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The THR22 "Count me in"/Anticipation thread

Discussion in 'DIRECTV DVR with TiVo Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. midas69

    midas69 AllStar

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    I'm still on the fence, but leaning towards getting one. The lack of MRV really is my only problem. I lived without it for a long time, but now that I've had it I know I'll miss it. But I think having suggestions back will help mitigate that. I'll probably only replace my HR21-700 and keep the 2 HR24-500s.

    To me, as mentioned, suggestions is probably my biggest plus on the Tivo. The unlimited number of season passes is another major plus for me. Being able to scan OTA channels is another plus for me.

    MRV is really the only minus I see. The HDGUI is a non-issue to me. The lack of picture in the guide and menus is actually a plus to me.

    I haven't made my decision yet, but I'm leaning pretty hard at this point.
     
  2. corvair61

    corvair61 Cool Member

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    The new box does not have a connection for Antennae. At least as far as I can see.
     
  3. SpewHole

    SpewHole Mentor

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    I'm glad you were able to get your box without the $199 fee. Was it the Cancellation Department that obliged you? I wish I has pushed for it myself, but I didn't think it was possible. In my experience, threatening to cancel can be an effective end-means when all else fails. When my Phillips DSR7000 broke and I ordered a replacement DSR704 from Weaknees in 2007, DirecTV tried to force me to get a new Access Card. They kept claiming they couldn't activate the old card, but after I threatened to cancel my entire service, they transferred me to a customer care rep who "tried one more time" and the access card suddenly magically worked. I saved paying $25 for a new access card and being locked into another 24-months.

    And then earlier this year, the phone reps tricked me by leasing me an HR box with a special deal for only $100, never mentioning the word 'lease' or the $6 fee, leading me to believe that I was buying the box outright. So when I called and expressed my disappoinment at being deceived, they said they would make it good by waiving my DVR fee for 6 months. I have Lifetime DVR, so the idiot rep killed that and recoded it so I was getting charged for DVR service, then put me in for 6-months DVR for free. I almost lost my sanity getting that corrected. They even called my bluff when I said I'd cancel, and deactivated my boxes. But the following day, one of those magical customer care people got in touch with me and was able to correct my billing method by corresponding with an account manager to make everything square.

    Kudos to you for getting what you wanted out of DirecTV. I'm a little jealous, but I made out pretty good. I used the Protection Plan to have them replace my broken DSR704 with an R16, which I installed in the other room where we had a non-DVR SD Samsung. Then I put the THR-22 where the DSR704 was. I'm content for now. I may wean myself from downloading everything as 720p MKVs and actually use the box for what it was intended. 60 hours is quite a limitation, though.

    So far, certain programming seems a bit over-compressed and I have noticed mild macroblocking during some of the action sequences. Especially the American Horror Story I recorded; there was a lot of banding and what looked like MPG noise. Dexter, on the other hand, looked sharper on the THR-22 then it did as a 720p MKV. This probably has more to do with how the channel is transmitted/received from DirecTV then it has to do with the box. I'll continue to compare and contrast, but for now, I finallly have a way again to add my "ratings" to the shows I enjoy, even if I end up downloading and watching the MKV instead.

    Only issues so far: the gray sidebar/paneling keeps appearing even though I set it to black. And my Active Channel is 4:3 SD even though the manual shows it as 16:9.
     
  4. midas69

    midas69 AllStar

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    I already own 2 AM21s.
     
  5. am7crew

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    Im in if I can find one
     
  6. corvair61

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    Why would you need those if you get local channels with Directv?

    My old HR10-250 had the antennae input and could record the HD OTA channels, so I guess I never went looking for a solution like the AM21.
     
  7. Guindalf

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    Quite frankly, the mods here are NOT going to remove anyone for expressing their opinion. However, they WILL remove anyone who rams the point down other people's throats and shows extreme arrogance while doing it - and in a thread that has nothing to do with it.

    If I may offer my humble opinion, I would give it a rest. We know what you think, already!

