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Different receivers: Newbie Question

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Lakers_Fan_24, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. Lakers_Fan_24

    Lakers_Fan_24 Cool Member

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    Forgive me for the newbie question but:

    What are the differences between receivers? I see there's a Hr24,Hr20 a 500 a 700, etc...

    Currently I'm with Dish and thinking about going with Direct (NBA package), but don't know one receiver from another. I have a 722 now, so would love the bigger hard drive, so would that be the 700? And DTV doesn't allow external HD's - right?

    Any advantages (besides HD size) between all the receivers out there? Gonna go with the multi room view and HDDVR (if I switch).


    Thanks very much.
     
  2. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    The -xxx is not the drive size, but merely the manufacturer.
    All HR22-24 have a 500 GB drive and All HR20-21 have 300.
    All can be expanded with eSATA drives without fees.
    Processor speeds:
    Fastest 24
    Then 20
    then 21/22/23
     
  3. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

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    The first HR20's have 300, the rest of the HR20's and all HR21's have 320. The exception being the HR21-Pro with 500.
     
  4. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Like that 20 GB means much. :lol:
     
  5. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

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    To some it might. :)
     
  6. jdspencer

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    It's been awhile since the HR24 was introduced, so I wonder if the next one might have an even larger hard drive internally? Maybe a 750GB or 1TB? This could potentially eliminate the need of an external eSATA drive.
     
  7. Lakers_Fan_24

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    Thanks for the replies.




    jdspencer: DTV allows external drives, like Dish?
     
  8. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Not sure how Dish does it. Don't they have a one time charge?
    DirecTV doesn't.
    DirecTV doesn't work if you change eSATA between receivers as the drive is coded to the receiver.
     
  9. jdspencer

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    The external drive (eSATA) functionally replaces the internal one.
    It is not in addition to the internal.
    Once the external is encoded for a DVR it will only work with that one.
    Unless you don't mind it being reformatted for use on another DVR.
     
  10. Lakers_Fan_24

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    Just wondering: are the internals 5400 or 7200? Does it even make a difference with DVR's? Maybe access the content faster?

    Kinda of a shame you can't transfer the internal recordings to the new external drive. Guess once you format the external the internal become useless.


    Yes, Dish has a one time fee of external HD's.


    I do like Dish's HD package, guess we'll see what happens on Nov 1st or so if I'm jumping the ship.


    Really appreciate the responses, thanks guys.
     
  11. jdspencer

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    Yeah, this has been a major complaint about the external drive.
    But, the internal drive isn't useless as you can disconnect the external and use the internal again.
     
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