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


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#61 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 09:57 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?


I'm not sure if ITV code like game lounge runs on HR34 or C31. The C31 does have some ability to show its own menus and screens.
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Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:05 AM

I'm not sure if ITV code like game lounge runs on HR34 or C31. The C31 does have some ability to show its own menus and screens.


Interesting. My first test would be a heavy stress test. Take the max number of clients connected all running interactive apps (pandora, games, etc) along with the HR34 server. Then see if there's any performance penalty.

I know the Hx2x line comes to a crawl if you run tv apps on a score guide channel and don't exit properly. It fixes when you return back to a score guide channel, hit the red button and once it's up hit exit.

If ITV apps do run locally, I wonder what universal language they are written in so they run across all RVU clients (like Samsung TV's). I would guess JAVA, as that is part of the OCAP/Tru2Way cable specification so it could be adaptable to DBS middleware as well.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:06 AM

Very nice (both the C31 and the First Look)!

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 11:06 AM

Great job on the First Look, Stuart. These are nice little boxes and very convenient. :)


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I did without a computer yesterday, and I was very surprised to see the First Look up already.

Great job to those involved! :)

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 11:10 AM

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?


DirecTV recently switched over to new pricing.

The HMC has a $20 Advanced Receiver Fee connected to it. This includes HD Access ($10), DVR fee ($8), and WHDVR ($3)... which means it's $1 cheaper than what you'd get if you got the items separately.

To those on older plans with these items billed separately, it's my understanding that WHDVR is required.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 11:22 AM

I've noticed that multiple people have brought up the customizable options on the C31, but a few that I don't think have been mentioned are Closed Captioning settings, and "You Might Like" results on the My DirecTV page.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 11:33 AM

This looks like a great unit cant wait to get one it would work great for my garage setup
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Posted 30 August 2012 - 11:33 AM

Any chance to get more technical info: CPU, RAM, etc ? At least a big picture when all that info could be read ?

What about running temperature ? - I see internal heat-sink of enormous design(!).
Its counterpart XiP100 is badly overheating and heat-sink is small against this one ...

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 11:43 AM

That's a nice little unit. I think I would rather just have a HR24 since I would be paying the same price per month. Plus you get 2 extra tuners and more DVR storage space. Now if it was around $2 per month and not require whole home for even more $$ it would be worth it. That's just me though.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 11:55 AM

This looks like a great unit cant wait to get one it would work great for my garage setup


I am sure it would. I have used one of mine in my office and when we are outside I can easily take the C31 outside and hook it up very quickly. It does not take a long time to boot up like the DVR's do.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 12:02 PM

Congratulations to the team on a great First Look and follow up info.

I have my own questions from the first look page 5:
-Can't take a foreground tuner from another client but can take a background tuner that is being used for double play. Ques: What happens if anything when the HR34 user swaps the double play tuners, anything?

-For live tv, you can tie up all 3 tuners with any 3 clients. leaving one client (even the HR34) with only being able to view previously recorded content. Ques: This seems to indicate that with 3 clients, the HR34 viewer cannot watch live TV? What does the HR34 viewer see when trying to tune a live channel? And can the HR34 still record 2 other channels thereby putting 5 tuners to use?

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 12:03 PM

That's a nice little unit. I think I would rather just have a HR24 since I would be paying the same price per month. Plus you get 2 extra tuners and more DVR storage space. Now if it was around $2 per month and not require whole home for even more $$ it would be worth it. That's just me though.


It all depends on use. These are great for where you want something quiet, like in a bedroom, want an extra set but don't want to have to redo your setup because your SWM slots are full etc.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 12:09 PM

Congratulations to the team on a great First Look and follow up info.

I have my own questions from the first look page 5:
-Can't take a foreground tuner from another client but can take a background tuner that is being used for double play. Ques: What happens if anything when the HR34 user swaps the double play tuners, anything?


That's a good question; I've never tried it myself.

-For live tv, you can tie up all 3 tuners with any 3 clients. leaving one client (even the HR34) with only being able to view previously recorded content. Ques: This seems to indicate that with 3 clients, the HR34 viewer cannot watch live TV?


No; unless the clients are using DoublePlay, they use one tuner each. So if none of the three is using DoublePlay, all three clients can be on, and the HR34 still has access to 2 tuners for its own use.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 12:19 PM

Looking to make my switch back to Directv, and would love to get my hands on this for the bedroom, does anyone think these might be available soon? I was thinking 1 HR34, 1 HR2?, and another HD box. Maybe I should hold off on the 3rd box for now and wait for this little box to be available.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 12:24 PM

Sounds like it would be available around October.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 12:32 PM

Congratulations to the team on a great First Look and follow up info.

I have my own questions from the first look page 5:
-Can't take a foreground tuner from another client but can take a background tuner that is being used for double play. Ques: What happens if anything when the HR34 user swaps the double play tuners, anything?

-For live tv, you can tie up all 3 tuners with any 3 clients. leaving one client (even the HR34) with only being able to view previously recorded content. Ques: This seems to indicate that with 3 clients, the HR34 viewer cannot watch live TV? What does the HR34 viewer see when trying to tune a live channel? And can the HR34 still record 2 other channels thereby putting 5 tuners to use?


1. If the HR34 has a background tuner taken for double play by another client and you try and flip back with the HR34 the HR34 acts as though you don't have double play active and asks you if you want to start double play. If you say yes, it pops up the conflict screen and let's you choose which tuner to steal from another clients background tuner, or possibly cancel a recording depending on how the other tuners are tied up at that point.

2. No, what was indicated was If all 5 tuners are taken up by other clients (two of them could/would be tied up by actively using double play on two of the clients), then there is no live tuner immediately available for the hr34. So then if you try and tune to a live channel on the hr34 in that scenario you get a conflict screen asking which background tuner you want to take, or you can go to the playlist and view something that has been recorded.

You can watch a channel being recorded from any one client at a time. But no two clients can use the same tuner at the same time regardless if that tuner is recording or not as well.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 12:33 PM

Looking to make my switch back to Directv, and would love to get my hands on this for the bedroom, does anyone think these might be available soon? I was thinking 1 HR34, 1 HR2?, and another HD box. Maybe I should hold off on the 3rd box for now and wait for this little box to be available.


I don't think I'd ever consider a non DVR unit with the c31 available.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 12:36 PM

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.


Such as by the pool*, in the kids playroom, or in front of the garage, or in it!.....?....!


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Posted 30 August 2012 - 12:36 PM

Alright, so here's my question for speculation. How long before the standard install is a HR34 with c31 clients as the normal and all free install, and then make all h2xs $50 and hr2xs $99 on new installs, basically flipping their current pricing structure for new customers. I'd like to think almost immediately after its available, but I suspect physical inventory may be the determining factor for when they can go to that model.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 12:42 PM

If you have a phone line connected to the HR34, can all connected C31's access the call logs and see caller ID popups?

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