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MRV/DECA Going National May 13th

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by CuriousG, May 6, 2010.

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  1. Sander

    Sander Godfather

    Jun 3, 2007
    Wow! Is all I can say. :hurah:

    I have been fritz 'n around with wireless connectivity ever since the CE beta's started and was beginning to believe MRV was never going to be a reality. I was simply going to wait for UVerse to appear in my neighborhood.

    No more! Watching a show with MRV is nearly indistinguishable from watching on a local DVR system. I am blown away. Thank you DirecTV.

    About the only thing that makes it a bit different than watching locally is that it takes a few seconds after clicking "Play" for the show to start running full screen. After that though, I can't tell the difference in playback. 30-Skip is a bit sluggish. Each skip takes a half-second longer than on a local system, but FF and Reverse seem to work flawlessly.

    If any here are doubting whether to go with the full DECA/SWiM package, don't wait. Jump right in, the water is fine.

    My installer was great. He first had to modify the dish to add make it a Slimline SWiM - enabled dish. Then ran the cabling to my dsl router, installed the DECA and completed the entire install in about three hours. Most of that time was spent on the roof adjusting the dish and running cable around the house to where my router is situated.

    If you can afford the $99, don't wait, call for whole-house MRV now.
  2. dwcolvin

    dwcolvin Icon

    Oct 4, 2007
    :joy: What's sad is that this kind of success story is so rare.
  3. dcandmc

    dcandmc Legend

    Sep 24, 2008
    I don't think that we know that. What I do think is that this kind of success story is rarely reported.
  4. linder7

    linder7 New Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    Well, I have my installation set for Friday afternoon. If it's a success story, then I'll post it :)
  5. rynorama

    rynorama AllStar

    Feb 11, 2010
    After another phone call. I asked about getting R22's so they could be in the cloud also. The CSR I talked to said he was putting a notation on my order to bring R22's to replace my R15 and Phillips. He told me to ask the installer before he starts anything what boxes he brought and if he did not bring R22's I should say no thanks and refuse the install. Hope this wasn't bad advice but I guess I try that.
  6. chris.dg

    chris.dg Cool Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    I can report a similar success. On May 15th, a tech came out to install Whole Home DVR. While ordering, I had requested that my two HR20 units be upgraded to higher capacity DVRs (hoping that I would get the HR24 units). Upon arrival, the installer had multiple HR24s in his truck, so I was in luck! Had he NOT had the HR24's, I would've canceled the DVR upgrade portion of the order and tried again in the future.

    So he swapped out both DVRs for $99 each + $49 installation fee. He had to replace my dish for SWiM compatibility, remove the old splitters in my media closet, and add the DECA adapter going to my router. It took about 2 hours, and everything is working perfectly. We love having multi-room-viewing. ON DEMAND is new for me as a result of the networking, so I am enjoying that as well. It's also nice to now only have 2 coax cable runs (one to each DVR) instead of 4, yet still have the 4 tuners + networking. Nice upgrade.

    One of my older HR20s was owned and not leased, so even though it's not active, I still have it hooked up as an additional source on my TV so we can finish watching all of the previously recorded shows on that unit before retiring it completely.

    Looking forward to (hopefully) a future MRV software upgrade that allows the ability to SCHEDULE a program to record on a remote DVR, like you can do with the iPhone app - just pick your desired DVR destination. This would be a very easy way to manage conflicts without having to fire up the *other* TV and DVR.

  7. bear263

    bear263 Cool Member

    Dec 25, 2007
    My install is set for Saturday. Was told that all 3 receivers will be replaced for free with HR2x's but she couldn't tell me with what. How can I find out which company is coming out? Maybe I can give them a call and see what they have in stock.
  8. kjgarrison

    kjgarrison AllStar

    Oct 28, 2007
    Am I missing something in your setup? Do you have DECA? If so, please see my question below about sluggish 30 second skip over DECA connection.

    So this report from Sander describes sluggish 30 second skip with DECA. This is what I have been asking about. I have that same issue with my wired ethernet Beta MRV.

    What about others?
  9. RobertE

    RobertE New Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    You'll be wasting your time and his holding out for R22s. They have been discontinued for some time now. Refurb stock gets smaller by the day.
  10. Sander

    Sander Godfather

    Jun 3, 2007
    I think you may have misinterpreted my comment. While there is a slight (1/2 sec. difference) in 30 Skip, it in no way detracts from the overall performance.
  11. rynorama

    rynorama AllStar

    Feb 11, 2010
    Thx, Guess I'll simply call and cancel.
  12. buffan

    buffan New Member

    Feb 11, 2008
    My install is tomorrow morning. I already have an HR20, and two old SD DVRs. I ordered another HD DVR to replace one of the SD DVRs, and was told that the other (that is in the bedroom) would be swapped for free. What I failed to ask is "swapped for what?". Reading the posts, it sounds like the default is that I will get a newer model SD DVR.

