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CES2008: AM21 - ATSC Tuner Add-On for the HR21


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#1 OFFLINE   Earl Bonovich

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 11:53 PM

Here is the official information for the AM21...

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#2 OFFLINE   bobnielsen

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 11:57 PM

HDMI cable? What is that for?

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 12:14 AM

man... that thing looks good... kudos directv...
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Posted 08 January 2008 - 12:53 AM

HDMI cable? What is that for?

Typo, should say USB.

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 01:01 AM

The current pricing information we have from Robert at Valueelectonics is that the MSRP will be $59.

The AM21 is expected to be GA at the end of February.

And it will work on the H21, tho not immediately. A new software release cycle will be needed for the H21 family.

I don't know about the HR20 yet.

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 01:18 AM

With the AM21's dual tuners, will a HR21/AM21 combo allow the user to record 4 programs at the same time (2 Sat and 2 OTA) or will it be just like the HR20, where one could record 2 programs and watch a 3rd (providing all 3 programs are not all SAT or OTA)?

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 01:20 AM

You've got to hand it to them, they made a smart decision with the hr21 and this thing. They solved their problem perfectly. If you want/need OTA, then pay for it.

I'm impressed too, the solution looks good and is pretty seemless.

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 01:20 AM

It will be just like an HR20, only 2 items recording plus a DoD download at the same time.

The AM21/HR21 menus will even look more like the HR20s.

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 01:38 AM

It will be just like an HR20, only 2 items recording plus a DoD download at the same time.

The AM21/HR21 menus will even look more like the HR20s.

Cheers,
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To add: I was also told today the AM21 uses an entirely new chipset to that of the HR20 and H20 line. Although I have not confirmed. I wanted to but was afraid they'd kick me out of the booth if I tried to open the AM21. :)
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Posted 08 January 2008 - 01:40 AM

The current pricing information we have from Robert at Valueelectonics is that the MSRP will be $59.

The AM21 is expected to be GA at the end of February.

And it will work on the H21, tho not immediately. A new software release cycle will be needed for the H21 family.

I don't know about the HR20 yet.

Cheers,
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That price point sounds right.

I hadn't heard the $59 MSRP today but was reassured it would be sub $100.
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Posted 08 January 2008 - 02:24 AM

I was hoping for something bigger. :rolleyes:


Yeah, looks great, but WAY too big for what it does.

Like the price though. Seems pretty cheap actually.

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 02:29 AM

I'm suspecting most of the space is to make a unit that compliments the H21/HR21 nicely.
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Posted 08 January 2008 - 02:31 AM

I'm suspecting most of the space is to make a unit that compliments the H21/HR21 nicely.

From working with retail stores I can tell you that most folks like something that's stackable. Since it follows the same form factor as the HR21 it can be easily paired and displayed in any Home Theater rack.

Now all DirecTV has to do is add rack ears to the HR21 and AM21 boxes. :)
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Posted 08 January 2008 - 02:35 AM

Here's a PDF I just scanned in for you guys :grin: ..

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 02:36 AM

I'm suspecting most of the space is to make a unit that compliments the H21/HR21 nicely.

Yeah, I see the point of that. I thought it was a lot taller than 1" judging by the pic. Guess I should actually read the specs before complaining :lol:

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 03:08 AM

I wonder if you could use one of those $40 coupons that the government is going to give out when buying the AM21.
37" Olevia LT37HVS HDTV with HR21-100 connected with HDMI and HR20-700 connected with Component
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Posted 08 January 2008 - 03:09 AM

It is pretty huge, but that $59 would help a lot. I smell a $99 price though. But it would be way smart of DTV to sell at cost, or a little above. At $59, it would go a long way to diffuse the reasonable argument that "why should I have to pay extra for what the HD-LIL or especially the HR20 folks get for free?". I hope this doesn't mean they are immediately discontinuing the HR20 swapouts!

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 04:01 AM

With all that space it would be cool if they could add a cooling fan also to help cool the HR21.

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 05:37 AM

I wonder if you could use one of those $40 coupons that the government is going to give out when buying the AM21.

The NTIA's list of "Authorized Coupon Eligible Converter Boxes" appears here. The Echostar TR-40 appears on the list, but it's more of a standalone converter. If the AM21 only works as an add-on to the HR20/HR21, the NTIA may not approve it for coupon reimbursement.

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 05:46 AM

Wonder if it will work as tuners for a windows MCE configuration?
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