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Free Upgrade to DVR or $99 for HD-DVR

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by tonyoci, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. Mar 4, 2009 #1 of 11

    tonyoci Legend

    Oct 14, 2006
    Hi all, it's time to replace a dying standalone DirecTivo. DTV is offering me the deal of a free standard DVR or a $99 HDVR.

    I already have 2 HDVR's (HR20's).

    I don't really want to pay much at this time. I probably don't need any more HD capability but you can never have too much :)

    I have no current knowledge of the standard DVR, what is the model they are giving out these days.

    Is $99 for the HDVR likely to be the best deal I can get ???

    Any advice here ???
  2. Mar 4, 2009 #2 of 11

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    Get the HD-DVR.
  3. Mar 4, 2009 #3 of 11

    doctrsnoop Godfather

    Nov 20, 2007
    The standard DVD is going to be either then r16 or r22

    99 dollars is going to be your best deal. It could be any of them though hr22 seems most likely
  4. Mar 5, 2009 #4 of 11

    majormax69 Mentor

    Oct 19, 2008
    I recently replaced old DVR in Jan and they sent me a R22

    Is there a list of all the different models and what they do?
    (R16 vs R22... Hr2x.)
  5. Mar 5, 2009 #5 of 11

    tonyoci Legend

    Oct 14, 2006
    Thanks guys, just not sure I can afford $100 right now for something I don't really need.

    Can the HR20's (two of them) work with an HR22 remote wise, previously there was only two remote codes.
  6. Mar 5, 2009 #6 of 11

    JLucPicard Hall Of Fame

    Apr 27, 2004
    Right out of the box I don't believe you can use one remote to control three different HR2x/R2x units independently without them interfering with each other. Others have much more experience with that.

    Me, I have 5 HR2x's and one R22 in the same room. I use the old fashioned 'block the eye' method to control the different units with my NFL remote.
  7. Mar 5, 2009 #7 of 11

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    Some recent public comments by Chase Carey indicate that the R22 will probably be software upgradeable to an HR22 at some point in the future. I've got one of each, and the external connectors are the same on both boxes, so what he said didn't surprise me.

    Whether or not there will be a future charge to enable HD is another story. /steve
  8. Mar 5, 2009 #8 of 11

    ThomasM RF Engineer

    Jul 20, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    Sure you can.

    Set one up for RF and set the others up for IR codes 0003 and 0004. An RF remote can be set up so the "DirecTV" switch position will transmit RF and the "AV1 and AV2" positions can be set up for codes 0001, 0002, 0003 or 0004. The R22 and HD DVR's use codes 3 or 4, the R15/R16 and older receivers use codes 1 or 2.
  9. Mar 5, 2009 #9 of 11

    Beerstalker Hall Of Fame

    Feb 9, 2009
    Peoria, IL
    I would say get the regular Hi-Def box for free (if they are giving you the standard DVR for free, they should be able to give you the Hi-Def box without DVR for free too).

    This is assuming you don't need more DVR ability. Also, the HD box should be able to play recordings from your HD DVRs soon if you have them networked together.
  10. tonyoci

    tonyoci Legend

    Oct 14, 2006
    I can't use RF, I have switching hardware that only works with IR.

    I'm not considering a non DVR, I definitely need the DVR.
  11. miketorse

    miketorse Icon

    Jul 29, 2008
    Just an FYI, I had a R10 replaced back in January with a R15. They are still out there.

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