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


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#41 OFFLINE   RAD

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 06:49 AM

It DOES support Pandora streaming (you have to activate through the Pandora website for each client) but not YouTube videos.


Just to be honest Pandora is there on the extras menu but it's not ready for prime time yet, it currently plays only one song and then stops.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 06:57 AM

What does/will it cost for one??
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Posted 30 August 2012 - 07:02 AM

What does/will it cost for one??


I've seen a rumor of $50 but no official pricing that I know if yet.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 07:05 AM

Just to be honest Pandora is there on the extras menu but it's not ready for prime time yet, it currently plays only one song and then stops.


How about VOD channels 1000+?

Can the iPad remote control or other ip remote control apps find C31's?

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 07:10 AM

How about VOD channels 1000+?

Can the iPad remote control or other ip remote control apps find C31's?


Yes, the C31 can access all the DirecTV on Demand channels, just like any HRXX.

As for the iPad application it doesn't see any of my C31's, only the HRXX's.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 07:20 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?


Yes

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


Yup!

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


Yes, remote setup is unique and so are guide favorites. Other preferences like resolution settings, audio settings, parental controls, ect. are set individually on the C31.

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


Yeah, you get full DVR functionality in a tiny little box.

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


Not yet. I hope it's in the works but I don't know.

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


Yes.

Any word on the pricing?


My guess is $49.95 :)

Oh, and great job on the First Look guys. Outstanding! :up:

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 07:46 AM

Great first look!

I guess pricing will be clearer over the next few days, but if all that you have is a HR34 and C31's will you no longer need the $3 per month Whole Home DVR service?

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 07:52 AM

I'm not sure of the answer to that. I think that it will probably be a month before we have public confirmation of pricing.
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Posted 30 August 2012 - 07:56 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.

Guess I could expand on this a little bit.
Normally the C31 is on the subnet that is set up on the cable through the SWM, and the C31 provides the HR34 a display interface using the RVU protocol.
The WCCK can instead provide a wireless ethernet link for the C31 to the HR34 through your wireless router and home network, and the direct connection between the C31 and WCCK is a short section of RG6.
Simply set up the WCCK as one normally would (been so long I forget how, but must not have been too hard) and connect the cable between the WCCK and C31 and that's it other than the C31 setup itself (setup procedure is in the First Look).

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 08:00 AM

Is there any noticable difference in the speed of changing channels as compared to a H24/25 or HR? (faster or slower since there is no local tuner?)

How quick is the trick play and accessing recordings from the HR34? Is is comparable to the current speeds of whole home DVR?

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 08:12 AM

Just to confirm, you have full access to Manage series links, to do list etc on the HR34 from the C31?

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 08:15 AM

Just to confirm, you have full access to Manage series links, to do list etc on the HR34 from the C31?


Yes you do.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 08:40 AM

This device is exactly what I wanted when I switched to DirecTV. We only have 3 TV's in the house and I'd love to have On-demand/trickplay from every room. I already have the HR34. Just want to see what the price would be.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 09:10 AM

1) Is there an impact of performance with 3 or 4 devices doing trick play?
2) I hope this thing is under purchase model vs lease, being there's no access card, would be nice for guest rooms.
3) What will it cost?
4) Will you still need MRV if all you have is HR34 and C31s?
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Posted 30 August 2012 - 09:14 AM

2) I hope this thing is under purchase model vs lease, being there's no access card, would be nice for guest rooms.

This would be nice for me.
I have guess about 10 weeks a year it would be nice to set it up for those weeks only.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 09:24 AM

This is the future of DIRECTV: It's all RVU, and it's smaller than you imagined. Yes, that's an iPhone on top.



It seems to be a great start, but the "future" needs to include an HMC with a heck of alot more tuners than 5 (IMO 8-10 at a minimum) otherwise it is far too limiting to be a total replacement for a setup like mine (which isn't that extravagent of a setup -- TVs in 3 bedrooms, the office and living room).
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Posted 30 August 2012 - 09:34 AM

It seems to be a great start, but the "future" needs to include an HMC with a heck of alot more tuners than 5 (IMO 8-10 at a minimum) otherwise it is far too limiting to be a total replacement for a setup like mine (which isn't that extravagent of a setup -- TVs in 3 bedrooms, the office and living room).


A lot of the folks here are not the 'normal' DIRECTV customer. I've heard that a very small percentage has more then one HD DVR so DIRECTV may feel that for the majority of them the HR34 will be just fine.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 09:40 AM

It seems to be a great start, but the "future" needs to include an HMC with a heck of alot more tuners than 5 (IMO 8-10 at a minimum) otherwise it is far too limiting to be a total replacement for a setup like mine (which isn't that extravagent of a setup -- TVs in 3 bedrooms, the office and living room).

I suspect the requirement to have more than 5 tuners does not reflect the vast majority of customers in the market....in fact, 4 rooms of support was a standard established based on market research.

Having an HR34, along with perhaps one HR24 as a unit on the WHDS/MRV network provides 7 tuners. Implementations of 8,10, or more tuners are the exception rather than the rule to overall DirecTV households. That's not to say they are important, but since they are the exception, those needs likely will not drive product strategies.
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Posted 30 August 2012 - 09:56 AM

I take it TVApps, game lounge, score guide and other interactive features are also available on the C31? The HR34 CPU is driving these features though correct? So say 3 clients are all playing game lounge... How slow does that make the HR34 CPU crawl?

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 09:56 AM

I would like to point out, just for accuracy, that the C31 First Look is a joint effort. A lot of people did the work. I did very little of the writing and didn't take the pictures this time. Everyone on the team deserves the credit.
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