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DIRECTV First Look: C31-700 Home Media Center RVU Client

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Scott Kocourek, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    That's very big.
  2. LameLefty

    LameLefty I used to be a rocket scientist

    Sep 28, 2006
    I really don't know the answer. I mean, you would think so. But it really kind of depends on how Directv's account systems are setup.
  3. Sixto

    Sixto Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    I'm guessing not.

    You'd have a limit on how many could be added (the # you're paying for) and it's not easy to swap them.
  4. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    But if you can get them from a third party at some point (purchase, assuming owned), and put 10 in various rooms, you don't think you'd be able to activate 2-3 at a time? Disconnect one, get code for another?
  5. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    First it's a max of 6 RVU clients on the account, with only 3 being able to be connected to the HR34 at one time. So any of those 6 clients could connect as long as you don't go over 3 concurrent RVU clients being powered on at a time.
  6. LameLefty

    LameLefty I used to be a rocket scientist

    Sep 28, 2006
    I don't know if you'd actually have to even "disconnect" one. Assuming you could even obtain that many, turning on a 4th client should simply prompt you that you have too many clients and tell you to turn off one of the others.

    On the other hand, the authorization process used by Directv's back-end servers may tell the HR34 simply not to allow connection of any more than three, ever. In which case, you would have to actual go through the disconnection process.

    Since none of us have more than 3 clients at this point, I don't know if we can expect a definitive answer quite yet.

    EDIT: RAD was posting his response; in light of his info, I guess that's the answer. Thanks, RAD!
  7. TBlazer07

    TBlazer07 Large Member DBSTalk Club

    Feb 5, 2009
  8. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    I thought it was initially said ages ago that there would be a maximum of 8 clients that could be tied to any hmc at one time, with only three being active. Of course, we have no way to check as of this moment....
  9. Sixto

    Sixto Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    Whether it's 6 or 8 or whatever, you'd be paying for each one, with "active" just being the number of active streams, unless I'm misunderstanding the billing aspects of this.

    And it does not appear simple to add/delete them, simple to add but may require a call to delete, thus wouldn't expect you'd want to do this on a regular basis.
  10. HarryWild

    HarryWild New Member

    Aug 31, 2012
    I am going to buy two C31s and a HR34 together. Don't want the contract of two years!
  11. Shades228

    Shades228 DaBears

    Mar 18, 2008
    You can't purchased a HMC only lease.

    It can only stream 3 different streams to clients. 8 clients can be registered to it which would be billed $6 each.
  12. dettxw

    dettxw MRVing

    Nov 21, 2007
    Choctaw, OK
    FWIW a Reset Everything on the HR34 will also delete a particular client(s), maybe something one would do to replace a C31 with an RVU TV, but that's a little severe.
    I did it just to get the proper installation sequence down.
  13. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Jerry says his is owned, and he mentioned he was considering getting rid of it. So there may be one possibility.
  14. cypherx

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    So when you attach an RVU client like the C31 to the HR34, its really in there for good until you call DirecTV and they send a signal to remove it?

    I guess it stores the mac address of the RVU client in the HR34 so say a C31 breaks or you replace it with an RVU TV... even though your # of active TV's is the same, it won't be able to add it without calling in?

    Maybe DirecTV will make it possible via your account page on directv.com just to cut back on phone traffic getting into the support line.
  15. Button Pusher

    Button Pusher Icon DBSTalk Club

    Jan 19, 2007
    Nice job on the first look!
  16. Beerstalker

    Beerstalker Hall Of Fame

    Feb 9, 2009
    Peoria, IL
    That is how I understand it to be also, according to the CSRs I have dealt with over email, and you here on this board.

    However, I will once again voice my displeasure in this decision, as I really feel that DirecTV should not be charging any monthly charges for RVU clients 4-8 since you can only use 3 at a time.
  17. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    It seems kind of Micro$oftian to pay for every device that you could possibly use even if you can only use three simultaneously. Makes the RVU client vs H2x argument a lot more difficult to reconcile since you can always use an H2x.

    Good information nonetheless.
  18. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    I disagree. It's common practice to pay for a cable box or receiver whether or not it's on. The fact that you can only use 3 clients concurrently doesn't mean you can't use 8 clients.

    What isn't know yet... is what happens when all the tuners are booked and you turn on a C31. Does it go to the playlist?
  19. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    I know,that was my point. I was only talking about how many can be registers, not streamed to it.
  20. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    But why even take you to a playlist, since you can't watch anything at all. Stewart, why haven't you got Three c31 with your Samsung tv to test this for us? :)

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