? about satellite receivers

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  1. Tim Gut

    Tim Gut Auditioning

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    I'm looking for a SAT Recvr for DirecTV that is digital, has Tivo and High definition capabilities. Does such a thing exist? If so, where can I find one? If not, what are my options? Thank you in advance.
     
  2. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    It does not exist today. Devices like this are expected towards the end of the year.

    The issue is HD & Tivo together.

    If you want HD today, the options are ~$400–$500 HD receivers that are no longer manufactured (maybe get one for less) or ~$600–$800 newer HD receivers. You can time-shift via S-VHS, VHS or a PVR, but SD by connecting the S-Video output (or composite output) to one of these devices. Some of these receivers will not output component and S-Video/composite at the same time, so you have to switch to a SD output only to record. Get the HD Tivo when it is available.

    If you want Tvio today (and can wait on HD), get the Tivo/DirecTV device. Get the HD Tivo when it is available.

    Or you can just wait.

    I chose to go with an HD receiver for one TV and a SD receiver for the other. I time-shift using S-VHS (about $200 will get you a deck). When the HD-PVRs hit the market (and my price point) I’ll move my current HD receiver to my bedroom set and upgrade the family room to a HE-PVR device.
     

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