MRV from HD recording to SD box?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by El Gabito, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. El Gabito

    El Gabito AllStar

    Apr 24, 2006
    Is this possible?

    Asking for a friend looking to switch who has 1 HD in the living room and 2 SD elsewhere. Can they watch something recorded on say an HR34 in HD on one of the standard SD receivers and/or an SD DVR?

    Searched around and couldn't find an answer.
  2. JohnTSmith

    JohnTSmith Legend

    Dec 5, 2009
    Maybe someone who "100% knows the answer" will say otherwise, but just looking at the technology involved (HDDVR=MPEG4 SDDVR=MPEG2) and the fact that an SDDVR may not receive or recorde an HD signal... I doubt that what your friend wants to do is possible
  3. wahooq

    wahooq New Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Tulsa, OK
    only hd rcvrs can participate in whole home
  4. dishrich

    dishrich Hall Of Fame

    Apr 23, 2002
    As already mentioned, MRV ONLY works between HD receivers.
    BUT, you said "looking to switch" - which I take to mean he's going to be a new customer, correct?
    If this is the case, ALL new customers can get 1 FREE HD DVR (NOT necessarily the HR34) & up to 3 FREE HD receivers as it's a moot point.
    And yes, HD receivers WILL work on SDTV's; although if the TV does NOT have an A/V input, they would need an cheap A/V modulator, since no HD receivers have RF outputs.
  5. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    "Besides that", the SD receivers don't have a network port, so they can't do anything with MRV, "even if" it was a MPEG-2 program.
  6. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    If one of the SD boxes happens to be an R22, it can participate in Whole Home. However the account must have one HD DVR and one HD receiver/DVR, the R22 would be a third box.
  7. El Gabito

    El Gabito AllStar

    Apr 24, 2006
    Ah very interesting. Yes, new customer and didn't realize you could do SD on a hd box.

    So it will automatically scale down HD content?
  8. dishrich

    dishrich Hall Of Fame

    Apr 23, 2002
    Yes, just put the box on 480I or P output & it will work just fine to your SDTV.

    BUT, unlike ANY other HD boxes, while it can simultaniously put out an HD AND SD picture - it will NOT allow ANY on-screen displays to show simultaniously.
    If you are watching HD output to your TV via the HDMI or component output, & are sending a (downconverted) SD output via the composite &/or S-video connection, AND then you have any OSD come up, while they WILL come up on the HD outputs, on the SD outputs you get a nasty "can't display OSD; switch box to SD mode" message.

    This can be a problem when, say, you want to send an HD signal out to your HDTV, while sending a (downconverted) SD signal to a DVD recorder. Or doing an SD backfeed to a secondary TV. You'll find PLENTY of posts here about this very issue, & workarounds. Again, shouldn't be an issue for your purposes...
  9. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

    Jun 29, 2006
    With a HD receiver you can also downscale HD programming to 480i and it will look better on a SD TV than the equivalent SD channel.

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