Well, after your "candid" reply I did some calling around and ended up speaking at the nice folks at DirecTV Case Management. The information I based my statements on was from my supervisors but since the whole RVU/HMC system is still very new there is a lot of miss information. You were right about there being a fee. Instead of there being a receiver lease fee, there is a TV license fee which is the same cost, $6. As far as the Deca cloud thing you were talking about, you, I am afraid, are incorrect. The HMC(HR34) is connected to the internet via a WiFi or Broadband Deca to access Pandora, YouTube and the OnDemand content. Using a BBDeca at the RVU compatible TV, the HMC is able to send up to 4 of its 5 lines to different RVU devices(specific Samsung TVs for now) which would include the internet capable features on the HMC. Because the TV requires the LAN port to be used to utilize DTV through the HMC, Samsung built in WiFi so the owner would have access to the other SmartTV features on the TV like Netflix and surfing the internet. If I was wrong in any of my other statements or in what I just said, please let me know. Also, I would like to know your DirecTV credentials....Tech?(HSP or retail?) Call center rep?(and level?) ISS? R&D? Your profile didn't specify as to your knowledge/experience with DirecTV....I assume you are at least a customer.
No need to talk to anyone other then the folks here.
The HR34 can connect to the home network either via the DECA cloud and bridged to the home network via a Broadband DECA, or via the internal Ethernet port. Either works, we've tried both, and both can be connected simultaneously as long as the HR34 is only connected to the home network via one of the above. You do not want both an HR34 Ethernet connection and a Broadband DECA, unless the Broadband DECA is for a second unrelated DECA cloud.
The RVU clients can communicate with the HR34 either by being within the DECA cloud (via DECA dongle), via the home network (Ethernet and into the DECA cloud via the Broadband DECA), or via the home network (no DECA cloud and an HR34 Ethernet connected only).
The fee is at the HR34 level, and is based on the number of clients.
Once a client is registered with the HR34, and it's powered on and communicating with the HR34, it "owns" one of the HR34 tuners throughout that session, and the UI is projected from the HR34 (server) with full Trickplay capability at the client.
The RVU client can also access other internet functionality through that same connection, whether it be from within the cloud (via DECA dongle) and out through the Broadband DECA, or directly if it's entering the DECA cloud through the Broadband DECA. You do not need an Ethernet connection and WiFi at the client in order to both participate in RVU and access the internet.
Feel free to ask whatever you'd like to know, we've been doing this for a while, and Scott and the mods know this stuff cold also.
Edited by Sixto, 20 March 2012 - 09:38 PM.