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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by altajoe, Nov 24, 2010.
Are there any DirecTV DVR receivers that have inputs for an over-the-air antenna?
Thanks in advance.
Only the HR20 Series... but you can add OTA to any HD DVR with the AM21 OTA tuner ($50 from DirecTV).
Are there any HR20's to avoid?
Do they have RF remote capabilities?
One last question (sorry I'm a newbie to DVR). Is there an additional cost for DVR beyond the standard $5/mos/receiver?
$7 per month regardless of how many you have.
To clarify the costs: It costs $7 a month to have DVR service, which covers all DVRs on your account. However, each receiver or DVR after the first one, has a $5 a month recurring charge. Doesn't matter if it is a receiver or a DVR, it's $5 a month.
For example, if you have three receivers (no DVRs), you will pay $10 a month ($5 each for the 2nd and 3rd receiver). If you have three DVRs, you will pay $17 a month ($5 each for the 2nd and 3rd unit, plus the $7 DVR fee).
Be aware of one thing. The HR20s are more than 4 years old and have tendencies to either have a Bad Drive or a Marginal Power Suppy unit so if you buy one within a year or two you could be replacing it and losing all of your recordings.
I would go with a newer model and buy the AM21 OTA Tuner which I have and it works great and seemlessly.
Two things about the AM21. First it is a better tuner than the ones in the HR20. Handles multipath problems much better.
Second do not use an AM21 with an HR24-500 DVR, it has all sorts of hiccups here and there. Any other DVR is fine as are the HR24 100 and 200 series. And AM21 is OK with any non DVR in the H2x family.
One thing to keep in mind, if you see yourself in the future getting a 3DTV the HR20's are the only in the HR series that do not have the capability to output 3D.
$20.00 a month if you include the $3.00 a month whole home DVR fee, which I highly recommend if you have 2 or more DVR's.
Disagreed, and not a fair statement. Not all HR24-500/AM21 combos have problems. Yes, there are people with issues but not everyone has issues.
The HR24-500/AM21 setups that may be having trouble now most likely will not in the future either.
I hope your are right with your prediction. If you have some info, please share it. Waiting with anticipation here.
While I can't state that everyone has these issues, there's certainly enough folks on dbstalk complaining about them. Given that, I think it is objective, prudent and fair to warn others that might be considering the AM21 to steer clear of the HR24-500 until scottandregans comment shows itself to cure the problems.
that's like saying don't breathe the air, it might contain toxins...
I've got two AM21's and an assortment of DVRs. When I pair an AM21 with my HR24-500, it has problems. Paired with anything else, they work fine.
I would fully expect the firmware for the 24-500 to eventually resolve the problems, but can't predict when that might be. I agree, not everyone has problems. But I also agree that enough do to at least be aware of it before making a decision (or spending money) to pair an AM21 with an HR24-500.