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Multi-Room Viewing: How much would you pay for installation?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Doug Brott, Mar 2, 2010.


How much would you pay for installation to become MRV compliant?

  1. $0

    0 vote(s)
  2. $49

    287 vote(s)
  3. $74

    50 vote(s)
  4. $99

    10 vote(s)
  5. $149

    23 vote(s)
  6. abstain

    7 vote(s)
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  1. Mar 5, 2010 #141 of 167

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    I guess everyone can have their own idea of what is meant.
    "My take" was no one should buy the currently offered [DirecTV website] wireless & powerline adapters, as these don't work for everyone with MRV.
    I'm fairly sure no one will need to buy/get any 24s to have MRV.
    If someone had a H20 and was going to upgrade it to the current H21/23, then I'd wait as a H24 might be part of their upgrade package.
    Whether MRV will only be allowed to be added to an account with DECA networking has yet to be determined. :shrug:
  2. Mar 5, 2010 #142 of 167

    BattleScott Hall Of Fame

    Aug 28, 2006
    If it ONLY asked that we please not buy any networking hardware to participate in the BETA test, then I would probably agree with you 100%, except to say that they are trying to discourage ANY networking, not just PL or Wireless options. However, the fact that they specifically ask that we not buy any additional receivers and that there will be a special offer when it becomes available, really makes me think that there will be more to it than just a potential DECA mandate.

    I guess we just have to wait and see...
  3. Mar 5, 2010 #143 of 167

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    I'd say this is the best thing to do right now.

    I'm not sure how much we can read into their disclaimer, since I'm not sure how much thought they put into it, "other than" not wanting customers to invest into hardware during the Beta time frame, as DirecTV is working on a plan that they know will work for MRV.
  4. Mar 5, 2010 #144 of 167

    Sharkie_Fan Hall Of Fame

    Sep 26, 2006
    Same here. I've got a hardwired network that's working just fine. If they choose to make changes which render MRV over my network inoperable, I'd hope they would comp the equipment - ESPECIALLY since they're charging a monthly fee! If there were no monthly fee, I'd be more likely to agree to a one time fee... but not both.
  5. Mar 5, 2010 #145 of 167

    Getteau Icon

    Dec 19, 2007
    Since all my DVR's currently support MRV over Ethernet, I vote 0.

    Question for those of you testing DECA.
    If you connect something to the 2nd network port on the HR's, can that device go through the DECA to the Internet? For example, MY DVR is connected to a 10/100 switch which is connected to the Internet. If I was to plug a Blu-Ray player into the second port on that HR, I could use the internal switch in the HR to get the Blu-Ray player connected to the Internet.
    Can I accomplish this same task with the DECA adapters? Or would I still need to run an Ethernet cable to the Blu-Ray player or TV or Netflix box....
  6. Mar 5, 2010 #146 of 167

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    You "can do it", but the second port isn't exactly a switched port. It uses the DVR processor to do the routing, and this might cause some problems [slowdowns] with the DVR, so this method isn't recommended/supported.
    You can use a DECA adapter to a "real switch" and then feed more than the receiver, but again you don't want to overload this either, as the DECA is only 100 Mb/s.
  7. Mar 5, 2010 #147 of 167

    jclarke9999 Godfather

    Feb 9, 2007
    This sums up my feelings exactly. Especially if it's a "one size fits all" fee when different users need differernt levels of upgrade.
  8. Mar 6, 2010 #148 of 167

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    My DVR's are on my LAN and MRV is working fine. Wouldn't be interested in paying any install charge for something that is working. If they force us to use DECA, I could install the adapters myself, since I already have SWiM.

    On a side note, now that I have MRV I am more willing to pay a small monthly. Although I would like them to fix some small issues, like slow response when skipping forward and the occasional picture breakup.
  9. Mar 6, 2010 #149 of 167

    chevyguy559 Fresno State Bulldog!

    Sep 19, 2008
    Fresno, CA
    I agree, I wasn't too hot on the idea before I tried it out, but now that I have it up and running in 3 rooms, I love it and am willing to pay a monthly fee. However, I better not have to pay anything to get DECA if they require it, since I already have it running flawlessly on my wired network....and I better not have my commitment extended :D
  10. Mar 6, 2010 #150 of 167

    Billzebub Godfather

    Jan 1, 2007
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I would prefer everything for free, just like everyone else. That being said, if the DECA setup works as well as wired networking I'd pay the $150 bucks for the setup. It's tough to pull wire in my old house.
  11. Mar 7, 2010 #151 of 167

    MemphisBrian New Member

    Mar 6, 2010
    If I can hook it up to Ethernet myself now, $0. On a new install - $0. Upgrades... Hmmm... Since these HD DVRs all show up on the bill as 'leased'- in theory the lease should eventually expire. Then if you ask for new hardware they will want a year contract... So I'm gonna say $0 there too.

    That said, this is one of the best of the HD DVR 'advanced features' yet - I turned it on for the first time today and watched a show, it worked flawlessly and fast.
  12. Mar 7, 2010 #152 of 167

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    Yeah, when you close your account, it expires and you need to return them.
  13. Sixto

    Sixto Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    Just listened to the Credit Suisse presentation from Monday.

    On the topic of DECA ... mentioned "we're going to start out charging a modest fee, maybe 25 bucks or so, just to see what the take rates are ... so they can get DoD instantly through the broadband connection".

    31:40 into presentation.
  14. DogLover

    DogLover Hall Of Fame

    Mar 18, 2007
    Hmm. DECA for DoD would require and adapter for the DVR and one for the network, along with power inserter. I suppose $25 isn't bad for that. (How much are the wireless adapters that they sell?)

    Though, if you had more than 1 DVR, I'd hope they'd also sell the adapters separately for less.
  15. Lee L

    Lee L Hall Of Fame

    Aug 15, 2002
    Surely, $25 can't include a truck roll can it? I guess it is good that they would allow the customer to hook this up themselves.
  16. joed32

    joed32 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    It would also require a SWM install for most people.
  17. Kapeman

    Kapeman Godfather

    Dec 22, 2003
    That is VERY interesting information and made MRV more valuable to me.

    How much, I'm not willing to say at this point. ;)
  18. BattleScott

    BattleScott Hall Of Fame

    Aug 28, 2006
    So now the DECA equipped HR24 is announced, and the DECA adapters are referred to as a way to get DoD via broadband connection. hmmm...
  19. wilbur_the_goose

    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    What's different between today's DoD and what D* discussed at the Credit Suisse presentation?
  20. thekochs

    thekochs DirecTV 10yr+ Customer

    Oct 7, 2006
    Amen. I'm so tired of these companies trying to nickel-and-dime me. I mean a fee for HD access.....come-on now....once upon a time yeah...but now...be real. While I have MRV up and running it is not that compelling of a feature to pay for....or per this thread the hardware upgrade to support it.
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