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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by ibooksrule, Aug 4, 2010.
Only 2, better stay where you are.
Most of this is quite correct, but I disagree with
"If DirecTV offers all of your local stations via satellite, then there is no benefit of having the OTA receiver."
There are two benefits:
1) In my experience, picture quality is significantly better on OTA locals than the locals from the sat.
2) OTA will often continue working fine during rain fade events, so you can watch local news and weather OTA when you may need them most during severe storms.
I find that I don't need the expense of the AM21 (for those rooms I don't have an HR20) by usign the TV's tuner for OTA--which I only use during rain fade to check on the weather. the MPEG2 streams from OTA take up too much room on the DVR's HDD.
Good point that with most newer TVs you can use the built-in tuners for OTA.
Still, the better picture quality of OTA alone easily justifies the $50 one-time cost of an AM21. And with 2TB drives going for less than $200, space just really isn't an issue for me anymore.
Good catch - I didn't think about sub-channels.
The only things I've found worth watching on sub-channels have been on PBS.
Under my regime, I would eliminate sub-channels since they're usually stealing needed bandwidth from the main channel leading to worse picture quality.
I like the 24/7 weather sub-channels, and here we have a few that show REALLY old shows, (My Three Sons, Lone Ranger, etc..) Westerns, UCF TV and like you mentioned, PBS.
Am getting installed tomorrow. Called a local dealer and he told me they always get new equipt in. So he ordered me 2 new hr24. Said they would be in tomorrow and would come out same day.
So I guess that's the way to go just call a local installer because dtv coulee not tell me what I was getting or if it was new or refurb.