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Does Comcast Have Multi-Room DVRs?
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (April 10, 2013) -- Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to

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.

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