Washington, D.C. (April 10,
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Q. I know you've
written about DIRECTV's Genie which lets you watch a recorded
show in several different rooms, but I have Comcast. Does
Comcast have a DVR that allows you to watch a show in a room
different from the room where the show was recorded? You know,
like if I recorded it in the bedroom but wanted to watch it in
the living room? -- Frank, Dunkirk, Maryland.
Yes, the DIRECTV Genie HD DVR has multi-room capability, meaning
you can watch recorded and live programming in any room of the
house from one set-top. For instance, you can install the
primary HD DVR in your bedroom, but still watch DIRECTV in your
living room or your second bedroom if you prefer.
Comcast also has a multi-room option called the AnyRoom DVR. It
allows you to start watching a recording in one room and finish
it in another. The AnyRoom DVR also permits you to watch
different recordings on different TVs at the same time and it
delivers HD programming on every HDTV in the house. (It works
with three additional rooms.)
How does it work?
The AnyRoom DVR includes one primary set-top that provides full
access to the DVR features of your on-screen guide such as the
capacity to schedule or delete a recording or pause live TV. The
primary DVR is linked to networked set-top boxes in your home,
which allows you to view completed recordings and recordings
already in progress.
There are some things the AnyRoom DVR can not do, such as:
* You can't transfer recordings from other DVRs in your house to
your AnyRoom DVR;
* If a recording is being viewed on a networked set-top, it
can't be deleted from the primary DVR until the recording is no
longer in use.
Check with your local Comcast customer service on pricing. Each
market offers a different pricing structure, although Comcast
sometimes charges nearly $20 a month for DVR use.
It should also be noted that other TV providers, such as Time
Warner Cable, Cox, Dish and others, offer multi-room DVRs, too.