Just so I have this straight, there are 5 different streaming options from the HR34:
1. Stream to another HR device with MRV (benefit is local tuner and local trick play for live tv and local recordings, downside is that from the HR, you can't control the recordings of the HR 34)
2. Stream to another H device (benefit is local tuner and you can control recordings of HR34, downside is no trick play for live tv using local tuner).
Correct on both.
3. Stream to an RVU device (benefit is trick play for live tv and control of recordings on HR34, downside is no local tuner (but generally a moot point since 5 tuners in HR34)
4. Stream to PC (can only view recorded programs (although that could include a "live" recording, no control of recordings on HR34)
5. Stream to Nomad
Correct on both.
From what I understand, there are a maximum of 3 streams for all 5 options above, and items 1 - 4 are on a first-come, first serve basis. I.e., if you try under any of the first 4 options to get a stream and 3 are in use, you'll get a busy signal.
Correct, though the exact type "busy signal", popup message or whatever, is unknown AFAIK.
For #5, streaming to Nomad will occur as long as 2 or fewer streams are occuring to the first 4 types of devices. Otherwise, once stream 3 is requested by one of those 4, the nomad will pause.
Also, from what I've read I think these are the limits of what could connect to the HR34:
Items 1, 2, & 4 (HR, H, and PC): I think up to a maximum of 15 other devices can connect (for a big house, but note only 3 streams available at any one time)
Yes if you include the CCK as one of the DECA nodes for DIRECTV2PC, correct
Item 3 (RVU): I think up to 8
According to news from the CEDIA Expo. 2011, yes up to eight registered RVU clients with no more than three active at any one time of course.
Item 5 (Nomad): In theory, one could try to connect up to 3 nomad, each to capture one of the 3 streams available. That could be helpful in a house where more than one person wanted to watch things on the go, is this possible or can you only connect 1 nomad?
Only one nomad unit allowed per account.
So in theory, I think there could be a maximum of 26 other devices (even though I doubt anyone would get near that limit) connected to the HR34 for streaming.
Actually 24 by this count, as only one nomad is permitted.