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Anybody jealous of Direct tv's whole house dvr distribution ?


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#1 OFFLINE   mchouse

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 07:33 PM

I wish the would come up with something similar on Dish .

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 07:45 PM

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 09:17 PM

It's cool... but I'm not really jealous. AT&T U-Verse has that feature too, and it really was low on my list of selling points.

I'd take DirecTV long before I'd take U-Verse, of course, but the MRV wouldn't be a selling point.

I agree, though, that it is a very cool thing... especially if you need to switch to another room and want to continue watching something you already started... but honestly, this is a feature we've never had before and I work around not having that capability.

I wouldn't sneeze at if if Dish were to add... but I don't feel like we are missing out just on that.

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 09:30 PM

I wish the would come up with something similar on Dish .

I'd have to buy a bigger house and more HDTVs for it to be worth anything to me. Then I'd have to pay more in taxes on the bigger home.

I'm happy with what DISH provides.

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 10:58 PM

This is the first I've heard anything, do you happen to have a link with any details?

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 11:27 PM

I don't think jealous is the right term. Curious and Interested, definitely. Feeling left out, we'll have to see what DISH starts offering and Sling isn't it. I have had a whole house solution since 1995, but am always susceptible to new technology and loving true DLNA. Although the new DTV system is very interesting and at the moment I would switch if it were innovative.

But . . . I'm comfy for the moment.

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 11:49 PM

AT&T U-Verse has that feature too, and it really was low on my list of selling points.

The major difference is that DirecTV allows you to have multiple DVRs sharing recordings. 2 DirecTV HD DVRs effectively gives you a 4 HD tuner "super DVR" with 1TB of capacity (or 3 for 6 tuners and 1.5TB of capacity). U-verse's THDVR works really well, but you're still at the mercy of a single DVR unit with relatively small capacity, and 2 HD streams (3HD is still pending for people close to the VRAD).

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 12:29 AM

I wish the would come up with something similar on Dish .

One of the reasons I haven't upgraded to a ViP922 yet, is the missing TV Everywhere Adapter. I like the Direct TV, system for distribution. I don't see myself using it that much, I would use it, just not sure how much.

Can't see jumping over for it, as to many other missing features, that I use every single day, and football season is right around the corner, you will pry my PiP, and Swap feature from my dead hands. I have a 722 and a 722k, each has a brand new, 2TB drive attached, so each DVR can do the Job of 2 Direct DVR's.

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 12:37 AM

The major difference is that DirecTV allows you to have multiple DVRs sharing recordings. 2 DirecTV HD DVRs effectively gives you a 4 HD tuner "super DVR" with 1TB of capacity (or 3 for 6 tuners and 1.5TB of capacity). U-verse's THDVR works really well, but you're still at the mercy of a single DVR unit with relatively small capacity, and 2 HD streams (3HD is still pending for people close to the VRAD).


True... and that's just one reason why DirecTV is a MUCH better choice than U-Verse.

In fact, you kind of illustrate my point.

U-Verse has multi-room DVR... but because of their limited bandwidth and the inability to add more than the 2 (or 3) simultaneous HD tuners to the "network"... that MRV option is not as appealing at U-Verse.

With DirecTV, however... MRV is gravy on the meal that is all their other features.

Similarly... pretty much everything else about Dish is better than U-Verse... so the lack of MRV at Dish doesn't make me jealous...

Comparing Dish to DirecTV... not considering channel "counts" and subscription packages... MRV by itself isn't enough of a difference maker to me to seal a deal. I'd be more likely to make my choice of Dish vs DirecTV on the prices, upgrade offers, and channels available... then if I liked DirecTV better the MRV would be a bonus.

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 10:57 AM

I wish the would come up with something similar on Dish .


Dish offers "Sling" right now, but I'm sure that's just a start. It only makes sense for Dish (actually all providers) to move to a central server-type of setup. The set-top box wouldn't be much more than a meda player and could be, like the Netflix player, built into the TV or another device.

I'm not jealous of MRV, though. We have DVRs on each on my TVs so we record whatever we're going to watch on whichever DVR. I don't recall any case where we were disappointed that had to watch something in a specific room.

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 11:17 AM

[quote name='Stewart Vernon']True... and that's just one reason why DirecTV is a MUCH better choice than U-Verse.

In fact, you kind of illustrate my point.

