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#1 OFFLINE   hdtvfan0001

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 07:26 PM

CES 2011 Roundup – Friday January 7, 2011

Day 2 at CES – A busy day – a lot of booths visited and gadgets seen. What’s already clear is that while 2010 was the “year of 3D”, this year….2011…seems to be the “Year of Mobile Technology and Apps”.

In addition, there were literally hundreds of network based (wired and wireless) products, services, and integration solutions displayed. CES attendee traffic was very busy, with noticeably more folks than 2010. A number of very nice DirecTV staff were onsite at multiple locations for various partner discussions.

Since we have a number of DBSTalkers on the ground, I will defer to other team-mates regarding information on several other topics, and focus on a couple which involved onsite presentations and discussions.

Upon visiting the Samsung booth today, we learned that the HMC30 name from last year’s Whole Home Server prototype device is basically gone. We were shown a nice product presentation of the replacement device version that will be likely introduced some time in 2011.

Enter in the HR34 RVU Server DVR.

[That final name may still be tweaked yet again, but the HR34 name seems to be getting close to becoming final]

HR34 looks very similar on the outside to last year’s HMC30 prototype. (See photos below) That’s where the similarity ends - the HR34 has evolved since 2010, to now support a pure RVU server/network architecture.

Rather than require a set top box at each location, connected to the HR34, this unit now can support RVU-enabled HDTV units. Samsung demonstrated this functionality with one of their HDTV’s connected as a client unit, along with another HDTV connected at the main room location (where the HR34 would be positioned. Very impressive.

Later in the day, we stopped by one of DirecTV’s key technology partners – Entropic.

This was a favorite place to visit again like it was last year, since they have been key to the successful launch of SWiM and DECA components. This partnership has also led to the popular Whole Home DVR (MRV) deployments at DirecTV.

In the evening, we had our “traditional” on-site DBSTalk dinner at Maggiano’s Italian restaurant, located at the north end of Fashion Show Mall on the Vegas strip…something we actually started there 3 years ago. This gathering is always a lot of fun, and this year didn’t disappoint – great food, some laughs, and great discussions about CES, DBSTalk, and each other.

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#2 OFFLINE   dennisj00

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 10:59 PM

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 01:10 AM

That DVR looks a bit taller than the ones I have. :)

(thanks for the pics and update... HR34 is looking like a winner)
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Posted 08 January 2011 - 05:53 AM

Did you notice the SWiM channel count from the picture of the back of the DVR? :)

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 07:25 AM

Interesting the whole infrastructure was shown connected via coax - including the Internet router.

Did you get a chance to see if the Samsung client TV was connected via coax (MOCA) or was it using a DECA dongle?

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 08:51 AM

Did you notice the SWiM channel count from the picture of the back of the DVR? :)


Which appears to be the same as what was previously discussed for the HMC30 shown last year.

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 09:46 AM

If possible, can you please post some pictures of the PIP screens, and find out what button(s) you press to activate the PIP screens? Can you also get another picture of the back of the unit? I'm curious, does it have 4 coax outputs to feed the other TV's?

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 10:10 AM

I would think that it operates through the SWM/Deca cloud and/or ethernet network.
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#9 OFFLINE   hdtvfan0001

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 10:15 AM

Did you notice the SWiM channel count from the picture of the back of the DVR? :)

Uh....yes....we noticed.

Good observation.
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Posted 08 January 2011 - 10:21 AM

If possible, can you please post some pictures of the PIP screens, and find out what button(s) you press to activate the PIP screens? Can you also get another picture of the back of the unit? I'm curious, does it have 4 coax outputs to feed the other TV's?

Thanks

We have over 200 photos...and will share more after we return...

As for the button on the remote...its one that users use today...more on that *soon* as well. ;)
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Posted 08 January 2011 - 10:54 AM

Looks cool. What other TV makers are on board? Can the HR34 be put in any room or would it have to only be in the family room? Also what happens if the HR34 goes down? I wonder why the Internet Explorer icon was in that one house diagram?

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 11:05 AM

One other question (sorry) I guess there is no Toslink digital out, only coax?

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 11:12 AM

I wonder if Sony will do an RVU Playstation 3 and 4?

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 11:26 AM

I wonder why the Internet Explorer icon was in that one house diagram?


Perhaps because there's no icon for the Internet itself?

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 11:41 AM

Perhaps because there's no icon for the Internet itself?

There are certainly images better suited to representing various facets of the Internet.

I certainly wouldn't use one that is a registered trademark of Microsoft.

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 12:08 PM

who makes the HR34?

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 02:38 PM

We have over 200 photos...and will share more after we return...

As for the button on the remote...its one that users use today...more on that *soon* as well. ;)

Ok sounds good.

Although they could release a new remote just for the HR34 with PIP, swap, CH-UP, CH-Down buttons added. The other channel buttons would be used to change the channel in the PIP screen. Heres an example, and sorry for the primitive drawing. ;)

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 09:12 PM

We have over 200 photos...and will share more after we return...

As for the button on the remote...its one that users use today...more on that *soon* as well. ;)


So... basically... you don't know.

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 09:28 PM

Ah, spartanstew knows, though:

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 09:35 PM

Smiddy, you're famous!


:scratchin How's that? :lol:
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