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H21-200: - First Look: Discussion

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Earl Bonovich, Jul 17, 2007.

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  1. Da Rafsta

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    how can I get my hands on one of these H21-200?
     
  2. Michael D'Angelo

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    The only way to guarantee to get one is to go to a retail store and pick it up. If you get one from DirecTV you may get a H20.
     
  3. Jeremy W

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    Since the HR21-700 First Look thread was closed, maybe this one should follow along?
     
  4. loudo

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    That is correct. Went through that last week, when I wanted to replace my H20 with an HR20, before they were all gone (wanted the OTA tuner, which the HR21 doesn't have.

    I called DirecTV and they said if I ordered from them it could be either a HR20 or and HR21. I would get what ever the installer had in stock, and the CSR advised me if I wanted a HR20 to go to Circuit City or Best Buy and look for one. I checked 3 Circuit City stores and 4 Best Buys, and found one at one of the Circuit City stores. It was the last HR20 in the area, the HR21's are plentiful around here.
     
  5. Dec 1, 2007 #265 of 285
    paule123

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    The old analog TV's will also be able to tune digital TV over the air with an external digital OTA tuner which we're all going to get two "$40" coupons for in 2008 as part of the gubment subsidy. Although I have yet to see this mythical "$40" ATSC OTA tuner :D
     
  6. Dec 2, 2007 #266 of 285
    in2hd

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    Howdy,

    Just go Direct-tv installed and they gave me their new Black HR-21 (1) and
    HD-21 (1) both new units were black with blu-leds;) I has a third connection of SD just to get the cable for stb latter . Then I wanted a third HD-21 black stb and
    Direct-tv said they would change me an extra $ 50.00 for this $ 99.00 lease unit.
    I complained and they said I could check the local Costco / Best Buy or Circuit City

    Costco had only the HR-20 and HD-20 silver HD units older version, spoke to a few customers that said they had problems ... so I went to a large BestBuy store
    and the guy found a HD-21 HD stb ( black ) and I took it home and installed it myself giving Dirct-tv teh serical numbers over the phone they wanted

    All three units work excellent and the new black looks super fantastic :grin:

    I've never been so happy with an HD provider

    in2HD
     
  7. Dec 2, 2007 #267 of 285
    in2hd

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    howdy,
    I found Costco having both H20 and HR-20 Silver units in stock a substaintial
    discount to the normal lease price , since Direct-tv is now giving you local channels i rather have my Digital ota on a seperate line out away from Direct-tv stb.

    in2HD
     
  8. Dec 2, 2007 #268 of 285
    loudo

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    They only give you the big 4, ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX. No CW, PBS, independents or sub channels of the big 4, such as Weather Plus, on NBC. If I had replaced my H20 with an HR21 instead of an HR20, there would be 26 HD and digital locals that I could not get.
     
  9. Dec 3, 2007 #269 of 285
    TBoneit

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    To true I had forgotten the $40 coupons and external tuner. No solution is going to help anyone with a analog only small portable tv such as the little one I have that I pull out to watch in power outages.


    The other problem beyond only getting the big 4 in HD with no digital tuner in the HR-21 is the inability to timeshift any local HD beyond the big 4. OOps there goes PBS, and those other small networks plus the independents. I didn't count the HD locals I can tune on my TV that come with basic cable it is however a lot more than the Big 4 and that isn't even counting the subchannels. The big 4, 3 PBS, 2 small network stations( CW HD, My9 HD).

    If I stuck an antenna on the roof with a rotator I could get and DVR with a D* HR-20 or a E* VIP622 or the HD Tivo stations from NYC or Philadelphia. With a HR-21 nothing unless I wanted to buy a HD Tivo and pay their subscription costs. Where I am I can get the analog channels from both cities with rabbit ears in the attic. Since the house was sided with foil lined foam under the siding rabbit ears don't work to good below the attic level. Something you never think about when siding the house.
     
  10. BersaMan II

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    I am wondering when the guide button toggle will be activated?
     
  11. Michael D'Angelo

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    Welcome to DBSTalk

    If you are talking about so you only have to press guide one time to get to the guide it has already been added?
     
  12. LK23

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    I just purchased a H21 receiver and was surprised to find no Coax output. I need this output to feed a second non-HD TV in another room. Is this what several people have referred to as a OTA tuner?

    I may have to find a H20 receiver instead. If so, what features might I miss out on?
     
  13. Jeremy W

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    The H20 does not have a coax output either. You need something like this: http://www.radioshack.com/product/i...F+Modulator&kw=rf+modulator&parentPage=search

    None of DirecTV's HD receivers have coax outputs. OTA tuners are for connecting antennas to receive channels that are broadcasted over the air in your area. The H21 doesn't have this, while the H20 does.
     
  14. Jun 8, 2008 #274 of 285
    jeeepguy

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    Jeremy,

    Sorry, incorrect... both the HR21 and HR21 PRO have coaxial output connectors.
     
  15. Jun 8, 2008 #275 of 285
    Michael D'Angelo

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    :welcome_s to DBSTalk

    I believe you may be talking about digital coaxial. If so you are correct?

    But none of the DIRECTV branded HD receivers/DVR's have a normal coaxial output.
     
  16. Jun 8, 2008 #276 of 285
    Jeremy W

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    Coaxial digital audio, yes. But that's not what I was referring to. It's fairly obvious by looking at the context of my post that I was talking about RF modulated audio and video carried over coax.
     
  17. Jul 6, 2008 #277 of 285
    Just Ask

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    I am trying to answer a question for a friend and can't find a picture of the back of the h21. Can someone tell me if all of the H20/H21/H22 receivers have both optical and coaxial audio out? Or, post a link to a picture of the rear of these receivers? Thanks in advance!

    If it helps, the person that I am asking for has not had the install yet. So if he did not order a DVR, would he be looking at getting an H22 or an H23?
     
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    Jeremy W

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    Thanks very much. I will forward this to my friend in Savannah, GA
     
  20. Jul 6, 2008 #280 of 285
    Just Ask

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    One more question....Did they skip 22 with the numbering? In other words, are the H21-100. H21-200 and the H23-600 the only current HD stand alone receviers?
     
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