Looking at my first HD display...some DirecTV ?'s

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by aktick, Jan 1, 2006.

  1. aktick

    aktick New Member

    Jun 17, 2004


    So I'm finally thinking of getting my first HD-capable display - an Infocus 4805 projector. (FWIW, I will be keeping my 32" non-HD TV in the room)

    I currently have a D*Tivo in the room, and get my locals through it as well. I'm trying to figure out if I can get OTA HD channels - if I can, how does that work with an HD-D*Tivo? Can you record OTA HD on it? And are the OTA HD channels "included" on the same input (i.e., will I have to switch inputs to watch locals like I had to with my D*Tivo before locals were available here?)?

    Do non-HD channels on the HD-D*Tivo look the same as on a non-HD Tivo? Recording of these non-HD channels works just the same?

    If I can't get HD channels OTA, could I "move" to Chicago (I live south of Madison, WI, a couple hours W/NW of Chicago) to get their locals in HD - they do have locals available in HD their, don't they? Or are the satellites used different for HD channels?

    I'm sure more questions will come up, but thanks for any help.
  2. flmgrip

    flmgrip New Member

    Nov 26, 2003
    los angeles, CA
    a little search will give you more in depth answers but here real quick:

    it works seamless, OTA or if you'd be lucky the locals tru D* channels 81-89, but either way recording HD, local and anything else is a one stop shopping...

    yes and yes

    someone else has to answers that or do a search on "chicago HD" or someting like that :)
  3. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

    Aug 23, 2000
    Nashua, NH
    Chicago HD locals from DirecTV are on the new MPEG4 satellites which the HD DTiVo cannot see.
  4. aktick

    aktick New Member

    Jun 17, 2004
    Aaaah, I see, thanks. So the H20 (that's the new model, right?) is the only receiver that can pick up MPEG4?

    I hate to ask before I look, but when are the new HD-DVRs supposed to be out?
  5. litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

    Oct 18, 2002
    Mill Creek,...


    1. Yes
    2. We don't really know. Probably mid 2006 or so.
  6. aktick

    aktick New Member

    Jun 17, 2004
    Soooo....IF I can get an OTA HD signal, I could get the Tivo-based unit now and not have to worry about MPEG4 for a while? How are they handling the non-locals? I'm assuming they will still be MPEG2 for a while?

    Thanks again for the help.
  7. tbeckner

    tbeckner TiVo Fan

    Oct 26, 2001
    Bend, OR, USA
    Yes, for at least a couple of years or longer, which puts them out until 2008 or later.
  8. aktick

    aktick New Member

    Jun 17, 2004
    Is D* giving any deals in addition to the $200 MiR if you call and are a long time customer? I've had D* for I think 12 years now, hoping I can get something extra off.
  9. tbb1226

    tbb1226 TiVo Junkie

    Sep 16, 2004
    Royal Oak, MI
    Beware of forum users posting pure conjecture as if it were established fact Nobody here really knows how long it will be before DirecTV adds national MPEG4 HD to their channel lineup.

    I happen to believe it will start much sooner than CY2008 - maybe before the end of 2006. Yes, this is absolutely a guess, but it's based on what seems to me to be a business necessity. If they can't add several new national HD channels this year, they risk missing out on a lot of business. I think that, once they have the top 15 or 20 DMA's set with LiL HD, they will need to start adding national HD to stay close to even with the major cablecos. Given the Ku bandwidth crunch they're experiencing now, I should think they would need to put new HD channels on Ka, which requires the new dish and receiver hardware.

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