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pause & rewind live TV with non-DVR receiver?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by cover, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. cover

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    Feb 11, 2007
    I was just on the phone with DirecTV asking questions. The lady I spoke with was nice and seemed fairly knowledgeable, but said something that I have a hard time believing.

    She said with MRV if you are watching live TV in a room using a non-DVR receiver (say an H24), you can pause or rewind just as you can with a DVR. Can anyone confirm or deny this?

  2. jdspencer

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    I believe that you can't watch live TV from a DVR using a non-DVR receiver. Infact you can't do that between two DVRs, unless one is streaming a recording.
  3. Beerstalker

    Beerstalker Hall Of Fame

    Feb 9, 2009
    Peoria, IL
    What she says is not true. You cannot pause or rewind live TV on the H24 (or H23/H21).

    What you could do is hit the record button on the H24 and tell it to record to one of your HD-DVRs. Then you would use MRV to start watching that recording on the H24. You would be watching a few seconds behind live TV but it will give you the ability to rewind and pause on the non-DVR unit. This will tie up a tuner on your DVR though, so you may run into recording conflicts, or problems if someone else tries watching TV in the room that the HD-DVR is located in.
  4. cover

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    Feb 11, 2007
    That's how I expected it would work. Thanks for confirming.

    So, if decide I can't live without pausing live TV in other rooms, I'll order DVRs for them too :)
  5. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    Or, if you think you might want that functionality while watching live, just record it :)
  6. hasan

    hasan Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Ogden, IA
    While stated with appropriate humor, this is a very valuable tool that I have used on many occasions. One other nice use is walking in on a good program where the box is already tuned, but of course, you won't recording it. Simply hit the record button, and it begins recording at the start of the program, assuming it is within the 90 minute buffer. This way, you can rewind to the start of the program and begin watching it in "non-realtime".:)
    ...and you have Stuart's tip of being able to use all your trick play functions on this recording, as you wish.

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