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is DIRECTV2PC a viable substitute for an HD receiver/TV?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by MyDogHasFleas, May 15, 2010.

  1. MyDogHasFleas

    MyDogHasFleas AllStar

    Jan 4, 2007
    I am considering ordering DirecTV (cable customer now). In my home office at my desk I have 3 screens all 1080p, one of which is an actual TV. I have a gigabit Ethernet network plus an RG6 cable up there. I have Windows 7 machines with plenty of horsepower and graphics.

    Right now, I have an HD DVR cable box connected to one of the monitors by HDMI (and to my audio receiver via optical cable). With DirecTV, I'd put 2x HR24 DVRs in my media center downstairs and get MRV, and then the question is:

    should I put an H24 receiver in my home office replacing my cable box? Or could I get by with just running DIRECT2PC or whatever it's called, and accessing my programming off of the media center DVRs? Would I still get full HD picture quality? What about sound?

    What are the pros and cons?
  2. Beerstalker

    Beerstalker Hall Of Fame

    Feb 9, 2009
    Peoria, IL
    It should work and you will get full HD.

    I would think the big con is that currently I believe DirecTV2PC only allows you to watch your recorded content. So if you want to watch live TV it will be a bit of a hassle. You will have to use the online scheduler, phone app, etc. to tell your DVRs to record whatever you want to watch at that time and then start watching the recording (it's not quite live, but you will be able to watch with a few seconds of delay).
  3. djrobx

    djrobx Godfather

    Jan 26, 2009
    In short - no. You can't channel surf, you can only watch recordings (as Beerstalker states)

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