X1_AR_DVR Overview v1 ‏902 KB

X1_AR_DVR Overview v1 ‏902 KB
X1 AnyRoom DVR
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X1 AnyRoom DVR Overview
The X1 Platform is designed architecturally to be a whole home product, offering access to all content on any
TV in the home. Every X1 Platform set-top box (STB) is a terminal device whether they have a hard drive or
not and all set-top boxes can see and play all recordings made regardless of where they may be stored.
There are two types of devices supported by the X1 Platform. A “Player”, which is a device with a hard drive
(DVR) and a “Player Mini”, that does not have a hard drive. When a recording is scheduled on a Player it is
scheduled to record in the hard drive contained in that device. When a recording is scheduled from a Player
Mini, the recording is scheduled to the Player that it is assigned to.
Both Player and Player Mini’s can playback any recording regardless of the physical hard drive they are
stored on.
Multiple Players
The standard X1 AnyRoom DVR product configuration allows for one Player in the home. Support for multiple
Players is allowed in some markets on a case-by-case basis.
DVR Scheduling
In the standard X1 AnyRoom DVR configuration,
there is a single list of scheduled recordings. Both
Players and Player Mini’s can schedule and
manage the list of upcoming recordings.
When multiple Players are configured in a home,
the Player Mini’s must select a default Player to
listen for their schedule requests. This is done via
the user interface when the Player Mini is first
installed but can also be updated by changing the
“Default DVR” via the settings menu at anytime.
The server maintains a complete list of all recordings scheduled on all Players in the home, and manages the
tuners, storage capacity, and conflict management of each Player separately. The upcoming scheduled
recordings for each Player will display only on the Player they will be stored on, as well as any Player Mini
that has chosen that Player as it’s default recording listener.
The Player Mini’s don’t all have to be assigned to a single Player in the home. For example, if you have 2
Players and 2 Player Mini’s, one Player Mini can schedule recordings to Player 1 and the other could
schedule its recordings to Player 2. Also, if you want the Player Mini’s to always record to one Player, you
can select both Player Mini’s to schedule recordings to Player 1 or 2.
DVR Playback
Any recording can be played back on any Player or Player Mini in the home. In a multiple Player home, the
server presents a combined list of all recordings stored on all Players on a single account in a single list.
These are playable on any device in the home associated with that account, and if you so choose, the same
recording can be playback on all of the boxes at the same time at different playback points. This allows you
to watch your recordings on any TV in the house at any time. You can even start in one room and finish in
another.
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Pausing Live TV
Player devices support pausing Live TV using their internal hard drive or storage device. The current Player
Mini devices do not have any internal storage and therefore do not support pausing Live TV. We are working
with our hardware manufacturers to explore solutions so that Player Mini devices can have Live TV pause
capabilities in the future.
Separate Player in an AnyRoom DVR home
Since this past June, the X1 DVR only offered in a “whole home” capacity. What this means is you cannot
have a separate Player that is isolated from the rest of the devices in the home; they are all on the same
account, and recordings are managed at the account level. That said, we are working on some pretty cool
recording management and personalization functionality that provide ways to share, hide, or group
recordings in more effective ways throughout a household.
Product Tips
Power to the Player
A Player always needs to be powered on in
order for the X1 AnyRoom product to function
correctly. If the Player is not powered on, you
will see an error indication in the list of
recordings when displayed on the Player Mini.
If you are seeing these error messages, please
insure that the Player(s) are plugged into power
and turned on.
Energy note
The Player and Player Mini utilize sophisticated
power management rules to reduce power
when not in active use, and re-awaken to full
power when needed. You do not need to
manually turn them on and off in order to
reduce electricity consumption in your home;
they will manage that automatically for you.
Default DVR on Player
The Player devices provide the same ability to choose a default DVR just like the Player Mini’s. It is highly
recommended that each Player is set to use itself as the default DVR. Choosing another Player from the
list will disable the scheduling and recording capability of the Player and it will share only the other Player’s
tuners and storage for recordings.
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