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


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#21 OFFLINE   Alebob911

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 12:14 AM

There's a video review of the C31 over at SolidSignal.com. Take a look (post 7 of the linked thread).

http://forums.solids...a-Center-Client


Good video with good information but dbstalk and Stuart's first looks have them beat when it comes to details. Just look at the pics in the video and you'll see finger prints on the top of the C31. With Stuart's first look the C31 looks nice and clean. :)

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 01:30 AM

Very NICE First Look as usual. Looking forward to getting my grubby paws on one of these!
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#23 ONLINE   HoTat2

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 01:34 AM

Finally!

I was so tired of Dish having the edge on us with their Joey.

Now no more ... :)

Great first look (as always).

Awaiting news on availability, as well as confirmation of the rumor that DIRECTV will only charge monthly for the first three active RVU clients.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 04:33 AM

Like the saying goes good things come in small packages. Nice work guys.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 05:19 AM

Looks great, though I'm still wondering if its owned/leased.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 05:35 AM

Great first look guys!

I see it can get poster art, unlike a regular H2x since it is really using the HR34 to do all the heavy lifting.

Does this mean that you can also go through VOD channels and initiate downloads from a C31?

Sounds like you can go through the To Do list and History from a C31?

So what is "individual" between the C31's and HR34? The remote control setup and Favorites list?

This is really the way to go if you get FULL functionality in every room (access to the series manager, double play, VOD, etc).

Does the iPad app detect a C31 as a separate receiver for remote control?

Are each C31's able to be named ie) "Bedroom", "Office", "Kitchen", etc...

Any word on the pricing?

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 05:37 AM

Looks great, though I'm still wondering if its owned/leased.

I'm not certain. There is a Home Media Center charge of $6.00/month for each C31. I have three, so that is $18.00/month. I suspect that they are leased once they are ready to ship them, but perhaps not since I see them as being like an AM21x, or NOMAD. We should know in the coming days.
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Posted 30 August 2012 - 05:41 AM

I'm not certain. There is a Home Media Center charge of $6.00/month for each C31. I have three, so that is $18.00/month. I suspect that they are leased once they are ready to ship them, but perhaps not since I see them as being like an AM21x, or NOMAD. We should know in the coming days.


There's no access card slot right? I thought the monthly fee was to mirror programming on the access card. So if you could buy one outright and put it on your network, wouldn't it find your HR34 and you could pair it up without DirecTV's intervention?

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My  DirecTV HD WISHLIST:  NickJR, Nicktoons, Revolt.TV, FXM, We, Oxygen, The Hub, Fuse, GSN, Sprout, GAC, Esquire, MTV2, BBC World News, Sundance, Up, Music Choice Play HD (formerly SWRV), Al Jazeera America, Military Channel, NASA

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 05:48 AM

Great job

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 05:52 AM

Nice work on the First Look by the C31 team, as well as the supplemental additional FAQ.

Those little units are quite something.
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Posted 30 August 2012 - 05:56 AM

There's no access card slot right? I thought the monthly fee was to mirror programming on the access card. So if you could buy one outright and put it on your network, wouldn't it find your HR34 and you could pair it up without DirecTV's intervention?


There is no access card slot; the charge is based on how many active clients you can have simultaneously. For instance, if you are signed up for 2 RVU clients and try to turn on a 3rd on the same network, you'll see on an on-screen message that says something like "You are not authorized for this location. Please turn off {name of 1st location} or {name of 2nd location} and try again." Or words to that effect.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 05:58 AM

A really cool feature is the ability to connect the C31 wirelessly via a WCCK.
Works great for those places where you don't have a cable drop.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 06:12 AM

I'm not certain. There is a Home Media Center charge of $6.00/month for each C31. I have three, so that is $18.00/month. I suspect that they are leased once they are ready to ship them, but perhaps not since I see them as being like an AM21x, or NOMAD. We should know in the coming days.


So I'm guessing people who have lifetime DVR on their account (I have three HRxx in my house) moving to an HMC with RVU client set up would starting incurring an additional $18.00/month charge since these are not DVRs?

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 06:20 AM

I don't know what remote will come with it, at least for now assume it is the rc65.


Speaking of remotes, it can do an RF remote without any additional hardware, support is built in.

See post My Setup for configuration info.


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Posted 30 August 2012 - 06:21 AM

And if anyone is curious about supporting 3D TV's, yes it does work with 3D channels.

See post My Setup for configuration info.


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Posted 30 August 2012 - 06:22 AM

Currently I have an HR24, H24 and my H21(owned) is inactive (Home renovations).

I currently pay:
$8 - Advanced Receiver-DVR Monthly
$3 - Whole Home DVR Service Monthly
$6 - Additional TV

That's $17 for 2 rooms.

Are you saying if I got rid of everything I have right now and did an HR34 with 2 C31's, it would only be $1 more a month, but I get 3 rooms instead of 2?

If so, that's not a bad deal.

- > Link to my setup thread< -

My  DirecTV HD WISHLIST:  NickJR, Nicktoons, Revolt.TV, FXM, We, Oxygen, The Hub, Fuse, GSN, Sprout, GAC, Esquire, MTV2, BBC World News, Sundance, Up, Music Choice Play HD (formerly SWRV), Al Jazeera America, Military Channel, NASA

My DirecTV SD WISHLIST: MTV Hits, MTV Jams, Music Choice, Youtoo TV

 

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 06:23 AM

And to answer a few other obvious questions people might have, without digging into Stuart's great document, it CAN do DoublePlay, but not PIP. It DOES support Pandora streaming (you have to activate through the Pandora website for each client) but not YouTube videos.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 06:28 AM

As always, an excellent First Look. :)

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 06:46 AM

I'm not certain. There is a Home Media Center charge of $6.00/month for each C31. I have three, so that is $18.00/month. I suspect that they are leased once they are ready to ship them, but perhaps not since I see them as being like an AM21x, or NOMAD. We should know in the coming days.

Well, if they are owned (which would be great) or if they are only considered an accessory than DirecTV would lose a lot of 2 year commitments as people add rooms with new boxes months or years later. I can't imagine them giving up that cash cow. It would virtually eliminate individual "contracts" after the initial 2 years for new customers with HMC & only clients setups.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 06:47 AM

Currently I have an HR24, H24 and my H21(owned) is inactive (Home renovations).

I currently pay:
$8 - Advanced Receiver-DVR Monthly
$3 - Whole Home DVR Service Monthly
$6 - Additional TV

That's $17 for 2 rooms.

Are you saying if I got rid of everything I have right now and did an HR34 with 2 C31's, it would only be $1 more a month, but I get 3 rooms instead of 2?

If so, that's not a bad deal.


Sorry but no from my understanding. The C31 carries the same $6/month charge as an additional receiver does, so it would be $12 for two additional rooms.

See post My Setup for configuration info.





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