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1st time DTVer and darned picky, but I'm satisfied. HR24 DVR makes me happy.

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Matt_Stevens, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. Matt_Stevens

    Matt_Stevens New Member

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    Moving to Jersey City from Manhattan I was nervous about going with DTV, but really had no choice due to Comcast being outrageously expensive and inept for this area. Scheduled my install and had them put in the notes I wanted an HR24 DVR or nothing at all.

    The morning of the install they called during the window and I asked about the HR24. Didn't have one in the install truck, so they said they would drive one out here while the installer was working.

    So I said fine and since dishes were already on the house (DTV customer lived here prior) there wasn't much work to be done. Good as their word, the manager showed up with a brand new HR24 DVR and I am now sitting pretty.

    This thing is way faster than my old DISH Network 921 DVR used to be (when I had DISH, which was years ago) and while it is not quite as fast as any cable box I have used in recent years, it is nearly so (I'm talking about switching channels, just to be clear).

    Software is better, far more ergonomic and the thing has tons of space and so many little choices to mess with that I am still learning.

    Picture quality is miles better than Time Warner, Cox, Comcast or Cablevision (and I have had all of them in the last five years at one point of another). I remember when DTV had the worst PQ out there. Friends of mine had DTV and their HD was complete crap. Clearly the move to MPEG4 fixed all that.

    My only complaint is that the Time Warner Scientific Atlantic DVR had a lot of aspect ratio wiggle room that the HR24 does not. Numerous modes allowed you to stretch or expand the image and that was helpful when you had letterboxed SD content or content that was squished by the morons at the channel and that needed to be unsquished. It was also easy as pie to switch modes.

    Oh well. One negative out of a hundred ain't bad. ;)

    So that is my story.
     
  2. Sim-X

    Sim-X Godfather

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    nice,

    I turned on Discovery the first day I got DTV hooked up. INSTANTLY noticed a difference in PQ. I had comcast/dtv at the same time for 1 day. A HUGE difference on certain channels in my aera. You were smart to not accept an install if they didn't have HR24, you would be SOL otherwise.

    Glad it worked out fro ya

    enjoy
     
  3. JACKIEGAGA

    JACKIEGAGA N.Y. FOOTBALL GIANTS

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    Thats good to hear Im glad everything worked out
     
  4. Yoda-DBSguy

    Yoda-DBSguy Hall Of Fame

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    A Galaxy...
    I know exactly waht your talking about in terms of changing the aspect ratio to eliminate hd broadcast borders and such. however all of my sets have adjustments/selection to do just that. I have a pioner plasma, a sony lcd and a samsung led lcd. All of them allow for tv aspect ratio changes such as full, wide, zoom 1, zoom2, 4:3, etc.

    The only problem is say when you use wide to fill an hd picture without boarders, then try to use the guide which is not in hd, as it blows the edges off the screen. So toggling back and forth between modes is a slight pain in the arse....
     
  5. wilbur_the_goose

    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

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    I'm happy for you!

    I just wish that I, a customer for 13 years, could get an HR24 like you (without paying full boat for it)
     
  6. JJEZ96

    JJEZ96 Mentor

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    Call retention and ask for a credit in the amount of the hr24. I did that and got a credit and bought the hr24 from solidsignal.
     
  7. Hutchinshouse

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

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    :welcome_s to DIRECTV

    Sounds like a nice install.
     
  8. themaestro

    themaestro AllStar

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    Great move requesting the equipment you wanted.

    I've been a loyal customer for years on a SD setup, finally made the call to upgrade to HD but just assumed I would be getting the latest and best equipment, instead I got the D20 DVR. Going to try and talk to some people to see what I can do, pathetic this is what it comes to. I'm not going to give them another cent if they don't upgrade my DVR free of charge.
     
  9. skatingrocker17

    skatingrocker17 Godfather

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    I miss that about my old DVR too, the DirecTV has an aspect ratio adjustment but it doesn't work on HD channels for some reason. The HR24 is still far better than the Scientific Atlanta 8300HD I had.
     

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