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HR34 Upgraded Question

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by steve053, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. steve053

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    I'm considering an offer from DirecTv to upgrade to an HR34 from my HR20-100. I am not planning on keeping my HR20, so it will be a swap out.

    The offer does not include the Whole Home installation, only the cinema connection kit and a standard installation.

    What am I missing if I do not upgrade to the Whole Home installation? It would be about an extra $150 out of pocket for the Whole Home install.

    Thanks for your input.

    Steve
     
  2. dpeters11

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    What other receivers do you have that you are keeping?
     
  3. steve053

    steve053 Godfather

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    I have no other receivers. Planning on having the HR34 only at this time.

    I would like the option to either add a receiver in the future, or access the HR34 with a Samsung RVU supported tv (or another brand if RVU is supported in the future).
     
  4. dpeters11

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    Ok. So as of now, the Whole Home service really won't get you anything. It would be needed for an RVU client.

    All the hard work though is required for the HR34 by itself. Later on, then you would only need a coax line running to the room where the client is. Whole Home DVR does have a $3 per month fee, plus the charge for the client.

    Did DirecTV specifically say the offer was for an HR34 or HMC, or did the offer just say an HD DVR upgrade?
     
  5. steve053

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    I did get a quote for both the HMC (HR34) as well as an upgrade to a newer DVR.

    So from what I understand from your post, my basic needs will be served without having the whole home installation. I will be able to stream to the ipad, use directpc2tv to watch recorded programs on a laptop or computer, and download vod on the HR34.

    I'll be missing the ability to add an RVU client, and the ability to add a 2nd dvr that can share recorded programming between it and the HR34. I can still add a 2nd dvr, but it and the HR34 won't communicate.

    If I'm understanding correctly, I think I can live without the whole home. It will save me $150 up front and $3/month.

    Please correct me if I'm not fully understanding something.

    Thanks for your help.
     
  6. Beerstalker

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    In order to get the HR34 installed they will have to switch you over to SWM and install a Cinema Connect Kit. Once you have that installed you will be all set up for Whole Home DVR if you ever decide to add another receiver or RVU client. No need to worry about getting Whole Home added now.

    If you add another receiver or RVU client you will just hook it up to a coax cable and they will be able to enable Whole Home DVR in their system without installing anything else becuase your wiring will already be set up to do it.
     

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