U-Verse has multi-room DVR... but because of their limited bandwidth and the inability to add more than the 2 (or 3) simultaneous HD tuners to the "network"... that MRV option is not as appealing at U-Verse.

With DirecTV, however... MRV is gravy on the meal that is all their other features.

Similarly... pretty much everything else about Dish is better than U-Verse... so the lack of MRV at Dish doesn't make me jealous...

Comparing Dish to DirecTV... not considering channel "counts" and subscription packages... MRV by itself isn't enough of a difference maker to me to seal a deal. I'd be more likely to make my choice of Dish vs DirecTV on the prices, upgrade offers, and channels available... then if I liked DirecTV better the MRV would be a bonus.[/Q

Plus when you're recording an HD event with U-verse you can only watch SD.

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 11:21 AM

Nah, Dish already provides me with a "whole house DVR" it's called a ViP622. Of course my whole house has only two tv's and two people in it so what more would I need? Actually at the moment I still have a 622 & 522 so i've kinda got overkill going on, but the 522 is going back to Dish soon, no real need to pay the extra $17 for it.


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Posted 22 July 2010 - 11:22 AM

This is the first I've heard anything, do you happen to have a link with any details?


Here's a link to the 1st look, might be a bit out of date, http://www.dbstalk.c...ad.php?t=171258

Then there's the entire forum at http://www.dbstalk.c...splay.php?f=137 for Connected Home which will cover DirecTV Ethernet over Coax Adapters (DECA) which allows for the use of coax to network the receivers and Whole Home (MRV) viewing.

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 11:43 AM

Nah, Dish already provides me with a "whole house DVR" it's called a ViP622. Of course my whole house has only two tv's and two people in it so what more would I need?


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Posted 22 July 2010 - 11:52 AM

I just found something to be real jelous of. Okay if you are new to D* and signing up and just happen to live in a MPEG4 only market then you get your equipment upgraded to HD for free. According to the tool on the site you can get a HD DVR and 4 standard receivers that would have to be upgraded to HD receivers all for free. How nice would that be. 6 total tuners 1 of which is a DVR that drives the entire house and all of it for free. Cant beat that deal anywhere. Of course you would have to confirm that with D* but I dont see them being able to change it just because you have to have HD equipment.
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Posted 22 July 2010 - 11:55 AM

Nah, Dish already provides me with a "whole house DVR" it's called a ViP622. Of course my whole house has only two tv's and two people in it so what more would I need? Actually at the moment I still have a 622 & 522 so i've kinda got overkill going on, but the 522 is going back to Dish soon, no real need to pay the extra $17 for it.


625 instead, but agreed totally.


I take it that your 2nd TV's are SD sets, would your answer be the same if both your TV's were HD but you had to watch SD signals since that's what the TV2 output is?

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 12:22 PM

I'm going with the MRV, No Thanks crowd.

I positively do not want the two DVRs connected together. VIP612 & VIP622
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Posted 22 July 2010 - 12:26 PM

I just found something to be real jelous of. Okay if you are new to D* and signing up and just happen to live in a MPEG4 only market then you get your equipment upgraded to HD for free. According to the tool on the site you can get a HD DVR and 4 standard receivers that would have to be upgraded to HD receivers all for free. How nice would that be. 6 total tuners 1 of which is a DVR that drives the entire house and all of it for free. Cant beat that deal anywhere. Of course you would have to confirm that with D* but I dont see them being able to change it just because you have to have HD equipment.


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Posted 22 July 2010 - 12:38 PM

I'm a DTV guy, but I'm confused by the premise of this thread. Based on some recent Dish commercials I thought you had MRV before we did. I'm referring to the chubby guy who said, "Start watching in this room... especially handy in the mornings..." or something like that.

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 12:43 PM

I just found something to be real jelous of. Okay if you are new to D* and signing up and just happen to live in a MPEG4 only market then you get your equipment upgraded to HD for free. According to the tool on the site you can get a HD DVR and 4 standard receivers that would have to be upgraded to HD receivers all for free. How nice would that be. 6 total tuners 1 of which is a DVR that drives the entire house and all of it for free. Cant beat that deal anywhere. Of course you would have to confirm that with D* but I dont see them being able to change it just because you have to have HD equipment.

It is similar in DISH MPEG4 markets ... one can get six HD tuners for free. They come in three receiver boxes, but it is six HD tuners. One can be upgraded to DVR for free (upgrading the other two costs $100 each).

And Free HD for life continues to be available on ALL DISH packages. Not just the top level.




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