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Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by jdag, Sep 29, 2006.
Ok, did you just read my mind and post what you saw?
I was told the same thing when I wanted to "upgrade" to a dual tuner 522 DVR with Dish. After being a customer with them for over 5 years, they wouldn't let me have (ie, buy) one of their new dual tuner DVR's! They told me that they were only making them available to new subs. Like an idiot, I stayed with Dish and bought a 522 off Ebay. Anyway, I found a phone number to call at Dish from a forum and they activated the 522 for me no problem.
It really angered me that I had to go behind their backs just to get a simple SD dual tuner DVR. It's angered me enough that I'll never go back to them. Their customer service is THE worst and their policies towards current customers are horrible. Don't get me started on all of their stupid fees either. Can you tell I hate Dish?
As you can see I've been giving this some thought. Given my viewing habits (mostly HD locals), no interest in sports and my interest to keep my monthly bill as low as possible, I stick with D* (for now). I did a pirce comparrison and Dish wold cost me more/mo and I would have less DVRs in my house. I am just waiting this one out. My current D* contract runs thru Aug 2007 and I will re-evaluate the options again. I love these discussion as it makes me think of more pros/cons to make my decision next year.
What make and model cable DVR?
Boy... your dream DVR is pretty pathetic... I mean my dream DVR would have...
Up to 4+ tuners..
PIP for every tuner...
MPEG2, MPEG4, and anolog support...
etc you get the idea
I rate the HR10 about 4 or 5. Though paired with D*'s HDTV lineup... it's much closer to 4. My HR10's HD failed about a month ago. Took me a week to notice, and I still haven't repaired it. Why? Cuz they're no HD content.
Another disappointing thing with the HR10 is though it supports 4 separate sources, you can only view two of those sources simultaneously. This is no doubt because of a software limitation. But the more tuners the better...
I'm not gonna switch to dish cuz it's just not worth it. Though I hope by the time D* adds MPEG4 support to my area they have a DVR for it. Even without a DVR I'm gonna switch.
I never had Dish Network, but since it has HEIDI instead of NFL SUNDAY TICKET I will bever be a Dish Network subscriber.
Aah, the Heidi Bowl ... one of NBC's finer moments.
Just to jump into this discussion ....
The problem I have is that DirecTV is -by far- the most economical choice for me.
I absolutely refuse to deal with a non-DVR receiver of any variety. I'm way too spoiled by trick play, recording, and soforth, that there's no way I'll live without it.
Having said that ... that means I -own-:
1 - HR10-250 in the family room;
1 - HDVR2 in the living room;
1 - SD-DVR40 in the bedroom;
1 - GXCEBOT in my office;
1 - spare GXCEBOT;
and I lease:
1 - R15 in my wife's scrapbook room
Now, if I were to subscribe with either Dish or Cablevision, they'd charge me so much more than DirecTV for DVR service, it'd kill me. The per-box fees are ridiculous.
I love my TiVos as much as the next person (though frankly, the R15 doesn't rub me as wrong as it does others. I still prefer the TiVo, but it's certainly not as awful as it sounds from reading the boards ...), but the real reason I stick around is because of the cost.
I paid a $200 lifetime membership many moons ago, which means it costs me the same monthly for a receiver, DVR or not ...
IF Dish or Cablevision offered me the same package I have with DirecTV, with as many DVRs as I have with DirecTV, for less money than I pay DirecTV, we might have something to talk about. Till then, it's all about DTV.