Discussion in 'Community Broadband & Computers' started by jmbranch, Aug 31, 2011.
Anyone using Direct TV with "whole house DVR" . What is the capacity of the dvr?
i think they have multiple levels...nice part is if you have one box thats full you can record on the other boxes too. so in effect you get 2, 3, 4, times the volume.
Even though this isn't what you asked: I recently did a vacation week at Lake Anna and promptly remember why I dropped satellite TV years ago; as half the time was spent "Searching for Signal" as the summer storms moved through.
I have Direct TV and very rarely lose a signal even in a hurricane. Did in the heavy snow that came our way in late winter but that's been about it.
With DirecTV any DVR can be a whole-house DVR. I have a HR20-700 and a HR22-100 ... the old HR22 has a smaller drive, maybe like 250GB or something -- the HR22 has a 500 I think.
A properly-peaked dish won't go searching for signal except for the most extreme thunderstorms or crazy snow... I've only had mine go out about 10 minutes in 6 years.
I have 2 DVRs and can record 4 things at a time and play them back anywhere, including on a PC. The only thing they need to implement is a unified "season pass" list where you just tell it all the shows you want and it will farm them out to each DVR as needed to make sure everything gets recorded. As of now you have a season pass on each DVR which you can only maintain from said DVR, or the directv web site.
That being said, I was thinking about switching to FiOS only because I wanted to save some $ as the triple play is around 120 or so vs directv which alone is ~$100, + fios internet + home phone.
Apparently there is some 1.9 release of the FiOS DVR software that enables the DVRs to do what I have explained above, but you still have to pay the crazy monthly $20 rentals i think
Capacity will really depend on the DVR model you select. Our family truly enjoys the Whole House feature.
We opted for the following configuration 2 DVRs and 2 HD receivers:
HD DVR+Plus Model #R22: each DVR records about 100 hours of HD content (1080i & p) and about 400 hours of Standard Def programming. And as another poster stated; you can record 2 programs on each DVR, plus you can simultaneously download a video on demand program.
HD Receiver Model # HR23
Here is a comparison chart of all DirecTV receivers:
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