If it were me, (there are many more here that have more knowledge on these matters than I) I would go with the Hr-20. I got my R-15 and my HR-20 at the same time. My Hr-20 is still running great, and my R-15 completely died the other night. Replacement is on its way. The advanced tech department said that they have more problems with the r-15s than the HR20's (though this stands to reason if there are more r-15s on the market)The Bird said:I need to replace my zippered HDVR2 TiVo due to problems with tuner 2 and I am deciding between the R15 and the HR20.
Here's my situation.
1.) I do not have a HDTV yet, but eventually will. So if the HR20 will work on an SDTV with composite outputs and has the ability to output mpeg4 signals or SD locals via composite then, other than price the HR20 is the better choice. Right?
2.) As for Music and Photos, Does the R15 have network capability now or in the future? If in the future, I can use the un-subbed HDVR2 TiVo for this feature, or does the HR-20 with a ViiV PC make more sense?
3.) Since I have many tall trees, the dish which is mounted on the house and can only see the 101 and I have another dish (multi-sat) mounted low on a pole cemented in the ground in the backyard for the 119. I did run 4 coax cables to this one and it does see 101/110/119 just currently using it only for the 119. Since the AT9 has additional mounting supports can it be mounted without them on the same pole? If not, I presume I will need additional cement footings for them.
4.) Can I use the HR-20 with the existing multi-sat (non-AT9) dish before I need the mpeg4 channels? As I'd prefer swapping the dish in the spring, since I do not presently have a HDTV set.
As for money, $200 or $300 for hardware is not an issue, however $2000 or $3000 for a HDTV right now, IS.
Thanks in advance.