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Which HD DVR is better

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by nocola, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. AztecRol

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    Since this is in my bedroom, I rarely watch it. One tuner is enough, and I
    dont want to spend any extra money on the SWM system. I have an HDTV
    in the bedroom with a SD TiVo, just want to get HD and take advantage
    of the TV.
     
  2. AztecRol

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    How do you just lease a DVR?? BB, DTV, Weaknees, all charge you about
    $200 for the DVR, then you have to pay the $5 a month lease fee from DTV.
    Is there a way to get the DVR without the initial $200 price tag??? If so, let
    me know ASAP!!! When the new TiVo finally comes out next year, I will be
    sure to return the new DVR, and get it instead.
     
  3. Syzygy

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    DirecTV wants to lease an HR2x to you. It's just that they won't let you choose which one; they say they have no control over that. (Yeah, sure.) It might cost you nothing except a 2-year commitment and that $5/mo lease fee. (Was 1 year, a few years back.) Your "commitment" is to stay with DirecTV or pay a cancellation penalty that's proportional to how many months are left before the 2 years are up; you'd be allowed to switch to the TiVo (probably the only charge would be more lease dollars per month) if and when it becomes available. Switching may or may not extend your commitment, I dunno.

    And I'm sure SWM (two sat tuners active at once) is standard. No extra charge for the proper dish and cabling; installation is also free.

    Just give them a call, fight through their (unavoidable) lack-of-voice-recognition system, and ask for their best deal. One of many phone numbers: (800) 531-5000
     
  4. Yog-Sothoth

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    I just got a new TV for the bedroom, so I resurrected the HR10-250 that was in my garage and used it to replace the SD DirecTivo that was there. I called today and asked that, since the HR10-250 was an MPEG-2 unit and unable to receive the new HD channels (I get a handful of MPEG-2 HD channels), if they would give me a deal for an HR2x. After the first CSR transferred me to someone with "more power," I got an HR2x for $19.95 shipping. Of course, there's a two-year commitment with that, but it's better than having to use my $99 loyalty discount and have another two-year commitment. I'll put the HR10-250 in my kid's room and connect it to a 24" monitor until I can get him a new TV as well.
     
  5. nocola

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    Hi I called best buy and yes they don't carry the HR23 and they do carry the HR22 so other that the 23 is a wide tuner. Would I need BBC for the 22?
     
  6. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

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    Yes, you need BBC for the HR22 (unless it is on SWM, then no BBC).
     
  7. Scott Kocourek

    Scott Kocourek Well-Known Member

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    The BBC's come in the box when you buy it from BB, it also comes with HDMI and other cables. The last HR22 I bought was from BB.
     
  8. nocola

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    What do you mean by SWM?
     
  9. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

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    Single Wire Multiswitch, or SWM, is a new technology where you only have one coax from the dish and it goes to multiple DVRs or receivers. If you have SWM, there will be a power inserter box someplace in the coax line to provide power.
     
  10. nocola

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    So I am guessing that I down have a SWM type of system. I also hate the idea of having more things hanging off the back of boxes. It's already a pain for me to set it up as I am the only one that knows how everything is connected and it takes about 1-2 hours to set it up.
     
  11. jwd45244

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    nocola, Once the BBCs are installed you can forget about them. You won't know they are there.
     
  12. Richierich

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    Unless they start to Fail!!!
     
  13. jwd45244

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    I had my BBCs for over 3 years without any trouble and then i moved to SWM
     
  14. Richierich

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    You are a Lucky Fellow!!!
     
  15. Grentz

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    Its funny, I have seen the failures being around here for the last few years...but in real life I have yet to have any issues with any of mine or my clients setups. Never had a BBC fail yet, and dont have to worry about it now as my setup and most of my clients are now SWM ;)
     
  16. Syzygy

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    I have one HR2x, and my BBCs started to fail within 9 months. And my Slimline-5 dish lost its alignment within 10 months.
     
  17. David MacLeod

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    I had bbc issues due to how they had to bend right after back of dvr, their added length made it so I had to use sharp bend.
    edit: repositioning the 2 stacked units did help, last set worked until I went swm.
     
  18. jdspencer

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    My HR20 with BBCs has not had any indication of failure. It's been about 2 years.

    Bad install.
     
  19. LameLefty

    LameLefty I used to be a rocket scientist

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    I used BBCs for 2 years on all my HR2x boxes. Never had a problem.

    Yes indeed. My original AT-9 has been in use for over 3 years. I had it tweaked when I needed a multiswitch replaced in the summer of '07. Hasn't been touched since and my signals today range from upper 80s to 100 on all transponders.
     
  20. Richierich

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    If you just let them hang there and never move them they may be alright but they tend to break very easily and are sensitive to static electricity buildup which is normally caused by improper grounding.
     

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