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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, Aug 1, 2010.
Lease a new HR = New 2 year commitment.
LOL okay, silly in my opinion but thanks for the answer
So, if I wanted to go w/ the new HDDVR...I could conceivably contact DirecTv, say I want to lease the new box & they will swap it out as long as I re-up for a 2 yr contract?
I've been with DirecTv for over 5 yrs now - so any "contract" I had prior is history. I'm assuming by locking me in for 2 yrs (although I had no plans to go elsewhere), they may be willing to swap for a new box?
I am wondering, does the HR24 or for that matter any receiver have any affect on standard definition picture quality
Actually it depends on who you ask, but some will tell you that HR24s are not quite up to the standard of other receivers for playing back SD. It's all in the way they're calibrated. I can tell the difference between HR24 and HR21 in SD programming... HR21 is blurrier and HR24 is more pixelated when native is "off." It depends on what you prefer.
So you mean with sd material played back at 720p, or 1080i?
Curious...has anyone seen the HR-24 at Best Buy yet?
Not at either of two BB's here.
I was told by a DirecTV supervisor that the boxes only option is no longer available via Best Buy. "You can only get them through us, and we won't guarantee you a specific model".
It does appear that they are no longer in physical retail stores. However, they are still available at online retailers, where you can order a specific model.
Yup. Told same thing here - twice.
...and of course regardless of the source....all those are leased units.
In my opinion the video output of my HR24-500 is superb on HD channels via HDMI but the SD channels are another story. While the SD channels do look "sharper" than on previous receivers I've had they also have a very "jagged" look to them via HDMI output which really bothers me. I have the s video connected for those time when I just have to watch a SD channel which gets rid of the "jagged edges" look. Pillar box format also tends to lessen the "jagged edges" look via HDMI connections on SD channels. All in all I'm quite happy with the HR24-500.
Just as a thought, you may want to see if changing the Native On or Off switch has any effect on your SD viewing. Just look for it in the Setup menu and change it to see if that helps. Remember to change it back if that helps only on SD and you believe that it works better the other way on HD.
I wonder if this is just a temporary thing (at BB) as the supply chain gets replenished with HR24s.
Hard to know. The people at Best Buy aren't always the most reliable source for information.
I have a HR24-500 and cannot see the HD channels. I have tried everything (B-bands are connected - no SWM) to no avail. The AM21 does allow for HD through OTA...but not the birds in the sky. Any ideas?
BBCs are required for HR24s if there's no SWiM.
I was told B-bands are required for all except the HR23...unless you have a SWM splitter. Back to HD...I can watch HD programs through my "unsupported" whole house DVR from the 3 other DVRs. I cannot even see a program showing [HD] in the guide - except for the OTA channels. Is there incompatibility between my dish and the HR24? I think I have the Original AT9 w/WB-68 switch.
I'm not quite sure what you mean.