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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, Feb 12, 2010.
Since you asked, I would've preferred more details about the hardware and less selling.
I don't think it's arbitrary at all. Two tuners is pretty much the standard. If this were to be a whole home DVR server I would agree with you. It's simply an HD DVR.
You have my word that these are simply honest testimonials from the test team. No one in the test team works for the DIRECTV marketing department, myself included.
Understandable that folks might be skeptical, but really .. it's the "hit's you in the face" kind of speed up. It's is very noticeable and not something that you have to think about. I expect everyone to say "this is fast" the first time the use it. The reaction will be universal, I think.
The "first look" testers seem really, really excited. Perhaps they would be willing to confirm that they were not compensated for the review and endorsements?
I am at this point actually a former DTV customer but I still think the addition of speed and DECA is a nice step forward. Since you keep mentioning a lack of new features I am just curious what new features you want in a DirecTV receiver / DVR? I assume you must have some ideas?
I take issue with that statement. I will admit that the first look documents have a positive slant to them, given that they were prepared by excited forum members. They are not and never were intended to be unbiased reviews.
It's got a 500GB HD .. 100 hours of MPEG4-HD
It's got built in DECA for MRV, DOD and TV Apps
There are also a few pictures in the First Look that I won't post here.
Based on press releases, it uses a new NXP processor. It's quite similar to the earlier receivers, but it's faster and includes DECA (oh yeah, I already said that).
As long as its not like Windows Vista a year from now....
like going from a 486 to a pentium..
I've been part of a number of 'first look' testers and except for being able to keep the hardware I was testing after the evaluation period no other compensation was ever provided.
There's nothing biased in any of my comments.
The box either performs or it doesn't.
The HR24 does.
As a reference point, my HR21-200 does not.
IMO, the first looks are not really full in depth comparative reviews (comparing to other companies DVRs, pros/cons, etc.) as much as they are evaluations of new products and the new features/services/upgrades they provide in a DirecTV user's environment.
The nice thing is that first looks come from real users and not marketing teams, and thus they focus on the all around package and what people will find interesting. They also give info from actual users, not just a marketing sheet. Those users are also active around here to answer anyone's questions on the new devices.
Good point. Post edited for clarification.
That's a direct and honest comment. Thank you.
Maybe the HR24 really is the superbox many of us have hoped for.
I for one accept the fact that the testers are not compensated — except that they get free hardware.
And I'm not sure D* would ever let me have one of these fast (albeit still crippled by lousy software) boxes unless I got it from a store.
That simply isn't neccessary!
Look, I understand some of the criticism... in fact, I agree with some of them.
I agree with Syzygy's statement that he would have liked more information about the hardware... a statement I typed out last night and then deleted before I posted...
I agree with many of XTC's statements as well.
However, there is simply NO NEED for the "First Look" testers to state any such thing.
I would have preferred that the "Blue Ring of Death" was animated and brighter, but then again I am one of the few I know who do NOT dim the LEDs on existing boxes and frankly wish they all had the big, bright discrete lights like my venerable HR20-700. However, I didn't feel like such aesthetic comments belonged in a First Look, and as I noted, my daughter (in that ever-important teenaged girl demographic :lol: ) absolutely loves it. Go figure.
Let me tell you something. Testers spend a lot of time and in some cases have spent their own money...not because we were asked to (in fact quite the opposite) but because we wanted to.
Testers do not owe you any explainations or justifications. Everything you need to know about the testesr has been printed in the opening posts and the First Look.