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Taking HD DVR on the Road

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by schneid, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. schneid

    schneid Godfather

    Aug 13, 2007
    This has probably been answered before but I can't find it. It seems doing D* HD in a RV is difficult unless you have lots of money. If you want the big four networks, you have to open a separate account, which is even more money.

    Can I take my HD DVR on the road and watch what it has recorded or does it have to be connected to dish or phone line?

  2. The Merg

    The Merg 1*

    Jun 24, 2007
    Northern VA
    You can feasibly do what you want. When you turn on the receiver in your RV, you will have to wait for it to time out from Searching for Satellite. You should then be able to hit List to pull up your PlayList. Be aware that it is possible that at some point it might prevent you from doing so after a period of time. This is due to the receiver not receiving an authorization signal from the satellite that you have DVR service enabled.

    - Merg
  3. matt

    matt New Member

    Jan 11, 2010
    I wouldn't connect it to a phone line in a different area code than your service address unless you are asking to get shut down.
  4. kikkenit2

    kikkenit2 Icon

    Oct 25, 2006
    It is expensive and complicated to do directv on the road. You might be able to just point a small dish once in a while but never connect the phone line. Might have to get locals from an antenna. Not gonna pick up much in the boonies that way right?
  5. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    It's worth pointing out that you can get an 18" dish and set it up pretty fast wherever you are. However, you'll miss out on a lot of HD channels that way. On the other hand, setting up a slimline dish is a pretty slow process and probably isn't something you'll want to do every night.
  6. schneid

    schneid Godfather

    Aug 13, 2007
    I don't want to view any live programming. I just want to fill an HRxx with shows and movies to watch while away from home.

    So my question is, will an HRxx allow pre-recorded shows to be viewed without any connection? 120vac and HDMI excepted of course.
  7. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    Why don't you take your DVR and disconnect it from your dish AND power and then try it? I had mine working for awhile, but now it doesn't. In another thread someone mentioned that once the DVR loses power, you won't be able to play back previously recorded shows.
  8. geaux tigers

    geaux tigers Icon

    Nov 10, 2005
    Took a Slimline Dish with a Tripod Stand and an HD DVR up to Omaha last year for the CWS. Used the AM-21 connected to the antenna on the 1976 Airstream to get local HD (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, etc.). Used the flat RG-6 adapters to run the coax under the doors. Hooked the HD DVR up to an LCD HDTV. The setup was quick and easy. A friend let me borough a Bird Dog signal meter which helped greatly. The HD signals including the locals were crystal clear. The setup didn't look fancy but either did our 1976 Airstream parked next to some very expensive RVs. However, most of the fancy RVs did not have HD and we did. When there is a will there is a way.

    As an added bonus we were able to watch LSU defeat Texas again in glorious HD every night because we recorded the game before we went to Rosenblatt Stadium. It's a shame they are tearing the place down as it is a beautiful stadium with a lot of character. However, like a lot of things it is all about the money. With my portable HD DVR solution you don't have to spend a lot of money.
  9. ThomasM

    ThomasM RF Engineer

    Jul 20, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    The HD DVR's will let you watch shows without a dish for a little while.

    Then unless they get a "refresh" signal from the satellite verifying that you are still a customer in good standing they just shut down. In the old days, the SD DVR's would let you watch recordings forever without a dish but I think that the HR/R22's always "timed out" after a period of time. Nobody so far has posted just how long this "timeout" period is probably because the signal isn't sent very often and if your DVR just got the signal prior to it being disconnected from the dish it will allow recording playback for a longer time. On the other hand, if the DVR is "due" for the refresh signal you might not be able to play back recordings for very long at all.

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