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HTPC going to DTV

tlo729
04-17-2008, 02:27 PM
I have used an HTPC for several years with cable and we all love it. I have four tuner cards so we can record up to 4 shows at a time, etc...

We are moving to a new location and will likely get DTV. My question is, if I leave the HTPC setup, what are my HDDVR scenarios if I want comparable recording options, i.e. record more than 2 shows at a time and still watch live (like I do now).

Thanks in advance.

rbinck
04-17-2008, 02:44 PM
Each Directv DVR can record up to 2 shows.

tlo729
04-17-2008, 03:08 PM
Each Directv DVR can record up to 2 shows.

Thanks, Is there anyway to consolidate that function at one tv location? Like connecting multiple DVRs together?

Recording on different DVRs in other parts of the house is of no use if where you want to watch it is the other room.

rbinck
04-17-2008, 06:25 PM
Shure you could hook up 2 DVRs to the same TV. You will need 2 coax cables per DVR from the dish or multiswitch as splitters are not allowed except for MDU installations.

tlo729
04-18-2008, 06:35 AM
That is what I was hoping. So that would allow me to get close to what I have now.

Is two DVRs on one TV the max? Would one remote control both or would you have to handle each one separately?

Thanks again.

mcbeevee
04-18-2008, 06:53 AM
That is what I was hoping. So that would allow me to get close to what I have now.
Is two DVRs on one TV the max? Would one remote control both or would you have to handle each one separately?
Thanks again.
You can add as many DVR's as you want to one TV. You are only limited by the number of tv inputs and/or video switches. When using a Directv remote in IR mode, you can control up to 2 dvr's. In RF mode, you can control up to 3 dvr's with the same Directv remote.

:)

tlo729
04-18-2008, 07:11 AM
What type of connection do the HD DVRs typically come with at the moment? Would it be HDMI to the TV? In which case I would have to change inputs on the TV screen to watch a second DVR?

Sorry if these are noob questions...

rbinck
04-18-2008, 08:59 AM
The Directv DVR has HDMI and component video outputs. If you use the component video outputs they hook up with 5 cables, 3 video and 2 audio.

Yes you would switch inputs on the TV to view the different DVRs if they are all connected to different TV inputs. You can also use a separate video switcher so as to use a single TV input which is done when TV inputs are limited. Here are some examples: Are You Out Of Inputs? (http://www.highdefinitionblog.com/?page_id=263#OutOfInputs)

joed32
04-18-2008, 09:19 AM
That is what I was hoping. So that would allow me to get close to what I have now.

Is two DVRs on one TV the max? Would one remote control both or would you have to handle each one separately?

Thanks again.

I have 5, all hooked up to both HD TVs and 2 SD TVs. The only limit is your pocketbook.