DirecTV HR20 HD DVR

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  1. Richard Gallagher

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    I'm going to have one of these up and running later this month, and I'm wondering if anyone here has used one yet. I'm particularly interested in knowing if there are any problems with it that I need to be aware of.
     
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    Most Tivo users who switched to it absolutely HATE it. New DVR users are more accepting. There are some minor bugs that are discussed in detail in the HR20 section of the DBS Talk forum.

    -Robert
     
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    I prefer the Tivo interface myself, but the Tivos aren't able to receive the locals in HD and apparently won't be able to receive the new HD programming which DirecTV will be rolling out. There don't seem to be any guarantees that DirecTV will support any upgrades to the Tivo HD receivers, so I'm going to go with the HR20.

    How do I get to the DBS Talk forum?

    Thanks.
     
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    This seems to be my predicament as well.

    I own the DirecTV HD Tivo and am faced with the fact that
    within a year it will no longer be compatible with the service.

    I do know DirecTV will be replacing the equipment at no
    charge with their own DVR.

    I also know that this new DVR comes nowhere close to the
    slick interface and features of Tivo.

    In fact, it seems that everyone from cable to fiber has
    abandoned Tivo for their own brand of DVR.
     
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    Except for Comcast who will have a Tivo powered cable box out soon.

    -Robert
     
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    Robert,

    Thanks -- I found it.
     
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    Hello. i'm new new here.[​IMG]
    I have a question. I bought a DirecTV Hughes HD-250 DVR box for about one year and i noticed that it comes with two USB ports in the back. On instructions manual they don't explain why those USB ports are there.
    My question is: is this USB ports are useful? Can i transfer video thru my computer?

    Other question: What is the best RF remote control that i can use with this sat box?

    Thanks!
     
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    My opinion would be the Harmony 890. I'm using the 880 which is the same remote but strictly IR.

    -Robert
     
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    There is a recent article about the issues Directv is having with the HR20.

    http://www.hdtvmagazine.com/articles...tvs_hr20_-.php

    The Directv HD tivo is having its own issues with the recent software upgrade. All in all, a very frustrating time for Directv customers with HD DVRs.
     
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    I'm not current on news regarding D*.

    You have to lease these things now! [​IMG]
    Does D* still have a buy option?

    [Hugs her HR10-250 tight]
     
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    So if I understand you right my HR10-250 will be useless in a year or so. Right now I get local HD via antenna and D* hd via satellite. Am I correct?
     
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    Ben,

    Once DirecTV changes their coding, the HR10-250 will be
    useless.

    I was told that DirecTV will be replacing equipment at no
    charge, but you will of course receive a DVR that while
    HD-DVD capable, is not nearly as refined as the Tivo.
     
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    You are not entirely correct. Any new HD programming that D* puts up on their satellite will be in MPEG4 and broadcast from new satellites. The HR10 does not have an MPEG4 decoder or the ability to tune into the new satellites. It will still receive any MPEG2 HD for as long as D* sees fit to broadcast. It will still receive all MPEG2 SD programming. And it will still receive OTA. All Tivo functions will still work with the programming that it receives.

    -Robert
     
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    Robert,

    ...but for those of us that receive our locals through DirecTV
    then out HR10-250 is basically a paperweight by years end. Correct?
     
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    Ron,
    I think you get the NYC stations, if true then you will continue to receive MPEG-2 over the air from them.
     
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    The NY and LA markets are always exceptions. They are the only markets that can currently get local HD via satellite in MPEG2. Everything is pointing to ALL HD switching to MPEG4 by the end of the year. If it doesn't meet that deadline, then it will be shortly thereafter. The current "new" satellites are MPEG4 spot beams. The newest satellites to be launched this year will carry national HD channels in MPEG4. That will be channels like Food Network, National Geographic, MTV, etc.

    My plan is to keep the Tivo for local OTA HD and any SD programming. I'll get the HR20 for national HD programming. And I'll finally retire my SD DirecTivo.

    -Robert
     
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    I just want to be clear on this...

    Once DirecTV upgrades to MPEG4 what will I lose through
    my HR10-250?

    Is it the LOCAL or NATIONAL channels? I always heard the
    local, which if that is the case, all I need is an OTA antenna.
     
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    Ron,
    From my understanding, you will continue to receive your local NYC HD channels at MPEG 2. Any new HD channels added after these two new sats. go up in orbit will be in MPEG4.
     
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    The rumors I hear are the entire HD channel lineup from D* will go MPEG4 and move to the new satellites. The HR10 will still get SD via satellite and HD via antenna. That's what I will keep mine for.

    They are spending billion (or hundreds of millions) on launching 4 new satellites to broadcast MPEG4/HD. Why leave a handfull of HD on the legacy system. Switching it to MPEG4 and the new sats will free up bandwidth for dozens of new SD shopping channels.

    -Robert
     

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