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Home Media Center HD DVR

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by junior, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. junior

    junior New Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    The wife and I are looking at getting DirectTV but looking online we noticed that if you just get a HD DVR receiver you can only record one show at a time. Then we found the Home Media Center HD DVR. It says you can record up to 5 shows at once and only need an HD receiver on the other TVs to watch the shows.

    What I was wondering is if anyone has the Home Media Center and if you felt it was worth getting it? Our household consists of my wife, myself and our 9 year old daughter who is always having shows taped.

  2. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    The HD DVR records TWO shows at one time. Now while it's recording two, you can't watch another "live TV" show, but can watch a recording.
    "If I had" a 9 year old, I might want a second DVR for her to use.

    I have a Home Media Center, and had several HD DVRs before.
    Both seem to have the pros and cons. Separate DVRs can share recordings.
    The HMC has everything in one place.
    Depending on viewing/viewer's habits, I can see how one combination would be better than the other.
  3. makaiguy

    makaiguy Icon

    Sep 24, 2007
    Aiken, SC
  4. TomCat

    TomCat Broadcast Engineer

    Aug 31, 2002
    Well, Home Media Center here links to a $7 iPod stand on eBay. If you are speaking of the Windows product by the same name, first of all my personal opinion is that it is too complex and user-unfriendly for casual users (or Olympic-level couch potatoes who really can't be bothered by technology that gets in the way rather than gets out of the way).

    The other thing is that Windows is all but abandoning the technology anyway, which means it is at end of life and even they have lost faith by putting a "Do Not Resuscitate" label all over it.

    Remember, Windows is the OS that is too stupid to realize that a program is already open when it is already open and allows you to open multiple instances (something we rarely have in mind), so unintuitive that you have to go to the "Start" button to "Stop" it, and so unconcerned with ergonomics to eVEN rECOGNIZE wHEN yOU mIGHT hAVE tHE cAPS lOCK kEY oN bY mISTAKE. Do you really want them in charge of the most challenging technical tasks you do in your own home?

    I'd consider buying the iPod stand; it's pretty cute and serves a purpose; seems like a nice idea. But Windows Home Media Center? Head for zee hills!

    So don't be confused, as DTV has apparently co-opted the same name for the HR34. It might not be fully ready for prime time, but it is probably close. There is a poll here about whether there is buyer's remorse regarding it, and the results are 90% positive. I interpret that number as just about right, reflecting a platform that is new enough to still have a couple of nagging issues, yet good enough to be satisfying for most folks. Take that poll in 6 months, it will probably be 95%, and a after a year, probably about 98% (assuming they are committed to improving it).
  5. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    The only link I see in this thread is to another thread on the forum [here] about the HR34.
    I don't see anything referencing Windows. :confused:
  6. dennisj00

    dennisj00 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2007
    Lake Norman, NC
    Unfortunately, this post is about as off topic as anything I've read about the HR34 or the HMC from DirecTV as it relates nothing to Windows or an iPod . Not really sure what the point is.
  7. TomCat

    TomCat Broadcast Engineer

    Aug 31, 2002
    If you click directly on the term "Home Media Center" in the early posts, that is where it links you to. Or at least me to. Maybe Chrome is different than IE for that stuff. I don't pretend to even know.

    And if you ask 100 people who have the ability to record HD television in their living rooms what "Home Media Center" refers to, probably 85-90% of them will reply "Oh yeah, the Windows thing". DTV only muddied the waters by stealing their brand.

    So my post had a purpose, which was to add clarity to the original question. What purpose did your post have, exactly?
  8. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    That's a viglink software created link. Adblocker removes them.
  9. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Most regular people probably have never heard of it, or know that Windows has that capability. Plus, it's not called Home Media Center, it's Windows Media Center.

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