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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Phil T, Aug 14, 2005.
Getting mine on Wednesday
I was supposed to get my stuff today, but after calls all day saying they were coming, well it did not happen. I did get another 50 dollars in credits.
What magic words do you guys use to get deals like this? I called up and got the $299 with $100 rebate, but that's all I could get. Plus, I was charged $21.98 tax and 14.95 shipping....
I was one of the first ones to get mine before! At the time only about 20 of us over in the Tivo Community jumped on it when it first started so we were able to suck as much as possible from them, along with a little flirting with the Cust. Rep! I told here she had a sexy voice!
Anyone know where to get a SECOND HD-DVR? They would give me one only, albeit at $299. I'd really like a second one - and at something less than the $599 I'm finding it at (Best Buy). It seems that I recently saw somewhere that it was on sale at a retailer for close to the $299 price (and I thought they said BestBuy).
I am a current SD DirecTivo subscriber (/lover), and I am considering buying an HDTV and an HD Tivo. I am not interested in the DirecTV HD package - I just want to be able to watch broadcast network prime-time programming in HD (in the Los Angeles area). Do I understand correctly that all I need to do this is to have an off-air antenna installed? In order to get a good deal on the HD Tivo, do I need to commit to the DirecTV HD package? For how many months?
You have to commit for 2 years at Total Choice minimum, the HD pack is not required. Also being in the LA area you may be able to get the big 4 from DTV, although your off air antenna would be better quality.
Excellent, thanks! I always appreciate how helpful people here are.
I ordered a HD Tivo yesterday and I had to sign a 2 year straight jacket deal and a 1 year of the HD Lite package.
Unfortunately yes, at least according to Dtv. It has to do with keeping the menus up to date so you can record, so they say.
If anyone has other info I would like to know also?
I did ask about us w/out landlines and they said they're working on a solution.
What do you mean by HD Lite? The website indicates just one HD package, at $10.99/month.
Yep thats HD Lite if you pay 23$ for Showtime and HBO you get 2 more HD Channels
HD Lite is what many of us refer to D* and the rests HD broadcast. They "water down" the signal so they can fit more "stuff" onto the sat. making the HD picture not "real HD". That help any?
HDLite is just the nickname for the HD channels on D* (no new package or anything like that). It has to do with the down rezzing and reduced bitrate from compression and etc. that D* does so that they can cram more channels onto the sats. that they have up.
Think of it like this: Instead of 3 channels at 100%, D* uses 4 channels at 75%. That way they can fit more channels onto a transponder.
Search here - http://www.avsforum.com if you want to get more detailed info or find links to sites that show the resolution and bitrate of the different channels.
Quick question. I live in the Washington, D.C. area. What HD Locals would I be able to get if I was to buy the HD receiver? Other than HBO and ESPN, the only other stuff I'm interested in getting in HD are ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. However, I heard that only a couple of those are available in HD through Directv.
Thinking about jumping on this deal, but have a couple of quick questions.
I have a 3 lnb dish, what is the setup like for this systems? I assume I will need another line run at the very least?
Will it record OTA HD?
I currently have a Hughes HD box. Will the SD picture be as good? I am happy with this box using DVI cable.
Is this deal still going? I was about to jump when Katrina hit. Now it will be about a month before I can get anything.
And while a lot of people complain about the reduced bitrate, there are others who are temporarily content to believe that "HD Lite" is better than no HD at all. Personally, I would MUCH rather watch ESPN-HD programs over their SD version. But I know that the providers won't address the issue unless people let them know that they're not happy with reduced bitrates...so have at it.
You'll need two lines for the two sat tuners in addition to an OTA line, which could be a dedicated line or could be combined with one of the sat lines by using diplexers.
Yes, in addition to the two sat tuners the HR10-250 also has two OTA tuners that it can record from (only one OTA line is required though since the OTA signal is split internally).
I replaced a Samsung 360 (that was connected to my HDTV with componenet video cables) with the HD TiVo (also using component video)......the PQ from the HR10-250 is at least as good as the Samsung's and MAY even be better but I haven't done a side by side.