cbstv said:Is there a limit to how many boxes in one house can have access to the DVR? I have 4 boxes + a DVR. Will I be able to operate the DVR as a 'stand alone' tuner, without the other boxes interfering with it? Is the first tuner included with the service?
First if the DVR is a dual tuner DVR you cannot use the DVR to watch a live show if its currently recording two shows at the sametime but that is no different. Now if the DVR is recording two shows at once I know for sure that you can playback anything recorded on the DVR with all four digital boxes at the sametime. You can also playback an existing recording on the DVR itself still at the sametime too. Now if you have four HD boxes along with the HD DVR and your trying to watch HD on all the HD boxes that might be close to the limit but with Moca I think the cables can handle the data but the limit will be with the hard drive. The hard drive must be fast enough to handle the volume of data without stalling so I think the limit might be four HD multiroom streams while playing back an HD show on the DVR while also recording two HD shows. That alone is 7 streams of HD the hard drive must handle so I think that is very close to the limit of the drive itself.
Also keep in mind that the basic digital boxes will be using their one and only tuner to playback a show from the DVR but Verizon is working at making the multiroom viewing and VOD true IPTV without using a tuner. When this does occur unlike with cable you will be able to record two HD shows at the sametime while also being able to playback any VOD title or DVR recording from another DVR box all at the sametime. Right now with cable to use VOD on their DVR boxes it must use one of the two tuners so you can only record one show while watching a VOD title.