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Discussion in 'DIRECTV SD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, May 5, 2008.
I'd still need a converter anyway, I would just give my coupons away and buy one I can DVR.......
I agree with you. But the vast majority of people in this country do not have an antenna and don't want one. It's just the fact.
And what I meant by "that's what cable is for" is that people don't understand why you'd use an antenna to get channels you get with cable or satellite. Yes I know there are subchannels and such but guess what...those people don't know they exist and don't care.
Yes it does. Some of their customers get SD locals using NTSC OTA. Now they have to sign up for locals. Most of those people (like me) will sign up for locals on the 72.5 bird. If the locals aren't going to be there, then suddenly most of the customers in these markets need all new receivers, DVRs, and dishes, and they need to be installed before the NTSC cutoff date. D* needs to anticipate that demand so they don't run out of hardware and leave these customers without locals.
But this is the same company who released the AM21 over six months AFTER they discontinued the HR20, leaving over a third of their customers with no method of receiving and recording any local HD channels. So planning is not their strength.
Those that get locals via NTSC OTA can still get a digital ATSC OTA converter stand alone box for their SDTV OTA locals or the AM21 to go with with the HR20/21-R22.
If they're already getting NTSC OTA, then they're only one "almost free after coupon" converter box away from getting ATSC OTA. Although some will probably look to DirecTV for locals, I would think most in that situation would go with the digital box. They've already got the antenna, and that's the hard part.
Exactly, why would they look to DirecTV for their locals? Especially if DirecTV doesn't even carry their locals as it is. My in-laws are NTSC OTA only. They certainly aren't even thinking about DirecTV or Dish or whatnot. They'll get their free coupon and go get a digital tuner box and be done with it.
NTSC shutdown has nothing to do with DirecTV, nothing at all. Other then DirecTV may try to advertise some to those people to get them to get satellite. But they have already talked about this in their investor conference calls that they aren't really targeting those people.
If you think about it, if you are OTA only you don't really care for much beyond the OTA channels. Thus your first choice is probably going to be Dish as they have a much cheaper entry package. Or perhaps cable and "lifeline basic" package for $12 a month. DirecTV probably isn't going to be all that high on the list.
And I'm not sure what locals on 72.5 have anything to do with it either. Those locals on 72.5 are going to be moved off because DirecTV's lease of the satellite is expiring. They appear to be moving those locals to the KA band sats at 99 or 103 and are in MPEG4. Thus the simple need for an MPEG4 capable SD DVR which they have now rolled out before this migration off 72.5 begins. So DirecTV is very much on the ball here and has equipment in place for those that need it.
No the analog shutdown doesn't have anything to do with DirecTV, other than it might drive some new customers to them, but OTA locals are not going away. They are still going to be available as OTA digital locals. If someone doesn’t have digital OTA receiving capability and they rather use DirecTV to get the locals instead of upgrading their own OTA receiver capability, I would suggest that it is them who has to do some advance planning to make sure that they are ready when the analogs are shut off.
I got my first R22 today,
it was shiny! not matte like the first look. If someone really wants, I could get another out of the box and take a picture...
Hmm. The initial testers got units that were gloos black. Ours weren't production units though. I wonder if you might have somehow got one the pre-production units?
What does the label on the back say it is...an R22 or an HR21?
How many did you get?
More importantly, what does it say when you hit "menu" and go to "system info"? or just hold down the info button on the remote?
Sorry for the late reply...
These are R22-100s
I have seen many of these over the past weeks, as I am a technician. Every one of these are shiny.
The production units are not supposed to be..... The're supposed to be Matt Black.
Whew, just read the whole thread and no mention of a few points of interest.
1. does the USB port do anything? On my R15 it's only for some technician tool I think.
2. does the SATA port enable hookup of an SATA drive so I can expand available space? (related to USB question)
3. Since the R22 can read a media share from other computers... can other computers access the media on the R22?
4. Anything like telnet or ssh access?
5. To verify what I think I understand regarding the ethernet ports: they're just a pass through right so you can "daisy chain" another Ethernet device? Or is there some other purpose to the dual ethernet like "failover"?
The USB port lets you use the AM21 antenna module if you already have HD Access on your account. Otherwise, nothing.
You can hookup an eSATA enclosure. Support is limited and you lose access to the internal drive if you hookup the eSATA.
Other computers can't access anything from the R22. A Multi-Room solution will come, someday, but I don't know when.
There is no meaningful telnet access. If you telnet its IP address you get some information but you can't go anywhere with it.
The network ports are basically like a built-in 2-port switch with auto crossover. You can daisychain another device or plug the network line into whichever port (some people report having to use one specific port).
I thought external eSATA drive support was disabled on the R22 product (like a lot of other things the HR21 has).
Thanks Stuart Sweet for the answers.
I've been trying to read on some of this for awhile and I've got one coming Thursday so I'm trying to get prepared.
Here is a 'case' update.
2+ months since the first R22-100s we saw, the receivers that we have now have a matte finish.
The installer just left, it's plugged and working and it's a beautiful matte black.
One question: What format of video's is it supposed to play if using upnp server? I can see the folders but it won't play the video's I have in the folder.