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If the HR10-250 TIVO had mpeg4 HD would you prefer it to the HR2x?

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Since the other poll was from last year when the HR2x was much more buggy, and since it is closed. Lets try it again!

If the HR10-250 TIVO had mpeg4 HD would you prefer it to the HR2x Series?

This is just out of curiousity, Directv is pretty commited to their own software at this point ;)

EDIT: My typo on the poll! It is supposed to be "on" not "one" :p Mod edit: fixed poll :)
 

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For me...No.

I came from having a Directivo that I thought was amazing. It worked well, was easy to use, and faithfully served me for years....but I love my HR21 now as well!

The HR21 is clearly a more modern device that shows many of the sides of the Tivos that were aging and new features that should have been implemented (RF Remote, Network Functions, eSata expansion, etc.). There also were some very duh things enabled that I always felt were lacking...my favorite example is how the HR2x DVRs ask you what to cancel when there is a conflict (like too many recordings or when you change the channel with both tuners in use) vs. the Tivo that just picked one and stopped it recording. That feature alone has saved countless hours of shows that would have been stopped recording because someone else in the house decided they wanted to watch something else!

Overall there have been a few bugs with the HR2x, and some software releases are a bit annoying, but they are frequent enough and improving enough that it is the best option out there IMO. Remember Tivo is no one to amaze either though in its earlier days (and even now), in the early days menus were HORRIBLY slow and the guide was like watching paint dry to get it to show up. Even now when too many season passes and other things are lined up, the Tivos can really get bogged down.

I do not really care for the layout of Dish's DVRs and the only other DVR I really can say holds anything up to the Directv boxes are the standalone HD tivos...but they are not an option anyways! The Directv DVRs are easy to navigate and figure out how to do things on, and they have been an awesome addition to my home theater.
 

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I like the HR20 series just fine but, I still prefer Tivo

I was a "early adaptor" of ReplayTv and swapped over when the Tivo 2 came out. I have been through the various incarnations with DirecTv and put a Tivo 3 in service when they first came out. All of the Tivos are in service today.
 

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I much prefer the HR2x interface, simplicity of one-touch recording, PIG, the 90 minute buffer, the features "out of the box" that on the HR10 would have required hacking, and the promise of new things to come.

The HR10 has a cartoon interface, forces me to choose between viewing video and using the menus, including the clunky guide that obscures the video. The only thing I liked better on the HR10 was DLB, and who knows - maybe we'll get that someday, but even lacking DLB, the HR2x blows away the HR10...
 

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So far, Tivo. I want it to work, for TV recording, don't care about in-menu video or other crap, on either machine. Seriously, do you really watch the tiny thing in the corner? While simultaneously reading the guide or whatever? I generally rewind or just use pause in the first place if I'm going to be in the menu for anything. I didn't work on my HT for years to watch a 23.5" TV, esp for HD programs.

Anyway, if they ever come up with software that beats Tivo, I'll change my tune.

And frankly, it's offensive that you have to jump through hoops to get OTA. (more of a D* issue than the actual machine) This one does, that one doesn't, or maybe if you pony up $50. Most of my TV comes from there and OTA is more consistent, as I type this during a huge thunderstorm. I haven't changed a single one of my SPs from the Tivo to the HR21. No point. It can have new stuff.
 

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So far, Tivo. I want it to work, for TV recording, don't care about in-menu video or other crap, on either machine. Seriously, do you really watch the tiny thing in the corner? While simultaneously reading the guide or whatever? I generally rewind or just use pause in the first place if I'm going to be in the menu for anything. I didn't work on my HT for years to watch a 23.5" TV, esp for HD programs.

Anyway, if they ever come up with software that beats Tivo, I'll change my tune.

And frankly, it's offensive that you have to jump through hoops to get OTA. (more of a D* issue than the actual machine) This one does, that one doesn't, or maybe if you pony up $50. Most of my TV comes from there and OTA is more consistent, as I type this during a huge thunderstorm. I haven't changed a single one of my SPs from the Tivo to the HR21. No point. It can have new stuff.
You didn't really say what the HR20xs do that make them inferior... You just don't like the hardware configuration from what it sounds like, and that's not really the question.
 

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This poll is missing one option... You should have also had...

Once the HR2Xs have DLB, My Tivo days will forever be over!!!


With that said I voted no... I do not like Tivo. I learned Replaytv first, and Tivo never could overcome the fact it is set up to treat me like an idiot.... Because I knew it didn't have to be...
 

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I've never had one but I've used a friends and I prefer my HR2x's.

I think the only advantage is DLB. The down sides would far out weigh anything else.

My 2¢ FWIW. :)

Mike
 

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I find the HR2x much easier to use. Easier to delete, easier to set up Seasons Passes, easier to do just about everything. It's faster to respond, faster to see the guide, and I don't see an upside to the HD-Tivo other than Dual Live Buffers which... I don't even miss anymore.

I'm thrilled with my HR2x boxes, and just added an eSata 1TB drive to one of them, giving me--with a very simple installation where I didn't need to open a box and clone a drive or anything--another 150 hours of HD recording. The HD-TIVO can't do that.

The HR2x boxes are winners. DBSTalkers had a hand in making them so, and now we're reaping the benefits of that testing.

I'm getting ready to move from Michigan to the D.C. area and when I look for a place I'm looking for two things: a place that takes pets, and where I can have DirecTV.
 

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I voted NO - As much as I loved my HR10-250 and miss some of it's features, I have grown to like my HR2x just as much. The family likes the On-Demand and game lounge features that are offered with the HR2x and I do not think I can get the family on board unless HR10-250 offered them as well.
 

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Would prefer to get rid of both of these if there was a 100 percent integration of media center pc's. Since ther is not will stay with the HR2X series. family would revolt and tar and feather me if I tried to go back to a Directivo based unit
 

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I have my TiVo Series 3 attached to the same HDTV as my HR20-700 and HR21-100. Overall, I prefer the HR series, and I was a die hard TiVo user. I just wish that DLB was there... that's the one thing I really miss.
 

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As shocking as this would have sounded to this 6 year Tivo user I say No. My HR21 has so many additional features and I have not missed one recording. Plus, I love being able to hang a 1TB external drive off the box and use that. Having said that, I do miss dual-live buffers and will desperately miss them during football season.
 

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Neither answer fits me. I don't "love" my HR20 because of a few glaring issues. However, overall, I prefer the HR20 interface to the Tivo.

The glaring issues (and by issues I'm also including features not found on the HR2x series that IMO should be):

1 - No DLB
2 - Press and hold
3 - 50 SL limit
4 - Rain fade issue with one tuner not coming back
5 - No suggestions (with Tivo you could turn them off if you didn't like them, with HR2x you don't get them period)
 
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