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.
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...
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
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 .
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.
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