I’d like to start by giving you a brief introduction to my home network layout, then I want to tell you about the wonders of DirecTV’s HD DVRs and the network features they support.
In my home, I’m running a pretty large home network with two DirecTV HD DVRs, a DirecTV HD receiver, two Blu-Ray players, three PCs, two Linux servers, an XBox 360 and finally a Wii.
DirecTV’s HD DVRs now support multi-room viewing. You can watch any program on any DVR in any room, as long as they are connected by the network. You can begin by watching LOST in the living room and when you are ready to go to bed, resume it in the bedroom. Although I really love the ability to “pool” my DVR storage and have a combined playlist, my favorite feature that isn’t mentioned is now I can record 4 programs at a time. With a single DVR, you’re limited to two programs (record one/watch one live or record two). Now I can record two in the living room and two in the bedroom, for a total of four receivers. There is a small lag of several seconds when you start a program from the remote DVR, but you quickly get used to it and the other features greatly outweigh a small delay.
Lastly, DirecTV HD DVR’s can play content from a UPNP media server. When you download a server (such as the wonderful MediaTomb http://mediatomb.cc/) you can stream your ripped content from your server to your DVR and watch it on your TV.
These are just two reasons I switched from cable to DirecTV and never looked back…