DBSTalk First Look: Multi-Room Viewing Opt-in Beta

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, Jan 17, 2010.

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  1. Richierich

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    I have heard that this Beta will last approximately 3 months.
  2. Rob

    Rob Icon

    Apr 22, 2002
    I need 5 seconds more buffer for HD content. It's working fine for SD. HD has been hit or miss. 2 HR20's (1 connected LAN cable to WRT400N (N only @ 5ghz to Linksys N reciever at the other end)

    Pausing the DVR doesn't seem to stop the hiccups while in MRV.
  3. Rob Dawn

    Rob Dawn AllStar

    Jan 11, 2006
    Slightly off topic but if I upgrade a leased R15 to an HR2x, how long will I have to return the R15?
    (I plan on doing this upgrade once MRV/DECA is out of beta - assuming equipment and monthly charges are reasonable!! - and I always have stuff on the R15 to watch, so I just want to be prepared for how quickly I will have to empty it off! :D)
  4. say-what

    say-what Active Member

    Dec 14, 2006
    New Orleans
    If they want the unit back, they send a recovery box and expect to see it within a week to 10 days. Any longer is at your own risk.
  5. jcricket

    jcricket Legend

    Nov 21, 2005
    I know this was a while ago, but without collaborative scheduling, this feature is of fairly limited use to me (would be too complicated to explain to the wife).

    If I do decide to get a second TV, a second DVR will be my solution (probably sans MRV), for nothing else the ability to pause stuff. I'll probably just set up the most critical recordings twice, more as an insurance policy than anything else.

    Again, MRV sounds useful, but not worth the $3 to me. Maybe down the road if there's a true client/server solution with something like 4 tuners in the server, or the collaborative scheduling feature, etc. That I'd pay extra for.

    Of course this is all hypothetical. Right now I have one TV, and one DVR. I can see how beneficial this might be for someone with 3 or 4 TVs/DVRs, even with the manual scheduling on various DVRs.
  6. joed32

    joed32 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    Why not get an H21, 22, 23 and deactivate the H20 and send it back. I don't know what kind of deal you could get but you wouldn't have to wait until they get around to swapping you out.
  7. Chuck W

    Chuck W Icon

    Mar 26, 2002
    I agree with the whole heartedly, but I HIGHLY doubt Directv will reconsider the fee. They seem to have become the KING of extra fees these days. I usually switch the channel in disgust when I see that ridiculous commercial where Directv tries to tout their lack of extra fees compared to DISH. I'm just waiting for DISH to run a rebuttal commercial with the seemingly laundry list of extra fees Directv charges.
  8. jcricket

    jcricket Legend

    Nov 21, 2005
    The only thing I'll say, in DirecTV's "defense" is that "add-on fees" are major revenue generators for just about every business these days.

    The airlines, for example, are generating nearly all of their profit (and huge swathes of revenue) from things like baggage fees, fees for access to shorter lines, etc. There's one airline in Europe, in particular, that generates like 70% of their revenue this way.

    For at least right now, consumers seem to be willing (not like we have a lot of choice) to pay the fees, rather than pay a higher up-front "full" charge for things.

    Although it won't surprise me at all if it backfires in a macro-sense, as people find themselves "fee-d to death" and simply opt out of more and more monthly/subscription services, travel, etc. - at a certain point it's all just too much (whether charged as a fee or charged up-front).
  9. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
  10. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    So, I guess we don't need two threads on the subject. Let's keep the conversation going over there.
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