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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Runch Machine, Nov 4, 2007.
OK, here's MY situation -- I had a Hughes hi-def receiver and an Hr10-250 with over-the-air connections. I live about 3 miles from the local TV towers, and had excellent -- repeat, excellent -- OTA reception for network channels. I bought into the F-U-D sales pitch, and got the upgrade before I found this board, about 4 days ago. I now have a new receiver with no OTA connector ("oh, you can just hook the antenna to the tv, then go through the which-lead-do-I-need-to-use shuffle every time I want to watch local/sat) and a new HR21 with no OTA connector. I also still have all the old equpment. Oh, that I knew the real request I should have made was for new HR20's.
Anyhoo-- Will it do any good to call the install or D* and tell them to come out and retrieve the stuff they stuck me with that has no OTA connections and swap it for HR20's? If I just go to Best Buy, etc., and get an HR20 myself, can I just put it in, hook it up, and call D* and deactivate the HR21 and activate the HR20? OTA is a must for me -- "Lost" in low-def really sucks -- but I'd like to get the best bang for my effort.
And the third option is to wait for the AM21 -- is it going to be out for central Iowa in any near future, and the HR21 upgraded to accept it?
Emailed DTV 4 days ago, and supervisor called me. I explained my situation, and he is drop shipping an HR20 in a couple days, and issuing a call tag for the HR21 I got earlier this week.
Good recovery and service, DTV!
Will be installing my HR20-700 and will be installing it today. Then I will have 2 HR21-700s and a hr20-700.
Can you post the link to the HR10-250 upgrade you got and how much you paid for it?
I am in the minority. I really want another HR21 and I keep getting HR20's for my HR10 upgrades.
I want an HR21 for my bedroom as I have a Samsung DLP with a piano black finish. A stand for that TV with a piano black finish. That darn silver HR20 just looks hideous in that stand. I can't do OTA to that receiver anyways since I only have 2 coax runs (I used to have OTA diplexed with my HR10 in there....I am waiting for SWM8 availability at reasonable prices) Anyone wanna trade?
I'll gladly trade you the HR21 I just got on Saturday for your HR20...
Where about do you live?
I just opened up the box I ordered as an upgrade to my H20-600, hoping to get one of three possible HD DVR units with co axial digital out. Well the first thing I saw was a silver unit. So I am thinking I still have a 50% shot at this point. The next thing I notice is the cyclone shaped vents on top. :eek2: Well I guess with this luck it is time for me to buy a lottery ticket. Then If I win I can upgrade my Sound System to something that has more than 1 optical input, so for now my 3 way toslink switcher keeps all 3 inputs full.
I guess the good news is that both of my HD DVRs will both be on the same software version.
I was offered an HD DVR for $100 plus shipping and tax around January 22nd or so. I asked if they could just ship it to me because I've had problems with missed installer appointments in the past, and it was no problem for me to just hook up a few cables. I got a refurbished HR20-100 (I was supposed to get a new one). When I called, they figured that the warehouse is used to shipping refurbs to customers to replace their receivers, and not new ones (since installers got those), and offered to reship a new one to me plus ship a return kit. I said that was fine but said that I'd be willing to try out the refurb if they made it free, they said fine, I tried it out, and it's working fine. I guess all I'm saying is you might have a better shot at getting an HR20 if you have it shipped to you instead of counting on what an installer has in stock.
Well, I guess that I waited too long to get an HR-20. I've had to cancel 2 separate installs to upgrade my HR10-250 because the installers failed to show up with the HR-20 even though it was written on the work order. Then, I tried to find one at BestBuy, Costco, Circuit City but no luck. They are no longer in stock.
I have 2 questions:
Anyone have an idea where I might be able to obtain a new HR-20 that isn't a returned or open boxed item? Note, I will not purchase one from E-Bay if there is one available from that site.
Also, any plans in the works to roll out a new HD-DVR that includes an OTA input? I know that ther're coming out with a box for the HR-21 to be able to receive and record OTA channels but why should I pay for this. I simply want to upgrade my HR 10-250 to be able to get all HD Channels available to me if I had the proper equipment.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Why not ebay? I know several folks who successfully got them from ebay. As long as they're deactivated and in good standing w/ DirecTV, you should be able to get them effortlessly. Also, there are a few vendors who still have some.
1. Sorry to say, you snooze you lose.
2. As far as I know, no future HD DVR (or any other box for that matter) will have OTA built in. It's additional cost that is not needed for a the most part.
I got my HR20-700 on Ebay and had no problem. You just have to make sure you buy from a company that has done lots of business and has a good rating and has not activated the unit (meaning it has a brand new sealed card with it).
Directv even listed my unit as "OWNED" so I can upgrade my internal drive, etc. without fear of reprisals.
FWIW I upgraded to HD yesterday they brought out an HR20-100S. I don't know if it was new or a refurb, but I suspect the latter as it came in a plain brown box. I asked the installer if he had any HR21-100s or 200s in his truck (I wanted black) and he said "no, but maybe at the warehouse." I didn't really have the time or patience to wait for another installer and DTV would not ship direct to me since I already had an install set up so I let him put the HR20 in.
http://www.solidsignal.com was only place I could find that would guarantee an HR20. others list it but then say if no stock the HR21 will be shipped.
Weaknees said they had some with upgraded hard drives the last time I inquired but that is alot more expensive than upgrading the unit yourself.
I would just order from solidsignal before taking the chance with going the ebay route. I got mine from solid signal about three weeks ago and it arrived two or three days after I ordered it.
yeah, I looked at them and it was over a $100 difference. more economical to setup an esata yourself. solid signal was 212 with 3 day shipping.
I didn't know solid signal had these, I am ordering one, on another note, I can not believe the pro HD DVR does not have OTA tuners inside, very disappointing and not so pro.