    Oh, and insulting people is not going to be in a newbie's favor either. ;)
     
  8. corvair61

    corvair61 Cool Member

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    Anyone that starts with "If I may offer my humble opinion," is generally not really humble.

    As for the newbie part. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Thank you for the laugh. I needed it.

    I've insulted nobody.
     
  9. Guindalf

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    This is your idea of not insulting anyone?

    19 posts hardly qualifies you as anything but a newbie.

    Anyway, I'm not getting sucked into immature games played by an obvious troll, so have at it, I'm out.
     
  10. midas69

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    To save money they took out the OTA tuner. Most people didn't need it. For the people that did need it, they made the AM21 which hooks up via USB. When I bought mine DirecTV didn't have all my local channels available in HD. Now they are except they still don't have any of the sub channels. Here in Chicago there is actually a lot of content on the sub channels.

    And for some reason, DirecTV has decided that even if I have an AM21 that I can only get the sub channels that they decide I can have. There is no scan option for OTA, you just get what they decide you can get. For some reason, they allow me to get 2 different channels that are basically 24 hour weather radar, but not a channel that shows great old TV shows or movies 24 hours a day.
     
  11. corvair61

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    I had never heard of the AM21 until you mentioned it. The fact it cannot bring ALL the local channels would bug me. But I understand the need for it now.
     
  12. midas69

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    It can, it's a limitation of the DirecTV receiver. But the new Tivo can get all the channels when using one. That's why I said that was a plus to me.
     
  13. corvair61

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    Look, you jumped on me. Which is certainly not humble.

    I'd like to discuss Tivo and Directv. I made a post the other day and I was jumped all over by people that seem to think they know more than I do. Just because you post here does not mean you know more than someone else. Since that post I've had to defend myself with a number of private messages.

    I have attacked nobody.
     
  14. corvair61

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    Ahhhhh. So you will get the new Tivo box and continue to use the AM21 and get all the OTA HD channels. Now I get it.
     
  15. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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    Dude, learn to use the quote button, it's not hard.
     
  16. corvair61

    corvair61 Cool Member

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    No thanks.
     
  17. lilydog10

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    How's that, Spicoli, uh dude, (using the quote button)? You need to post even more insults? I thought they had been cleaned up. Give the guy a break. All the THR22 haters/DBST graybeards, can we move on? This is the "I am dumb and happy to have the new Tivo HD DVR" thread, right? So anyone who either is too smart to lease it (unlike we dumbells) or doesn't even like the idea of its existence, there are other threads where you can ladle on your scorn ... in heavy doses. Have at it.
     
  18. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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    1. It's not an insult.
    2. It's my first post in this thread, so even if it was, how would it be considered "more"?


    It's common courtesy to quote when responding to someone (in any thread), so that the reader knows what the person is talking about. Surely, you can understand that, right?

    He makes this post:

    "Ahhhhh. So you will get the new Tivo box and continue to use the AM21 and get all the OTA HD channels. Now I get it."

    Directly after one of his own posts. Is he talking to himself? Who is he responding to?

    He makes this post:

    "Look, you jumped on me. Which is certainly not humble.", apparently to midas69 (who had the post right before him), but midas didn't jump on him at all. Why is he mad at midas?

    Do you see how quoting would help now? If not, I can try my best to explain it to you further.
     
  19. Scott Kocourek

    Scott Kocourek Well-Known Member

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    If you all feel the need to discuss this further please take it to PM.

    Please get back to the topic.
     
  20. lilydog10

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    Trying to. Isn't the topic "count me in" and "anticipating" the THR22? If so, why is anyone posting here who has a problem with the box, or even just the concept of it? I don't get it. So far, the THR22 we obtained is working perfectly, humming along, working as expected (once the FW update was fixed). So to reiterate, count me in re the THR22, and the anticipation has been rewarded.

    Plus, when there is an HD picture on the screen, it looks just like the picture coming from the HR23! Shocking.
     

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