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DBSTalk.com First Look: DIRECTV R22-200 Standard Definition DVR


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#1 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 28 May 2008 - 07:24 AM

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DBSTalk is proud to present the newest member of the DIRECTV Plus DVR, the R22-200.

Special thanks to the field test team for all their help:

Gulfwarvet and Spanky_Partain authored the first look document, with the documentation reviewed by dcmead.
Photos are courtesy of the whole team including Button Pusher, dcmead, and Draconis.

PDF Document: R22-200 First Look

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#2 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 28 May 2008 - 07:25 AM

I know you all love photos, so here are a bunch.

Unboxing (no large versions available):


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Posted 28 May 2008 - 07:25 AM

Exterior (1 of 2):

R22-200 (the "cover photo"): Large
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R22-200 quarter view: Large
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R22-200 rear view: Large
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R22-200 (top) and HR21-200 (bottom) Large
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HR20-700 (top), R22-200 (middle) and HR21-200 (bottom) Large
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Posted 28 May 2008 - 07:26 AM

Exterior (2 of 2):

Left Side: Large
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Right Side: Large
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Closeup of Jacks: Large
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#5 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 28 May 2008 - 07:28 AM

Interior:

Broadcom 5325: Large
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Hard Drive Assembly: Large
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Western Digital 320GB Hard Drive: Large
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Inside view: Large
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Power Supply: Large
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Tuners: Large
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Posted 07 July 2008 - 01:10 PM

Let me say, everyone involved did a great job... let the discussion commence!!
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Posted 08 August 2008 - 09:56 AM

Whoo hoo!!

GREAT job on the First Look team!

Let me just say - the R22-200 is one of the most stable (and capable!) DVR's available. It does such a great job ...

To paraphrase an old cereal commercial ....

"CE tested, wife approved!"

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 10:02 AM

What??? No ATSC Tuner???? :)

First....as usual....first class work guys!

I see that it will work with the AM21. So I assume it will down-convert the HD signal to SD. Being MPEG4, is it capable of receiving and downconverting HD only channels such as HD Net and Starz Comedy?

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 10:03 AM

Thanks to Gulfwarvet, Spanky_Partain, & dcmead for the first look document. they really did a great job.

The unit has been very solid since I got it, the only thing I could fault on it (design wise) was the missing RF jack for older TV's. But that was easily solved by using a RF modulator. I had no problems using it with a Philips PH61159 RF modulator.

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 10:03 AM

What??? No ATSC Tuner???? :)

First....as usual....first class work guys!

I see that it will work with the AM21. So I assume it will down-convert the HD signal to SD. Being MPEG4, is it capable of downconverting HD only channels such as HD Net and Starz Comedy?


Yes, the AM21 does work with the R22-200 (if you have HD on your account).

As to any other HD channels, it is an SD DVR and they do not appear in the guide and are not available to this unit.

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 10:04 AM

Whoo hoo!!

GREAT job on the First Look team!

Let me just say - the R22-200 is one of the most stable (and capable!) DVR's available. It does such a great job ...

To paraphrase an old cereal commercial ....

"CE tested, wife approved!"


I agree and so does my wife also...... I had very few, if any issues with this DVR. It is very stable.

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 10:19 AM

Great job on the First Look guys!
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Posted 08 August 2008 - 10:38 AM

NO coax/RF out. That's bad. You'd be amazed at how many TVs we come across with only RF inputs or where the single composite has been taken by DVD, etc. :nono:
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Posted 08 August 2008 - 10:40 AM

So what is the difference between this and an HD unit?

They both have:

HDMI
eSATA
Component
Ethernet
Format indicator lights

What am I missing? This is an HD box!

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 10:42 AM

NO coax/RF out. That's bad. You'd be amazed at how many TVs we come across with only RF inputs or where the single composite has been taken by DVD, etc. :nono:


Very true, but a cheap RF modulator does the trick on that. Also there are expected to be supplies of R16s for quite some time. No the user does not get the advanced features but I would think the subset of those who use advanced features with those who have RF-only into their NTSC TVs would be fairly small.

So what is the difference between this and an HD unit?

They both have:

HDMI
eSATA
Component
Ethernet
Format indicator lights

What am I missing? This is an HD box!


You are indeed one wise goat. The sole difference is that the R22 does not output resolutions above 480p. That, and the inability to turn off the grey screen when changing channels, are the sole differences.
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Posted 08 August 2008 - 10:47 AM

Great job, guys!! Question: If you download an HD program from DoD on an R22-x00, how does it playback? Or do the HD programs not show up as downloadable?
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Posted 08 August 2008 - 11:04 AM

Great job, guys!! Question: If you download an HD program from DoD on an R22-x00, how does it playback? Or do the HD programs not show up as downloadable?


I tried it - downloaded a program from Smithsonian HD on DoD and it played back just fine, letterboxed.

Anyway, great work on the First Look, guys. :) :goodjob:

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 11:07 AM

Very true, but a cheap RF modulator does the trick on that. No the user does not get the advanced features but I would think the subset of those who use advanced features with those who have RF-only into their NTSC TVs would be fairly small.


Ok, but people want their free install. So now the tech needs to carry RF modulators? And then have the cust call in ' the tech ripped me off' ??? :confused:

You'd be amazed at how many TVs from the 80s I still encounter and the ones with just two inputs[ on RF one composite]. I even had a cust complain about PQ after he wanted the box hooked up to his VCR from 94 to his TV from 84. I kid you not. :rolleyes:

I get where D* is coming from but this will lead to issues.
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Posted 08 August 2008 - 11:13 AM

I guess im confused as to why it has the HDMI and component connections if it is a SD unit
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Posted 08 August 2008 - 11:15 AM

I guess im confused as to why it has the HDMI and component connections if it is a SD unit


Since it is very closely related to the HR2x IRDs. This box will do MPEG4 SD AFAIK.
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