So you are saying you want to be able to use an HR34 with less than 3 RVU (or MRV) clients in the home?
What I want and what I'd like are two different things.
WHAT I WANT:
My current setup is 6 HD-DVRs. I intend on "soon" getting rid of TWO of those HD-DVRs. If pricing and money allow, I intend on getting an HR34 and deactivating another DVR. That would make my setup one HR34 and three HR24s. If I could get all that for $18 (not counting DVR + WHDVR fees), that'd be great...
WHAT I'D LIKE:
I believe the Home Media Center will be the only DVRs DirecTV makes. I believe it's even been hinted as such. Therefore, I look towards the future:
It was rumored (briefly) last year (or at least I was concerned about it anyway) that DirecTV was going up on their DVR fees to a similar model as Dish Network's multiple DVR pricing... pricing that is too high for me. If that's the case, the HR34 would most likely be a cheaper alternative, but I'd want/need two HR34s and three C30s. Would one have to get an additional three C30s?
Right now, I live with two other people. If I ever had my own place (I'm not holding my breath...), I'd like an HR34 and either an HR24-100 or a C30. That's less than three clients...
I mentioned the people I know who want satellite, but can't justify the costs of lease/mirroring fees.
Let's say I had a big house. I'd like a TV in the kitchen to listen to... one in the bathroom, one in the dining room, one in each guest room, one in the room for my little giraffe. $6 for a C30 in every room that I'd rarely use would be expensive...
Essentially, I had high hopes for the HR34, and it still seems like an awesome product, and I hope/intend to get one next year, but if it's basically going to be business as usual for the subscribers, I'm disappointed.