I think the only reason is that if you have an HR34/HR44 you can control everything from the client but not from the DVRs.
So, you gotta get up and walk a few steps. Still rather have DVRs.
DirecTV likes the client idea because it saves them money. The clients must cost them $8 or so! And they get to charge the same as if they were receivers.
Yeah, I get that. For most folks I'm sure it's a good thing. If they've never tried the better way.
I personally wouldn't use a client because of what I saw yesterday. The C31 clients bring a new definition to 'SLOW'. Can't FFWD or even move up and down the menus and play list without the thing losing its mind! Pretty sad...
Were you surprised?....