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#1 OFFLINE   dmmatic

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 11:34 AM

I need your help. I have been using Tivo for 8 years and beside that I have never used DirecTV or Dish. Although I was/am very happy with what Tivo had to offer my new Tivo Premiere died and I since I am out of warranty I do not want to pay $99 for a new unit and $20/monthly or $150 for refurbished unit and keep my current plan. Although, I don't think their offer is too bad, I already paid once in full for a new box and when I compare Cox cable rate that I am currently paying I think I can get a good deal with DrecTV or Dish.

I just have few questions for experts instead of sales people...

1. I have only one coaxial cable line coming to my TV box, and since my TV is kind of in the middle of the first floor, running additional line will create additional expense. So my question is, for HD-DVR with the satellite, will I need one or two lines in order to watch/record 2 shows.
2. Can I transfer any files from my computer so that I can wants them on Dish/DirecTV DRV-s
3. Can I use YouTube on Dish/DirecTV DRV-s
4. With Tivo you have Thumbs Up/Down, does Dish/DirecTV DRV-s has anything similar?
5. For people who used both Tivo and Dish/DirecTV DRV-s, anything cool features that satellite DVR has and Tivo doesn't?

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#2 OFFLINE   mini1

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 01:23 PM

I need your help. I have been using Tivo for 8 years and beside that I have never used DirecTV or Dish. Although I was/am very happy with what Tivo had to offer my new Tivo Premiere died and I since I am out of warranty I do not want to pay $99 for a new unit and $20/monthly or $150 for refurbished unit and keep my current plan. Although, I don't think their offer is too bad, I already paid once in full for a new box and when I compare Cox cable rate that I am currently paying I think I can get a good deal with DrecTV or Dish.

I just have few questions for experts instead of sales people...

1. I have only one coaxial cable line coming to my TV box, and since my TV is kind of in the middle of the first floor, running additional line will create additional expense. So my question is, for HD-DVR with the satellite, will I need one or two lines in order to watch/record 2 shows.
2. Can I transfer any files from my computer so that I can wants them on Dish/DirecTV DRV-s
3. Can I use YouTube on Dish/DirecTV DRV-s
4. With Tivo you have Thumbs Up/Down, does Dish/DirecTV DRV-s has anything similar?
5. For people who used both Tivo and Dish/DirecTV DRV-s, anything cool features that satellite DVR has and Tivo doesn't?


I'm going to answer for DirecTV seeing this is the DirecTV section.
1.) DirecTV's SWM system allows for only one coax run to an HD DVR. The signal is split internally in the HD DVR, kind of like cable TV.
2.) Not that I know of.
3.) Yes, you can stream YouTube on the HR24 assuming you have the cinema kit connected to the internet or you have the receiver directly connected to the internet.
4.) Not that I know of with DirecTV.
5.) Its a lot cheaper than Tivo and DVR service is billed per account, not per box.

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#3 OFFLINE   mcbeevee

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 01:57 PM

This thread contains a summary of the major features added to the Directv HD-DVR over the last 5 years:
The DIRECTV HD DVR – 5 Years and Getting Stronger


This thread follows the expected release of the Directv/Tivo HD-DVR (THR22) sometime in the next few months:
DIRECTV HD TiVo (THR22-100) Anticipation


The THR22 is listed on Solid Signal's website, but is currently unavailable:
Solid Signal Tivo THR22

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#4 OFFLINE   dpeters11

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 02:28 PM

On number 3, you can play video files that are on your computer (you can't transfer them to the DVR drive), but I believe the DVR is limited in what it can play natively. You may need to transcode from your PC.

#5 OFFLINE   mattgwyther

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 02:36 PM

Regarding #4 Pre recording suggestion based on thumbs up thumbs down isn't available on DirecTV, although I've heard they are working on making suggestions based on your viewing habits
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#6 ONLINE   Go Beavs

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 02:39 PM

Regarding #4 Pre recording suggestion based on thumbs up thumbs down isn't available on DirecTV, although I've heard they are working on making suggestions based on your viewing habits


Yes and if you select a show and go into its "more info" tab, there is a section there called "You Might Like" which is a selection of related programming that may be of interest.

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#7 OFFLINE   mattgwyther

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 02:40 PM

Yes and if you select a show and go into its "more info" tab, there is a section there called "You Might Like" which is a selection of related programming that may be of interest.


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Posted 19 September 2011 - 02:44 PM

Now, on the Dish side...

1. Dish uses Diplexers and Separators (fancy splitters) to use one cable runs for multiple things, like 2 sat-in and one TV-out.
2. No, but you can connect a camera to view pictures on Dish's HDDVR.
3. Yes with a Logitech Revue add-on module.
4. No, unfortunately.
5. Pretty much cost, same as with DirecTV.
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#9 OFFLINE   la24philly

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 04:03 PM

what programming do you like to watch? If you like sports and lots of HD directv is your best bet.

I have had directv for 3 years and it works great.




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