Originally Posted by P Smith
you will press the installer for RB LNB, but usually all of them knew the future shift to RB and do install RB DLNB, just be persistent during install process
same for HS17 server - vocalize the fact: you have more then 1 UHD TV and only HS17 can support two 4k streams simultaniously (HR54 serving just one 4k TV)
if the tech have no HS17 nor RB DLNB in his truck, just refuse the install, do postpone it with the tech or/and call DTV if the tech will not follow your request
Thanks! Just to be clear, what is the right dish to accept? Should I accept only the one I linked to (https://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp?p=slsp-3d2rblnb
), or are there other RB LNB dishes that are OK as well?
Also some questions about maybe using the HS54 instead... It is OK with me if I can only do 4K on just my main 4K TV (or on just one of my 2 4K TVs at a time) if it means a more reliable and flexible (more turners) setup, especially given the limited amount of 4K broadcast content. After more research it seems some people prefer the HS54 instead, along with multiple HDDVR units, because supposedly the HS17 has been pretty buggy, and also can cause conflicts due to not enough tuners. In particular, please see this post: https://forums.att.com/t5/DIRECTV-Ac...ht/true#M18494
So I wonder now about going with the HR54 instead, even though it means only 1 4K stream at a time. I am not sure I understand the way the amount of tuners in this scenario works. Overall I have 2 4K TVs and 4 more TVs, so 6 in total.
Scenario 1: This would have 1 HR54, 1 C61K connected to the 4K TV, and 4 HD DVRs. I think this gives me 5 tuners for HR54 plus 8 more from the HD DVRs, for a total of 13. If all 6 TVs are on at the same time (with either 0 or 1 4K stream), I THINK (?) this means I have 13 minus 6 = 7 tuners available to record shows while all 6 TVs are in use. And for storage capacity I have 200 hours of HD recording from the HR54, plus 4 x 100 hours of HD from the 4 HD DVRs, for a total of 600 hours of HD (or about 150 hours of 4K). Are all my assumptions here correct and this will work as I think, limited to only ever watching 4K on the one TV where the C61K is connected?
Scenario 2: This is similar to the above scenario, except I get one more C61K and one less HD DVR, so that I can watch 4K on either of the 2 4K TVs, but not at the same time. So here I would have 1 HR54, 2 C61K, and 3 HD DVRs. I THINK (?) this means I have 5 tuners for the HR54 plus 6 more for the HD DVRs, with 0 from the C61K, for a total of 11 tuners. If all 6 TVs are on at the same time, then I have 11 minus 6 = 5 tuners available to record shows while all 6 TVs are in use. And for storage capacity I have 200 hours from HR54, plus 3 x 100 from 3 HD DVRs, for a total of 500 hours of HD (or about 100 hours of 4K). Do I have this this right? If so, then I would be trading 100 hours of HD recording plus 2 less tuners, for the ability to watching 4K from 2 TVs, but not at the same time. Do I have all this correct?
Question: If I have these scenarios correct - do I get extra tuners available if some TVs are NOT being used when the tuner is needed for recording? For instance, let's say that the TV where the HR54 is installed and TV where a HD DVR is installed are rarely turned on and being watched. In that case, does that count as two extra tuners, as long as those TVs are not being watched? So for example in scenario 2 would I actually have 7 tuners available for recording most of the time, if those TVs are rarely watched? If that's the case I would go with scenario 2 since I still get 7 tuners for recording most of the time, with at least 5 tuners (still enough) in any event (if all TVs are being watched), because this way I have flexibility to watch 4K from either TV.
Scenario 3: Assuming I can even get the HS57 (from what I determined from that link to the DirecTV forum, apparently the HS54 is only available to EXISTING customers), a HS17 with all C61K would give me 7 tuners total. If all 6 TVs were being watched at the same time I would have only 1 tuners left for recording, and if all 6 TVs were on at the same time and I was watching one 4K stream. then I would have 0 tuners available for recording. Yes? More realistically let's say 4 TVs were on at the same time, this would leave 3 tuners to record or 2 tuners if 4K was also being watched on one TV, or 1 tuner if 4K was being watched simultaneously on 2 TVs. Do I have this scenario right?
Scenario 4: Realizing that the HD DVR boxes are quite big, I have no room for that on the kitchen TV (HD, not 4K). In which case I may do 1 HR54, with 3 C61K, and 2 HD DVRs. This way I can put a C61K in the kitchen for size convenient. This would give me 9 tuners total, and 5 tuners available assuming no more than 4 TVs were being used at any time with no 4K streams or 4 tuners with 1 4K stream or 3 tuners left is 2 4K simultaneous streams, along with 400 HD recording hours. If my scenarios are all correct, then I'd likely go with this scenario.
Question: DirecTV apparently does not offer any short grace period to cancel the 2 year contract if we are not satisfied with how things work or the reliability of the set up or service. Is there any way to get out of the contract after accepting the installation but within a short period like 3 days or 7 days or 14 days etc if we are not happy with how things work? This is my main hesitation.
I have made several assumptions in the above scenarios, so hopefully you can confirm if my assumptions and scenarios are correct. Thank you!