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Can I watch more than 1 show at a time

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by ryanvan, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    What he said... :)

    Basically the HR2x family lets you watch one show on the TV that is connected to the DVR plus stream one show to another HD receiver, DVR, or PC. So if the DVR is in the living room you can watch Top Shot at the same time your wife watches Survivor in the bedroom.

    The two receivers (be they DVRs or one DVR and receiver) can connect via the same coax that connects to the satellite. No extra cables are required.

    As for recording 3 tuners at once, that is not possible on the HR2x DVRs. The can only record two tuners plus download one VOD via internet at one time. The soon to be released HR34 is expected to be able to record more items at one time, rumored to be 5 items plus VOD.

    The only specific DVR you can request is the HR21Pro which you will pay to own outright. The only other way to get a specific receiver is to "purchase" it for lease from a store or online reseller. Costco used to have some great prices on receivers that you would then lease. The issue is you might not get quite as good a deal via that route. Often times DIRECTV will lease you a DVR for free as a new customer, but then you don't have control over the unit. (Though sometimes you can get credits to cover the cost of a unit you purchase yourself.)

    One more thing about the HR34, as that is a different "type" of receiver, that one you will be able to order specifically--someday. No idea on when or how new customers will be able to order that system.

    Good luck!
  2. ryanvan

    ryanvan New Member

    Oct 4, 2006
    Thanks TOM and everyone for your help!!!

    Now I have to decide if I want to lose that 3rd tuner I am currently getting with Dish. We use that 3rd tuner A LOT. Why does this have to be so hard!!!

    Thanks again for all your help!!!
  3. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    I'd suggest one of two things: get two DVRs, one for the living room and one for the bedroom or wait for the HR34 which should be officially announced in October.

    Two DVRs will have the same monthly cost as a DVR and a receiver and you have a chance of getting both for no upfront cost. Just mention that you are leaving Dish. :)

  4. lparsons21

    lparsons21 Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Mar 4, 2006
    Herrin, IL
    I'll second that suggestion, but here is what I ended up doing.

    I just came over from Dish and had a 722k which would let me record 4 events at once. When I made the switch, I got 2 HR HDDVRs and thought with MRV I could 'borrow' a tuner from the 2nd one if needed. Didn't work out for me as my son was using his tuners pretty heavily too.

    So now I have 2 HDDVRs at my main location which are giving me 4 tuners for my sole use. And this is a bit more flexible than the 722k from Dish because it is 4 SAT tuners.

    With 3 HRs, my lease cost is $12/month. When I had Dish I had a 722k and a 612, which made my lease cost with them $10/month. IMO, that's close enough.
  5. billsharpe

    billsharpe Hall Of Fame

    Jan 25, 2007
    I went the 2 HD DVR's route last year when DirecTV offered a second DVR free but wanted $150 to wire the whole home setup.

    The only downside to this setup is that I can't watch a recorded program from one DVR on the other DVR. That's a restriction I can easily live with. However, I can record four shows at once, although I haven't ever done so.
  6. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    :confused: I do this daily. :confused:
  7. litzdog911

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2004
    Mill Creek, WA
    So you didn't spring for the $150 WHDVR setup? With WHDVR service you should indeed be able to watch recordings across both DVRs.
  8. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    Thanks, as since the thread is about MRV, that wasn't my first thought.
  9. Beerstalker

    Beerstalker Hall Of Fame

    Feb 9, 2009
    Peoria, IL
    Just to spell it out a bit more for you if you are still confused.

    Say you have a HD receiver in the bedroom and a HD-DVR in the living room that you record Top Shot and Survivor on. If both of these shows are on at the same time you will not be able to watch live TV in the living room unless you watch one of those shows. However, you will still be able to watch live TV in your bedroom on the HD receiver. While both of those shows are recording you could watch a recording in the living room. You could also watch a recording in the bedroom at the same time.

    What you can't do is watch a recording off the living room DVR in the bedroom, and a different recording in the kitchen (if you had a Hd receiver there) at the same time .

    You also can't record more than 2 items at the same time unless you have more than one HD-DVR. If you are worried about needing to record more than 2 shows at once, or being able to watch live TV in the living room while recording 2 things then I would suggest you just get two HD-DVRs and put one in the living room and one in the bedroom. Then you could record up to 4 things at the same time, or record two things while watching live TV in both rooms.
  10. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    Well if you can wait, the HR34 has five tuners and lots of us here are watering at the mouth waiting for it. Other than soon™, no one that knows is saying when it will available to us customers.

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