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DirecTV Upgrade (Finally) - Got HR-20; Should I ask for HR-23?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by WolfpupNX, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. WolfpupNX

    WolfpupNX Cool Member

    Aug 2, 2007
    Hey all,

    So last time I tried to upgrade to the new DirecTV MPEG4 dish, it failed. Was about to leave for cable and they wanted to try one last time, and apparently the new Slimline dish works! YAY!

    But now I have a question. I got the HR-20, which I was under the impression was the newest box (as it was the last time I tried). Now I'm aware there's an HR-23.

    HR-20 seems to be working great, and I know the new DirecTivo is likely launching sometime next year. Extra storage might be nice but I doubt will be really needed for quite some time. Also, my TV only supports up to 1080i so I can't take advantage of 1080p at this time.

    I've heard reports of better picture/sound on the HR-23. In your opinions, worth the upgrade? Any other features/reasons I might want to?

    I'm thinking if I want to now might be the time as since they just retained me with an upgrade, they might be willing to swap the receivers for free... Dunno for sure though.

    Thanks for any opinions!
  2. jodyguercio

    jodyguercio Active Member

    Aug 16, 2007
    Things for you to consider:

    1) Hr20 has OTA built-in. HR23 needs the AM-21 to receive OTA broadcast
    2) HR20 needs the BBCs. HR23 has wide-band tuners so the BBCs are not needed.
    3) Internal HDD is bigger on the HR23 so more recording hours. But you can hook an eSata to either the HR20 or HR23 and have the same size HDD so that's a wash.

    Picture/sound is going to be different from person to person, so no one can tell you what looks good/sounds good to you but you.
  3. tcusta00

    tcusta00 Active Member

    Dec 31, 2007
    The HR20 is arguably one of the fastest and most reliable HD DVRs that DirecTV makes... keep it.

    And it's moot, anyway, since you can't request a particular model.
  4. davring

    davring Hall Of Fame

    Jan 13, 2007
    Most people here would love to get their hands on an HR20 as it appears (many users report so)to be a bit faster and more reliable with OTA built in.
  5. wolfman730

    wolfman730 Legend

    Sep 10, 2006
    I have 2 HR20-700s.... Keep it.
  6. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    The HR20 had two separate chips: one to decode the video and one as the main CPU to run everything else. The models afterwards use one integrated chip that doesn't seem to be as powerful. For this reason, the HR20 tends to be the fastest model.
  7. Mike Greer

    Mike Greer Hall Of Fame

    Jan 20, 2004
    Salt Lake...
    You should give the HR20 to me and I'll give you 3 HR22s!

    You want the HR20 - if you need more space it is well worth adding an external drive to be able to stay away from the HR21/22/23s.
  8. taz291819

    taz291819 Godfather

    Oct 18, 2006
    Agreed. And the HR20 does 1080p just like the other HRs.
  9. Movieman

    Movieman Hall Of Fame

    May 8, 2009
    In the OP's case this doesnt matter since he has SWM setup.
  10. dettxw

    dettxw MRVing

    Nov 21, 2007
    Choctaw, OK
    Consider yourself as being lucky.
  11. uncrules

    uncrules Godfather

    Dec 20, 2005
    I have a HR20 and HR22 (with AM21 add on) and I like the HR20 better.
  12. WolfpupNX

    WolfpupNX Cool Member

    Aug 2, 2007
    Wow! Thanks for the great responses guys. The HR20 it stays.

    It does seem like a nice box. Just wanted to make sure I'm not missing anything by not having the latest, which I'm obviouslly not. And this does seem fairly snappy.
  13. mobandit

    mobandit Hall Of Fame

    Sep 4, 2007
    Since all of the HR-series boxes run the same firmware, with the same functionality, there is no real, functional difference between the various models. HDD size and wide-band tuners aside...

    And, as has been said already, D* will not swap a working box for another model...in fact, the CSR cannot make such a promise, as they have NO control over what an individual tech/HSP has access to. In other words, unless you go to Best Buy or Costco or an online retailer, you have no way of determining what model you will get, and neither does a D* CSR.
  14. dsw2112

    dsw2112 Always Searching

    Jun 12, 2009
    I didn't see that mentioned.

    To the OP: I'd concur with the others, keep the HR20!
  15. RACJ2

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    Is he lucky or not? The OP never mentioned whether it was an HR20-700 or an HR20-100. From what I have read, if its a -700 he's lucky, a -100 not not so lucky.
  16. jodyguercio

    jodyguercio Active Member

    Aug 16, 2007
    Never saw that mentioned, all it says it that the OP has the new slimline. Sorry.
  17. gator1234

    gator1234 AllStar

    Jul 21, 2007
    I have an HR20 and my HDTV is 1080p but 1080P does not show up in the HDTV resolutions choices, only 1080I. It seems to have the latest software.

    Can you get 1080P with the HR20 and if so what do I need to do?
  18. gator1234

    gator1234 AllStar

    Jul 21, 2007
    I just called Directv and they said the HR20 CANNOT be upgrade to receive 1080P. You have to get another receiver if you want 1080P.
  19. rudeney

    rudeney Hall Of Fame

    May 28, 2007
    The HR20 does indeed support 1080p, but like all D* receivers, it's 1080p/24 and the TV must support that natively. If not, the HDMI will fail the handshake and it won't work. Honestly, I don't see this as a big deal because the only 1080p content D* provides is a few movies via VOD. Streaming satellite programming is 1080i max.
  20. taz291819

    taz291819 Godfather

    Oct 18, 2006
    Just like rudeney said, it has to support 1080p/24 natively.

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