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Production of the HR20's... an Update

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Earl Bonovich, Nov 9, 2007.

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  1. Nov 9, 2007 #1 of 124
    Earl Bonovich

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    Over the past few weeks, with the release of the HR21-700... there has been speculation that the HR20's are ceasing production.

    I have an update for you, parts of which can (and probably will) be confirmed by other forum boards that have access to some of the same information.

    The HR20-700 HAS ceased production.
    PACE is only now production HR21-700's.

    The HR20-100 HAS NOT ceased production.
    It is still being produced.

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    Also, you have seen some reports that vendors are being requested to return their HR20's. This is NOT because of a "recall".

    This is being done to increase their stock of HR20's so MODEL-TO-MODEL replacements can be done at this current time of low supply of the HR20.


    This is all the info I have to share at this point, on this particular topic.
    I do not have any additional information about the future of OTA, or anything like that.
     
  2. Nov 9, 2007 #2 of 124
    mhayes70

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    Thanks for the info.
     
  3. Nov 9, 2007 #3 of 124
    Stuart Sweet

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    So to be clear, DIRECTV is still producing the HR20-100, which is still capable of OTA reception and recording of ATSC signals.
     
  4. Nov 9, 2007 #4 of 124
    Drew2k

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    What company makes the HR20-100?
     
  5. Nov 9, 2007 #5 of 124
    houskamp

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    good to hear..
    now I have "colectors items" :lol: value goes up :)
     
  6. Nov 9, 2007 #6 of 124
    Stuart Sweet

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    Thomson is manufacturer -100.
     
  7. Nov 9, 2007 #7 of 124
    TheRatPatrol

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    How sad. And to think the -700 had better RF then the -100. I'm glad I got one when I did.

    HR20-700, may your rest in peace, you are a great machine.

    :crying: *plays taps* :(
     
  8. Nov 9, 2007 #8 of 124
    leesweet

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    The last I checked, my Costco had a pallet of HR20-700's (along with HR21's). If they are still there, is it worth getting a -700? That is, are there going to be sufficient CE releases to make this worthwhile from a testing standpoint?

    I assume D* will still be improving/adding things to the -700 software for some time to come, no?
     
  9. Nov 9, 2007 #9 of 124
    Michael D'Angelo

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    If I had to guess I would say the HR20-700 will still get the newest software first with the HR20-100 very close behind. Then the HR21-700 will get closer and closer as time goes on.

    People have to remember even though the HR20-700's are not being made any more there still is more of them out there than any other HD DVR (HR series).
     
  10. Nov 9, 2007 #10 of 124
    Coffey77

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    Interesting to know. I'm glad they're still making an HR20 version and I kinda figure the "recall" was just a way to stock back up. Hopefully the HR20 will see continued success. Of course, stopping production could just lead to a whole new receiver, HR30 ? - :D
     
  11. Nov 9, 2007 #11 of 124
    harsh

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    No, it lead to the HR21-700.
     
  12. Nov 9, 2007 #12 of 124
    Ronv

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    As I understand it, aren't we just leasing these machines? Therefore if they break, we will be automatically "upgraded" to the HR20-100?
     
  13. Nov 9, 2007 #13 of 124
    Michael D'Angelo

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    I would not call it "upgraded". All the units are just about the same except the HR21 does not have OTA tuners.

    If the unit does break it will be replaced with a refurbished HR20-700, HR20-100, or HR21-700. You will not have a choice what one you get.
     
  14. Nov 9, 2007 #14 of 124
    RobertE

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    No way!!! The sky really ISN'T falling?!?!?! I guess I built that underground bunker for nothing. :( :sure:
     
  15. Nov 9, 2007 #15 of 124
    hasan

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    Is that "authoritative" information, or just your "take" on things (not having any choice). It seems we could all have the best of both worlds if we could choose between needing/wanting OTA or not. That would only require a distinction between the HR20-100 (as -700 phases out) and the HR21-700.

    If I have an OTA HR20-xxx, I would NOT accept a non-OTA replacement. The idea that an OTA capable receiver is available, and D* couldn't be bothered to insure that you were sent one, reflects poorly on D*'s commitment to their customers.

    At this point, I'm not down enough on D* to assume they would replace a fully functional OTA capable DVR with a DVR that had no OTA. It makes no sense, and is going to cause nothing but strife.

    Are you absolutely certain that we won't have a choice? If so, please disclose your source, so we can have a friendly chat with him/her. They need to understand the dimensions of the issue and not just blindly follow some corporate script.
     
  16. Nov 9, 2007 #16 of 124
    azarby

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    Why worry about it until it happens to you. You may never have to replace your exisitng box.
     
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    ATARI

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    never say never
     
  18. Nov 9, 2007 #18 of 124
    scottjf8

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    What happens to the HR20-700 CE's? I live for those!
     
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    michaelyork29

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  20. Nov 9, 2007 #20 of 124
    Earl Bonovich

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    Nothing different... they will continue
     
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