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Its Been Awhile...Is the HR20 "Ready for Primetime" Yet???

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Posted 18 July 2007 - 03:12 PM

There are several reasons to consider keeping OTA. First, you get all of the subchannels that you do not get through DirecTV. Second, some people feel the ota HD transmission is higher quality than that through satellite. Third, OTA remains during weather outages that block the satellite signal.


I can vouch for the "better quality" It isn't real noticeable, but OTA does look a little cleaner and color vibrant.....a little.


Can the HR20 receive all the subchannels? Edit: Didn't see Bonscott's pos. You said it too! I need to slow my reading down!

In regards to the before mentioned quality, will that diminish if you pipe the OTA through the HR20? Is it better just to let the TV's tuner handle em?

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HR20-700 via Component (Damn HDCP!), Whole Home, Native On, 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i

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Posted 18 July 2007 - 03:14 PM

Can the HR20 receive all the subchannels?

This all depends on your area. The HR20 doesn't scan for OTA yet, so it only get's what is programmed into the D* guide, but it generally get's the subs OTA.

In regards to the before mentioned quality, will that diminish if you pipe the OTA through the HR20? Is it better just to let the TV's tuner handle em?

I can't tell the difference between OTA via the HR20 and TV tuners.

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Posted 18 July 2007 - 04:11 PM

At this point if you're looking for a solid HD DVR, look no further. Most of the complaints I hear these days are about "extra features" like Media Sharing.

Just my opinion, from someone who's been living with one since 10/06.


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