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I have been reading posts for days and I am overwhelmed with the information provided by all, Kudos! Here is my delema my UTV's are dying (2), I either repair and upgrade ($200.00ea). Or go with an HR20 practically free, or dish practically free also. I have been used to my UTV's plain and simple UI, the Skip is VERY IMPORTANT to me, The slip button sounds annoying, I cannot stand commercials. I would like to get in the age of HD but DTV has only like 8 channels compared to Dish with Voom. What should I do?

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I subscribed to Voom when they first came out - mainly to take advantage of a new HD TV and D* didn't have the HD DVR (HR10-250) yet. I hear a lot of people tout the fact that Dish has Voom channels, so they have a lot more HD than D*. That's true, quantity-wise. However, even with the great HD picture, I found myself watching very little on the Voom channels (an occasional movie) and it was basically a "cool" waste of money.

Dish may be a very good alternative, I have no first hand experience. But keep in mind (and I realize this may be too long term) that D* will be ramping up their HD offerings a lot by the end of next year (depending on availability of HD channels actually available). And if you can research what is actually carried on the Voom channels, you may decide that it's well worth it, or that it's similar to having a dozen more shopping channels - sure there's more channels, but nothing you would watch anyway.

If you plan on staying with D*, I think taking adavantage of a deal on the HR20 might be well worth it. I have never had Ultimate TV, so I can't speak to whether it would be a good investment to fix them or not.
 

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I love my UTV but I wold not spend $100's to repair it if it goes. I currently have the UTV and HR20 hooked up to my main tv. UTV right now is my backup for critical recordings because it never fails. HR20 has been good for me 95% of the time.

I would recommend you save the 9.95/mo UTV fee and take the plunge for the
HR20 but consider having another DVR for backup recordings if you have shows you can't miss. Downsides: If you use PIP a lot you will miss that feature. Also, the trick play features are nowhere near as smooth on the HR20. Search and Autorecord features are also more powerful on UTV. I think UTV is still the greatest DVR on the planet, I wish MS kept making it and it had HD.
 

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I love my UTV but I wold not spend $100's to repair it if it goes. I currently have the UTV and HR20 hooked up to my main tv. UTV right now is my backup for critical recordings because it never fails. HR20 has been good for me 95% of the time.

I would recommend you save the 9.95/mo UTV fee and take the plunge for the
HR20 but consider having another DVR for backup recordings if you have shows you can't miss. Downsides: If you use PIP a lot you will miss that feature. Also, the trick play features are nowhere near as smooth on the HR20. Search and Autorecord features are also more powerful on UTV. I think UTV is still the greatest DVR on the planet, I wish MS kept making it and it had HD.
I need to know about the 30 second slip, I love my 30 second skip, and you would know first hand the difference?
 

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I have to agree with the rest of the folks here. I have 2 UTVs and absolutely love 'em. But, I wanted HD. So I went with the HR20 as a main unit with 1 UTV as a secondary. I miss the 30 skip; but with some practice/time you'll get use to the slip.

I'm sure I'll eventually do away with the UTV and save the 9.95 per month; but for now definitely keep 1 as a backup device.
 

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I'm in the exact same boat. Want to move to HD soon, but hate the thought of giving up my UTV. It could possibly be the best product Microsoft ever came out with. At least the UI on the new HR20 is essentially based off of UTV, but I will REALLY miss the true 30 second skip.
 
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