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HR20 - The Review Discussion Thread


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#1 OFFLINE   Earl Bonovich

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Posted 11 August 2006 - 11:07 PM

This thread is for discussion of the HR20-Review thread.
http://www.dbstalk.c...ead.php?t=61862

Stuff not related to the review thread... please open a new one.

Where the Review was attempted to be as objective as possible (with in reason)... this thread is bound to be very subjective......

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#2 OFFLINE   Earl Bonovich

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Posted 12 August 2006 - 06:12 PM

Okay... two first comments..

1) I can EASILY see myself replacing my R15's for the HR20... even if that TV isn't HD.. It is that good.

2) Picture Quality.... The PQ on this box is as good as the H20's... I don't know if it is the connections or what (I had component on HR10), but the PQ is better then the HR10.

Heck it even made Stargate look good the other night.
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Posted 16 August 2006 - 11:03 AM

Great review!!

Did you try the external SATA connection? Does it need a specially formatted drive from Directv?

#4 OFFLINE   Earl Bonovich

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Posted 16 August 2006 - 11:06 AM

Great review!!

Did you try the external SATA connection? Does it need a specially formatted drive from Directv?


I didn't try it, because I don't have an eSATA device yet.
But from what I was told, it is not active yet...

They talked to me a bit about some of their ideas on how to use it...
And if they go the route they where talking about it....
The eSATA device will be put to pretty good use by most people.
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Posted 16 August 2006 - 11:08 AM

No ATSC tuners active on day one is a bummer. Even though I'll get the big 4 via Mpeg4 out here is Los Angeles there are some other stations most notably KCET that I watch via OTA that I will not get form D*. Lets hope this gets activated soon as promised.

Great review Earl

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Posted 16 August 2006 - 11:10 AM

Very good review, Earl.

About the network port: Can that be used instead of the phone line to 'phone home' to D*?

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Posted 16 August 2006 - 11:10 AM

Do any of the menus acknowledge the existence of the ATSC tuners and such options are just disabled, or is it more like the ATSC tuners simply don't exist at all as far as the software version running now is concerned?
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Posted 16 August 2006 - 11:10 AM

Do you have a screen shot of the saved programs screen?
Just wondering how the interface for the "Now Playing" equivalent looks. Most importantly, does it have folders?

Great review also.

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Posted 16 August 2006 - 11:11 AM

Earl, you've been Dugg ... by me.
http://digg.com/tele...inally_released

Everyone go digg it and get this to the front page.

#10 OFFLINE   Earl Bonovich

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Posted 16 August 2006 - 11:11 AM

Very good review, Earl.

About the network port: Can that be used instead of the phone line to 'phone home' to D*?


As far as I know... no reall information is going over the network port.
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#11 OFFLINE   Earl Bonovich

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Posted 16 August 2006 - 11:12 AM

Do any of the menus acknowledge the existence of the ATSC tuners and such options are just disabled, or is it more like the ATSC tuners simply don't exist at all as far as the software version running now is concerned?


Hey Doug...

They are actually on the screens, just greyed out
I'll pull those screen shots tonight
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#12 OFFLINE   Earl Bonovich

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Posted 16 August 2006 - 11:13 AM

Do you have a screen shot of the saved programs screen?
Just wondering how the interface for the "Now Playing" equivalent looks. Most importantly, does it have folders?

Great review also.

David


I can pull the screen... but it is the same as the R15's.
Yes, it has folders.
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Posted 16 August 2006 - 11:14 AM

Earl, are there any changes in the Search function, compared to the r15?

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Posted 16 August 2006 - 11:14 AM

IThey talked to me a bit about some of their ideas on how to use it...
And if they go the route they where talking about it....
The eSATA device will be put to pretty good use by most people.

Will sneaker net be available?

ie, the ability to record a show on the eSATA and then take the drive to the bedroom to watch the show?

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Posted 16 August 2006 - 11:15 AM

Earl, are there any changes in the Search function, compared to the r15?


Right now, it appears to be very similar to that of the R15..
But I didn't put it through "Wollf's" latest test scenerios...

Currently it still only has a 25 limit on "Recent Searchs"
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Posted 16 August 2006 - 11:16 AM

Thanks for the info Earl, great job.
My one and only gripe seems to be it having only a single live buffer.
Any possibility of there ever being two?
It's a key to my Sunday Football viewing.

#17 OFFLINE   Earl Bonovich

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Posted 16 August 2006 - 11:16 AM

Will sneaker net be available?

ie, the ability to record a show on the eSATA and then take the drive to the bedroom to watch the show?


I brought that up, but they didn't have an answer.
Hopefully... but time will tell.
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Posted 16 August 2006 - 11:17 AM

Thanks for the info Earl, great job.
My one and only gripe seems to be it having only a single live buffer.
Any possibility of there ever being two?
It's a key to my Sunday Football viewing.


I will never say never... but....
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Posted 16 August 2006 - 11:21 AM

Thanks for the review.

On the SAT1 connection it also says (FTM) next to it, what does that mean???

See post My Setup for configuration info.


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Posted 16 August 2006 - 11:22 AM

Thanks for the info Earl, great job.
My one and only gripe seems to be it having only a single live buffer.
Any possibility of there ever being two?
It's a key to my Sunday Football viewing.


I agree...what's so hard about having two live buffers? Why leave that out? I use the two buffers a lot too....




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