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4k Upgrade Question

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by TDockUSC, Aug 7, 2018.

  1. bmcleod

    bmcleod Mentor

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    That’s kind of my point, they should just use C61K’s (except for wireless) and not worry about what kind of TV they’re hooked to, then if a customer buys a 4K TV they just swap ... but noooooo ... we have to check to see that you have a 4K TV and if not then force you to take wireless. So more support when the wireless doesn’t always work, and more support when a new TV comes along.

    I wasn’t suggesting they should lock to a TV, but noticed the software checks and the installer then has to make a decision. It really makes no sense, sales gives you C61Ks and installation won’t install them.
     
  2. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    it could be a simple reason - the installer [and his warehouse] running low on stock of the c61k model
     
  3. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah I'm sure they didn't make close to enough C61Ks to give them out to everyone regardless of the type of TV. Which makes sense, they cost more to make - especially when they first came out. It would be a more reasonable strategy today, but they wouldn't want to do that with a 3-4 year old design like the C61K. They'd want to use newer chips that are cheaper to make, run cooler, and probably have improvements (bugs fixed, new features supported, etc.)

    It looks like the C71KW is that new improved design, based on what is known about it from the FCC site. It supports both wired and wireless 4K, and the chipset itself supports showing 4 HD streams in one 4K frame. Of course that last doesn't guarantee that Directv would ever support that, since the client would have to grab four tuners to be able to make that happen, but at least the possibility exists.

    There's no way to know if that will be the only client in the '7' series, or if there will be HD only C71/C71W clients. A 'C71' (no wireless) doesn't need FCC approval so it would never appear on that site.
     
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  4. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    They have plenty C61K's, but have 1,376,456 "extra" lower clients.

    But if a customer asks for the UHD capable one, he should get it.
     
  5. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    if you would read the thread...
     
  6. bmcleod

    bmcleod Mentor

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    I don’t begrudge them trying to use up existing stock, unless it’s a wireless client where it’s not needed or wanted. It make sense to me to use up what they have and work toward a ‘universal client’ like you describe; HD, 4K, Wired, Wireless (but still only use wireless where it’s needed).
     
  7. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    The difference between what a customer believes should be done and what a company believes should be done.
     
  8. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Indeed. In other words, I read the thread and understood it. (And to be clear, Mr. Smith did not comprehend some of it)
     

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