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DIRECTV First Look: C31-700 Home Media Center RVU Client


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#351 OFFLINE   Smuuth

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 09:13 AM

Sorry if this was covered, but will the C31 work with any TV, or just with the Samsung RVU enabled units?


It works with any TV. SD TVs will need the 10 pin SD dongle.
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Posted 15 September 2012 - 09:14 AM

Sorry if this was covered, but will the C31 work with any TV, or just with the Samsung RVU enabled units?

You wouldn't need a C31 if you have a Samsung RVU enabled TV.
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#353 OFFLINE   y2k02c5

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 11:03 AM

It works with any TV. SD TVs will need the 10 pin SD dongle.


Great. Thanks

You wouldn't need a C31 if you have a Samsung RVU enabled TV.


I'm eligible for an H34 Upgrade, which I was planning to install for my basement projector, and then get an additional H25 receiver for my 2nd TV in my basement bar. So now I'm thinking, if available in my area, to request a C31 for the bar TV. Only drawback, is that I wouldn't be able to view the programming on my HR24's in my family room, just the HR34. But I assume that this will probably get changed with a future software update??

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 11:23 AM

I'm eligible for an H34 Upgrade, which I was planning to install for my basement projector, and then get an additional H25 receiver for my 2nd TV in my basement bar. So now I'm thinking, if available in my area, to request a C31 for the bar TV. Only drawback, is that I wouldn't be able to view the programming on my HR24's in my family room, just the HR34. But I assume that this will probably get changed with a future software update??

Updates will be coming and MRV works.
I've had both the H25 & C31 and the only real difference is whether you want a live buffer "while watching" a show.
If you hit record from the H25 and then start watching it, there isn't much of a difference between the two.
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Posted 15 September 2012 - 12:32 PM

Other then performance. The H25 is a speed demon.
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Posted 15 September 2012 - 03:50 PM

I really wish they would have included an IR input and IR receiver you could tape to the side of your TV or something. I mean even the cable companies include that with their little free DTA boxes.

Sure having RF built in helps for a lot of people that want to hide the box, but RF doesn't help those of us with programmable remotes. I use Harmony remotes in most rooms, so that means I'll have to keep the C31 boxes exposed somehow instead of being able to hide them behind the TVs, in another room, etc. If DirecTV would have included aan IR input I could have hidden the boxes and just had the little IR sensor taped to the TV.


As a person who does universal remotes and home automation for a living, your post makes no sense. If I had enough devices to warrant a universal remote, I can't stick it all behind a TV. The D* remote does a TV, AVR, bluray, and D* box. I can't even put all those devices behind a TV.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 09:01 PM

One question I dont see covered. Media Share, does it handle it or will this be going away?

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 09:29 PM

I think Media Share works, but I haven't tested it.
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Posted 15 September 2012 - 09:31 PM

As a person who does universal remotes and home automation for a living, your post makes no sense. If I had enough devices to warrant a universal remote, I can't stick it all behind a TV. The D* remote does a TV, AVR, bluray, and D* box. I can't even put all those devices behind a TV.


For a home I agree. There are commercial installs where ir is preferable but rear mounting is as well.
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 12:23 AM

For a home I agree. There are commercial installs where ir is preferable but rear mounting is as well.


And are these C31s even available for commercial? I would think the HR34 is not the best fit for a commercial install.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 05:07 AM

One question I dont see covered. Media Share, does it handle it or will this be going away?


Of course many would consider Media Share as having never really arrived. :rolleyes:

But back to topic .... :)

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 06:19 AM

One question I don't see covered. Media Share, does it handle it or will this be going away?

Hey old timer...glad to see you back! ;)

Media Share is being "re-tooled" and is supposed to come back in some kind of new form. Not much information yet on what that will be. Odds are if it can be viewed on the HR34, it can be viewed on the C31.
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 08:32 AM

As a person who does universal remotes and home automation for a living, your post makes no sense. If I had enough devices to warrant a universal remote, I can't stick it all behind a TV. The D* remote does a TV, AVR, bluray, and D* box. I can't even put all those devices behind a TV.


With a Harmony 900, you can hide everything.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 12:23 PM

Just ordered mine for $99 + $50 Professional install fee. Being installed tomorrow! Im in Jacksonville, Fl

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 12:25 PM

Just ordered mine for $99 + $50 Professional install fee. Being installed tomorrow! Im in Jacksonville, Fl


Um, what did you order?

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 01:01 PM

With a Harmony 900, you can hide everything.


Yeah, but I can't stuff it all behind a wall mounted TV. And third party RF remotes still use IR blasters.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 02:05 PM

Um, what did you order?

Presumably the c31. I Knew the device was being tested but not that it was available yet. Called customer service because I was having a signal problem. Upon mention that it was my 34 giving me trouble i was transferred to their "hr34 team". Ran a diagnostic, problem i called about cleared up and while he was moting the results I in passing asked about the availability of the RVU client. He placed me on hold for a bit and came back telling me it was available and been so for a week. When I check the order status in my account online it says Home Media Center Client... What do you think it is?? I diddnt think to ask the model number on the call...

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 04:12 PM

Sounds like a C31, unless they're sending you a nice Samsung RVU HDTV for $99 + install fee ;) I thought C31's were $49?
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 04:19 PM

And are these C31s even available for commercial? I would think the HR34 is not the best fit for a commercial install.


They're not even available for residential yet in most cases.
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 04:22 PM

That must mean that Jacksonville is in one of the pilot markets

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 06:18 PM

Sounds like a C31, unless they're sending you a nice Samsung RVU HDTV for $99 + install fee ;) I thought C31's were $49?


Was $49 assumed or an official price?

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 02:12 AM

Assumed from what I remember reading on this thread.
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 06:17 AM

I'm also in Jacksonville and was able to order one on the 10th. It's listed in the order as "Home Media Center Client". I was told it would be delivered by the 13th or 14th but I haven't seen it yet so now I'm wondering if it is really available. I hope it shows up today.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 08:10 AM

Post back when you receive it. I don't think I've seen a post yet from anyone outside the test team who has received an H31 yet.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 08:16 AM

Post back when you receive it. I don't think I've seen a post yet from anyone outside the test team who has received an C31 yet.


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