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Is this possible on the H21 (OR H22 whenever released)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV - H21 Discussion' started by sgnhaf, Jul 30, 2007.

  1. sgnhaf

    sgnhaf Duplicate User (Account Closed)

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    Is it possible via the usb, to "make our own dvr" and have instead of an internal HD use nothing but an external one ?
     
  2. Michael D'Angelo

    Michael D'Angelo Lifetime Achiever

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    :welcome_s to DBStalk

    First off the H21 is not even out yet to the public. There are a few of us testing it for DIRECTV but that is it. There is no plans of a H22 yet that I know of. As far as being able to hook up a external USB hard drive the answer is no. The hard drive is not the only thing the unit would need to be able to be a DVR.
     
  3. sgnhaf

    sgnhaf Duplicate User (Account Closed)

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    ok,

    I was wondering, because of the way DTV wants to cut costs ... (no ota on h21 is unacceptable) that if the h21 or h22 (whenver it is out) would have us supply the external hd... that way we have instant dvr .....

    and a fast upgrade


    something I think DTV should consider in h22
     
  4. Tom Robertson

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    I also wish to welcome you, sgnhaf! :welcome_s

    To become a DVR, you need so much more than a disk drive. What you are more likely to see is something that might be a HR19, a diskless DVR that you have to add a drive to if you want DVR functions rather than a standard receiver that grows up to being a DVR.

    Now, who knows, DIRECTV marketing might ask engineering for an HR19 but then call it the H22 as you suggest; either way it will electronically be closer to the HR family.

    And also remember that the DVR is also a service. So to add a disk drive would also mean a new activation with DIRECTV for that service. Also very doable, not meant as roadblocking statement.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  5. Aug 2, 2007 #5 of 17
    Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    I think the modular receiver idea is interesting, but it might be too expensive to implement compared to purpose-built receivers.
     
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    RAD

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    That was a nice feature on the E* 6000 STB, they had a slot to add a 8VSB module for OTA and another that was used to upgrade it to 8PSK modulation. But as said, it would add an expense to each box for things maybe folks wouldn't need.
     
  7. Aug 2, 2007 #7 of 17
    RAD

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    Why is no OTA unacceptable on the H21? I haven't seen or heard anything about the H20 being discontinued, have you? The only thing that I see that the H20 doesn't have is a built in ethernet port, but D* could always just say use a USB-> ENet adapter, which is what Tivo did, for network connectivity, that's assuming that D* has any plans to use network connectivity on the H20 or H21. While the H21 does have the port, D* put a blank connector into it and none of the software we've seen so far has the networking code in it.
     
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    darrin1471

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    sgnhaf

    sgnhaf Duplicate User (Account Closed)

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    because RAD you know DirecTV will only build HR20'S till next year, so yes then a problem happens ....

    no ota
     
  10. RAD

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    No, I don't know that and haven't seen anything that says they will stop building H20's next year.
     
  11. Doug Brott

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    Hey, then you better get them while they're hot! Oh, and where can I get my hands on one of those new-fangled H22s?
     
  12. sgnhaf

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    September 2009 I would bet & I predict it Will only use MPEG4 - NO MPEG2
     
  13. Tom Robertson

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    I'll that bet for a couple hundred. :) We will not see MPEG2 disappear for at least 5 years after the first MPEG4 enabled SD receiver is manufactured. (Or that last SD receiver comes off the assembly line.) There are 40 million receivers out there. Before an MPEG4 only receiver comes out, every one of those 40M receivers would have to be replaced with MPEG4 and MPEG2 receivers.

    This is not to say it won't happen, but your timeline needs a bit of adjustment, IMHO.

    Cheers,
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  14. rirwin1983

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    That all depends on what happens with the new sats when they get online. Do we know if the D12 is mpeg4?
     
  15. Stuart Sweet

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    I am pretty sure that satellites just bounce back whatever you send to them. DIRECTV 10, 11 and 12 are intended for new HD channels from what I've read and those channels will be MPEG4. But if they wanted to put AM radio on them they could.
     
  16. RAD

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    While we don't know if D12 would ne MPEG4 or not, we do know that it's a Ka band satellite so a H20/H21/HR20 would be needed to receive it.
     
  17. Jeremy W

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    Not quite. :)
     

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