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AM21 - Preorder @ SolidSignal.com

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by byron, Feb 27, 2008.

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  1. Feb 28, 2008 #61 of 107
    waynebtx

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    Two of my locals are broadcasting SD via ATSC digital ota.
     
  2. Feb 28, 2008 #62 of 107
    Doug Brott

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    Yup and that is record up to 2 things (3 if you count Video on Demand downloads) and playback one thing at the same time. Those two things can be any of the following combinations:

    2 satellite broadcasts
    1 satellite broadcast, 1 over-the-air broadcast
    2 over-the-air broadcasts
     
  3. Feb 28, 2008 #63 of 107
    Doug Brott

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    bummer .. well I guess the good news is that it's digital. It should still be snow-free which is good.
     
  4. Feb 28, 2008 #64 of 107
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    I agree about Solid Signal being a good company. I have ordered from them before and was treated right.
     
  5. Feb 28, 2008 #65 of 107
    litzdog911

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    Nope.
     
  6. Feb 28, 2008 #66 of 107
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    Is there really a power cable? I thought I read somewhere that the USB cable powered everything.
     
  7. Feb 28, 2008 #67 of 107
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    you are correct, there is no power cable.
     
  8. Feb 28, 2008 #68 of 107
    houskamp

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    wrong..
    power cable from wall goes to AM21, then the AM21 has a cord to the DVR...
     
  9. Feb 28, 2008 #69 of 107
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    And if your TV has an ATSC tuner you can use a splitter on the antenna cable to go to the DVR and to the TV and record 2 HD shows on the DVR and watch a third HD show on the TV tuner.
     
  10. Feb 28, 2008 #70 of 107
    Doug Brott

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    Correct, there is no additional wall outlet needed, but the AM21 uses normal AC power. It is powered by removing the power cord from the back of the HR21 and inserting it into the AM21. A power cord tail from the HR21 is then plugged into the back of the HR21.

    The other connection from the AM21 to the HR21 is a USB 2.0 connection which will allow the HR21 to talk to the two tuners in the AM21.

    While I haven't actually confirmed it with anyone I believe the AC power requirement is because there is not enough juice in the single USB connection to power the two ATSC tuners in the AM21. Either way, it's a very clean design.
     
  11. Feb 28, 2008 #71 of 107
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    two stars for houskamp.
     
  12. Feb 28, 2008 #72 of 107
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    Using an AM21 on one USB port, will my Toaster with a USB cord work in another port on my HR21? :D
     
  13. Feb 28, 2008 #73 of 107
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    And, as I almost always chime in on this:

    Even if you have only one satellite hooked up (that is without SWM), you can still record 2 OTA broadcasts at once.

    With one satellite and one OTA hookup, you can record:

    1 satellite, 1 OTA
    2 OTA
     
  14. Feb 28, 2008 #74 of 107
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    I suppose it's also safe to say that the HD-DVR is really still $300 instead of $200 since you have to buy the add-on to get the equivilant original functionality.
     
  15. Feb 28, 2008 #75 of 107
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    You cannot and will not be able to use the AM-21 with the HR20...it is for the HR21 only. Earl has said there are no plans whatsoever to allow the AM21 to work with the HR20.
     
  16. Feb 28, 2008 #76 of 107
    byron

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    it isn't if OTA isn't important to you.... which to the majority of customers, it isn't.
     
  17. Feb 28, 2008 #77 of 107
    Doug Brott

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    Yup, the majority will not even notice anything other than perhaps the lower price and the black box vs. the silver one. But for some the cost will be a little higher to get the add-on.
     
  18. Feb 28, 2008 #78 of 107
    Earl Bonovich

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    And at the same time... that is $60 less in those boxes for those that don't want.... $60 less, that doesn't have to be paid for somewhere else in the system.

    As those OTA tuners are not free to make.
     
  19. Feb 29, 2008 #79 of 107
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    Not sure that it isn't important. Probably more ignorance than anything. They just don't know what they're missing.
     
  20. Feb 29, 2008 #80 of 107
    Earl Bonovich

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    Really?

    I have OTA connected... but don't use it, or really need it.
    I pretty much leave it there, just for testing purposes.
    As all the channels I want, I get via SAT.

    There are a LOT of non-ignorant people out there, that just don't want an OTA antenna on their home and the additional work to get that signal to their TV.

    With a lot of the markets now having all of the big 4 channels available... and then even more channels on the SAT stream... People who have gone without OTA antennas for 20+ years now, are not going to run out and put one up... just so they can have a "weather" channel.
     
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