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R22 being discontinued??!!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV SD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by xmguy, May 6, 2009.

  1. Jun 5, 2009 #101 of 107
    dishrich

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    Correct - because in the non-MPEG4 markets, the R22 is NOT even sent the guide/mapping data for the MPEG4 locals. They ONLY see the legacy SD locals on 101 or 119.
     
  2. Jun 5, 2009 #102 of 107
    DesertFlyer

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    This is driving my mom crazy with KMIR in Palm Springs. She cannot stand those light grey lines and there is also no ability to crop or change the color because of the software lockdown. Very frustrating.
     
  3. Jun 5, 2009 #103 of 107
    dishrich

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    I would agree - maybe she (or you) should try calling D* & pitching a bitch about it. Maybe they might swap her over to an HR2x box at no charge.

    Along those lines - she could also call in for a FREE HD box upgrade, keep the HD access on for a month or two, then shut it off. They will NOT swap the new box back.

    Either way, this would solve her problem... ;)
     
  4. Jun 5, 2009 #104 of 107
    ThomasM

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    HARUMPH! ;)

    Well, I can't complain TOO much about my R22. The price was right. And if my locals ever go to MPEG4-only and I can't get rid of those gray bars my computer can always use a 320Gbyte drive!
     
  5. Jun 5, 2009 #105 of 107
    ThomasM

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    Not exactly. If you purchase an AM-21 OTA tuner for your R22 and watch an OTA station that is transmitting a 16:9 signal you also get stuck with the bars. If the station is transmitting a 4:3 signal (like most sub channels) no bars.

    I always enjoy the discussions between the so-called "purists" and those that just want to watch TV. First it was "letterbox" movies where you got huge black bars and a tiny image so you "didn't miss any of the picture". Uh-huh.

    Now it's 16:9, 4:3, and more bars-although not as big as with letterbox movies. You are stuck with the bars on the top & bottom of many networks when watching in 4:3 from the 101. People put up with it. But a postage-stamp picture in the center of the screen with bars on all 4 sides? Nope. But that's what you get from an R22 when it's tuned to an MPEG4 feed and the station is sending out a 4:3 program with their digital transmitter set to 16:9. And two of the bars are obnoxious GRAY!

    Apparently, all the complaining to CSR's in MPEG4 local markets from folks without HD has killed the R22. I know I'd cancel DirecTV in a heartbeat if that was my option!
     
  6. Jun 5, 2009 #106 of 107
    denvertrakker

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    No OTA for me - I'm 100+ miles from Denver. Maybe that's a good thing!:D
     
  7. xmguy

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    Yes I hear you. I can't stand the gray bars. While none of my channels (Nashville, TN DMA) is broadcasting in 16:9 (YET!). When I watch Hulu via PlayOn in Media Share I get the ANNOYING gray bars. I've seen the 4:3 to 16:9 to 4:3 conversion on my DTV converter. Its annoying as hell and those bars are black!! I guess they do that re-converting to get people to get HDTV. By damn it must be working! The Networks are like Hulu, They're out to destory the world of SDTV and FORCE people who want good quality TV at 4:3 (because I don't care for HD, I can watch 720P HD on Hulu and don't) to go HD and get the plasmas and LCDs and buy all the packages of HD that go with!!! HA, (rant):confused:
     

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