ok i have searched and i must be completely iliterate when it comes to this stuff cuz i can't seem to get any straight answer to my question. and from what i can tell, this is going to seem very dumb for this forum, but i have to give it a try.
i currently have directv in 2 rooms with hughes boxes from about 5 years ago. they say the model is HIRD-E1 on the back but I don't know what that means. the satellite is just as old so i don't know what it is either. i want to upgrade one of the rooms to a dvr. from what i have read a dvr with tivo is better than a regular dvr that directv has out now. so how do i go about getting one? and if i buy it from someone other than directv, what do i need to do when i call directv? i'm assuming i need to activate it. but then i'm leasing it somehow -- even though i just bought it?? i don't want to get stuck in any new contract - is there any way around that? now from expereince, through moving many times, the installation people in this area are horrible and have no clue what they are doing, so i would like to do all that myself anyway. does this affect anything i need to do with directv? now on to the most obvious question -- what receiver do i buy? from what i've read i should be looking for the r10? and does my old satellite work with any of the newer receivers?
ok since i'm rambling with tons of questions now, i'll stop and hope someone can answer them . . . . thanks!!!