I'm thinking about making the switch to DirecTV. I've been researching, but have no experience with it, so I apologize if the answer to this question should be obvious. I'd be moving from a 3 tuner home dvr setup (SageTV media center hooked to cable with media extenders on other TVs in the house). Sometimes the 3 tuners get maxed, so bumping it up to 5 with the HR34 is interesting, just trying to figure out the deal with RVU. I know that the stand alone clients aren't out, but it sounds like there will be a $6 per month per box fee (yet to be 100%, confirmed, but seems to be the consensus). That would mean that there would be no cost savings, so the benefit of an RVU client would be:
1. Running ethernet instead of coax
2. Being able to pause live tv
Other than that, the functionality would be the same as a HD Receiver with whole-home DVR enabled, right? Am I missing other benefits?
I think the other benefit is there could be a larger breadth of clients than just DirecTV's devices. One example would be if TVs begin to have RVU built-in, then you can have DirecTV in any room without any client box at all. This can be nice esthetically.
Also, some devices which you think of as other things could be RVU clients too. For example, a PC, an iPad or an Xbox could be an RVU client.
This second case is the one that makes me wonder about the pricing scheme. I know people with two iPads, an Xbox and two PCs. Wouldn't they like to be able to watch DirecTV on all of them? But are they really going to pay $6/month for every device just in case they might want to watch TV on it? RVU's capabilities (up to 8 devices per HR34) and DirecTV's pricing systems seem to conflict here.