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DVR died... thinking of doing some upgrades...

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by CHaynes112, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. CHaynes112

    CHaynes112 AllStar

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    Greetings,

    Ok, the HR-21 is my son's room died. I was thinking this would be a good time to consider an upgrade (equipment in signature). I was told I could get the HR-21 replaced at no charge. I was also available to get a free upgrade from one of the D12-500s to a HD receiver. I could then upgrade another D12 to an HD receiver for $99. So basically, I would have 2 x HD DVRs and 2 x HD receivers... I don't really care about the 5th receiver (another D12) as it's connected to an old CRT TV (SD) in a guest bedroom. While the above setup would get all my main rooms on HD, it doesn't really seem like they are giving me any "deals". When I asked about the Genie... I was told it would be $299 (which included a client for one room) and if I wanted to upgrade the other two rooms, it would be $99 each... so $497 :lol: Any comments?

    Also, I currently have the non-supported Ethernet Whole Home DVR service. It currently connects my two DVRs and allows them to share content, but NOT tuners. I have heard rumors that a future software upgrade would allow one DVR to steal a tuner if needed (like a HD non-DVR can). is this true? Also, if I do the above upgrade... will both new HD receivers be able to connect to my Whole Home DVR system via Ethernet? Can EACH hd receiver access EACH current hd-dvr?

    -Thanks
     
  2. Xsabresx

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    Obviously we all have a different definition of "deal". They are offering you a free upgrade on one of your receivers and you dont see that as a deal?
     
  3. goinsleeper

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    As long as you do not receive an H25(no ethernet port), yes.
     
  4. dpeters11

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    An HD non receiver doesn't really steal a tuner, it can just set something to record. A C31 can essentially steal a tuner from an Hr34 when watching live TV.
     
  5. damondlt

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    Yep. C31 use the HR34's tuners atleast 1 all the time.
    H25's don't. Only if you set a recording will it tie up one of the Hr34's tuners.
     
  6. damondlt

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    Bottom line if your not under contract I would demand a better deal, Or start weighing your options.

    I would pay $99 for the HR34 and still want the H25 for free, and they can keep the C31.

    Thats a fair deal for a 24 month commitment IMO.
     
  7. jdspencer

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    I assume that if the C31 is tuned off that it doesn't use a tuner on the HR34.
     
  8. damondlt

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    Correct or if its just streaming a recording.
     
  9. dpeters11

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    C31 only uses a tuner when turned on and on live TV (or in the buffer). If it's being used to watch something recorded, or recording, it doesn't.
     
  10. damondlt

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    If your recording it uses a Tuner off the HR34. What else would it be using to gather content to record to the harddrive?

    If C31 has a recording set, then a tuner is being used.
     
  11. damondlt

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    If your recording it uses a Tuner off the HR34. What else would it be using to gather content to record to the harddrive?

    If that was the case you would be able to record 100 things at once.
     
  12. goinsleeper

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    I think dpeters was just saying it does not steal a tuner to watch what is being recorded. The tuner is in use by the HR34 already and watching what is being recorded does not take yet another tuner.
     
  13. damondlt

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    Understand that, But you set a recording, there goes a tuner, you have 4 left

    If I set 5 recording at the same time off a C31, your only watching those 5 shows throughout your system, cause you have all 5 tuner tied up.
     
  14. CHaynes112

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    If one or both of the HD non-DVRs are H25s... then what would be needed to get WHDVR working with all 4 boxes?
     
  15. damondlt

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  16. goinsleeper

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    The D* supported whole home dvr.
     
  17. dpeters11

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    I don't count setting a recording off as stealing a tuner. Turning a C31 on to live TV, that is stealing a tuner.
     
  18. damondlt

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    You will when you go to sit down and your child decided to set 5 recordings and you can't watch live tv.;)
     
  19. Laxguy

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    Standard whole house service. The internet will be spread to the other receivers through the coax cable that also carries the program signals.
    It's a fine system; I have been very happy with mine, which includes an H25 and two HRs for a total of eight tuners.
     
  20. dudester

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    Did the 21 die or did you just lose the picture. My hdmi just went out after the new software update and I had to switch back to component cables.
     

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