Wireless Cinema Connection Kit (On Demand)

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Some info from DirecTV tonight on the new Wireless Cinema Connection Kit (for adding On Demand / internet to receivers):

The kit is now shipping for self install and is available for professional install.
I am told that they have moved through all of the wired kit inventory, and anything shipping now should be the wireless kit.

For customers that have WholeHomeDVR and SWiM setups, the wireless kit is only $25 plus $7.95 for shipping via the account equipment page. That is a pretty good price compared to what I would have expected. Looking at the new customer options when ordering via directv.com today, the cinema connection kit is free with an HD-DVR order on the web.

For customers without whole home and SWM, it is a little more costly and they recomend having it installed, but do offer the self-install option. General pricing looks like $79 for the adapter kit and $49 for professional install, but I could be wrong on that. Perhaps someone without SWM can post the price shown on their account for us. (Equipment page, Cinema Connection Kit) They did not confirm that pricing, or I missed it. Situations like a single receiver environment can just hookup the wireless adapter to the ethernet port. Legacy systems could need multiple kits, so a whole-home dvr upgrade with the wireless kit would be the prefered offering.

Obviously the cheaper option is for customers with existing swm setups, and older setups cost more to upgrade. That said, the older a setup the more likely an account has options for a CSR to offer better pricing on the equipment upgrades.

The adapter itself is a simple wireless bridge that can run via an ethernet or a coax (DECA) connection. It is designed to setup it up and forget it, it "just works".

At this point the biggest challenge remains customers that don't understand wireless networking, or installers that don't. I'm sure Directv will have some basic training or FAQ type things for installers / tech support personel, but in no way are they receiving full-on networking training. But hey, that is why we are here :)


If you don't have on-demand because you couldn't get ethernet to the receiver, or have whole-home but never hooked a DECA to your network, now is the time to join in. Now they just need to keep growing that on-demand library.

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Several pictures available here:
New DirecTV Cinema Connection Kit FCC Filing - Engadget Galleries
 
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Curtis, does it give you an install option if you add it to cart, I would appreciate you checking that price.

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Jason - Adapter & Pro Install is $25 + $49 = $74 Total

Do you have whole home DVR or just an SWM setup?

They said existing customers with whole home dvr already it is only $25, plus $7 shipping or $49 pro install.

For customers without whole home dvr, or perhpas just without SWM (which is why I'm asking), it is $79 plus shipping or install.
 
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Sounds like a good deal and looks like it is very simple to hook up which for a blind guy works out very good... CC
 
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I live in So. Cal. have SWM and Whole Home DVR. My price for self-install is $25 plus $6.99 shipping.
 
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It shows as $25 and 6.99 shipping for me as well. But is added for free if I add an additional HD-DVR to my account.
 
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I have it and really dig the on demand my hr24, but I only have access on my dvr... Not my hd receiver.. Is that right?
 
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