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HR20 - Time to Buy? Advice please!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Steve Rhodes, Aug 14, 2007.

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  1. Steve Rhodes

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    If I go esata, is the internal drive space used in the calculation of how much space is available to me?
     
  2. Michael D'Angelo

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    No. That may change later and you will be able to use both hard drives but DIRECTV has not said if they are going to do that or not.
     
  3. Steve Rhodes

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    I'd like to wait until I can get 2 ordered at the same time. Does anyone know if that is possible now?

    Also, (although I know it varys by area) what is the general lead time from order until installation these days.

    Thanks!
     
  4. mluntz

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    First of all, you'll have to send back the two units you previously activated.

    Secondly, $1000 for each upgraded HR-20! You must watch some serious TV! Do you have time to do anything else?
     
  5. KYColonel

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    FWIW - I do get my locals in SD via DTV, locals in HD via OTA, East coast in SD and HD and West coast in SD on both of my HR20s. The only thing I don't get is west coast HD, which was turned off a couple of years ago.

    I've been a customer for ~10 years and had the distant networks long before my locals were available. I have been through a move and many equipment upgrades and they haven't removed the distant networks yet. I do pay $2.25? per network per month.

    It may be worth simply asking for customer retention when you call in for your equipment and throw a little fit when they suggest removing the distant networks.

    Again, FWIW, I called in this weekend to upgrade my 3lnb dish to the 5lnb and the first level support chick says, "That'll be $59.95 + $20 shipping...wait, you already must have the 5lnb because the HD DVRs won't work without the 5lnb dish." I immediately hung up, called back, asked for customer retention. No questions asked, scheduled an appointment free of charge for the replacement.
     
  6. falken

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    I gotcha... They will also upgrade your current unit:
    "You send us the unit, we upgrade it within two business days, and ship it back
    1 Terabyte Replacement Drive - Hitachi SATA Drive, provides 145 hours of HD capacity or 1000 hours SD capacity.
    $599.00 + FREE SHIPPING!"

    You said you were going to get 2 units from directv then get 2 units from weaknees to replace them, but then you would have 4 (or ship 2 right back to directv) so I thought you really meant upgrade them.

    If you are just looking for an installer to show up, call directv and order an H20 w/ 5LNB dish, relocate existing receiver. The installer will show up planning on install a 5LNB dish and running 1 or 2 extra cables. A few extra dollars to the installer would make sure you get all the cables just how you want them.

    You could then order your HR20's from weaknees and plug them in.

    I would still go with (2) $0.00-$299.99 units from DirecTV and (2) $200-$250 External hard drives. Your total cost would be from $400-$1000 instead of $2000+. But it is, of course, your choice. :)
     
  7. Milominderbinder2

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    Lots of people have done 2 at a time:

    What the Deals are, and what are you being told by CSR?

    - Craig
     
  8. Steve Rhodes

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    But you don't have the local HD channels via D*. I was told that signing up them is what will make me lose my east and west coast SD feeds.
     
  9. Steve Rhodes

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    I agree, thanks to your collective suggestions, that esata is the best route. Also, I could put a gigantic (>1TB) esata drive on one HR20 and maybe leave the other HR20 as is for now. I would record everything I can on the first HR20 and use the second one only when I have more than 2 conflicts in a given timeslot.
     
  10. Steve Rhodes

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    Once I get the 2 HR20s for the living room and the 5lnb dish, I still want my son to be able to continue to use his SD TiVo box in his room. Is this a problem, either because it will mean 6 lines going into the dish or because we're mixing types of units?
     
  11. Michael D'Angelo

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    Your SD TiVo will work with the 5 LNB dish with no problems. If you already have a multi-switch which it sounds like you do that will need to be upgraded to a Zinwell WB68 multi-switch. That is a free upgrade.
     
  12. hoopsbwc34

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    Yep, that's what I was told too. We'll see what happens when I install in a couple weeks. I'm bummed, but I can't help it with all the HD that is coming out in the next few weeks.
     
  13. VLaslow

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    When discussing the locals with D*, do not, repeat, do not mention anything about your east/west feeds. They may, take them away, but then it could still be the old rule, "don't ask, don't tell."
     
  14. Steve Rhodes

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    Mum's the word. Good advice.

    Any idea on how long after I order the 2 HR20s, the installation will happen, anyone?
     
  15. Doug Brott

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    Yup, I'm pretty sure that this is true as well. In addition, I believe that even those folks that have access now will lose it when all waivers expire in 2009 when analog broadcasts are halted.
     
  16. paulman182

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    This makes sense because HD DNS is only available now for people who do not get their "digital" locals OTA or from D*. Once all the locals are digital, D* will have to carry them if they carry that DMA at all.

    I hope this is not true because I like my NY DNS, but it does make sense.
     
  17. VLaslow

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    Hadn't thought about them not broadcasting those particular signals anymore. Ouch!
     
  18. Steve Rhodes

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    What if I keep my 2 SD TiVos and add 2 new HR20s, 4 new lines and replace my 3lnb dish with a 5lnb? Can the installers do that?
     
  19. Michael D'Angelo

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    The installer will install the new 5 LNB dish, WB68 multi-switch, and two HR20's. As far as the TiVo's go if you want them moved to another room and installed I believe that should also be free but you need to make sure DIRECTV has that one the work order.
     
  20. dcymbor

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    Last Oct I upgraded to the DTV HD package and an HR-20. I live in Southern California and have been receiving East and West coast networks since I signed up in 1996. I told the CSR that I did not want to lose the distant networks. He was able to add the HD which includes my locals in HD and to keep my distant networks. He couldn't however give the distant networks in HD which was no big deal to me.

    By the way, my hr-20 has been nearly flawless since day 1

    Dave
     
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