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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by RayChuang1654, Mar 2, 2006.

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  1. RayChuang1654

    RayChuang1654 Cool Member

    Mar 1, 2006
    I need these questions answered:

    1. Can I set the receivers so it automatically switches channels at certain times of the day? That way, I can still use my VCR to record shows.

    2. Should I hold off until I find out about what kind of receivers I need for MPEG-4 HDTV reception, since they will start in the Sacramento, CA area next month?

    I'm asking here because I don't think the local dealers for D* won't be able to asnwer these questions just yet. :nono:
  2. boba

    boba Hall Of Fame

    May 23, 2003
    Yes the receivers can Autotune channels. The H20 is the only MPEG4 receiver currently available it has been out since October, it is HDTV. If you order HDTV the dealer must install an AT9 5 satellite dish so you will be ready.
  3. Wolffpack

    Wolffpack Banned User

    Jul 29, 2003
    I believe all current non-DVR receivers have autotune (D10, D11 and H20). DVRs do not. I would say double check the online manuals at directv.com, but it has been found the R15 manual is incorrect in that area.

    The only current receiver that support the MPEG-4 stream is the H20 (non-DVR). The HR20-250 (or whatever it will be called) will also support MPEG-4 when released, mid 2006.
  4. DS0816

    DS0816 Guest

    Mar 29, 2002
    Before buying:

    1. Present your questions and concerns about local HD to DirecTV (1-800-DIRECTV). (Autotune is what you can set up on standard receivers. I haven't thought to do this on my HD receiver. Warning: Be sure once installed you have really good signal strength. And monitor for a bit the quality on all TVs. I've had some problems since Feb. 7 upgrade installation from a Single LNB to 5 LNB with HD. No resolution yet. Just had someone out who changed the multiswitch; if that's till a problem, we'll have the LNB replaced. Bad weather -- ice -- today in Detroit area. Sorry, I did digress there!)

    2. Be aware of introductory packaging -- movie channels, et al., for a specified period of time (it's to your advantage). Monitor the offers that are shown on the weekly advertising pages of Best Buy and Circuit City. And do so at DirecTV.com. (One recent bit: $29.99 for Total Choice Plus, HBO, Cinemax, and Showtime. For $48.99, my new-subscribing brother got the Total Choice Premiere package. I'm having a little trouble recalling the HDs, and whether they were thrown in for free, or at an introductory reduced rate, or full rate. Either way, it's a hell of a deal -- and I believe it expired Feb. 28.)

    3. Keep checking in here at DBSTalk.com. Great advice from people -- especially the longest-running vets -- who know a lot more than I do. (Advice to you: be in no hurry. Hit a good deal at a good time, with introductory pricing that's appealing, because it's "new subscribers" who are at an advanatage with DirecTV. DirecTV will bend over backwards for new customers.)
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