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DBSTalk First Look: HR21-700

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Earl Bonovich, Oct 16, 2007.

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  1. jmschnur

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    1. OTA is important if DTV does not provide all stations in an area. This has been the case so far. If DTV can provide all locals for all areas then it will not be an issue.

    2. Are the HR21s specs for resolution and signal sensitvity the same as the HR20-700s? It seems that the HR20-100 is more sensitive than the HR20-700 for off the air and perhaps sat. 1080p upconversion would be nice if the HR21 can do that.
     
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  3. Doug Brott

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    It's been proven (by Tom Robertson) that you can actually record numerous things at the same time. I believe he was up to 7 simultaneous records at one point.

    The kicker is that two of those recordings had to (1) be on the same channel and (2) overlap. Then the HR20 was smart enough to use a single tuner to grab the recording. That left the second tuner free to record any other channel.

    You may think that you are recording 3 things at one time, but there is no way that you are doing it on a single HR20. Sorry.
     
  4. Doug Brott

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    You did, but the picture is still of an H21 .. that picture is NOT an HR21 now any more than it was then. Nice work on the chip choices, though.
     
  5. hdtvfan0001

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    Yes...several of us have played "tuner ping-pong" using the 2 sat tuners in the HR21 - and you can schedule a mittful of things.

    But it's designed (like its cousin the HR20 series) to record 2 programs at the same time on different channels, if needed.
     
  6. hdtvfan0001

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    I vote that every reference in this thread from this point forward to OTA requires a fine to be paid by the poster to the favorite charity here - the DBSTalk fund. :D
     
  7. ShiningBengal

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    Why would you need an upconversion? Just about every display device that is capable of displaying 1080p native can upconvert--and probably better--from 1080i or even 720p.
     
  8. Splendor

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    Should I hold my breath?
     
  9. HDTVsportsfan

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    I wouldn't.
     
  10. Doug Brott

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    Do you want to live? :p .. Nope, don't look for DLB here.
     
  11. hdtvfan0001

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    What's the record for holding one's breath..... :lol:

    I suspect it will be a bit longer that that measure of time. But its on the radar screen. I think of it like being on my wife's "to-do" list...I'll get to it "soon". :D

    :backtotop
     
  12. Doug Brott

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    Speaking of :backtotop

    A poll/thread has been opened for discussion of the lack of OTA in the HR21 .. Let's avoid the OTA discussions that have been prevalent in this thread and use this thread instead if you are going to talk about the lack of OTA in the HR21.

    Thank You.
     
  13. MikeR

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    I remember you posting that info, and other good tidbits.

    Let us know when you have info on the HR22. ;)

    back on topic:

    I like the ethernet porting option on the HR21.
     
  14. jpitlick

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    I'm sure it's been asked many times, but how do I get on the field tester list?
     
  15. LameLefty

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    No one but perhaps Earl and the other moderators knows. :) Those of us on the HR21 list had a pretty wide variety of equipment, posting history/post count here, and a huge variety of backgrounds and personal experience. I suspect it's not totally random but I have no idea how it was done. I was just glad to participate.
     
  16. Doug Brott

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    Re: lack of features in the HR20 now that HR21 is out

    Just to clarify a quote that I noted @ Engadget. Truth is that both the HR20 and the HR21 are SWM capable. I suspect all new receivers will be SWM capable as well. And, regarding On Demand - DIRECTV On Demand is in field trials now on the HR20-700. As far as I know, the HR21-700 does not have access to On Demand at this point.
     
  17. hdtvfan0001

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    Maybe we had to be OTA-haters. :lol:

    [I couldn't resist...even though I have 2 OTA DVR's as well]
     
  18. LameLefty

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    That's gotta be it. :p

    Look, I don't hate OTA - I hate my stupid local broadcasters for locating their towers on different (low) hills all around the city, all of which are too far away from me. Other than that, I'm sure it's all rainbows and unicorns. :lol:
     
  19. cartrivision

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    Whether or not customers will be able to routinely specify that they want a model with OTA capability remains to be seen. I hope that they do allow a choice to be specified because there are probably a few people here who don't want to see me start another thread telling people about how it is possible to get a specific model receiver shipped to you. :nono2: :nono: :nono2: :nono: :nono2: :nono: :nono2:
     
  20. hdtvfan0001

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    Keep in mind all this HR21 stuff is new to the D*TV CSR's as well. We've known about it longer than they have, so it will take a few weeks of internal training to get everyone up to speed. That said, if someone specifies they need an OTA antenna because of lack of HD locals in their market, as well as the HR20 series DVR, the CSR could probably care less if you choose that path or else if you select the new HR21 without the OTA antenna (when the inventory supplies hit their warehouses soon).

    If you don't specify anything, you may get whatever the installer picks up from inventory that day.
     
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