It's now "DRE" and "DRE Plus"
A little bit of new nomenclature I read about... for all those commercial types who follow DIRECTV Residential Experience.
The base level of DRE is now simply called "DIRECTV Residential Experience." This is the version without the server, so you don't get the really fancy bits like PMS Server interaction, Local Content Insertion, IP Cameras, and that stuff. But you do get the ability to give your guests the DIRECTV service that they enjoy at home.
To get the real experience though, you need what is now called "DIRECTV Residential Experience PLUS." This is what I formerly called "DRE 2.0." It's the version with the server. You can insert your own videos, map channels, set parental controls remotely, and this is the version you need if you want to put a DVR in the room.
Bottom line is you now have two great choices: DRE for simpler installs and DRE Plus for the best possible experience!
I read about this in the dealer brief. If you're planning on doing this you need to know there is a waiver the properties need to sign that says they understand there is no parental control except that on the receiver.
There is also a keyword search that lets the property reset parental controls if the guest leaves them on.
Honestly I understand some properties wanting this due to the lower cost but there is so much more potential with "DRE Plus." I hope that DIRECTV allows an upgrade path. I think they will, since they have upgraded people from first-generation DRE.
I have to agree with you there, sir. A property owner who just wants the basic DRE is missing out on everything it has to offer. But there are different cost levels and different budgets.