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#1 of 23 Steven Simon

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Posted April 15 2004 - 12:48 AM

Anyone around here getting one?? Was curious if anyone had the DirecTv unit in there home yet?? I here it's very close to shipping....

#2 of 23 Michael Reuben

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Posted April 15 2004 - 01:22 AM

I don't think anyone has it yet, Steve. Some of the folks who are expecting it posted their predictions on timing here.

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#3 of 23 Robert_J

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Posted April 15 2004 - 01:24 AM

There are a few out at the retailers. There's a long thread over at the Tivo Community where a member went to Value Electonics yesterday for a demo and pictures. I was planning on purchasing one in the fall before football season but after seeing the pictures, it will be difficult to hold out that long.

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#4 of 23 Robert Crawford

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Posted April 15 2004 - 01:35 AM

Steve,
I have one preordered and I should be getting it by June.







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#5 of 23 Travis Hedger

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Posted April 22 2004 - 11:42 AM

Many Tivo Community members now have the HD DirecTivo in their possesion as of today.
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#6 of 23 Peter Staddon

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Posted April 30 2004 - 11:28 AM

I'm also thinking of getting one, can anyone post details about a specific Direct TV unit that I can go and check out.

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Posted April 30 2004 - 07:07 PM

I'm also thinking of getting one, can anyone post details about a specific Direct TV unit that I can go and check out.
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The link below is an actual review of this unit. Also, Good Guys stores will have some units next week and I would think they will have one for display.
http://www.electroni...s/hdtv-tivo.htm

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#8 of 23 Peter Staddon

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Posted May 03 2004 - 03:55 AM

Robert,

many thanks. Looking forward to seeing you in September.


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#9 of 23 Alex-C

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Posted May 03 2004 - 07:17 AM

I have been monitoring the forums for the unit, first here, then onto avsforum, then tivocommunity.com

I may jump in later this year. I don't know if the price will come down, I expect it won't, its still a little steep for me and I couldn't be sitting in a better position for adopting this box: I already have a 65" Mits HD ready tv, and I am about 10 extremely flat miles from the broadcast towers so my OTA reception should be great.

I could easily get HD locals now, but I dont want to give up my DirecTivo for that programming.

anyway, I am on the fence. need more programming, or less cost or something...I dunno.
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#10 of 23 Stephen Tu

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Posted May 03 2004 - 09:13 AM

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I don't know if the price will come down, I expect it won't

That's impossible. It has to come down, for satellite to compete with cable companies who are rolling out HD-DVR capabilities at ~$10/month additional, without having to pay anything up front. Also, there's no electronic device in history whose price hasn't eventually dropped.

The only question is when and how fast the price will drop. It's going to stay up at least 6 months I think, because right now there is relatively large pent up demand for a short supply. They try to make more money from people who just have to have it right away. Plus the competition from the cable companies won't heat up in most areas for about that time, since they are only rolling out DVRs in limited parts of the country.

#11 of 23 Ted Lee

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Posted May 03 2004 - 11:11 AM

if i get this right, these doohickeys have two (or more) antenna inputs...one specifically for local ota hi-def broadcasts?
 

#12 of 23 Stephen Tu

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Posted May 03 2004 - 11:43 AM

It has a single OTA antenna input, split internally to two tuners, receiving/recording digital broadcasts only, SD/ED/HD.

Plus two inputs for the satellite tuners; one RG-6 line must be run from a multiswitch to each of these.

#13 of 23 Ted Lee

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Posted May 03 2004 - 01:58 PM

thx stephen -

so in my existing living room, i currently have a dual-tuner tivo setup.

i guess in this hd setup, i would still have both lines (off the sat) into the receiver ... *plus* a third stand-alone antenna going into the ota input?

i guess i just want to make sure i don't have to run any more dang wires....
 

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Posted May 04 2004 - 12:12 AM

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*plus* a third stand-alone antenna going into the ota input?
You can diplex your OTA signal onto one of your satellite lines if you don't want to run another cable.

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#15 of 23 Ted Lee

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Posted May 04 2004 - 03:29 AM

sorry robert...not sure what you mean by diplex?

i already have two lines coming off my dish, through my wall, into the back of my directv.

if i add an antenna, then i can just run that third wire into the hi-def ota antenna input? if so, i'm okay with that, since it's all "inside the house". i just don't want to run any more wires off my dish, through my wall, into my house.
 

#16 of 23 Robert_J

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Posted May 04 2004 - 04:41 AM

This is a diplexer. Link

Look at the first diagram here to see how they are installed.

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if i add an antenna, then i can just run that third wire into the hi-def ota antenna input?
You can do this. The diplexer would be used if you needed to upgrade to an outside antenna.

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#17 of 23 Ted Lee

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Posted May 04 2004 - 05:59 AM

ahh..i get it now. thanks!

guess i actually don't need to worry about it.
 

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Posted May 04 2004 - 07:32 AM

STephen Tu...I hope you are right. I was thinking of trying to get it all in place by the time the NFL starts. that was my pseudo-deadline, and I was thinking the price won't come down by then, but maybe I am wrong.
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#19 of 23 Stephen Tu

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Posted May 04 2004 - 08:13 AM

No, I agree, the price won't come down by the time the NFL starts this year; my hope is price drop by the playoffs, or at least a cable alternative. But when you said in your first post that you didn't expect the price to come down, you didn't qualify that statement with any date. It's clearly wrong to expect that the price will never come down.

Realistically I wouldn't hope for price cuts until November or maybe even next year. I think the cable rollout has to be wider before D* has incentive to drop prices to compete.

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Posted May 14 2004 - 12:06 AM

Got mine installed yesterday, working beautifully.





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