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#21 OFFLINE   charlie460

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 05:28 PM

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#22 OFFLINE   ThomasM

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 05:52 PM

Check out Channel Master's website. They sell a stand-alone HD DVR with TWO OTA tuners in it for about $300. (No subscription price like TiVo) It will connect to your HDTV via HDMI and do the same thing as your DirecTV DVR with the AM-21 minus DirecTV service. Actually, it will do more as the AM-21 will only pick up subchannels that are in DirecTV's database while the Channel Master DVR will scan for ALL channels and subchannels your OTA antenna can pick up.

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 07:41 PM

Channel Master sounds like the good answer but can you access it from more than one tv? I don't really get the SimpleTV. A single tuner defeats the idea of a DVR. This all assumes you can get all your locals. Mine are in opposite directions so have to move my antenna when changing channels! Guess I'm staying with Directv.

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 08:05 PM

SimpleTv is a single tuner. You add a portable harddrive and it makes a dvr. Then if you add a roku device then you have streaming capabilities. That way you can watch on any portable device or even another roku device. IE if you have another tv in the house with roku you can stream all your recorded media. Also if you have a smartphone, tablet, etc.. you can watch your store media anywhere in the world. I don't see the need to record more than one thing at a time. If you go to simpletv.com you can read up on it. I think its fits the bill to me.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 05:21 PM

Channel Master sounds like the good answer but can you access it from more than one tv? I don't really get the SimpleTV. A single tuner defeats the idea of a DVR. This all assumes you can get all your locals. Mine are in opposite directions so have to move my antenna when changing channels! Guess I'm staying with Directv.


Depends on how far away they are and if you demand HD on the remote TV's.

You can get an HDMI switch and HDMI cables up to 50'. I believe the Channel Master DVR also has SD outputs than can be run through a modulator and sent to multiple TV's in SD.

It doesn't have a function like DirecTV's "whole home" option and only one recording/live show can be viewed at one time irregardless of which TV(s) it is viewed on.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 05:55 PM

Quote from bigglebowski;

We used a Directv receiver a while back for just this purpose but I can not remember what model it was. Was purchased on ebay and was absolutely not activated or hooked up to satellite. Im thinking was a H20, I do remember the HDMI out didnt work so component out was used. Might have been old enough that it was DVI out just cant remember. We left it on the bench hooked up and tuned to a good station so you could just hookup component to a TV to test.


Are you indicating that the H20 worked for OTA purposes (with an AM21) even though it was NOT activated (on a valid acct). If so could you have possibly meant an "HR20" DVR instead of the H20? I have noticed and observed that when a receiver is "not" active it will not record anything. Even if you must use the component or DVI connection it would be a great option.
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2 DSR704 DTivo's (no locals)-32" CRTs
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 01:29 PM

From myself;

Are you indicating that the H20 worked for OTA purposes (with an AM21).


Duh!!! My bad... if it was actually a HR20 then it has it's own OTA tuner and it wouldn't need a AM21......

However I still haven't gotten a response to my question...so...
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1 HR34-50" Projection TV
2 HR24-27" HDTV/Monitor & 27" CRT
2 DSR704 DTivo's (no locals)-32" CRTs
1 DSR7000 DTivo-27" CRT
Only the 2 DSR704's MRV'ed

Upgraded to AU9 Slimline w/SWM16 w/uS575 stacker feeding a LAL20a amp supplying single coax to each of the 3 DSR's w/dual destackers.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 07:40 PM

One of the early high-def DirecTV receivers, the Toshiba DST-3000, will receive digital and analog OTA signals without being activated. It takes setting the dish type to "none", and selecting "antenna" or "cable TV" for the RF input. It scans for stations. This info is all in the manual.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:58 PM

Thanks for the info. Sounds like a great option for OTA reception with or especially without DTV service.
Directv customer since 2001
1 HR34-50" Projection TV
2 HR24-27" HDTV/Monitor & 27" CRT
2 DSR704 DTivo's (no locals)-32" CRTs
1 DSR7000 DTivo-27" CRT
Only the 2 DSR704's MRV'ed

Upgraded to AU9 Slimline w/SWM16 w/uS575 stacker feeding a LAL20a amp supplying single coax to each of the 3 DSR's w/dual destackers.

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 02:00 PM

I should add about the DST-3000 that it's probably not a good choice with an active subscription. DirecTV replaced all of the active ones in 2008 with H21s, I vaguely remember because the DST-3000 doesn't do MPEG4. I think it might work ok for SD channels, but it's a no-go for HD satellite.

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 08:46 PM

OK, I was thinking of just doing OTA w/o a subscription anyway....... so that should work out.

Another question though... since it's an older box and it's MPEG2 it shouldn't have any issues still receiving HD OTA channels.... correct?

Thanks for your input.
Directv customer since 2001
1 HR34-50" Projection TV
2 HR24-27" HDTV/Monitor & 27" CRT
2 DSR704 DTivo's (no locals)-32" CRTs
1 DSR7000 DTivo-27" CRT
Only the 2 DSR704's MRV'ed

Upgraded to AU9 Slimline w/SWM16 w/uS575 stacker feeding a LAL20a amp supplying single coax to each of the 3 DSR's w/dual destackers.




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