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Old 12-15-2012, 03:03 PM   #31
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I would take the statement that the THR22 is "being phased out" with a carton of salt. It is clear that the CSRs try to talk you out of them but DirecTV is still promoting them somewhat. It is true there have been no updates.

As for the HR24 you will indeed get whatever is on the truck, which could be almost anything. If you want the HR24, and it is good, you may have to order it from a retailer such as Solid Signal and have DTV give you a credit.
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:21 PM   #32
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Specifically, Steve, I would want the HR24-500. But since this is a free offer from DTV and if I buy at a retailer to be sure I get the above unit it could complicate the issue if I do not like the HR's and go back to SD. So I would hope that my Corporate rep would try to guarantee the above unit(s). If the installers came with different model, I would just send them back until I get what I have been promised. We'll see...

Oh, on the THR22, I thirst for the "TiVo Live Guide" as on the older TiVo's (I absolutely hate Grid Guides which are tedious for me).

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I would take the statement that the THR22 is "being phased out" with a carton of salt. It is clear that the CSRs try to talk you out of them but DirecTV is still promoting them somewhat. It is true there have been no updates.
Yes, I get daily Messages "TiVo Is Back" in my mail box. You can read that three ways: 1) they are pushing the TiVo to get rid of them, 2) they are catering to the devoted TiVo crowd, or 3) they want you to call and then "convert" those calls to their own DVRs.
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:49 PM   #33
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I have not heard anything about the THR22 being "phased out". That sounds like "CSR speak" for "I would rather you get a DirecTV DVR instead".
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:59 PM   #34
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I have not heard anything about the THR22 being "phased out". That sounds like "CSR speak" for "I would rather you get a DirecTV DVR instead".
You and Steve are probably right...

Oh, BTW, does the USB on the back of the HD TiVo actually do anything? Can you play a movie, music, or view photos on that USB? Can't find an answer googling...
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:27 PM   #35
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I've got 2 of the THR22s and an HR24. The HR24 is relegated to the bedroom. I got rid of 2 other HR24s to get the THR22.

Yea, I wish they had whole-home. But for me there are three features that Tivo offers that I wanted bad enough.

I know lots of people don't like it, but for me Suggestions is a major factor. I'll be on 6 weeks of medical leave starting next week and there's just no way I wouldn't run out of things to watch without it.

The second big thing was the 50 season pass limit on the HR24. I was constantly deleting things when their season was over and having to remember to put them back when the new season started. Now I just leave them and don't have to worry about it.

Finally, I hated that wishlist items on the HR24 would try to record on channels that I didn't receive. The game search feature worked somewhat, but as insanely inconsistent.

Obviously I'd choose the THR22.
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:45 PM   #36
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Thanks for your observations and input, midas (to you, the THR22 is obviously "gold").
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Old 12-16-2012, 01:13 AM   #37
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You and Steve are probably right...

Oh, BTW, does the USB on the back of the HD TiVo actually do anything? Can you play a movie, music, or view photos on that USB? Can't find an answer googling...
USB port is used by the AM21 Off-Air Tuner Accessory to integrate dual off-air tuners with your Tivo's dual satellite tuners.
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Old 12-16-2012, 01:32 AM   #38
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USB port is used by the AM21 Off-Air Tuner Accessory to integrate dual off-air tuners with your Tivo's dual satellite tuners.
Thanks, litzdog. Could you direct me to a site that explaiins AM21 OAT so I understand exactly what it does? Thanks again.
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:18 AM   #39
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newswatcher, the AM-21 is an off-the-air tuner you would connect to the THR22 if you also had an antenna and wanted to pick up local broadcasts. With it connected, it would operate like the old DTiVos and give you an integrated local and satellite guide. It is a very good tuner, but if you don't have (or don't want) an antenna, you don't need it.
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Thanks, Steve...
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Old 12-16-2012, 12:51 PM   #41
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Thanks, litzdog. Could you direct me to a site that explaiins AM21 OAT so I understand exactly what it does? Thanks again.
http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp...sku=8546300063
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Thanks, litzdog...but will I really need it (I am in the Sacramento area)?
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:50 PM   #43
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Thanks, litzdog...but will I really need it (I am in the Sacramento area)?
Well, that's up to you. There might be some off-air broadcast "sub-channels" that DirecTV doesn't provide via satellite. And sometimes it's nice to have as a backup in case of satellite reception problems.
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OK. Thanks, litzdog...
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