DBSTalk Exclusive First Look: DIRECTV THR22 HD DVR with TiVo

Discussion in 'DIRECTV DVR with TiVo Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. Rich

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    I used to know guys at Weaknees, but they're all gone now. As far as I know, and I was told this by the guys I knew, Weaknees has no authorization from D* to enter the box. Whether that's changed, I have no idea.

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  2. Rich

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    Here's a link to Weaknees warranty.

    Looks like a 6 month warranty on the box and HDD or if the HDD is an upgraded one, it reverts to the manufacturer's warranty. Not much of a warranty.

    If I were to send back a D* TiVo for whatever reason, I'd be sure to have a stock HDD to put in. The TOS has already been broken if I'm right about them not having D*'s authorization to put in the large HDDs in the first place.

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  3. P Smith

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    Counting the overpriced service, are they giving you original HDD also ? Or you forced to spend your money again to buy the stock drive before return the DVR to DTV ?
     
  4. Athenian

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    As with everything else, people are different. I find it distracting to have something else going on when I'm trying to program a unit. And my senior parents frequently get confused when the sound doesn't match what is actually on the screen. We much prefer the way TiVo handles it over either the DirecTV DVRs or the U-Verse boxes we just discontinued.

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  5. Average user

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    Thank you for all the info, Stuart! I eventually figured most of the things out. The settings controls just weren't in the places I looked for them. For example, turning off the sound effect for the remote is under AUDIO when I was looking under REMOTE, hiding SD duplicates was under CHANNELS when I was looking under GUIDE, etc. Swivel search eventually activated. It was just a blank screen for the 1st day. Bummer about not being able to watch TV while you're surfing the guide. Thanks again for your help!
     
  6. Athenian

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    Since the THR22 carries an additional monthly charge, I'm pretty sure you can ask for one specifically and get it. DirecTV certainly isn't going to include it in the general upgrade pool and end up with people being randomly hit with the TiVo charge.

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  7. Athenian

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    What you'll find is that they are a pain -- nothing at all like wishlists.

    Yes, it can be done but it's really burdensome. People have different priorities, if this kind of thing is important to him, he will not be happy with the DirecTV DRV.

    We just got both an HR24 and a THR22. Haven't seen anything in the past three days that I prefer on the HR24. The only reason we have it is that the THR22 doesn't support 3D.

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  8. dualsub2006

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    So, when you have to return it to D* they are likely to charge you for opening the box and replacing the drive. $550 (or was it $600?) and then whatever D* charges for a leased box that has been opened.

    Seems like a good deal to me.
     
  9. Rich

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    No, you get the HDD with the TiVo. You can lease a stock TiVo for $199. Even with today's high prices for 2TB HDDs, it's still cheaper to put an external on than to buy the thing from Weaknees.

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    I had a hard time with that at first. Hated it. Got used to it and now I can't imagine not having it.

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  11. Rich

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    You really think that's beyond them?

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  12. Rich

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    You would lose the box too, I believe. But it would be easier to get one and put an external HDD on it. Cheaper, too. Weaknees is out there for the "technically challenged" folks who just don't mind spending the outrageous prices they charge.

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  13. midas69

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    Unless it's different than the older Tivos, if you use the Tivo guide, rather than the grid style, it superimposes the guide over the picture.
     
  14. Athenian

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    Well we had it with the R15 and the U-Verse receivers -- we never did like it and are glad it's gone from the DirecTiVo. If I could turn it off from the HR24, I would.

    Actually, after 3½ days of using both units, I would gladly return the HR24 if it weren't for 3D support.
     
  15. Rich

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    We've been asked not to post negatively. I'm having a hard time doing that.

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  16. dpeters11

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    It's in a completely different class. It wold be like a bad hr24 being replaced by an H24.
     
  17. Mike Bertelson

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    If you have valid comment about the unit make it. Just don't be negative about others opinions.

    While I quoted Rich's post this really applies to everyone. If you're discussing the topic and not the comments of others we shouldn't have any problems...and yes, We are watching. :)

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  18. poppo

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    Ummm.... mute button?
     
  19. GovGeek

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    Just got my THR22-100. Snapped a few side x side pics with my "old" HR22-700. I've only had it for 72 hrs. AND I LOVE IT! So glad to have everything I once loved about my HR10-250's... unlimited season passes, suggestions, 1-button tuner switching, wishlists (that allow keyword exclusions), Thumbs down/up in real time (goodbye infomercials!). It's worth a premium price, low-def menu and all. (PS, D* nearly "gave" this to me as I didn't pay anywhere over $50 for the upgrade. I like to believe it's because I've been loyal since 1995) :rolleyes:
     

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    My only regret so far is that I might have gotten a far better $$$ had I read that some of you got a very attractive price on these. I paid $150 and I have been with D-TV since 1996. You better believe I would have worked at it had I known they would be so kind to some of you so early!

    Basically, the Tivo unit: Yes, some of the newer features that were on my D-TV unit are missed. Overall, this unit works better and absolutely has some great, unique Tivo features that make me feel like I have finally come home again. Even at the higher price point, I am still delighted and would do it again in a second.
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