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DVR Setup

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by mabrandt, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. mabrandt

    mabrandt Cool Member

    May 1, 2006
    My father is moving into a retirement home that has Direct TV installed in the apartments. The home pays for the service. They are not individual subscribers. I want to install a DVR for him in his apartment. I was told by the home's director that I can just go to Best Buy and purchase the DVR receiver and hook it up. I am not quite sure how that works. Don't you need 2 inputs to be able to watch one while recording another? Is there a way to split this signal? Not sure exactly what I'll need or if it can even be done.

  2. mcbeevee

    mcbeevee 97% Complete

    Sep 18, 2006
    I'm fairly sure Best Buy quit stocking Directv equipment a few years ago. You would need to order the DVR through an online retailer like Solid Signal. If the Directv system at the apartment is setup for SWM, you only need 1 input wire to the DVR, but it still has 2 tuners.

  3. mabrandt

    mabrandt Cool Member

    May 1, 2006
    Is there an easy way to tell this? The folks that work there don't seem to have any idea what they have.
  4. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    You can't just "go and get" a DirecTV DVR. It is an item that is added to an account as an additional receiver, plus it adds a DVR fee. Further, you would need to know if the system is SD or HD, legacy or SWM (or a variation for an MDU system which is what you are dealing with).

    There is a system operator that manages that system. You need to talk to them to determine what needs to be done, and what costs might be applicable. Someone at that retirement home will know - try the facility maintenance supervisor.
  5. jimmie57

    jimmie57 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 26, 2010
    Texas City, TX
    If one of the current tennants will let you check their DVR you can simply press the dash button on the remote and see if it says SWM detected on the TV screen.
    If it does, the DVR would only need 1 coax connection.
    This assumes of course that they have HD service.
  6. mabrandt

    mabrandt Cool Member

    May 1, 2006
    This is a brand new place. From what the marketing director has told me, my Dad is the first ever to ask for a DVR. I am trying now to find out if the residents have individual receivers or if they are on those mini cable systems that work off of DTV. The mini/private cable systems have no receivers in the room. If they have Bulk DTV, which is different than the mini cable system, I read that they get a basic package and basic receiver with the room, and contact DTV for any extras, such as HBO and DVR's. That would be fine if that's the case. I just don't quite understand why they can't tell me. This is assisted living, not a nursing home. My Dad is used to U-verse that can let him record 4 shows all at the same time. He doesn't use all that capacity, but he dearly loves skipping the ads. I am assuming it is HD. When we toured, I saw all HD sets, but that doesn't really mean it is. I did not notice receivers, but I wasn't looking real hard either.

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