Ode to our HR20-700

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  1. Aug 8, 2017 #1 of 21
    fire219

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    Little bit of a silly idea (ok, I'll admit: a rather large bit of a silly idea) I had last night after some events. Here we go...

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    If your label is to be believed, you were born on May 25th 2007, in a nondescript Chinese factory. Undoubtedly you were one of hundreds, if not thousands, of boxes to come off that factory line on that day. But you were the one to come to me.

    In 2007 (or was in 2008?), I was a small boy in a rural elementary school. But at home, we had become tired. That is to say, tired of the constant abuse from those known as Pegasus, from whom we had no choice but to derive our Dish Network programming through. Or did we have a choice?

    Yes, oh yes, we did.

    On one otherwise normal day, while I was busy elsewhere -- learning multiplication tables -- a humble man came to our abode in a white van bearing blue livery instead of the red we had become accustomed to. Within this van was the equipment to save us from our previous equine tyrany. And of this equipment, you were the crowning jewel, to be placed atop the living room television.

    As I would find upon my arrival home later that day, you were not as I would expect. You were not a drab gray box pulled straight from the era of grunge as your predecessor upon that rear projection throne was. You were a bright silver color, with inviting blue lights adorning your face. The many pieces of paper left behind by the man detailed all that you could do for us, well beyond what we had before. "We can record one TV show, while watching another?" Bright times had come.

    Though the initial excitement would soon wear off, you would not. Many hours would be spent by each or all of us viewing the media you delivered to us. Much of that media would find its way onto your at the time vast storage. Many seasons of college football have been watched in front of your blue glowing lights. You really were really a centerpiece to bring a family together.

    As time still wears on, changes happen all around you. The rear projection TV you sat upon and the DVD and VCR players which flanked you were succeeded by a wall mounted LED TV, Blu-ray player, and XBMC box. One of your own kin (of family HR21) was installed, lived its whole life, and died just a few meters from you. The family in front of you grew from one with small children to one with each child in college and high school respectively.

    And the chrome wore off you as well.

    No, I do not speak literally, though your spinning parts do grind rather loudly at times. Your storage has been long since filled too. But no, it's not you, it's us. You see, numerous successors of your own heritage have come to market, with abilities well beyond your own. Those known as Genie have tempted us many a time. We have had many occurrences where you may have been at long last laid to rest. But you endured gracefully, so you have remained upon your perch, the aging king of our living room.

    That is, until this past night. I had retreated from my ever appealing Personal Computer, to come under your blue glow and haze yet again. Except, you would not awaken from slumber, no matter how many prodding of your remote and of your face occurred. A few times, your lights would come on, but no life was there. The lights were on, but clearly nobody was home.

    The hidden red button under one of your silver face flaps was pressed. You made noise, meekly brought your power light to a dim glow, and then winked out again.

    It was at this point that I was sure that your life had met its end. After 10 years of serving your kingdom, and watching all around you change, that you had finally met eternal rest.

    I was about to remove and reseat your power cord as one last effort to bring you back to life. My hand was on that cord, when suddenly a blue light had appeared above you, in my peripheral vision.

    On the television screen, laid a few words:

    Hello.
    Your DIRECTV receiver is starting up.

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    Everything in this story is entirely true, through obviously dramatized. Our DirecTV HR20-700 receiver, ten years and two months on from its assembly date, continues to serve our household. These things were really built to last.
     
  2. Aug 8, 2017 #2 of 21
    P Smith

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    professionally speaking it was bad design - overheating of sat tuner chips predetermined short living of many DVRs from the line :(
     
  3. Aug 8, 2017 #3 of 21
    Rich

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    Very good post! Just one question, where is "the armpit of Hell"?

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  4. Aug 8, 2017 #4 of 21
    fire219

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    Rural southern Alabama.
     
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  5. Aug 8, 2017 #5 of 21
    DukeBlue

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    Great post, it brought back fond memories of my HR20's.
     
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  6. Herdfan

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    Still have 3 going strong. But "Santa" died a couple of years ago. :(

    They have outlasted an HR21 and an HR24. And the drive of an HR34 (replaced it)
     
  7. prozone1

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    Mine still going strong. I use it for my OTA channels
     
  8. Rich

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    Big mistake D* made when they decided to halt production on the 20-700s and brought out the Series 2 DVRs. Yeah, the Series 2 DVRs were cheaper, but nearly as good and should have never been made. I have nothing good to say about the 20-100s either, yet another DVR that should have never been made. I don't find it surprising that so many folks still use the 20-700s.

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  9. TheRatPatrol

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    Stop putting OTA tuners in their DVRs (and stop support of the AM21, with no replacement in sight).
     
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    Probably didn't affect that many folks.

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  11. fire219

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    For the record: the event that sparked my writing above pretty much marked the beginning of the end for this HR20. Since that night, the same issue and similarly annoying ones have popped up several times, seemingly every other night. As I type, we're working on planning how to move from this point (replace with HR24, or move to Genie system).

    Though you still live upon your perch, your noble rein is about to reach its end. RIP HR20-700.
     
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  12. inkahauts

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    How many other units do you have? Id probably get a genie 2 and be done with it. I would not get a HR24 they are done with development it seems...
     
  13. P Smith

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    I wouldn't use the umbrella name but HS17 or HS27 or HS37 what hve specs and real meaning;
    we all know how DTV deliberately combine _different_ DVRs eg HR34, HR44 and HR54 under marketing plot "Genie" :(
     
  14. inkahauts

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    The hs17 is the only genie 2. You are the only one confused on this it seems.
     
  15. fire219

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    HR21, D11, D12. On legacy (non-SWM) system. Because if it ain't broken don't fix it, and only the first HR21 had failed (and replaced with same by DTV) until this point.
     
  16. inkahauts

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    If it ain’t broke don’t fix it is ok, when you aren’t being left behind in features and speed and ease of use. Now you are and imho that just dose not apply here. I’d upgrade all that to a genie 2 without hesitation. Gives you more tuners, more recording space, same exact interface everywhere.
     
  17. Rich

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    You're right!

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  18. fire219

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    Found my way back to this forum for one reason or another, figured it might be worth giving a little update to this story.

    At the time I wrote this silly little "ode" (August 2017), I was heading into my first semester in college. The HR20 would have just enough issues that we would be just about to get it replaced... and then start behaving for a while.

    Now we're at the end of 2019. I'm now halfway done with my junior year of college. And guess what -- that HR20 lives on. 12 and a half years on from its assembly date, it keeps on going. It eventually worked through whatever issue it was having, and works fine now. Granted, the TV in that room doesn't get all that much use anymore; most of the TV watching done in the house happens on the HR21 on the other side of the house.

    As long as everything keeps working on this old non-SWM HR2x setup, it's not going to change. My mother is the main TV watcher left in the house, and she could not care less how fast or modern the system is, and likely would get angry if it got swapped for a Genie 2.
     
  19. Rich

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    Do yourself and the 20 a favor. Look at my signature below this post. Click on the link to the thread in my sig and read some posts. There are some members that have put those drives on 20-700s. See what happens when you do that.

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  20. fire219

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    Sounds like a nice idea, but I leave back to college this weekend, and no one else in this house would care enough to try. Again, that TV doesn't get a lot of use now, and also "if it ain't broke..."
     

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