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I currently have DT with a DVR R15-100. I have about 3 months with it. I really wanted a HD-DVR but didnt have the money at the time to buy one so I went with the DVR on DT's current offer. I plan on buying a HD-DVR off ebay but I dont know what model to get? I am guessing the HR20-700? I think thats what it was.

Well I had a few questions:

1. Will there be any extra fee's for trading out my DVR for a HD-DVR? I assume I just send my current DVR back to DT and there will be no extra fee's other than the HD fee for the service?

2. I was told by DT that they will need to install a HD antenna for my local HD channels they want to charge me a one time $40 fee for that but will they wave it if I ask nicely? :p

3. Since my DVR is my main receiver I will be making my HD-DVR my main receiver so there will be no monthly fee for that right?

4. Will there be a problem displaying the 1080i resolution on a none Widescreen Tv? I have a older CRT none WS Tv that i plan on getting rid of soon but not before I get the HD-DVR.

Thanks for any info :)
 

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bleem22,

1) Nope, not if you trade a dvr for a dvr. HD is just a feature :)
2) there are two possibilities here. A new dish for the locals or an OTA antenna. The price is comparable to D*s normal OTA price and similar to some discounted new dish prices. you might be able to install your own OTA antenna, its just a normal TV antenna. On the other hand, you likely can't get a new dish installed for that price by anyone other than D*.
3) you are correct.
4) you won't be able to display 1080i on a tv that isn't able to handle 1080i, but you will be able to display all programs on the TV by selecting the resolution(s) that your current TV can display. The HD DVR will scale the programs to fit the abilities of your TV.

One suggestion. If you get the current HD DVR, the HR20, be aware there are people still having problems with the stability. I have missed recordings, had a few recordings that were not watchable, and some that mysteriously disappeared. I recommend you keep your old DVR for a short time as a backup. Yes it will cost a few $$ a month. But, if you do have problems, you likely can get D* to give you credits to cover your costs.

Good luck, and merry Christmas,
Tom
 

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bleem22 said:
I currently have DT with a DVR R15-100. I have about 3 months with it. I really wanted a HD-DVR but didnt have the money at the time to buy one so I went with the DVR on DT's current offer. I plan on buying a HD-DVR off ebay but I dont know what model to get? I am guessing the HR20-700? I think thats what it was.

Well I had a few questions:

1. Will there be any extra fee's for trading out my DVR for a HD-DVR? I assume I just send my current DVR back to DT and there will be no extra fee's other than the HD fee for the service?

2. I was told by DT that they will need to install a HD antenna for my local HD channels they want to charge me a one time $40 fee for that but will they wave it if I ask nicely? :p

3. Since my DVR is my main receiver I will be making my HD-DVR my main receiver so there will be no monthly fee for that right?

4. Will there be a problem displaying the 1080i resolution on a none Widescreen Tv? I have a older CRT none WS Tv that i plan on getting rid of soon but not before I get the HD-DVR.

Thanks for any info :)
1. There won't be any additional fees for the HR20, but you will most likely want the HD Pack that has the additional HD channels minus the locals that are included with the Total Choice Package. The HD Package is usually free for 3 months with a new HD DVR. But, the package price is about $10 a month.

2. You will need a new 5 LNB antenna installed by DTV that receives the MPEG-4 content. All of the new HD channels will be on the new satellites that require the new 5 LNB. So, get it installed when you lease the DVR from DTV.

The HR20 is a lease, so I would get it directly from DTV. Negotiate the price, or get DTV to throw in free services.
 

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You won't need to send it back. You should be able to keep the old one. Tell them you will put the old box on another TV, and you can keep it. I had the Tivo HD-DVR, and needed an HR-20(plus 5 lnb dish) to get my HD locals. They basically gave me the new DTV DVR for free, and I have the old one too. The installer hooked up the old one, too, but i don't think it's mandatory. Just tell them you have a new TV on the way (or some other lie).
 
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