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HR21 vs HR20 and HR22

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by dsexton, Jul 7, 2012.

  1. dsexton

    dsexton Mentor

    May 2, 2007
    Does the HR21 offer any advantage over either the HR20 or HR22? I took advantage of the offer for long time customers to get a free HD DVR, with the thought of replacing one of my olders ones. I am inclined to keep the HR20 because of the OTA and because the HR22 is way slower. From what I have read of the 21 it seems some people have had issues with its slowness too.

    Of course the picture when you open the offer on the web site shows a nice new HR24 which is all I was really interested in getting. I think I will just call them and tell them I don't want the 21 and if they don't have a 24 I will just return it. It would replace an H25 which I have in conjunction with an HR34. I know I will have to buy another DECA to use the HR21 unless I decommission one of my existing HRs. I don't think it is worth it for old technology.
  2. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    HR21 is an HR22 with a smaller hard drive. If you dont like the HR22, you will not like the HR21.
    HR24 is my favorite box, speed wise. Solid box (right now anyway).
  3. NR4P

    NR4P Dad

    Jan 15, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    No matter what the CSR says, promises, swears, guarantees or whatever they cannot guarantee you will receive an HR24. For orders, HR21-HR24 are the luck of the draw.

    If you want an HR24, you have to purchase it from a dealer to be assured you will get one.
  4. ghontz1

    ghontz1 AllStar

    Mar 25, 2010
    I just upgraded to a free DVR. Tuesday. The installer gave me an HR21-200. I asked him why I'm getting such an outdated DVR, he said that was all he had on his truck and that was the only one they could get from Directv. I also wanted VOD but was told since I didn't have a wireless router he couldn't install cinema kit. One thing he did do was install SWM. so now I'm able to use my H25-700. I guess since it was free (I also have protection plan) I shouldn't complain.
  5. TomCat

    TomCat Broadcast Engineer

    Aug 31, 2002
    The HR20 was a solid DVR. I have 3 of them. I also have a 21. The 21, 22, and 23 seemed to be dumbed-down versions of the 20. They seem to be functionally pretty similar, other than the OTA option, which mostly becomes a moot point the minute that your locals are available over spot beam, which happened years ago for most of us. But it appears that cost-cutting in those models (21, 22, 23) was the order of the day.

    The advantage of the 24? A faster CPU. The advantage of a 21 over a 20? Youth.

    The later the build date on your DVR, the longer it will survive (the shelf-life clock started earlier on the 20, for instance, than on later models), or at least the odds dictate that probability. Not so much the HDD, which is regularly swapped out when the units are refurbed (and all but the 24 and up are probably refurbs by now). But what is not swapped out is the power supply and the motherboard. Motherboards can last forever, but the power supply definitely has a shelf life that makes the difference between owning (leasing, really) a 21, 22, 23 somewhat of an increasing advantage over the 20, which may be nearly 6 years old by now.
  6. ghontz1

    ghontz1 AllStar

    Mar 25, 2010
    Right now the only problem I'm having with the HR21 is the video blocking out about every 15 to 30 minuets on air or or on a recording.Both my H24 And my H25 never does this.

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