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Samsung RVU TVs - Issues and Discussion (Q1-2012)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. Jan 26, 2012 #61 of 167

    penetronn Cool Member

    Dec 17, 2011
    Any improvemnt on the sluggish interface? Even if Sammy did realease an update, it's possible that updates to the 34 might improve performance. The reason I ask is that I'm about to pull the trigger on the UN46D6000S this week when the tax return comes. I'll still probably get it, but I'd feel better if I knew there was improvement.
    Also I have another question: does the RVU protocol support 5.1 Dolby Digital for the client TV? If so, I assume it passes to a receiver with the television's toslink/optical connection?
  2. Feb 3, 2012 #62 of 167

    kerbo New Member

    Jan 9, 2012
    I had Direct installed 3 weeks ago and got an HR34 and three H25s. I only have one HD TV and currently using component video to get an SD signal to the old TVs.

    My intent when getting Direct was to replace my old TVs with HD TVs and as part of that process, I just bought a Samsung D6050 that I was hoping to connect to the HR34 using RVU.

    I called Direct regarding the process to activate and they said it is not officially available to the public so there was nothing they could tell me, at least not officially. What they think will happen is there will be an activation fee to connect the TV and a $6/mo "mirroring" charge. An installer will have to come out to do the install although if you have an ethernet connection, I suspect the process will simply be flipping through the menus on your TV and making sure it works. I asked about a self install option and they didn't know, citing again nothing is official.

    Lastly, they hinted at Feb 9 as being the official availability date.....
  3. Feb 4, 2012 #63 of 167

    denpri AllStar

    Aug 8, 2009
    One thing you need to check is whether your Samsung (a) has the latest firmware (v. 1026) and (b) actually supports RVU functionality. An easy way to determine whether your set supports RVU is to verify the 1026 F/W is installed and then scroll through the "Source Input" list. If you see a greyed-out "RVU" as one of the inputs, you're ready to go and hopefully you can get more installation information on/after Feb. 9.
  4. Feb 17, 2012 #64 of 167

    Bartman94 Legend

    Jan 17, 2012
    Can someone please post a few pictures in this thread real quick of the RC70X remote control for me so I can verify that I'm getting the right one?
  5. Feb 17, 2012 #65 of 167

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX

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  6. Feb 17, 2012 #66 of 167

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    I know it's OT but as an FYI, HBO2GO is now available on many Samsung SmartTV's for DIRECTV HBO subs.
  7. Feb 19, 2012 #67 of 167

    denpri AllStar

    Aug 8, 2009
    Now that HR34s are officially "out in the open" for existing customers, does anyone know if/when the RC70X can be ordered via the Web Site?
  8. Feb 20, 2012 #68 of 167

    jcricket Legend

    Nov 21, 2005
    So My Samsung UN46D6000 is on its way. If I call up D* after that and ask to replace my existing HR22 with an HR24 + RVU it's all legit now right (I'm not asking what it will cost, I know there's another thread for that). Meaning - they should be able to have someone, as part of the install, give me the right remote and get RVU set up?
  9. Feb 20, 2012 #69 of 167

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    HR24's are not going to do much with RVU.... I presume it's the HR34 you meant to write.
  10. Feb 20, 2012 #70 of 167

    jcricket Legend

    Nov 21, 2005
    Typo - yes, HR34. Figured out the connection stuff, but after reading all this wondering if I'm not just better off getting a 2nd DVR and dealing with MRV until they get RVU figured out.

    Meh... worst case is I try it, hate it, and then get an H25 or something to go along with the HR34.
  11. Mar 5, 2012 #71 of 167

    VaJim Godfather

    Jul 26, 2006
    I've seen a couple of RVU setup options and I'm still not clear. Does RVU eliminate the 'dish'? and....is the system a wireless?

