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To HR20 or not!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by rnp614, Jul 14, 2007.

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  1. rnp614

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    Okay guys, I'm having the install guy come on wednesday so I need to make a decision quick. As of now I'm scheduled to get a normal Dish with the DVR unit BUT I just got that 42" 1080P Magnavox that costco was selling so I'm rethinking my DirecTV install choice.

    Can someone tell me exactly how big the HD dish is vs the regular one? I only have limited windows so I dont want to clutter up the look out of my apartment.

    Also, can anyone tell me if the newer HD20s are more reliable than the old ones? I was scared by that CNET user reviews! So many negative reviews from customers. Its my first time ordering satellite and any info you could point me to would be amazing!

    Oh and one question, with the HD20 can I record while watching another program?
     
  2. Tom Robertson

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    Welcome to the forums! :welcome_s

    The HR20 is much, much more stable than when the cnet reviews came out. It is a usable DVR that won't disappoint for HD quality. And it is the future for DIRECTV and the future for TV. (I won't buy an SD receiver of any type these days, even if I were to put it on an SD TV.)

    The 5lnb dishes are a bit bigger. Not so much taller, but a bit wider. But this is HD we're talking about. :)

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  3. rnp614

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    can someone drop me the exact dimensions? I have a small ass apartment (I had to sell my pj because of this! *cry*) so I value the windows I do have. I just want to have an idea of what to expect.
     
  4. TriggerDeems

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    For the 5 lnb dish: 22.5" x 32.5"
    For the 3 lnb dish: 18" x 20"
     
  5. TriggerDeems

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    And yes, it can record two shows at once, or it can record one and watch another one live, and you can even record two shows at once and watch a third already recorded show. They'll run two lines to it, which is why you have two tuner capability.
     
  6. TriggerDeems

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    It really won't matter, because once you start watching TV in HD, you won't want to look out the windows anymore.....:lol:
     
  7. rnp614

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    Jesus thats huge. 23x32!?! I feel like I'd need a backyard for that! haha
     
  8. Igor

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    42" TV is huge, but it is going to look expensive if you do not have 100 HD channels from D* :)
     
  9. rnp614

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    Yeah I want to show off my amazing TV so I might have to bite the bullet and give up one of my 3 livingroom windows haha...I have a tiny balcony off of one where they'd stick the dish. It might look absolutely nasty but....it may just be worth it.

    Also, is there any way to connect these DVR units via USB and download the episodes to your computer automatically or no?
     
  10. houskamp

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    nope and I doubt there ever will.. due to content provider restrictions..
     
  11. rnp614

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    correct me if I'm wrong, but doesnt TiVO let you do this?
     
  12. map2tricks

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    My Quick background: (2) HR20-100 HD-DVR receivers installed today, and I'm still getting used to the new remote, and such..everything is looking and running great, BUT there is one key thing I have found out how to do yet...so here's my question for anyone who can help me:

    I can't figure out how to pause live TV on one tuner, and then go to the other tuner to watch live TV (and pause there, too). How is this done on the HR20-100???? Please help me good people of DirecTV user land!! Thank you.
     
  13. jonaswan2

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    DirecTivo's don't. DIRECTV is never going to allow us access to content without heavy restrictions.
     
  14. davring

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    Yes, but not in HD. SD only if I'm not mistaken.
     
  15. jonaswan2

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    This is called "Dual Live Buffers" here, and none of the Plus DVRs have this feature. Check out the Dual Buffer thread that's sticked at the top of this page for more information.
     
  16. rnp614

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    Aha! Okay, so I'm NOT going crazy! :) :lol:
     
  17. rnp614

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    So I did the deed and signed up for HD DVR service tonight...hopefully I wont regret it! :)

    Does anyone know if the ESPN gameplan games are televised in HD or not? :D
     
  18. CCarncross

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    I believe that is only done by using hacks, not official tivo software. And I dont believe you can do it on the newer S3 HD Tivo
     
  19. TriggerDeems

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    No, they were not last year, and they are not supposed to be this year, but next year they are supposed to be. If you are a Big-10 fan, it won't matter anyway, because the Big-10 won't be on Gameplan this year, instead on Big Ten Network.
     
  20. mikek

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    I am sure you probably investigated, but is there a way you can get the dish installed on the roof?

    The big dish would really be ugly covering a window or taking up a lot of space on a balcony.

    Maybe it could be installed on a pole somewhere.

    Think it all through before you are stuck.

    -mk
     
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