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Direct TV HD questions.

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by jmy350z, Mar 5, 2006.

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  1. Mar 5, 2006 #1 of 12
    jmy350z

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    Ok, I am the new guy here and have a few questions. I am in NJ. I just moved into a new apartment. I have the Sony 60" SXRD television set. In my old house,this was before I had the Sony set,we had Direct TV. Now This is my 1st HD television set. I would like to get Direct TV HD. Are there any receivers that are better than others? Would Sony happen to make a HD Direct TV receiver? I want to get the best possible picture I can get with my new television set.Thanks for the info
     
  2. Mar 5, 2006 #2 of 12
    dreamyip

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    Unless you go witha DVR... D* TV only has two HD receivers - H20 and H10 (older one).
     
  3. Mar 6, 2006 #3 of 12
    jmy350z

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    Sorry about that,I should have put that down. I am interested in getting a DVR.What are my options?
     
  4. Mar 6, 2006 #4 of 12
    greywolf

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    The only HD DVR right now is the HR10-250.
     
  5. Mar 6, 2006 #5 of 12
    carlsbad_bolt_fan

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    At the moment, the only HD DVR is the older TiVo based model, the HR10-250. That one is an MPEG2 receiver. D* is currently bringing your local channels in HD online. But those will require an MPEG4 DVR receiver. That won't be available until mid 2006 (I think). It will also require a new dish. Now, if you're lucky enough to receive your locals in HD via an OTA antenna, you can use the HR10-250 DVR to receive them.

    It just depends whether or not you want to spend the money now on the HR10-250, only to have to switch to the new DVR later. You could get the H20 which is a non-DVR MPEG4 receiver and upgrade to the new DVR later (which is not TiVo based).
     
  6. Mar 6, 2006 #6 of 12
    Capmeister

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    For what it's worth, I love my Tivo based HD-DVR, and I won't be changing to the D* HD-DVR unless all its bugs get worked out.
     
  7. Mar 6, 2006 #7 of 12
    LazyLarry

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    Could someone tell me if I have the H20 dish will I still get my locals in HD if I use my HD DVR?
     
  8. Mar 6, 2006 #8 of 12
    Wolffpack

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    Local HD channels are only available on MPEG4 receivers. The H20 is MPEG4, the HR10-250 is not. This is unless you're referring to the East Coast and West Coast national HD feeds which currently are MPEG2.

    So if your locals are NY or LA, yes your HD DVR will work. If not, no it will not work.
     
  9. Mar 6, 2006 #9 of 12
    georgewells

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    I would like to get some opinions on the purchase of a D* DVR.
    On the net -- New - unused HR10-250 's are going for $350 to $425.
    Since the HR10-250 has a MPEG 2 Receiver and the talked about new DVR (in maybe 6 months ) from D*Will have a MPEG 4 receiver (that I guess I will need if I ever get HD Locals in Spokane,WA) should I shy away from the HR10-250 and wait for an updated unit ?
    Thanks
     
  10. dan8379

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    That's a tough decision to make (and one that I'm also faced with) because not enough info has been provided by D* on how they will handle swap outs. There have been assumptions that if you have an HR10-250 that they will swap out either for a lower cost or free of charge to the new HR20-250, but nothing has been said about that officially. That's why I'm going to wait.
     
  11. LazyLarry

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    What kind of 8-way splitter do I need for the H-20. Is it a specific type? Thanks.
     
  12. Wolffpack

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    With the AT9 dish and MPEG4 the only multiswitch that will work is the Zinwell WB68, from other posts here on this forum.
     
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