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Old 09-13-2009, 06:49 PM   #1
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Is there a way to get the recorded programs from my LR to other rooms TV?
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Old 09-14-2009, 05:31 AM   #2
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There are several ways to accomplish this, but without a lot more information, it is difficult to even know what information you're asking for. For example, the way I do this is that I have two TiVo DVRs, and they have a feature whereby you can transfer recordings directly between the DVRs, through a wireless LAN. Works great! However, that may or may not be the answer to your question. So help us understand what you're asking for.
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Old 09-14-2009, 08:57 AM   #3
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sorry, I have a single DVR in living room and want to beable to watch the recordings on another TV without a DVR. I do have a wireless network setup that I can add too. Do I have to have a second DVR or is there any other media suggestions?
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Old 09-14-2009, 08:45 PM   #4
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I dont think any cable providers currently offer multi-room viewing. Only options is to run a coax from one room to another. GL
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Old 09-15-2009, 03:13 AM   #5
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Actually, I think U-Verse does offer a DVR/STB combo, where you can record stuff on the DVR, and then watch it either directly from the DVR, or on the STB in another room. However, that's relying on their equipment.

Also TiVo offers DVRs that communicate with each other through a wireless router, and allow most programming to be transferred from one DVR to another. However, of course, you have to have two TiVos for that.

I suspect the least expensive option most widely available is the Slingbox. It allows you to set up their base device by your DVR, and then set up a remote box in another room, and then control one from the other. However, with the Slingbox, you cannot watch one thing in one room, while watching something else in another room: With the Slingbox, you're essentially just remoting.
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Old 09-15-2009, 05:28 AM   #6
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Verizon has a multi-room DVR set-up too. But like what Bicker said with U-Verse, it requires that you have a set top box on that second TV.

There are ways to get a recording from your DVR in one room to a separate TV in another, without the need for separate cable boxes/DVRs. Of course, doing that means that you have the same programming going to both TVs at the same time (you can't have one person watch recording A in the living room, and another person watch recording B in the bedroom - both TVs would be getting the exact same feed).

You could run coax from room A to room B, and then buy an IR repeater for your TV - so you could control the DVR from room B. They have units that are really cheap - they send commands wirelessly from one room to the other.

If you don't want to run coax, you can also buy wireless boxes which feed programming from one room to the other. Prices for such boxes vary... and I've never seen one (yet, although I'm sure they're coming) that can do HD. Essentially you have two units - one on the TV with the DVR, and the other on the second TV. A wireless signal goes from the unit on TV A to the unit on TV B. Radio Shack sells such units, although I think they're a tad overpriced. You can also check out on-line sources like monoprice or firefold.
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Old 09-15-2009, 01:41 PM   #7
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Here is an idea, the MOXI, works on any cable system.
Room to room DVR.

http://moxi.com/us/home.html
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The Moxi HD DVR is another good option, but it significantly more expensive than the TiVo HD with lifetime service, is much newer (and so hasn't really proved itself long-term, yet), and is not quite as feature-packed. I think the big attraction of the Moxi is the fact that it is "not a TiVo", but if you don't have a specific enmity for TiVo or for CableCARD, then the Moxi doesn't seem like a good deal.
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