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Upgrade ?'s for HD-DVR to Genie

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by MarkCz, Sep 15, 2013.

  1. synpse

    synpse Cool Member

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    This is for a Genie HR34 and an HR 24 HD-DVR.


    Advanced Receiver-DVR - Charge $10.00 $0.00
    CHOICE XTRA CLASSIC - Charge $71.99 $4.32
    Advanced Receiver-HD - Charge $10.00 $0.60
    DIRECTV Protection Plan - Charge $7.99 $0.48
    DIRECTV Whole-Home DVR Service - Charge $3.00 $0.18
    Regional Sports Fee - Charge $2.00 $0.12
    Additional TV - Charge $6.00 $0.36

    $110.98 + TAX $6.06 = TOTAL $117.04

    EDIT: apparently the SPACE BAR is a "post now" shortcut/hotkey. I didn't have the totals in there.

    The HR34 can record 5 shows, and the HR24 records 2. With the DirecTV 2 PC program.. I can stream HD to any computer/laptop in the house.

    The HR34 is "Downstairs" and the HR24 is "Upstairs". i use the website waltzremote.com for computer channel changing of the live stuff.. with the right home network setup, awesome things are possible.
     
  2. PhoneGeek

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    So I will begin by admitting the obvious that I am complete noob on this as I've really not focused on it but am a gadget geek of sorts and can usually work through most anything with info from great forums like this one...

    So that said I have (2) HR21-700s and two other non dvr receivers. I am past my two years and recently when we called DirecTv to change a couple things around on the channel lineup they offered to upgrade all the receivers and my wife told them we'd think about it so now I am trying to decide if I want to or not.

    So my big issues are storage capacity and second I have most of my movie collection saved as MP4s that I'd really like to find a way to easily play through any of the units in the house. I figure the storage issue would be better with the new dvrs but is the second item even remotely possible and does it matter what dvr I get to do it?

    Thanks!
     
  3. Supramom2000

    Supramom2000 In Loving Memory of Onyx-2/23/09

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    Phone Geek:


    If you get a Genie, the storage capacity is much greater. You also get 100 series links instead of 50. You get PIP and some other fun things. If you put your genie near a router, then it can function as the bridge to your whole home network and you don't need Cinema Connection Kits, or Decas, etc. Then your other units access whole home via the coax connection. It makes for less cables, wires, etc.

    What are your movies stored on? External hard drives is something I have 0 experience with. But if you have recordings on your old DVRs, you can usually watch them for up to a month after you deactivate them.

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  4. PhoneGeek

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    Movies are stored on Seagate NAS 4GB that is connected to my network. Wifi isn't really an issue as I have netgear GBe five port switch right by the unit. The 2nd DVR is in the bedroom and I have cat5e connection there as well to my network. The current DVRs are setup on a whole home system and the boxes all talk to each other fine but I don't have it connected to my regular network in any way. The recordings on my old DVRs aren't as critical to me.

    Not sure if that answered your question but thanks for your assistance!
     
  5. Supramom2000

    Supramom2000 In Loving Memory of Onyx-2/23/09

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    I have read many posts about Seagate external storage devices only playing content on the receiver it was connected to when making the recordings. But as I said, I don't have one, so I could be "mis"remembering!

    I wasn't actually referring to wireless for the bridge effect, you can plug ethernet directly into a Genie and not use a Cinema Connection Kit. Then the rest of your receivers access internet and MRV through the coax network.
     
  6. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

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    That is correct. Although it applies to all external hard drives. not only "Seagate"
     
  7. PhoneGeek

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    Thanks all... The seagate is a device on my network not an external that I wanted to connect to the esata port. I have my existing movies stored on it and trying to learn if I can easily access those somehow.

    Thanks again!
     
  8. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

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    I use a jailbroken Apple TV2 to play movies from my NAS on my TV
     
  9. PhoneGeek

    PhoneGeek New Member

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    Thanks all for the tips... Not crazy about Apple products but that may be the best way to accomplish this...

    I thought of something else I wanted to ask on a slightly different issue... Do any of the new DirecTv receivers support wireless connection to the TV? I know that AT&T now has this on uverse but when I search every result I am finding related to wifi so I am probably not catching the results correctly but this would help me an another area of the house.

    Thanks.
     
  10. zmancartfan

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    Does you NAS function as a DLNA server? If so, the Genie may very well work for your movies.

    I have Serviio running, and I'm able to stream most everything to my DVR and HD receivers. I say most everything because I'm connected to the network through a wireless CCK. It's not able to keep up with HD streams greater than 720p. If you're hard wired into your network, you may have enough bandwidth to go to 1080.


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  11. zmancartfan

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    Hmm. May have to backtrack. I will admit that it had been quite a while since I'd used a directv box to stream from Serviio. Tried it just now, and Serviio didn't show up as a networked device. I'll try rebooting everything later and see if it changes, but I do know I used to be able to do this.


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  12. peds48

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    While this is an alternative, it is a very poor one at best. since there is no trick play when using MediaShare. if you drop the connection in the middle of the movie, there is no way to advance, have to watch the entire movie again.
     
  13. zmancartfan

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    While this is an alternative, it is a very poor one at best. since there is no trick play when using MediaShare. if you drop the connection in the middle of the movie, there is no way to advance, have to watch the entire movie again.


    Hey, I didn't say it was the best way to do it, but the OP asked if there was a way to access his movies on any of the directv devices. My point is that with a DLNA server and a bridge to the network (CCK or a Genie acting as the CCK) it should work.


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  14. Bill Broderick

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    I use my Oppo Blu-ray player to stream movies from my network to my main TV and I use a Western Digital WDTV Live Plus to stream to the TV in my bedroom. The WDTV is more flexible with regard to the file formats that it will play. However, since you're saving everything to mp4, the Oppo would work for you.

    The Oppo requires that I add the files to Windows Media Player. The WDTV just requires that the file be in a shared folder.
     

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