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New to HD, not to DirecTV

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by chscott, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. chscott

    chscott Cool Member

    Apr 14, 2008
    SD to HD - 12 Years w/ DirectTV - TiVos

    My 8 year old projection TV just gave out last week so I bought a 55" LCD to replace. I had been holding for the elusive new DirecTiVo unit, but we all know that story.

    So I take the day off work for install of my HD DVR / HD receiver whole home setup. A nice man called this morning to confirm my appointment (8-Noon EST). At 10AM, another nice man from DirecTV calls stating they are out of the HD-DVR units in the warehouse and installer will be their at 2:00PM for the install. (Are all of DirecTV's call centers in India?)

    At 1:30, another nice man calls and say it will be later in the day, this time w/out a time. Installer shows up at 3:15PM. No biggie. Sh#t happens.

    I did most of my own installs in the past so I really have not had much contact with DirecTV. The last time I expanded my setup, the installer refused to go into the attic and wanted to run wires on the outside of my house, which I refused so I went into the attic to assist him and his helper.

    Since I had all of the cabling, it was pretty much a dish switchout and a reattachment of the new boxes. He wanted to wire from my back bedroom to my living room for On Demand, but I had a spare Cisco/Linksys Powerline Network Kit. I confirmed it was working before he left.

    Got the HR24/500 with Whole Home Service (I don't know the differnce between the models, but the box is very fast.)

    Had a glitch already. I was pulling media files (pics) from my home server and one pic froze on the screen and I could not make it go away, even when I changed channels. Had to reboot.

    Forget all of that! My new HD TV is freaking awesome. The picture is great!
  2. miketorse

    miketorse Icon

    Jul 29, 2008
    As far as I know, none are.
  3. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 24, 2007
    Glad ya like the HD. ;)

    The powerline adapter is going to be tough. It doesn't handle MRV or streaming video very well.

  4. chscott

    chscott Cool Member

    Apr 14, 2008
    I setup my brother-in-law and one of my work mates a couple of months ago with the exact unit and they have not complaints. My connection was not stable until I plugged it directly into power outlet(s), but now it seems to be working fine.

    I directly connected my notebook to the receiving end unit and launched a continuous ping to a public server and dropped zero packets during my tests.

    I have already downloaded one program without issue. We must be the lucky ones.
  5. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    Downloading is one thing...streaming is a whole other beast. You could of made DECA work without the other coax run.
  6. chscott

    chscott Cool Member

    Apr 14, 2008
    Not sure what DECA is. Did I make a bad install decision?
  7. sdirv

    sdirv Icon

    Dec 14, 2008
    Been using mine for D* VOD and Netflix streaming for a long while now, no problems at all.

    I was getting some rebuffering on my upstairs set (not on a powerline, it's a wireless Blu_ray player) but seemed to have fixed it by upgrading my G router to an N.......
  8. hasan

    hasan Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Ogden, IA
    Power line adapters are iffy at best. There has been some success, but a lot more failures. Netflix is not as demanding as MRV. I have G (Roku box) for netflix upstairs and it works great, but wireless G for MRV was a complete failure for HD MRV. Going to N solved that (but it still is nowhere nearly as good as DECA, which is perfect.
  9. mcbeevee

    mcbeevee 97% Complete

    Sep 18, 2006
  10. joed32

    joed32 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    That is correct. They do have some CSRs who came from India. I spoke with one once.

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