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Why can HR34 support multiple remote views but not the HR24

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by StephenJC, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. StephenJC

    StephenJC Legend

    Feb 26, 2012
    Why can the HR34 support multiple remote viewings, but the HR24 only supports one? Is it hardware or software? What does the HR34 have that the HR24 not?
  2. infoteknerd

    infoteknerd New Member

    Jun 11, 2012
    I think that it might have something to do with the fact that the HR34 has 5 tuners, while the HR24 only has 2.

    Say you have 1 TV remotely connected to the HR24, that means that if someone is watching TV you would no longer be able to record a show in the background.

    With the HR34 all 3 RVU can be used, and you still have 2 tuners available for the box itself (1 person watching, and 1 more show recording in the background, or 2 shows recording in the background)

    I could be wrong, been away from DTV for a year, coming back on Tuesday :D
  3. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    RVU is different. If you have DirecTV receivers, you can watch 3 different things remotely, one more recorded locally and record 5 things at the same time. Using a Samsung RVU TV or a C30 or whatever it will be called, that would use a tuner. Overall, the hardware and software are different compared to the 24, CPU etc.
  4. dsw2112

    dsw2112 Always Searching

    Jun 12, 2009
    I'm not sure the OP is asking specifically about RVU as the HR34 can support multiple MRV streams as well. As mentioned, the CPU is different, but it's likely more to do with calling the HR34 a "Whole Home Media Center." You can't very well call it that and not have more than one stream :lol:

    I'd bet the HR24 could do more than one, but then it would no longer be "equivilent" to the other HR2X receivers. I'd hate to see an HR21 try serving 3 streams at once...
  5. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    And the HR24 doesn't support RVU at all. Just some terminology confusion I think.
  6. lugnutathome

    lugnutathome Hall Of Fame

    Apr 13, 2009
    Woodburn, OR
    Perhaps from a layman's perspective. . .

    The HR34 is a NEW design implementation to facilitate a whole home central receiver feeding streams to multiple remote clients that may or may not have built in (sat) receiver capability. Think of it as a standard DVR bundled with 3 additional HD receivers in the same box that share the hard drive.

    The HR24 on the other hand is an evolution to a platform that is in essence a 5 or 6 year old design that only recently has been updated to distribute its content to a single remote client that has built in (sat) receiver capability.

    Even if the HR24 could be firmware uplifted to run RVU it's 2 tuners could not be leveraged to service remote clients lacking sat tuners or it would lose its own primary function as a DVR. It maybe could support an additional MRV stream but then it would be inconsistent with the rest of the HR2x series DVRs and therefore fall out of the same pricing and service models.

    Don "hope I didn't muddy that up too much there" Bolton
  7. TomCat

    TomCat Broadcast Engineer

    Aug 31, 2002
    No, I think you nailed it, Lug. Its a simple matter of concept. They have different task goals, and therefore different software and hardware design goals, and therefore different software and hardware capabilities. They are cousins; two unique platforms for two different yet related purposes, with largely different prices accordingly, rather than siblings such as the HR20 and HR21 which are two different conventional DVR models targeting the same basic tasks.

    Now all we need is a Hopper/Joey to round out the family :D.
  8. The Merg

    The Merg 1*

    Jun 24, 2007
    Northern VA
    And to clarify, when someone is watching a show remotely from a HD-DVR, that does not use up a tuner. You can still record 2 separate shows and watch a show remotely (and locally) and download a VOD all at the same time.

    - Merg

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