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Top Reasons to Get an HD DVR Instead of a Basic HD Receiver

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Milominderbinder2, Oct 16, 2007.

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  1. Tom Robertson

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    Hokie smokes batman! What a rack! :)

    What do you use for a switcher on that?

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  2. old7

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    I have a 4-way component switch from monoprice on the left for HD. And two Radio Shack 15-1987 switches for SD (there are 2 TVs) one on each side.
     
  3. Mark Holtz

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    One thing that I noticed is that my DVR is power failure tolerant. If I lose power for several hours, then power it back up, all of my timers are there, and the clock resets itself. Try that with a VCR.

    Also, whats the most that you can record with a VCR? 8 hours? Even HD-DVRs record more. AND, I don't recall seeing any HD-VCRs.
     
  4. BK EH

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    When is the last time you left your house??!! :lol:
     
  5. old7

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    Mitsubishi had a D-VHS recorder in 2002 that recorded OTA HD. It recorded about 2.5 hours per tape and connected to the TV via firewire. It was a stop-gap device.

    Panasonic and JVC also had similar units.
     
  6. rutgersfan

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    Once you go DVR, you never go back. it's impossible to watch tv without a DVR. put that at the top of the faq
     
  7. Milominderbinder2

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    Great additon.

    We now have an item 15:

    Remote Booking: Setup a recording from a PC or cell phone if you won't be home in time.

    Any others to add?

    - Craig
     
  8. Milominderbinder2

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    I got a second HR20 last month. Prices were so good that it was just not possible to say no.

    Add PIP DLB for $5 a month

    Now I can watch two games on screen at once and just toggle the audio back and forth. If one or the other gets really good, click to full screen.

    - Craig
     
  9. marksman

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    I think a television without a DVR is pointless.
     
  10. jodyguercio

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    Man.....can I be a long lost relative and come over to your house on Sundays?:eek2:
     
  11. DtroitPunk

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    If your furnace goes out you can use the HR-20 as a very effective heatsource!!

    Your hands will stay nice and toasty on the case. Though you will likely be too close to enjoy any viewing.:confused:
     
  12. hasan

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    I'll give you another: AUTOTUNE

    The HR20 doesn't have it (and certainly should). For some reason, D* doesn't think anyone records to external media, given how well the hard drive in the hr20 works. The H20 has it, the HR20 doesn't. It makes the HR20 extremely inconvenient if you need to record a DVD for someone (like the wife!).

    Once I get her an HR20 (early November, supposedly) the need for it decreases, but it still seems like a silly position for D* to take.
     
  13. M3 Pete

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    This is the truth. I got my first DVR only 3 years ago, and after about a month I wondered why I waited so long. It really changes the TV watching experience.

    More importantly, it's critical when you have little kids. Sesame Street comes on only once a day, but I need to be able to play it when I need it, not when it's on. Need more sleep after the kids are wide awake at 6:00 am? Hit the Sesame Street snooze button and get another hour of peace and quiet. And since it's Sesame Street, I can rest easy knowing that it's not basic brain-rot TV they are watching.

    Need 5 more hours of sleep? Hit the sequential play button and string all the recorded episodes together. :lol:

    Here's why replay is so good, not just for sports: sometimes I watch a show like The Office, and I'm laughing so hard I miss the next line or two. Even when watching live, just back it up and get it all.

    But I rarely watch anything live anymore. I even like to start watching a football game about 45 minutes late so I can blast through commercials.
     
  14. cougar

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    I see a lot of you have several hr20's. I was browsing at Circuit City's website and when I was looking at the hr20 page I saw this note:

    Note: DIRECTV® services are sold separately. A maximum of six (6) receivers may be leased per year, but not more than two (2) DVR receivers, two (2) HD receivers and one (1) HD DVR receiver may by leased in a given year. On approved credit. A programming commitment is required and sold separately. (emphasis mine)

    How are you guys getting around this limit? Or was this a limit that is no longer enforced? :confused:
     
  15. JLucPicard

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    I think it's common knowledge that D* maintains some kind of records that "grade" your account in terms of risk, etc. (the Hearts). I think most people who aren't risks have little to no trouble acquiring additional receivers. I think the language you cited is necessary for those that may be much higher risks so there is a way for D* to minimize those risks.

    The limit does exist, and I just believe it is judiciously enforced.
     
  16. cougar

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    Thanks Jean-Luc. By the way, loved your work in Next Generation! :)
     
  17. HDTVFreak07

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    What's the purpose of having 8 receivers? All 8 on one TV? Are you nuts?
     
  18. Pink Fairy

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    That just frightens me.
     
  19. old7

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    Like I said no conflicts. I record more than I could ever possibly watch or intend to watch, but when I want to watch TV, there is always something I want to see.

    Three of the DVRs (2 HD and 1 SD) are primarily movies. One is strictly for my daughter (age 9) and with a/v distribution, shared to the TV in her bedroom. Did I mention that we have 2 TiVos in the master bedroom and 1 more in the game room.

    And yes, I am nuts. :)
     
  20. HDTVFreak07

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    There's more to life than just TV, you know.
     
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