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Receiver-only: is it a better option now?


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Poll: Do you think that non-DVR receivers are a viable option for you? (190 member(s) have cast votes)

Do you think that non-DVR receivers are a viable option for you?

  1. Yes ... as long as there's a DVR or two, a non-DVR is good (91 votes [47.89%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 47.89%

  2. No ... it's DVR or nothing! (99 votes [52.11%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 52.11%

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#21 OFFLINE   veryoldschool

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 12:13 AM

MRV for recording makes it hard to remember the non DVR isn't a DVR. Setting up recording/SL is there and as others have said, pausing live TV is the only thing that shocks me back into reality that I'm not using a DVR.

"Seems like" main viewing locations are a "must have" DVR, while occasional viewing locations could be none with non DVRs.
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#22 OFFLINE   timmmaaayyy2003

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 04:37 AM

With only one stream from the server, and the TP functions, multiple DVR's are still a must for me.
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Posted 16 May 2010 - 05:39 AM

Pausing live, skip back, and DLB at any TV is a must, so DVR at each TV is a must.


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#24 OFFLINE   afulkerson

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 05:47 AM

Most TV's in the house need to be able to pause live TV. I have three DVR's and one H model. I still try to rewind or pause the H model even when I know I can't do it. :grin:

#25 OFFLINE   tfederov

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 06:13 AM

More DVR. Why?

- Pause live TV
- Dual Live Buffers
- More DVRs = more capacity = more shows which can be recorded
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Posted 16 May 2010 - 06:54 AM

Agreed. That, and the six-second replay. I have an H24 in my office and every once in a while I'll miss a line and want to rewind to listen again, but can't.

+3. I'm forced to pay more attention to what I'm watching live on an H24 for that very reason. Fortunately, we mostly watch recorded material.

I will say the diminutive size of the H24 box is great for locations where you may want to "hide" the box.
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Posted 16 May 2010 - 07:01 AM

With 2 (or more) HD DVRs in play....HD receivers are quite sufficient for the remainder of Whole Home. I'd place 2 as the minimum for HD DVRs...one as a backup should something happen to the other....but otherwise...HD receivers everywhere else is now adequate.
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#28 OFFLINE   mikeny

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 07:06 AM

The receiver is just fine for playback of recordings. I don't really ever watch live TV. However the DVRs don't have an infinite amount of space or tuners so I like to have at least 2 (soon a third HD) one to manage that as necessary.

The DVR to DVR MRV function as well as the exponential storage capacity internally or externally is what separates DirecTV MRV from FiOS MRV Lite.
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Posted 16 May 2010 - 07:10 AM

The receiver is just fine for playback of recordings. I don't really ever watch live TV. However the DVRs don't have an infinite amount of space or tuners so I like to have at least 2 (soon a third HD) one to manage that as necessary.

The DVR to DVR MRV function as well as the exponential storage capacity internally or externally is what separates DirecTV MRV from FiOS MRV Lite.

You can do external storage (eSata) up to 2TB on DirecTV HD DVRs, so with 2 HD DVR units (4TB)...that's a ton of storage...if you "need" that much.
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Posted 16 May 2010 - 07:13 AM

I voted DVR or nothing, but that could change if the HMC30 meets two requirements:

1) At least 4 tuners (preferably 8)
2) HMC30 clients can do the following: live buffering, pause live TV, trick play, DoublePlay, mid-show recording w/ buffer retrieval.

If the HMC30 meets these needs, I would be more than happy to switch the HMC30 plus client(s).

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 07:22 AM

Need DVRs more recordings at once, more space for recordings

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#32 OFFLINE   TBlazer07

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 07:26 AM

The more tuners the merrier PLUS REDUNDANCY with multiple DVR's.

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 07:28 AM

I voted DVR or nothing, but that could change if the HMC30 meets two requirements:

1) At least 4 tuners (preferably 8)
2) HMC30 clients can do the following: live buffering, pause live TV, trick play, DoublePlay, mid-show recording w/ buffer retrieval.

If the HMC30 meets these needs, I would be more than happy to switch the HMC30 plus client(s).



Except if the HMC-whatever craps out your dead on every TV. With multiple DVR's or even multiple receivers @ 1 DVR at least you can watch TV.

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 07:56 AM

The DirecTV distributed client/server architecture of a mixed DVR and non-DVR environment can be a nicely designed and very flexible architecture for both homogeneous and heterogeneous households.

For those with simple setups, a single DVR with clients may be perfect.

For more tuners/redundancy/functionality(pause, DP, ...), add another DVR.

For those with different preference groups, assign one DVR per group, or more then one if backup is required.

Meanwhile, if desired, every recording can be seen by every receiver/DVR, no matter the complexity.

Overall, a perfect client/server architecture.

The only deficiency (personal opinion) is the lack of ability to specify a single or subset group of DVRs from a remote site, then it would be truly perfect and flexible for most every possibility, including the most complex. Personally, just single DVR selection is needed here, but do understand that others may have more complex desires. And then there's always the discussion of personal Playlists.

For this household, the architecture is one DVR per major viewing location and/or heterogeneous group (total of 4), and then one non-DVR for each casual viewing location (total of 3). Spread very nicely, and with some redundancy as well.

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 08:03 AM

A few months ago I tried out U-verse. Their whole home DVR is basically a single DVR and then receivers in the rest of the rooms.

Let's just say, it was disconnected in a matter of hours. Not days even - hours. No pausing/rewinding liveTV was HUGE. No DLB. And their version of MRV wasn't great.

Nope, gotta have DVR's in each room.

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 08:08 AM

Currently have 3 HD-dvr's, but I'm thinking about replacing one of them with an H24. Have not needed more than 4 tuners at a time over the past 3 years, and rarely use the pause live tv feature on the HD-dvr I will be replacing.

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 08:17 AM

I voted for DVR's. I am going to see if MRV for $3 a month is ok or if I should just get another DVR and pay the extra $2 and have 2 more tuners and another hard drive. Pausing and rewinding live is very important in this house.

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 08:35 AM

for both homogeneous and heterogeneous households.


No need to start name calling.

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

 
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Posted 16 May 2010 - 08:50 AM

More DVR. Why?

- Pause live TV
- Dual Live Buffers
- More DVRs = more capacity = more shows which can be recorded


This about says it for me, too. Thanks tfed!
Easy way to get more capacity w/o goint the external HD route.
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Posted 16 May 2010 - 08:50 AM

3 words....

pause live tv



No doubt. Couldn't watch tv without it!




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