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Do I Need HD Programming

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by gomezma1, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. gomezma1

    gomezma1 Godfather

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    I bought a 32" 720p Samsung LCD today. I have a R22-100. If I change the resolution to 720 will it improve the picture quality or do I need to subscribe to HD programming from "D"?
     
  2. Manctech

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    It probably won't let you change the resolution to 720p. Even if it does it will not matter. The broadcast will still be in 480p. You cannot upgrade an R22 to high definition without having another HD capable receiver attached to your account. You'll see the HD channels are just hidden if you go to Menu -> Parental Favs & Setup -> System Setup -> Display

    When you add another HD receiver that option can then be switched to show all or hide the SD channels.
     
  3. P Smith

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    that HD feature have own price - $10, you can't avoid it if you want see channels in HD
     
  4. dpeters11

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    The HD fee can be avoided for at least 2 years with autopay, but the receiver is the issue. As stated, it can do HD, but not on it's own, and if it needed replaced even if hd was on the account, you might end up with an R16 and no hd on that box.
     
  5. Shades228

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    The R22 alone won't support HD you'll need an actual HD receiver on the account and then the R22 can access the HD channels.
     
  6. gomezma1

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    Thanks for the info. I will look for an owned hd dvr so i don't have to extend my contract.
     
  7. dpeters11

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    Just make sure to confirm with the Access Card department that the receiver ID is clear and factor in the $20 for a new card.
     
  8. skatingrocker17

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    Wait, really? I thought it was just free. If they try to charge me $10 a month for HD I'll drop them, I can get more HD from the cable company for free.

    And are you trying to upscale SD channels, it really wouldn't be worth it. I would definitely get HD if I were you, DirecTVs SD quality is awful however their HD is actually very good.
     
  9. dpeters11

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    They started a promotion where new customers got free hd for life with autopay, current customers got 2 years. That very well could be extended, or even completely dropped in February. Sure, cable companies may not charge extra, but then some charge a DVR fee per DVR.
     
  10. ThomasM

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    You can set your R22 to any resolution you like. But if you do not subscribe to HD from DirecTV, you will only get their programming in 480 resolution. However, it looks pretty good if you connect your new TV to the R22 with an HDMI cable and set the TV to 480P like I do.

    Now, here's another option you can choose WITHOUT subcribing to DirecTV's HD service or getting another DVR or contract extension. You can order an AM-21 over-the-air tuner and hook it to an antenna. With it, your R22 will receive and record all your local over-the-air stations IN HD.

    The AM-21 tuner costs $50 including shipping from DirecTV and it does NOT extend/create any kind of commitment.
     
  11. gomezma1

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    So you can view them in HD with this device?
     
  12. PrinceLH

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    Only the Over-the-air channels. It does sound like it line doubles for 480p, from 480i. It will look better, if that's the case. If you go paperless billing, they'll wave the $10.00 per month HD charge, for 2 months. Probably, by the time the 24 months end, that fee will be history.
     
  13. Shades228

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    When the promotion started almost 2 years ago people said the same thing yet here it is and it's still around.
     
  14. dpeters11

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    We'll need to see what happens in February.
     
  15. Richierich

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    What is February?

    Is that when their New Billing Information goes Public???
     
  16. CCarncross

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    They usually announce their yearly rate increase that occurs in March if memory serves..
     
  17. dpeters11

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    Generally that's been the case. Though I'm sure there can always be an exception to the rule.
     
  18. CCarncross

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    The adoption to HD for everyone hasnt gone nearly as fast as I would have liked to see, how about you?

    Personally, if it was my business, until my customer split reached 50/50 HD/SD or higher, I woudn't roll the $10 fee into the regular programming costs...of course as a customer I want everyone to share in the cost so its lower to me. What are you going to do?
     
  19. fleckrj

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    I agree that the adoption of HD has been slow, but I can understand why millions of people who have MPEG2 receivers do not switch to MPEG4 capable receivers, especially if they do not own a TV large enough to be able to tell the difference between SD and HD. What I cannot understand is why DirecTV continues to distribute MPEG2 receivers to new customers or to existing customers who are adding another receiver or are replacing a detective receiver. As long as DirecTV continues to ship MPEG2 receivers, the adoption of HD will not be complete.
     
  20. JoeTheDragon

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    Directv has lot's of old boxes out there.
     

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