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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by BWiggin, Jul 3, 2007.

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  1. Jul 3, 2007 #1 of 10
    BWiggin

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    :D So don't shoot me. :lol: I'm a fairly new R15 user and am fairly happy with it since the last ce update. I do not have HD and have no idea when I will be able to afford one. Will the HR20 work on a sd TV, and if so, would you guys recommend it? Besides it being HD, what are the other differences between the R15 and the HR20.
     
  2. Jul 3, 2007 #2 of 10
    Michael D'Angelo

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    Yes it will work with all the SD channels like you have now and you will be able to view the HD channels but they just will not look right. But getting a HR20 you will have to get the HD package because you will have a HD receiver on your account. You would have a larger hard drive and you would have VOD when that launches soon.
     
  3. Jul 3, 2007 #3 of 10
    veryoldschool

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    not stupid.
    Without an HDTV the picture won't look as good as it could with one. [not really: just will not look right]. It may look better than what you have now. of course: YMMV
     
  4. Jul 3, 2007 #4 of 10
    Bergthold

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    I have two HR-20s one is hooked up to an HDTV and one is hooked up to a SD tv. I set the one hooked up to SD to 408i cropped and it looks great. It's a 1988 RCA 27" tv hooked up with the s-video cable and the picture is pretty impressive for standard def.
     
  5. Jul 3, 2007 #5 of 10
    kevinturcotte

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    The larger hard drive is definitely a plus. If your TV has component inputs; that's a plus (And use them). You're future proofed (For the next few years anyway). The HR20 is a MUCH better receiver than the R15!!! You can also pull in Digital channels over the air with an antenna.
    As far as what the HD channels will look like. If it's TRUE HD (Usually movie channels), it'll be Letterboxed (Black bars on the top & bottom). If it's not TRUE HD, it'll appear as a square with black bars on all 4 sides.
    Course, you can also just edit out the duplicate HD channels, and forget you even have them for the time being.
     
  6. Jul 3, 2007 #6 of 10
    machavez00

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    I have thought about getting a second HR20 for the bedroom an hooking up via the component on my 27" SD set. Of course it would be native off 480i. I will have it there when I am ready to by an HD set for the bedroom!
     
  7. Jul 4, 2007 #7 of 10
    carl6

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    Many positive reasons to use the HR20. The only negative that I can think of is the requirement to subscribe to the HD package when you activate an HD receiver. But that is a pretty significant negative ($9.99 a month).

    Carl
     
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    kevinturcotte

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    Won't be a such a negative soon, hopefully, once they get the new HD channels up.
     
  9. Jul 4, 2007 #9 of 10
    hasan

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    I'm considering getting a 2nd HR20 for my wife's setup at the other end of the house. It's on its on dish et al, and is connected to a non-HD 32" TV. Being able to record her favorite shows with her own system is well worth it. (I don't have to record them to DVD-RAM and hand her a disk every day!)

    This also "future proofs" that end of the house for the time when the older 32" CRT is replaced by an HD set.
     
  10. carl6

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    It will if you are only using an SD television. That is what the thread was about. If you have HD, even now, having HD service is IMHO worth it.

    Carl
     
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