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DBSTalk.com First Look: AM21; OTA Add-On for the HR21


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#21 OFFLINE   bluemoon737

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 06:04 PM

Please read the first post of this thread.

Aka... we don't have a date yet.


I know we don't know a release date or certain price yet, but do we know if this will be a purchase or lease...just curious?
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Posted 17 March 2008 - 06:09 PM

Nice job fellas.
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Posted 17 March 2008 - 06:26 PM

If you record a local HD program off air, do you know what compression is applied by the HR-21? This would go toward figuring out how many hours of HD (or SD for that matter) programming one could store when recording OTA.

Thanks in advance for any info....

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 06:28 PM

I don't have any multi-path issues.

I do, in fact, have better reception then I do on my HR20-700.

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I can say the same thing about mine.
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Posted 17 March 2008 - 06:29 PM

If you record a local HD program off air, do you know what compression is applied by the HR-21? This would go toward figuring out how many hours of HD (or SD for that matter) programming one could store when recording OTA.

Thanks in advance for any info....


Same amount of space is taken up as an OTA recording on an HR20. That would mean Mpeg2.
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#26 OFFLINE   Sixto

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 06:34 PM

Those AM21's look pretty ... very nice looking!

Next, we need a disk-less HR2x with a AM21-type eSATA chassis :)

HR2x fails ... just swap out the disk-less HR2x ...

Drive fails ... just swap out the disk in the AM21-type eSATA chassis.

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#27 OFFLINE   RobertE

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 06:48 PM

Those AM21's look pretty ... very nice looking!

Next, we need a disk-less HR2x with a AM21-type eSATA chassis :)

HR2x fails ... just swap out the disk-less HR2x ...

Drive fails ... just swap out the disk in the AM21-type eSATA chassis.

Sorry ... was dreaming for a second ... back to topic ... the AM21!


I suspect your dream may be in the plans, either through D* or a third party. All that is really needed is a little more height, say 1/2 to 3/4 an inch, place for a drive or two, and voila, a nice eSATA enclosure that matches everything. :D
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Posted 17 March 2008 - 07:23 PM

An excellent job as always. My hat's off to all those involved. Great first look guys! :grin:
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Posted 17 March 2008 - 07:28 PM

I know we don't know a release date or certain price yet, but do we know if this will be a purchase or lease...just curious?


From what I understand... Purchased.
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Posted 17 March 2008 - 07:31 PM

Nice work! (to both DirecTV and the field testers here at DBSTalk)
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Posted 17 March 2008 - 07:42 PM

From what I understand... Purchased.


Thanks Earl...got my eye on the 21P so this would be a necessary add-on (still no HD locals for Norfolk and no indication they are coming soon).
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Posted 17 March 2008 - 08:01 PM

Nice work guys :D
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Posted 17 March 2008 - 08:06 PM

What generation is the OTA tuner? Is it better than what's in the HR20?

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 08:10 PM

What generation is the OTA tuner? Is it better than what's in the HR20?


My opinion is that is the same as the HR20. It works pretty close to my HR20-700. But, my TV tuners works better.

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 08:10 PM

Yes, it's a great design. Very convenient to set up. The biggest challenge was actually whether to put the AM21 on top or under the HR21! :P


Why wasn't it in the HR21 to begin with? - real smooth move on Directv's part to not have a OTA tuner integrated - of course now they can charge extra for it!

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 08:14 PM

Why wasn't it in the HR21 to begin with? - real smooth move on Directv's part to not have a OTA tuner integrated - of course now they can charge extra for it!


They did that to reduce the cost of the HD DVR. The HR21 is cheaper then the HR20 was. If you need OTA then you can purchase the AM21 add on. There is a lot of people that have no need for OTA.

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 08:16 PM

Nice job on the first look guys!! Keep 'em coming!

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 08:31 PM

Why wasn't it in the HR21 to begin with? - real smooth move on Directv's part to not have a OTA tuner integrated - of course now they can charge extra for it!


I agree. It should have been there to begin with. It's also sad that Direct TV still can't provide all my locals in HD.
That's one of the reasons i'm staying with dish. Better hardware. I do have an OTA port built in and can record on 3 tuners at once. Which I do from time to time.

Will this add on allow for DVRing from 3 tuners at once? All in HD? Will it integrate seamlessly into the program guide?

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 08:41 PM

It does integrate seamlessly with the guide....NO ISSUES there!
And, no, it doesn't allow for more than 2 simultaneous recordings (plus VOD, of course).

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 08:41 PM

I agree. It should have been there to begin with. It's also sad that Direct TV still can't provide all my locals in HD.
That's one of the reasons i'm staying with dish. Better hardware. I do have an OTA port built in and can record on 3 tuners at once. Which I do from time to time.

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Will this add on allow for DVRing from 3 tuners at once?

No & Yes. Two recordings from any of the four tuners (2 sat, 2 OTA) plus 1 from DoD.

All in HD?

Yes

Will it integrate seamlessly into the program guide?

Yes. The guide looks identical to that of HR20s with the OTA channels intergrated where they belong.
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