Testing of the new DVRs is almost complete. Expect to see them in homes within a few months.
Waiting for new tech to roll out can be frustrating, especially when it’s something we should have had for a while. The idea of a server based DVR with support for multiple rooms has been around for a while, and it looks like DirecTV subscribers are finally getting them.
Starting in the next few months, DirecTV subscribers will have access to the HR-24 set-top server. The new box is said to feature at least three individual tuners, a sizable hard drive, and support for eight client boxes.
The clients, known as the H-24, will act like computer terminals in that they won’t have any real hardware of their own, but will control the HR-24 remotely. The advantage of this is obvious. Any DVR in the house will be able to tune in to programs recorded on the HR-24.
Additionally, the HR-24 will use MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) specifications, meaning that HD video will be able to be sent over existing coax connections. There’s no new networking or wiring to do to make everything work together.
No pricing has been announced for the new set-tops, but according to DirecTV spokesman Robert Mercer, they’ll begin to be available by spring of 2010.
Source: Multichannel News