from using Ethernet?

If they somehow do kill it and make you onlyuse DECA that will suck as I bet 90% of their installed base does not have SWM. I have some boxes on SWm and some on a standard switch.

Edited by Lee L, 19 January 2010 - 08:37 PM.



DirecTV, please don't make me have to go back to watching March Madness in standard Def! Oh, and the usual begging for AMC and BBC America. You are so close to actually being the HD Leader.

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 08:29 PM

exactly if I want to use ethernet why is there a fee? And as for the electricity comment, I'm not paying Directv a fee for power so that comment makes no sense.

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 08:30 PM

How will they stop you from using Ethernet?


They won't, it sounds like it won't be supported though.

Unless they turn off the ethernet ports via a software release. :lol:

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 08:39 PM

DECA uses the Ethernet ports .. They can't exactly turn them off.
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Posted 19 January 2010 - 08:42 PM

But iguess they could choose not to activate MRV if you have not bought all the DECA crap at inflated prices.


DirecTV, please don't make me have to go back to watching March Madness in standard Def! Oh, and the usual begging for AMC and BBC America. You are so close to actually being the HD Leader.

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 08:49 PM

But iguess they could choose not to activate MRV if you have not bought all the DECA crap at inflated prices.



I have always found the DirecTV to be reasonable on their networking offerings. Their wireless adapters are at least $10 cheaper than any online retailer. So I really don't think that they inflate their prices.
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