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Hi was wondering of someone could clarify Directv's new Beta version of their Multi Room DVR? I have two Directv Receivers, a HD DVR HR22/100 and a HR21, both connected to the same internet network via ethernet. My HD DVR has the latest software version having been updated a dew days ago and has the multi room DVR feature listed in the menu. I also get the TV Apps ok. My HR21 HD Receiver gets TV Apps but it's software was last updated in Oct. and does not have the multi room DVR feature and doesn't connect to the other receiver. I'm thinking that it needs a more recent software - is there a way to update the version or do I just have to wait until it occurs on its own? Both boxes when tested do connect to the internet and the network. Thanks!
 
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david_gilbert

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you could force the update to the CE version tonight. check the CE subforum at the top of this page for instructions. but basically after 11 easter you reboot your box and hit 02468 on the remote, it will say it is downloading a new version.
 

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All HR2X's should not have the 0x03A8 software now. If you don't have that level try a forced download, reboot the HD DVR and at the very 1st screen enter 0 2 4 6 8 to force a download of whatever software is in the stream for download.

Don't know why they're being so slow on the H21/22/23 updates.
 

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Well I'm happy to report that my HR21 non-DVR HD receiver received the software update overnight Tues. into Wed.
After that I opted in for that receiver and gave it a room designation and then tried it and presto I have the multi room DVR system working just fine!!! Have only 2 of my 3 receivers networked. Too bad they're gonna charge for this service! They ought to offer a discounted fee for the DVR service and the Multi Rm DVR service.
 

NutFlush920

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I see from the other guy's site that MRV is available in select markets. I have been using it via CE since day one and still use it on NR software. I am not in one of these select markets.

I see that there will be a $3 charge. When will DirecTV start charging me for MRV? I don't need to upgrade my HR21's if I have a home network working great do I?
 

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Hmmm interesting. Just got the email for this and called them. According to their rep, the cost is $150 ($100 equipment fee for new filters?!? and $50 service activation fee) up front, then $3/mo. He offered to waive $50 of the equipment fee and after I told him that we pay almost $2k/yr for DTV, that was unacceptable, he then countered w/ $100 credit, but that I'd still have to pay the $50 activation fee.

So what you guys are saying is that there is no extra equipment needed? I'm confused! HELP!
 

NutFlush920

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Hmmm interesting. Just got the email for this and called them. According to their rep, the cost is $150 ($100 equipment fee for new filters?!? and $50 service activation fee) up front, then $3/mo. He offered to waive $50 of the equipment fee and after I told him that we pay almost $2k/yr for DTV, that was unacceptable, he then countered w/ $100 credit, but that I'd still have to pay the $50 activation fee.

So what you guys are saying is that there is no extra equipment needed? I'm confused! HELP!

I have all my HR21's connected via home network CAT5e. I set up MRV on each and all work well. Why pay $150 for activation and equipment when you can do it this way? Each room in my house is wired for coax and data. I have SWiM already. I guess $3/mo is worth it. Going back to a nonMRV setup would suck. Free would be better though.
 

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It would not surprise me if they required the $99 upgrade fee. This way they can install the Deca modules and SWiM for all of the MRV installation. I personally would not want to support any customers network with a product that I was providing. To many things that you can not support to get in the way.
 

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I have all my HR21's connected via home network CAT5e. I set up MRV on each and all work well. Why pay $150 for activation and equipment when you can do it this way? Each room in my house is wired for coax and data. I have SWiM already. I guess $3/mo is worth it. Going back to a nonMRV setup would suck. Free would be better though.

So let me understand this...I already have my DVR's networked via hardwired Cat5 as well. What do I need, then, to get MRV? Just force the download?

IOW, if my DVR's are networked already, I only need to DL the update and boom, my bill increases $3/mo but I have MRV?
 
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NutFlush920

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So let me understand this...I already have my DVR's networked via hardwired Cat5 as well. What do I need, then, to get MRV? Just force the download?

IOW, if my DVR's are networked already, I only need to DL the update and boom, my bill increases $3/mo but I have MRV?

I am running software 0x3a8 and under the setup menu there is Multi-Room. Very easy to set up.

If DirecTV forces me to pay anything more than $3/mo they can keep it. I'm not asking them to support my home network. Nobody touches my network but me. I work in IT. If they do charge more then a monthly fee I'm going to Uverse after being with DirecTV for a lot of years
 

wildbill129

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Th latest buzz is that MRV will cost $3.00 per month. You can network them yourself and pay the $3.00 but will receive no tech support from DirecTV. You can also choose the DirecTV DECA version, which will require a SWM setup, and the DECA adapters. Who knows what that will cost...I've heard as little as $50.00. The advantage to that is DirecTV will support it...like others, I have been using it via CE releases since mid-summer. I will pay the $3.00 but I won't pay for DECA, my ethernet network works fine...

eapeas, does that answer your question?
 

JAG72

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So where does it state that they will activate MRV with your own home network? Everything I have seen is that right now they are adding the MRV upgrade fee to give you SWiM and Deca.
 
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wildbill129

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They already have. I can't imagine them turning off all the CE'ers and current beta testers because they won't buy DECA and upgrade to SWM.

Nothing is in writing yet, I am relying on the rumors here and over at the "other" site....
 

JAG72

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I can personally easily see them turning off the CE'ers and other beta testers as it is such a small number of people.
 

joed32

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The insiders all over the net are saying that you can use your own network without support if you choose to.That is the opposite of what they were saying a few days ago. All new installs will be SWM and be offered DECA. This is only being done in the 4 test areas right now but should be national in a few months. The $3 price is being stated as well.
 
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