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switching from dish, ques on set top box functionality

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by jgarveyATL, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. jgarveyATL

    jgarveyATL AllStar

    Jun 1, 2006
    I checked the FAQs and stickies on receiver comparisons and it wasn't clear if this was or wasn't supported. Do 2 tuner DVRs provide the ability to watch by tuner source by room?

    Today with Dish, I have the following 4 room setup:

    HD dual tuner ViP 622 -- sends one HD tuner to one room, SD out to another room.
    SD single tuner 508 -- single tuner

    From what I can read, it doesn't appear that any of the DirecTV boxes provide the capability to "split" tuners by output source.

    Example: CBS is being taped on tuner 1, and ABC is being taped on tuner 2, TV1 has 4 choices for viewing:
    1. watch a prerecorded show
    2. watch what is being taped on Tuner 1 (from the recording)
    3. watch what is being taped on Tuner 2 (live or can be paused to watch later).
    4. watch OTA channel (TV2 cannot watch OTA)

    I believe if I want DVR capabilities like this that I need a box for each room, correct?
  2. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    You are right. For now, DIRECTV receivers don't support any sort of multi-room viewing. However, it is in the cards.

    You will also find that DIRECTV is very accommodating to let you add as many HD DVRs as you'd like.
  3. rudeney

    rudeney Hall Of Fame

    May 28, 2007
    Stuart, do you mean MRV in the sense that DVR recordings can be shared with other connected receivers, or in the sense that the OP was asking about his Dish Network equipment where both DVR tuners can be used simultaneously on two different TV's?
  4. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    As you know, there's no way to view something on a TV in one room if it's recorded in another room. However, that functionality is coming. That's all I can say, based on public statements made my DIRECTV marketing.

    In the dish network sense that one receiver is used to independently power two televisions... I'd be very surprised to see that happen.
  5. tcusta00

    tcusta00 Active Member

    Dec 31, 2007
    This doesn't help the OP now, but DirecTV has also publicly mentioned a whole home DVR for early next year.
  6. rudeney

    rudeney Hall Of Fame

    May 28, 2007
    That was really my question (and I believe the OP's, too). I thought I remembered some discussion on this stating that the HR2x series was simply not capable of outputting two different A/V streams like the Dish hardware.

    In that case, the OP will need to be prepared to either share the same output from one receiver on multiple TV's, or add additional receivers to be able to view multiple shows on multiple TV's simultaneously.
  7. PokerJoker

    PokerJoker Godfather

    Apr 12, 2008
    Las Vegas
    Directv basically operates on a one-box-per-TV installation model. There is no equivalent to the Dish shared-box scenario.

    For example, with Directv, you have 4 TVs, you need 4 boxes.

    Upside is that each room is independent, so that with a Directv DVR, you can record one show while you watch another, in the same room, with no effect on what the other rooms can do. Can't do that with a Dish DVR if it is shared. (Which is why the Dish setup that I have in another location does not use shared boxes.)

    in Vegas
  8. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    If SD is OK, there's lots of other options too, since all the outputs on the D* boxes are active at the same time. I currently have 2 D*DVR's hooked up to my main living room display (HD), but each one is also sent to 7 other TV's in the house (SD) via a channel plus modulator.

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