    I thought I saw where you still need the dish and the signal is still brought in the way it is now the only difference is the HR34 acts like a server and delivers the signal to the other TVs as long as they are hooked up via cable on the network...?:confused:
  12. Mar 5, 2012 #72 of 167

    Beerstalker Hall Of Fame

    Feb 9, 2009
    Peoria, IL
    Correct, RVU is just the technology that is used between the server and the client. In this case the HR34 is the server and the Samsung TVs are the client. RVU allows the Samsung TV to connect to the HR34 over an internal network to get both the GUI and programming off of the HR34. So you no longer have to have a DirecTV receiver at every TV.

    In the future we may see stuff like an RVU Blu-Ray changer that would allow you to watch your Blu-Ray collection in any room of the house on your RVU enabled TV.

    As far as the dish and HR34 are concerned they are still hooked together like any other HR2x HD-DVR that DirecTV offers.
  13. Mar 6, 2012 #73 of 167

    CurtP AllStar

    Jan 8, 2008
    I'm out. RVU on a bedroom TV might be ok, but it blows when it's on the main viewing area set. I gave up waiting for C31 a couple weeks ago and ordered a H25 for the master bedroom. Today I ordered a HR24 for the master bedroom, the H25 will go into the guest room and I'm moving the HR34 to the main television. I've been waiting and hoping for updates from DirecTV/Samsung to take care of the issues, but they never come. Maybe I'll try it again after they do some updates and someone else goes through the pains. I miss the positive DirecTV experience that's been absent with RVU. I can't wait to have functioning trick play again!
  14. Mar 6, 2012 #74 of 167

    slapshot54 Cool Member

    Sep 3, 2011
    Any idea if the whole line of 2012 samsung flat screens are RVU enabled. Im looking at the 26" EH4000 set for the kids playroom and want something small.
  15. Mar 7, 2012 #75 of 167

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2004
    Mill Creek, WA
    No, it's not the whole line. Specific models are mentioned earlier in this thread.
  16. Mar 7, 2012 #76 of 167

    Shades228 DaBears

    Mar 18, 2008
    According to Samsung all 2012 "Smart" TV's will be RVU enabled.
  17. Mar 7, 2012 #77 of 167

    naijai Hall Of Fame

    Aug 19, 2006
    Looking at Samsung's website
    It doesn't specify which models are considered "SMART TVs". I don't want to buy a 2011 model when the 2012 models are cheaper

    Also their official pricing press release on prices is kinda confusing unless i am not reading it properly
  18. Mar 9, 2012 #78 of 167

    themadbear Mentor

    Sep 21, 2011
    As far as I've been able to put together, Samsung's 2012 (UNxxExxxxx) Smart TVs start with the 6100 series - nowhere have I seen the 2012 6000 series referred to as "Smart TVs", on Samsung's website, or anywhere else.

    Compare the new 6000 http://www.abt.com/product/59368/Samsung-UN50EH6000FXZA.html with the new 6100 http://www.abt.com/product/59440/Samsung-UN50ES6100FXZA.html - the 6000 seems less expensive than last year's, but only because it's lacking the Smart TV features. Samsung has also implemented a new pricing policy that will result in overall higher pricing for their 2012 sets - http://hdguru.com/will-samsungs-new...ce-shopping-hd-guru-exclusive/7317/#more-7317, if you're an internet shopper.:mad:

    Bottom line - look for clearance sales on the D6XXX models right now, if you're in the market.
  19. Mar 9, 2012 #79 of 167
    Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    I believe that the smart TVs will have an "S" in them. Here's what I can decipher from Samsung's naming system:

    "UN" = television, (possibly LED backlit or sidelit LCD only)
    ## = size in inches, nominally.
    "E" = 2012 model. I know "D" = 2011 and "C" = 2010.
    "S" = new code for 2012 that may indicate smart TV.
    #### = more details (240Hz, local dimming, 3D, etc.)

    I have a UN46D6420, that's a 2011-model 46" TV. I think the equivalent model is the UN46ES6500.
  20. Mar 9, 2012 #80 of 167
    David Ortiz

    David Ortiz Save the Clock Tower!!

    Aug 21, 2006
    Fresno, CA
    PN = Plasma North America
    LN = LCD North America
    UN = LED-LCD North America

    There are also UE and UA among others, E for Europe and A for Asia.

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