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· AllStar
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First, my current setup:

Slimline AU9 dish
1 SAT cable to Room #1 with H20 and 16:9 LCD
1 SAT cable to Room #2 with Sony SAT-T60 DTivo and 16:9 LCD connected to DD system.

Also have antenna mounted in Attic for local HD channels with direct connection to Room #1 and sharing SAT cable via diplexer to Room #2

Additional cable runs are NOT an option for me for various reason too long to type here.

I REALLY want HD DVR but after reading many comments in here about the HR20 I want to keep my old SAT-T60 as a back up (I own it) even though it's not HD.

Now the questions:

1. Will the HR20 work without complaint if I never have a second cable for Tuner 2?

2. Will the HR20 allow me to watch a recorded program while recording another with only 1 tuner connected? The review I read made it seem like both tuners had to be connected to do this. I'm not concerned about recording 2 shows at once.

3. I've been with DirecTV since 1996 (just retired my old SAT-B1 two weeks ago) and I understand the move to the whole leasing idea compared to the good old days when I just went out and bought whatever hardware I wanted. Is there any benefit, price or otherwise, to me buying an HR20 from a retailer vs. calling up DTV?

4. I really don't want to have to fool with a DTV tech coming to my house to hook up an HR20 when I can do it myself, if I get it through DTV is this my only option or will they just ship it to me so I can do it myself?

5. What is this "customer retention" dept. I've read about at DTV? Is that a different phone number or just a special group for long timers like myself? I haven't called DTV in about 5 or 6 yrs.

Sorry if this is the wrong forum, if so please move it. I've been a lurker and not a poster until now.
 

· AllStar
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Well, I just read that OTA can't be diplex'd with MPEG-4. Since I can't run anymore than a single cable to each room this is a major pain for me that was unexpected.

By the way, my slimline dish has 3 cables coming from it, 2 are run to my 2 receivers. The third is just rolled up and disconnected. Is this for a third receiver or something special that I just happen to not be using?
 

· AllStar
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I could swear there are only 3 coming out of the LNB arm that I could see, I'll take a closer look tomorrow with daylight.
 

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Since my house is brick and there's already 2 holes drilled in different locations to get a single cable to the 2 rooms with DBS there's no place to run any more cables without more drilling and I'm not going to allow that to happen, and it would require burying more cable. As for OTA I'm 30+ miles from the stations so I have a medium range mounted in the attic which works very well, set top not an option here. The design of my house makes it impossible to run additional cables to my living room through the walls. Really hoping for some technology that will allow everything over a single cable as you can see.

What is FTM? (newbie here if you haven't noticed) **** Nevermind, the old search function comes through again :)
 
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