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#101 OFFLINE   veryoldschool

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 01:42 PM

Does the HR34 have a list of "authorized clients" that DTV has to update so it won't allow control from any random C31 off the street?

While I'm asking C31 questions - can they do normal trickplay operations (play/pause live TV, etc),

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#102 OFFLINE   harperhometheater

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 01:48 PM

Yes each one has to be authorized with its RID and MAC address. Yes it does trick play as well and I agree they shouldn't cost as much each month as an additional full featured receiver/DVR, especially since the c31 can't read the playlist from other HR2x DVRs thru the 34.......yet.

PS - damn VOS, beat me to it. ;)
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Posted 18 October 2012 - 01:49 PM

Just think of the C31 as a H25 that borrows a H34 tuner when needed AND has the added capability of pausing / rewinding live tv.

So it costs the same monthly as a H25.

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#104 OFFLINE   ZPrime

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 01:50 PM

Yes to both questions.


VOS, very cool. :)

We went back to cable after our contract ran out, but I've been getting offers for the HR34 and the 5 tuners is better than the 4 I have with cable right now (and had in the past with whole-home DTV). This is enticing. :D

We already run into limits with the 4 occasionally - why do all of the good shows air on the same nights? :whatdidid

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 03:02 PM

Just think of the C31 as a H25 that borrows a HR34 tuner when needed AND has the added capability of pausing / rewinding live tv.

So it costs the same monthly as a H25.

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and no, you can't get it that way - apples and oranges: full featured HD receiver (say your HR34 is down) and the 'puppet(s)' in hands of dead genie :D
no comparison is valid !

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 03:08 PM

Yes each one has to be authorized with its RID and MAC address. Yes it does trick play as well and I agree they shouldn't cost as much each month as an additional full featured receiver/DVR, especially since the c31 can't read the playlist from other HR2x DVRs thru the 34.......yet.

PS - damn VOS, beat me to it. ;)


I don't have any HR2x left so that's not a big concern to me (see my other post). :) I agree that lack of "multi-room" from the HR34 is pants though. If I needed more than 5 tuners of recording I would want to do something like a HR34+HR24+C31...

It's kind of silly that the C31 can't just direct-access the HR2x boxes, except if it has no actual viewing logic at all and is simply "remote displaying" the HR34.

I wonder if the problem with RVU from HR2x to HR34 is related to DeCA bandwith. There is only so much available on the cable, how much bandwidth does a stream take? Are the C31s accessing the HR34 via DeCA, or is it some other method?

The little dongle to give you component output from a C31 - do installers usually have these? One of my TVs has no HDMI (actually, it has DVI, but it's already in use by a Roku2 so I'd need component for that C31)...

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 03:58 PM

I don't have any HR2x left so that's not a big concern to me (see my other post). :)


I was referring to the monthly cost and feature comparison of the c31 vs an H/HR2x, not you specifically. Sorry for the confusion, I completely agree with all you're saying :)
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Posted 20 October 2012 - 02:54 PM

Are the C31s accessing the HR34 via DeCA, or is it some other method?


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Posted 23 October 2012 - 07:43 PM

I just received my C31 today from Solid Signal. No problems hooking up. Just called DIRECTV and they walked me thru the activation process - painless! The C31 works as well as the the H24 it replaced. I tried to get one from DIRECTV and they quoted $178! Solid signal was $99 plus $5 for shipping.




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