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DBSTalk First Look: HR21-700

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Earl Bonovich, Oct 16, 2007.

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  1. mopzo

    mopzo Legend

    Jun 15, 2007
    Nice work gentlemen. Appreciate the effort. But no OTA.....
  2. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    He used the O word.....I heard it......:lol:

    Seriously though....Drew and I enjoyed working on it. More important, it was nice to be able to share the results from a number of fellow tester contributors who also spent their time on various elements of its contents.

    We were excited getting it, testing it, and working with it....now its almost time others can enjoy it as well.

    It sure looks nice in my rack with the other black components (the last picture at the end of the review is the view of my current rack install.)
  3. traderfjp

    traderfjp AllStar

    Dec 24, 2006

    I just ordered an HR20 DVR box to be installed at the end of this month. Should I wait for the HR21?? Has D released these new units yet?

    Thanks in advance.
  4. jmschnur

    jmschnur Icon

    Aug 30, 2006
    The kick is "probably better". It might be nice to have a really good MPEG4 to 1080p output tuned by DTV for DTV.

  5. mburns

    mburns AllStar

    Sep 1, 2007
  6. LameLefty

    LameLefty I used to be a rocket scientist

    Sep 28, 2006
    Good for you! I've had mine for a year now. A decent box that turned into a great one as bugs were squished along the way. :)

    Why? It does basically the same things the same way. But if you need or want OTA capability, the answer is no. That's what it was specifically created NOT to do.

    Some of us testers have had them for some time, but they won't be in the retail chain for a bit yet - days at least, possibly weeks. And no one knows how many of them will be available initially.

    You're welcome.
  7. Cage

    Cage Banned User

    May 21, 2007
    What is the best way to get this nifty machine without having to pay gigantic upgrade fee?
  8. Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever

    Nov 15, 2005
    Call DirecTV and see if you qualify for a reduced rate on the system.
    That's it...

    Unless you can sweet talk a vendor, or go the eBay route.
  9. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

    Apr 5, 2006
    Cage, what do you have now? That will make a difference is how you approach DirecTV CSR. As Earl says too, you may already qualify for an upgrade depending.
  10. traderfjp

    traderfjp AllStar

    Dec 24, 2006
    I've had one for a while now too the HR20 is a 2nd box. I too lived through the bugs, CE's and testing. It was worth it because this box is way better than anything else out there short of Tivo. I've tried Cablevision and FIOS. There boxes both suck.
  11. Jeremy W

    Jeremy W Hall Of Fame

    Jun 19, 2006
    What? You had an HR21? How did you get it?
  12. mhayes70

    mhayes70 New Member

    Mar 21, 2006
    I was wondering the same thing.
  13. cover

    cover Icon

    Feb 11, 2007
    I read enough of this thread to know this topic has already been beaten nearly to death. Nevertheless, in case any one with influence is reading this, I'm adding my 2 cents worth. Actually it's more than $100/month to DirecTV.

    I won't buy or use a box that has no OTA tuners. Even if I could get all the programming I want (PBS, etc.) through the sat, which I can't.

    The bottom line for me is that the HD LiL from the Sat is not quite as sharp and clear as my local OTA broadcasts. If you've invested a lot of money in equipment to get the best HD picture possible, it doesn't make sense to use the lower quality LiL sat signal if you've got a perfectly good OTA signal that has a clearer picture.

    As long as I can easily get a current, well-supported DVR with OTA tuners, then all is well. If / when my only choice from DirecTV is a DVR without OTA tuners, it may well be a deal breaker.

    P.S. Thanks to everyone who put the review together - nice work.
  14. Ryan

    Ryan Icon

    Apr 24, 2002
    Huh, this is related to the lack of OTA?

    Are you the topic police? :confused:
  15. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    No that question was about H20/HR20 models - "Can someone point me to a breakdown in the differences between the 20-100 & 20-700 units? Thanks..." and was 100 posts ago !
  16. ShiningBengal

    ShiningBengal Godfather

    Jan 24, 2003
    I've invested a lot of money in my HT system--approximately $35,000--and I can see no difference whatever between the MPEG4 HD LiL picture and the corresponding HD OTA local. On a 102" diagonal screen I'm quite sure if there were a difference, I'd see it.

    The only video source that is clearly better on my setup is from my Blu-ray disk player (audio FAR better).

    That said, I can't get all of my locals from the satellite, plus it's nice to have OTA available on the occassions that weather kills the satellite signal.
  17. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    We know better guys, don't we....
  18. Jeremy W

    Jeremy W Hall Of Fame

    Jun 19, 2006
    You never know, he could be friends with Chase Carey or something. :lol:
  19. traderfjp

    traderfjp AllStar

    Dec 24, 2006
    I had an HR20 for a while.
  20. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Mystery solved.

    Thanks for the clarification.
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