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Help! I'm totally confused and need advice

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Justinphilly, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. Nov 1, 2012 #1 of 14

    Justinphilly New Member

    Nov 1, 2012
    First, I apologize if these questions have been answered in previous threads somewhere. I tried reading through, but found it overwhelming. Here's the situation I have, and I'm a total noob so bear with me.

    Currently set up with the HMC, which I believe is the H-34. Also, I have 3 h25's. I have the whole home thing set up, so I can watch/delete things from any room.

    Issue #1- I cannot pause/rewind TV. I know I can opt to record what I'm watching, and then rewind but that's too complicated for wife and mother in law. I'd like to have that option.

    Issue #2- I cannot order or select to download on demand content. Again, I know I can hop on the HMC and do it, but again too complicated for wife and mother in law.

    Issue #3- more often then not, when I am watching recorded content on one of my tv's that are using the h25's, in the middle of the recording a warning message appears "there was a problem with your recording due to an issue with start time. Please wait while we scan for viewable content" I think that's a close summary of the message. But basically, there's nothing to watch. I've been told that I could watch it from the HMC without issue but again, too complicated for the wife and mother in law.

    So, I have what I have been told are h31's coming. My order says genie mini clients are enroute. 3 of them, to replace the h25's. I've been told that these will solve my problems. But after reading several threads here, I'm not sure.

    So here are my questions.

    1- am I going to lose the ability to record the 5 (I think it's 5) recordings at one time if I accept and activate these 31's and deactivate these 25's. if so, how many will I be able to record? Or should I say, how many will wife and mother in law be able to record??

    2- am I going to be able to pause/rewind live tv on all tv's, without having to record etc?

    3- am I going to be able to initiate on demand content on all tv's?

    4- if I am going to lower the recording capabilities of the HMC for some reason with these new 31's, does keeping 1 of the 25's active and just retuning the 1 31's instead help at all?

    5- am really getting the 31 IF my current order says genie mini client?

    6- is this new reciever compatible with tv's that ARE NOT Samsung 6-7000 series tv's (I'm not sure which samsungs are rumored to be the only tv's that work with certain receivers, heck I'm not even sure which receivers I'm getting, lol). But the tv's I'm planning to use them with aren't samsungs at all, so whatever model is in the list is irellavent.

    7- I've read people having issues with being Able to delete stuff from the HMC while on the 31. Is this something that has been fixed? I currently can delete using the 25, and obviously am sharing content with all tv's. I'd like to keep this functionality with these new 31's. any advice?

    8- cost isn't an issue. Well, that sounds stupid. I got the 31's for $99 each, but they credited my dtv account the total i spent on this order (long story). Just wanted to throw that out there to answer any qestion as to why would i have spent the $$ on the 31's.

    9- is anyone else having the same problem I'm having with the error message with recordings? Is this an issue that would e solved or made worse with these new clients?

    10- I'm still sharing all content with all tv's if I use these new receivers right? I mean, if i opt to record I'm watching while in my master bedroom, it's being recorded to the HMC, right? Even with these new receivers?
  2. Nov 1, 2012 #2 of 14

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    You will be able to rewind/pause from the C31s. They do use tuners from the HR34, but only when they are in use for live TV. I believe they can initiate downloads.

    A RVU TV like the Samsung is not needed.
  3. Nov 1, 2012 #3 of 14

    trh This Space for Sale

    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
  4. Nov 1, 2012 #4 of 14

    Wyannuzzi Cool Member

    Feb 11, 2012
    Shavertown PA
    Is getting a new wife and mother in law an option. :). Sorry, couldn't resist.
  5. Nov 1, 2012 #5 of 14

    Justinphilly New Member

    Nov 1, 2012
    Most likely not. I've had her for awhile, and while she has some mileage on her, she's paid off.
  6. Nov 1, 2012 #6 of 14

    shuye AllStar

    Oct 20, 2008
    Yes, the HMC is the DVR so with your current setup with the H25's and with your future possible setup with H31's, all content is recorded and stored on the HMC
  7. Nov 1, 2012 #7 of 14

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    Done that 3 times, doesn't help anything.

  8. Nov 1, 2012 #8 of 14

    OlderNDirt Mentor

    Mar 16, 2007
    Didn't know that was possible. I been making triple payments for almost 38 years and still can't see an end in sight.
  9. Nov 1, 2012 #9 of 14

    smitbret Legend

    Mar 26, 2011
    C31 and Genie Client are the same thing.
  10. Justinphilly

    Justinphilly New Member

    Nov 1, 2012
    There's the issue right there. Making triple or any payments makes her think you have $$. I pay mine the minimum allowed by law, making her think that's all I have. Lol.
  11. Rtm

    Rtm Godfather

    Oct 18, 2011
    I have all 3 issues and they aren't offering me free boxes and I've got HR22s and H21s dinosaurs.
  12. OlderNDirt

    OlderNDirt Mentor

    Mar 16, 2007
    Oh! You're talking about money here! :lol:
  13. TomCat

    TomCat Broadcast Engineer

    Aug 31, 2002
    I'm looking into trading in mine, who is 42, for a pair of 21's. :)
  14. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    See all my red ink.. :)

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