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#41 OFFLINE   joshjr

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 10:35 AM

I have 5 HD DVR's and 1 HR34.  Somehow yesterday when I called to cancel the HD Xtra Pack, Whole Home was added.  I did not want it and do not intend on using it either.  The HR34 is for my TV and my tv only.  I need the 5 tuners and do not need anyone else in the house deciding they want to watch something from that box.  I need the tuners available to me at all times.  It blows me away that people thing Whole Home is that great.  Not sure I will ever use it.  With all the DVR's I have, if I want to see it, I'll just record it in what ever room I want to see it in.


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#42 OFFLINE   Laxguy

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 10:41 AM

Diff. folks, diff. strokes.... I love Whole House service, and I am glad we have such good choices. 


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Posted 29 July 2013 - 12:26 PM

I have 5 HD DVR's and 1 HR34. Somehow yesterday when I called to cancel the HD Xtra Pack, Whole Home was added. I did not want it and do not intend on using it either. The HR34 is for my TV and my tv only. I need the 5 tuners and do not need anyone else in the house deciding they want to watch something from that box. I need the tuners available to me at all times. It blows me away that people thing Whole Home is that great. Not sure I will ever use it. With all the DVR's I have, if I want to see it, I'll just record it in what ever room I want to see it in.


You can always watch a show you record on the unit it is recorded on. There is no exception to that rule. You can also keep anyone from being able to delete a show on your HR34 from anywheres but the HR34.

Whole Home Service makes it a lot easier to cut down on recording things on multiple units and such.

But hey, whatever you want. Maybe it will be good for the other people and the other DVRs in the house. You can turn off all sharing of just the HR34 and let all the others utilize Whole Home Service.

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 01:09 PM

Well I can tell you right now that is someone is watching a recording off my HR24, that means no one else in the house can watch anything else off that receiver at the same time. That IMO is a big Down fall.

 

 

What part is not true? If someone on my H25 is watching a recording off the Hr24,The Genie and my HR23 cannot watch anything from that HR 24 playlist.

So whats not true?

 

Your second post does not say the same thing as your first post.  When someone on your H25 is watching a recording off of your HR24, someone who is watching the TV to which the HR24 is connected can, in fact, watch something else from the HR24 playlist.  Your original post said "no one else in the house can watch anything else off that receiver at the same time."  That part is not true.  Someone else in the house can watch something from that receiver at the same time.

 

What you wrote in your second post ("If someone on my H25 is watching a recording off the Hr24,The Genie and my HR23 cannot watch anything from that HR 24 playlist.") is accurate.  It's just not consistent with your first statement.



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Posted 29 July 2013 - 01:12 PM

I have 5 HD DVR's and 1 HR34.  Somehow yesterday when I called to cancel the HD Xtra Pack, Whole Home was added.  I did not want it and do not intend on using it either. 

 

I believe that, at some point, Whole Home became a requirement on accounts with a Genie and other receivers.  The only way that you can not have Whole Home with a Genie is if the Genie is your only receiver.  The change to your account probably caused DirecTV's system to enforce this rule.



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Posted 29 July 2013 - 01:13 PM

Your second post does not say the same thing as your first post.  When someone on your H25 is watching a recording off of your HR24, someone who is watching the TV to which the HR24 is connected can, in fact, watch something else from the HR24 playlist.  Your original post said "no one else in the house can watch anything else off that receiver at the same time."  That part is not true.  Someone else in the house can watch something from that receiver at the same time.

 

What you wrote in your second post ("If someone on my H25 is watching a recording off the Hr24,The Genie and my HR23 cannot watch anything from that HR 24 playlist.") is accurate.  It's just not consistent with your first statement.

OK I should have been more clear to what I meant.  Yes if you are sitting in front of the HR24 you can still stream a remote room and watch the HR 24's content off the HR 24.


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Posted 29 July 2013 - 11:05 PM

I believe that, at some point, Whole Home became a requirement on accounts with a Genie and other receivers.  The only way that you can not have Whole Home with a Genie is if the Genie is your only receiver.  The change to your account probably caused DirecTV's system to enforce this rule.

 

Never had it before yesterday.  Today I called the Vice President of Customer Service's office and they removed it aqain.  I made sure they knew that I have a Genie but that I do not want Whole Home.  I was able to get $15 off for the next 15 months from it and then have it removed anyways.  Guess I will be happy with that.

 

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 09:11 PM

Yes, the Genie requires the WHDVR fee

 

What if you don't want WHDVR, does each client work only with its own particion of the hard drive or something?  Or is WHDRV required and isn't an option?



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Posted 21 July 2014 - 09:31 PM

What if you don't want WHDVR, does each client work only with its own particion of the hard drive or something?  Or is WHDRV required and isn't an option?

 

You MUST have WHDVR if you have clients because they won't work without it. A client is just an extension of the Genie server.



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 01:50 AM

And any more for any new customers there is no Whole Home Service fee. I think that is being forgotten all to often. Only old customers like most of us even know about the fee anyway. These days it's buried in the DVR fee. Just as they are working on eliminating the Hi Definition fee line on all new customers in a few days as well.

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 08:57 PM

What if you don't want WHDVR,

Then don't get a genie.....


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Posted 23 July 2014 - 08:39 AM

I like the PIP option

 

Then don't get a genie.....

 

I like the PIP option and the faster UI...but would prefer not to see all my kids shows in the playlist...and somewhat concerned about HDCP not allowing me to continue to record shows to my DVD-R.  So just weighing the pros and cons...



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Posted 23 July 2014 - 01:39 PM

If the kids have their own DVR, you can set it so as to not share playlists and you won't see their stuff in your playlist.  This can be done on a unit by unit basis, but can only be done, or changed, on the local unit.  In other words, you couldn't remotely change the setting on their DVR, you would have to go to that unit to make the change.



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Posted 23 July 2014 - 03:03 PM

and somewhat concerned about HDCP not allowing me to continue to record shows to my DVD-R.  So just weighing the pros and cons...

Well, HDCP has not change from that of the HR2X DVRs. So whatever you were ding before will work with the Genie.  HDCP is only enforced on HDMI, so component and composite are up for grabs.


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