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HR10-250 or wait? Help a D* HD Noob

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by bcrossan, Sep 3, 2006.

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  1. bcrossan

    bcrossan New Member

    Sep 3, 2006
    I live in Austin, TX so I am sure the conversion to MPEG-4 broadcasts will be a while from now - but I would be interested to know if there is a list by city?? Is it worth it to get a HR10-250 now, assuming I can get it at no cost from customer retention, or wait for the HR20? Or should I try and negotiate a deal on the Hr20? Any ideas what happens to HR10 owners once your area converts to MPEG-4?? Advice is appreciated
  2. Niles

    Niles New Member

    Aug 26, 2006
    Actually the Austin HD Locals are coming fairly soon. Wait for the HR20 if you absolutely must have your locals in HD, otherwise get the HR10-250 (ON EDIT: ...and get your hd locals from OTA when they become availiable).
  3. Groundhog45

    Groundhog45 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 9, 2005
    Cedar Park,...
    According to the list here Austin is scheduled for HD locals in September. I assume that means we will also be able to get the HR20 at that time, since they are supposed to be going national in mid September. I have an antenna and several ATSC tuners and get all of the locals with a strong signal and appreciate having the sub channels for weather, so the sat feed isn't really necessary in many locations. You will need the 5 LNB dish and either an H20 or HR20 when D* starts adding more HD channels. I have an HR10 and am hoping for a good upgrade to the HR20. There are often new promotions available. :D
  4. uscjb

    uscjb New Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    I purchased the HR 10-250..what a big mistake..I was not told that it would not receive local HD channels like the HD20 (non-DVR)...new model, HD20-250 is now out and at Best Buy for $299.....upgrade....
    My question, also seeing lots of chatter about a HR20-700...anyone know if it actually is just the HR20-250?
  5. litzdog911

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2004
    Mill Creek, WA
    There has been some speculation that BestBuy's units may have a different model number (HR20-250). But if that's true they're exactly the same as the HR20-700. And it could just be a typo. BestBuy had several errors on their Web site when the HR10-250 was first launched, too (for example, 90day warranty instead of 1 year).
  6. captain_video

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    Nov 21, 2005
    I'd be inclined to think it's just a typo. OTOH, many retail chain stores have arrangements with manufacturers to put unique model numbers on the items they sell. They may actually be identical to a manufacturer's model but most stores will do a price match if you can get a better deal on the same model elsewhere. Since no other retailers will have that exact part number they never have to match anyone else's price.

    I discovered this little trick about 20 years ago when looking for a good deal on a 20" TV for our bedroom. I had my eye on a little Zenith model I spotted at Circuit City but when I checked at other Zenith dealers, the model was nowhere to be found. I found a Zenith model that was exactly the same but it had a different model number. I have since discovered that this is a common practice throughout the industry.

    I don't know if this practice is in effect like it once was because the consumer electronics market has really taken off over the past couple of decades with the advancements made in home entertainment. Most people will look for specific makes and models of equipment and are more savvy than they used to be.
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