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Adam1115
11-11-2007, 10:06 PM
I'm thinking of switching back to DirecTV...

1) Can I get a free HD DVR System?

2) If yes, can I get the qwest bundling discount as well?

3) If not what are the best returning customer deals?

4) What are the options these days for hard drive upgrades? Can I easily upgrade it to a terabyte?

5) Is there any way to transfer shows from the HD-DVR to another tv in the house?

6) How are the new HD MPEG 4 channels? Are we still HD-Lite?

7) Do the newer HD DVR's still do OTA?

8) Are the new HD-DVR's stable/reliable?

Thanks...!

milominderbinder
11-12-2007, 09:03 AM
It may be that people aren't answering much here because they answered you in this thread:

http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=109081

1) Maybe. See the Ordering Tips (http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?p=839938#post839938)

2) Call qwest.

3) See the Ordering Tips (http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?p=839938#post839938)

4) Users have eSATA drive up to 4 TB: http://www.dbstalk.com/forumdisplay.php?f=115

5) MRV is promised but not here yet. As of the new test release, you can now transfer video from a PC. (It also has a real TiVo style Skip backdoor option.)

6) The new HD MPEG 4 channels are far better than the old MPEG2's but it varies by content provide. MGM, History, Discovery, and 30 others are great. Other like HBO and TNT are still just as bad.

7) The HR21 does not do OTA. Make sure you get an HR20. HR20's are still in production as well.

8) Until February, there were many problems. The latest releases are much better.

Here are some of the resources:

● Installation Guide (http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=67769)

● 144 Undocumented HD DVR PLUS Tips & Tricks (http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?p=747592)

● TiVo Users Survival Guide (http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=69404)

See the HD DVR FAQ (http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=76617) for much more.

- Craig

Dawny
11-12-2007, 09:08 AM
The guy is coming today to install Direct TV. I am leaving my TiVo hooked up, too, for now. Let's compare?! Good luck to you

milominderbinder
11-12-2007, 09:13 AM
The guy is coming today to install Direct TV. I am leaving my TiVo hooked up, too, for now. Let's compare?! Good luck to youDawny,

Check out the Installation Guide (http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=67769). In particular, take a look at the links for the new contract and checklist they will ask you to sign.

Don't sign anything until you have done the tests and are satisfied.

- Craig

Adam1115
11-12-2007, 09:49 AM
It may be that people aren't answering much here because they answered you in this thread:

Yes, of course I've been reading and posting in that thread, no, I didn't forget about it.

While a few members here also are members there... there are a LOT of TiVo users here that aren't reading DBStalk.

Since I'm comparing the Series 3 / Cable experience I hoped to find some helpful information on this forum vs. the pro DirecTV forum so I could make an informed decision.

20TIL6
11-12-2007, 10:06 AM
"Since I'm comparing the Series 3 / Cable experience I hoped to find some helpful information on this forum vs. the pro DirecTV forum so I could make an informed decision."

I'm confused. Which forum is pro DirecTV?:rolleyes:

Adam1115
11-12-2007, 10:55 AM
"Since I'm comparing the Series 3 / Cable experience I hoped to find some helpful information on this forum vs. the pro DirecTV forum so I could make an informed decision."

I'm confused. Which forum is pro DirecTV?:rolleyes:

I would think the forum that has DBS in the title would be more pro satellite than cable...? Just like I would assume the forum that has TIVO in the title would be more pro-TiVo?

:confused:

nrc
11-12-2007, 12:02 PM
I would think the forum that has DBS in the title would be more pro satellite than cable...? Just like I would assume the forum that has TIVO in the title would be more pro-TiVo?

:confused:You would think so. But you're not really asking any questions about TiVo, are you? You do understand that DirecTV doesn't offer a TiVo DVR any longer, right?

Also, bare in mind that there is no "trial" period with DirecTV. To switch to a DTV HD DVR you have to commit for two years of service with a substantial penalty for early cancellation.

20TIL6
11-12-2007, 12:07 PM
I phrased that incorrectly. Which forum is NOT pro DirecTV?

sjberra
11-12-2007, 12:46 PM
I phrased that incorrectly. Which forum is NOT pro DirecTV?

If I understand you correctly - the newer units from D* are discussed at www.dbstalk.com

jimb726
11-12-2007, 02:20 PM
I phrased that incorrectly. Which forum is NOT pro DirecTV?

Depending on what forum you are in is going to dictate the information you get, this is a DirecTv Tivo forum, so it is safe to say that at one point and time most users were pro Directv and subscribed to it. Now that the relationship between Directv and Tivo has slowed, many of the people here do not want to commit to Directv for product they do not like. Over at DBStalk, once again you are going to get pro Directv or Pro Dish becasue that site is totally DBS based.

Adam1115
11-12-2007, 04:08 PM
You would think so. But you're not really asking any questions about TiVo, are you? You do understand that DirecTV doesn't offer a TiVo DVR any longer, right?

Also, bare in mind that there is no "trial" period with DirecTV. To switch to a DTV HD DVR you have to commit for two years of service with a substantial penalty for early cancellation.

Sure I am! I have a series 3, and only have OTA. DirecTV suddenly has KILLER HD Offerings.

When I ditched DirecTV for my Series3, the ONLY HD Channel I watched was ESPN HD, and even then not very often. I could get my head around paying DirecTV for 1 HD channel and I got my locals OTA.

Now, they have a significant offering, I'm taking another look. But I love my Series 3.

I would consider it if the equipment were free and it can meet some of my needs. If not, I'll stick with the S3.

nrc
11-12-2007, 05:14 PM
Here is a post I made to the S3 forum on things to consider when switching between DTV and an S3 with cable. http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=5615851#post5615851