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H25-100 High Definition Receiver: Quick Look

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Scott Kocourek, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. NR4P

    NR4P Dad

    Jan 15, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Correct, no optical. You need a coaxial to optical adaptor.
    I too am disappointed by that decision.

    FWIW, when I had a service call on my LNB 2 weeks ago, I asked the tech if he had been installing H25's he said yes. He said they are a pain because he had a few go-backs when customers realized optical capability was missing and had to change them for H24's etc.
  2. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Or in my case....the H25-100 works quite well with just an HDMI cable to my HDMI connection on the HDTV in the Master bedroom.
  3. dhhaines

    dhhaines Hall Of Fame

    Nov 18, 2005
    My H24 doesn't have an optical out which is why it's relegated to the bedroom.
  4. hombresoto

    hombresoto Legend

    Sep 10, 2006
    The best part about them for me is I can fit two 4 packs of them in my van in the same space as one refurbished H20-24. One thing that irks me is 90% of them need to be rebooted/re-authorized after initial activation to receive locals and sometimes MRV, at least in the Boston DMA.
    A few customers have actually been skeptical about their size thinking they are too small and cannot possibly output the same quality picture as an H20-24 or their old cable boxes. I had a customer argue with me about this last week. You can't fix stupid.
  5. HiDefRev

    HiDefRev Cool Member

    Jan 15, 2007
    Waycross, GA

    How true !! . :rolling: . :rolling: . :rolling: . :rolling:

    I have 2 H25s, one in each bedroom. They work perfectly.


    Dec 11, 2006
    Long Island, NY
    Great job guys
  7. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    And these same people probably have cell phones more powerful than the desktop they had even 5-10 years ago. I'd always wondered why they were so large when I got my first H20.

    Of course it helps that no Ethernet jack is needed anymore. Saves some room.
  8. leeliam

    leeliam Mentor

    Aug 2, 2010
    Some of the other techs in Iowa are saying the same thing about having to reset them after activation to get MRV to come in even if you do a software download on them first. I'm sure it will get fixed but so far all it takes is the single reset to get them to recognize it.

    I've been putting them into pretty much any SWM job I get that calls for HDs. Everyone loves them so far. Kitchen TVs especially, although people are liking them for their bedrooms also. I can't wait to get 3 of these paired with an HR34.
  9. Hooterville

    Hooterville AllStar

    Jul 11, 2010
    OK, should I get rid of my H24's for these new H25's or be happy with what I have?
  10. azarby

    azarby Hall Of Fame

    Dec 15, 2006
    Unless you need to hide a receiver behind a wall mounted flat pannel, be happy with what you have.
  11. kcaudiofx

    kcaudiofx Legend

    Dec 26, 2009
    Be happy with what u have, there is no difference in these except for the size..
  12. Scott Kocourek

    Scott Kocourek Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2009
    Actually the only think I miss with the H25's is the lack of built in RF control, and I'm too cheap to buy it. If you have H24's there is no good reason to get rid of them.
  13. HoTat2

    HoTat2 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2005
    Hey just to confirm;

    I hear that the policy on the H25's distribution has now changed and is no longer just limited to new installs, but now former installs as well.

    If so then what cursed timing for me since I asked a tech. for an H25 some weeks ago when my kitchen H23-600 died, and he told me the H24s were out of stock and the H25s were for new installs only.

    So he could only give me an old refurbed H21-200 he had of his truck. Yuck ... :barf:
  14. leeliam

    leeliam Mentor

    Aug 2, 2010
    We were just told this past week to put in any H25s first in any SWM job. New Install, Former, Upgrade, Service Call, anything.
  15. levibluewa

    levibluewa Icon

    Aug 13, 2005
    WA, OR, CA
    No OTA antenna input? Boooo!
  16. NR4P

    NR4P Dad

    Jan 15, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    The AM21/AM21N work fine. Increasing the size of the H25 for OTA to accomodate the minority that use OTA (self included) really doesn't make economic sense.
  17. Go Beavs

    Go Beavs Hall Of Fame

    Nov 18, 2008
    You can hook up an AM21 to these and get OTA that way. None of DIRECTV's recent receivers have had OTA inputs. Nothing new here.

    EDIT: Yeah, like NR4P said. :)
  18. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    I think the policy changed in June some time.

    The decision order is now:

    1. New H25
    2. Refurb H21/23/24
    3. New H21/23/24

    (give or take)

    Too bad your receiver couldn't hold on another few weeks.
  19. levibluewa

    levibluewa Icon

    Aug 13, 2005
    WA, OR, CA
    So for those that use OTA you just tell Directv and they send the AM21 along with the receiver?
  20. Scott Kocourek

    Scott Kocourek Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2009
    No, once you have an AM21 compatible receiver, the option to purchase one will become available online. I believe they are $50.

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