    I would really like MRV in the bedroom, and, if I have MRV there, I don't care if the receiver is a DVR. How likely is it that I can get a non-DVR HD receiver to replace the SD DVR? The normal equipment price for the two boxes is identical ($99)...

    Anybody had any experience with this?
  13. taylorhively

    taylorhively AllStar

    Nov 29, 2006
    Been reading through the thread and had a couple of questions.

    I have the following on an SWM-8, some on a 6x8 multiswich.
    And an HR24-500 en route from solid signal (arrives Friday.)
    With the 5th DVR, I expect my multiswitches to be replaced with a SWM16 to support all 10 tuners (that's one reason I'm getting the 5th DVR prior the MRV upgrade.)

    I've read some people had problems getting the HR20's working right and they were swapped for HR24s. The issue is that I have a lot of recordings on my HR20 that I still want to watch.

    So the question is, should I be worried that they may have to swap these? After all, they are supposed work with MRV (with DECA/filters) correct?
    On the flip side, would it be better to wait until I've watch everything I care about on the HR20s, and hope (or even request) for them to be upgraded to HR24s? After all, I'd prefer the HR20s be upgraded if that was possible.

    I just see some people getting some things upgraded and it's not clear to me as what and when equipment is upgraded.

  14. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    The HR20-700 aren't the ones with known issues. Any one of them might not like moving to SWiM, but this could be with any receiver.
    Since you're looking at a fifth DVR, you'll need a SWiM-16.
  15. taylorhively

    taylorhively AllStar

    Nov 29, 2006
    Good to know
    The HR20-700s are on the older 6x8. But I can very easily put them on the SWiM-8 I have and see how they do any time (I'll try that this weekend.)
    I noticed this tech bulletin here:
    Regarding HR20-100 and the requirement that they be connected to broadband to get MRV (which will be fixed in an upcoming download.)

    Sounds like I shouldn't have a problem.

    Thank you.
  16. vetrev

    vetrev Mentor

    Sep 1, 2007
    Nice bulletin. Part of it reads:

    What is the difference between green label and non green label SWiM equipment? When installing MRV, the LNB, DECA, and SWiM Splitter are required to have green labels. A green label means the equipment is MRV / Whole-Home DVR compliant. If the SWiM LNB or SWiM-8 module does not have a green label, a Band Stop filter must be used.

    I just ordered some MRV compatible splitters from Solid Signal. A couple of them (one 1x2 and a 1x4) had white labels. The rest had green. Do the newer splitters have white labels now? Why did they do that!
  17. RobertE

    RobertE New Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    No, the new splitters have green lables, white ones are older stock.
  18. graymd74

    graymd74 Mentor

    Jun 13, 2008
    Well, today is install day. Have been tracking the thread and hearing all the good and bad stories. Wish me luck!

    Installing DECA with IC, an HR24 and two HD receivers. Currently have 1 HR20-100 and a HR21-100 linked via ethernet that will stay. My understanding is that only 4 units are be linked together for MRV, is that correct?

    With this new set up, a phone line is still needed for each box, correct? I have one that is going to be a bit tough to get a phone line to which I why I'm asking.
  19. funky977

    funky977 AllStar

    Oct 10, 2007
    Had an MRV setup last night and still not working as off this morning. Installer did the normal change on the dish and then added DECA to my new H21 with power adapter (?) and proceed to add a DECA to my HR20 and splitter. The H21 DECA lit up immediately and is acting like it could receive signals and the HR20 DECA does not light up. Tried to see the receivers on my network and nothing. My guess it the HR20 DECA (and no lights) is functioning properly. Any ideas?

  20. hitokage

    hitokage Legend

    Jan 19, 2010
    It may look like a duck, walk like a duck, and sound like a duck, but as far as DirecTV is concerned it's a goose. The up front lease fee for the R22 is/was half as much as for an HR2x - it's sort of is the customers fault as they didn't want an HD DVR, but DirecTV made a mistake by giving additional functionality for free and not saying there were strings attached.

    The strings mean if it fails you could end up with a regular SD DVR instead. Possible resolutions include disabling HD even when the HD package is present, just consider it a full fledged HD DVR for everyone that has one, or they could have created an "upgrade" fee that would remove the strings. Since the hoarse is already out of barn with disabling HD on them, the last option to pay to remove the strings is something they should do.

    Since there is no official way to do that, the equivalent way is to do a receiver upgrade where they swap the R22 for an official HR2x model, but the actual cost they offer that kind of thing to you for can vary and hence the reason to
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