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HMC30 details from CES

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Citivas, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. Jan 8, 2011 #21 of 601
    Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever

    Nov 15, 2005
    Then I know who it was... and he is an outstanding guy...
    If he was talking to you, then what ever he said you can take to the bank.
  2. Jan 8, 2011 #22 of 601

    Citivas Godfather

    Oct 25, 2006
    I don't see why. He was handed off to me by a senior DirecTV exec I had started talking with who had already started answering the same questions and the Entropic rep was providing similar detail. It would be really surprising if I was told anything truly confidential -- there was no hint of anything being whispered or off the record. Others were standing around listening. And he deferred any details on pricing, exact release date, how much bandwidth was used over DECA to stream shows (had to ask), etc. So it seemed like there was a clear line between discussable and not. Also, there were several other DBSTalk people in the area who saw me talking to him -- in fact, he introduced me to them -- so, again, it wasn't super secret. If they guy did anything wrong, I'd blame the senior exec who handed him off to me to finish the conversation...
  3. Jan 8, 2011 #23 of 601
    Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever

    Nov 15, 2005
    Not a chance... I know who it was, and if he was talking... then he was allowed to talk and tell about it.
  4. Jan 8, 2011 #24 of 601

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    Interesting that they say more than 50 season passes takes up CPU time. When I had Comcast, I think we had 60+ season passes, and the Motorola DCX3400 DVR ran just the same as if you had 0 season passes.

    No idea's on pricing or anything like that I guess? Too early to tell? Can it push an HDGUI?
  5. Jan 8, 2011 #25 of 601

    webby_s Hall Of Fame

    Jan 11, 2008
    Thanks for the awesome report Citivas It is really appriciated.

    Also if he did say something he couldn't have to Citivas and Citivas reported it, you'd be darn sure one of the Mods here would have deleted it, trust me. LOL If they haven't deleted it already. :grin: [conspiracy music playing]
  6. Jan 8, 2011 #26 of 601
    P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    Citivas, what was the word about HW wise? Is the server using BCM7038 as a core ?
  7. Jan 8, 2011 #27 of 601

    TBoneit Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    Season passes must be taking up CPU time. A season pass that doesn't keep up with guide changes would be useless.

    MY guess is that the HRXX series was underpowered from the start and that all the added features haven't helped
  8. Jan 8, 2011 #28 of 601


    Dec 11, 2006
    Long Island, NY
    Citivas great job on the info
  9. Jan 8, 2011 #29 of 601

    nollchr AllStar

    Jan 3, 2005
    Do the small boxes for the remote TVs have their own tuners also or do they just stream from the HMC30. I curious what an upgrade path would look like for someone than has a couple of DVRs now and maybe a couple of non-DVR boxes as well. Would I just replace a existing DVR with this HMC30 and use MRV to watch shows?
  10. Jan 8, 2011 #30 of 601

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    If I could do the following setup, I want one pretty bad...I'd sell my owned HR24-100 to buy it:

    HMC30 in bedroom with no more than 2 coax to use all 5 tuners.
    Keep HR24 in living room can still use it's 2 tuners on SWM and view shows from HMC30.
  11. Jan 8, 2011 #31 of 601

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    The gentleman at the Samsung both told me it only needs 1 coax for all 5 tuners.
  12. Jan 8, 2011 #32 of 601

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2006
    Isn't there a proposed law that is going to require STB/providers to implement a one-button access to CC?
  13. Jan 8, 2011 #33 of 601

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    Nice! How about other DVRs watching programs off of it?
  14. Jan 8, 2011 #34 of 601

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    Thanks for taking the time and effort to provide us with such a detailed report! :)
  15. Jan 8, 2011 #35 of 601

    Citivas Godfather

    Oct 25, 2006
    Sorry, I didn't ask. Not sure if they would have said.

    I do know he repeatedly referred to the better processing power of this box in explaining why it would get more season passes, etc.
  16. Jan 8, 2011 #36 of 601
    Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    Third time? :scratchin .. This is the same thing that was shown last year .. DIRECTV said late 2010 or early 2011 .. We're just hitting that point now. If you want to stand hard and fast that it's early 2011, I'm not sure what the cutoff date should be. If you want to say "early 2011" ends on March 31, 2011 .. then I suspect the current product will be delayed a bit from the original estimation .. Remember, the timing of the unit was hdtvfan0001, richierich and smiddy asking a guy on the show floor when he thought it would be out. There has been no formal timing announcement from DIRECTV on the HMC30 (apparently renamed to HR34).

    Let me reiterate .. This box is the SAME box that was shown last year.

    As for "software baseline" - what exactly do you even mean?
  17. Jan 8, 2011 #37 of 601

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    HR 34 it is! A fellow at the Entropic booth was surprised that I referred to it as an HR34, as, he explained, they'd just changed the name to that. It was another Entropic guy at the Samsung booth that referred to it as HR34. Looks like the HR24, but about 15% bigger.
  18. Jan 8, 2011 #38 of 601

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    And of course.....like last year....the HR34 HD DVR device seen is a prototype (subject to change prior to any kind of future production release).

    The most profound change since last year with this device was the support for any RVU-compliant HDTV - no sat top box required. That has huge positive implications to installation, deployment, and DirecTV costs per location.
  19. Jan 8, 2011 #39 of 601

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    I was able to play around with the HMC30/HR34 today with the Samsung rep in the Samsung booth.

    Pressing the yellow button on the D* remote, brought up this screen:
    Selecting the PIP option, brought up the PIP right where the PIG usually is:
    Of course, there's also a menu to change the location of the PIP (also via the yellow button):

    Selecting the side by side button, brought up this:

    Audio was via the slightly larger picture. Pressing the down arrow swapped the two side by side windows (and audio)
  20. Jan 8, 2011 #40 of 601

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    PiP, that's nice, one thing that Dish customers have been bragging that their STB's do and DIRECTV's. Finally catching up and besting them with 5 DBS tuners vs. their 2.

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