So What do think abou the HR20?

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by JoeAverage, Aug 20, 2007.

  1. Aug 20, 2007 #1 of 319

    JoeAverage New Member

    Aug 20, 2007


    Okay, I am that straight C average person when it comes to HD TIVO. I do know I love the TIVO format, I love the HD channels, I am so-so about Direct- TV, and I can not stand Comcast. I have an old HR10-250 and I know it is about to go the way of the dodo bird in 2008. Looks like I am going to have to upgrade to the HR20. So to the die hard TIVO fans out there, how do you like the HR20 so far? Are there any options to “Having my Cake and eating it too?”
  2. Aug 20, 2007 #2 of 319

    ebonovic has gone his way...

    Jul 24, 2001
    Besure to also check out the main discussion forum for the HR20:

    Sure... you can keep your HR10-250 active as well as adding an HR20.
    That way for everything you have access to (OTA-HD, the remaining HD SAT channels till they are converted, and SD), on your HR10-250

    All the new content, on the HR20.
  3. Aug 20, 2007 #3 of 319

    RS4 New Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    You'll get a lot of opinions about the HR20 - all the way from people saying it's better then Tivo (aren't many of those) to those Tivo users who have given up on it and glad they kept their DTivo.

    The thing that impresses me the most is that there is not a lot of raving about the HR20, especially from the Tivo users. In fact, the opinion I see most is that it's ok, but it isn't a Tivo - or if DirecTV came out with an mpeg4 HD Tivo (many of us are hoping for that kind of announcement once the new ownership takes over), they'd replace the HR20 with it.

    Check out the That forum is great for getting more ideas about it.
  4. Aug 20, 2007 #4 of 319

    Todd Gee thanks Jeremy...

    Oct 7, 1999
    Well, I've had mine for a few weeks and it's become unresponsive 3 times, forcing me to restart it. That doesn't make me too happy, especially since I've been having lockup problems with my HR10 since I finally went to 6.3x. Aside from that, it's not a bad DVR, but certainly not as user friendly in most respects as TiVo is. The lack of dual live buffers is inexcusable and it's skip to tick mark and skip to live TV features are a buggy mess. Plus, if I ever have to get rid of my HDTiVo, I will really miss the Suggestions feature. Also, if you want to pump any video out of it to remote 4:3 TV's in your house, you will have aspect ratio problems...
  5. Aug 20, 2007 #5 of 319

    coachO New Member

    Nov 25, 2004


    After one week of use, let me simply say it works just fine but it is a nuisance.
  6. Aug 20, 2007 #6 of 319

    JoeAverage New Member

    Aug 20, 2007

    Comcast is starting to look better and better. At least they support HD Tivo... right??
  7. Aug 21, 2007 #7 of 319

    videojanitor Member

    Dec 21, 2001
    That pretty much sums up my feelings. I got the HR10-250 when it first came out (who doesn't remember the frenzy involved with trying to get one of those??), and I'm still using it. I also have a couple of HR20s -- got the first one last November. I don't really have a problem with the HR20 -- it's easy enough to use and it's stable -- but the TiVo just feels "better" to me -- more "natural" to use if that makes any sense. And the SCANNING on the HD TiVo blows the HR20 away -- much, much easier and more responsive. Anyone that has ever tried to use the "skip to tick" function on the HR20 knows what I'm talking about -- it works, but it's like walking up a flight of stairs with a couple of cinder blocks around your ankles.

    But, I use it, because it gives me the channels I want. If they ever came out with an MPEG-4 DirecTiVo though, I'd be all over it.
  8. Aug 21, 2007 #8 of 319

    jbrasure New Member

    Jan 1, 2007
    I had the HR20 for a few months. I'll just sum up by saying that my blood pressure dropped when I finally got rid of it. The Tivo is much easier to use.
  9. Aug 21, 2007 #9 of 319
    Stanley Rohner

    Stanley Rohner New Member

    Jan 18, 2004
    I'll probably get flamed for saying something nice about the HR20 like usual, but here goes - I've had my HR20 since October of 2006 and I'm really happy with it. It had software issues in the beginning but it's been rock solid for me since April or so.

    I'm sure someone will jump in and say - That's not what I've heard !!, HR20 talk is not allowed here !!, This is a TiVo DVR forum !, not a DIRECTV DVR forum ! Does that about cover it guys ? Maybe throw in a - DIRECTV DVRs SUCK !! for good measure.
  10. Aug 21, 2007 #10 of 319

    Arcady Stargate Fan

    Oct 14, 2004
    I'm not going to say anything about it not being a TiVo.

    Who cares, when the content being recorded is low-quality over-compressed HD-lite garbage?
  11. Aug 21, 2007 #11 of 319

    Redux No intent to annoy

    Oct 19, 2004
    That was a fair and honest post.
  12. Aug 21, 2007 #12 of 319

    DavidO Member

    Sep 7, 2000
    Irvine, CA
    If Comcast, or any other cable TV provider, adds new channels using SDV, Tivo HD won't get them.
  13. Aug 21, 2007 #13 of 319

    jennifer Well-Known Member

    Dec 2, 2001
    I'm learning to like it. It's tough for me to go between the two softwares, as I still have an HR10 in the bedroom.

    I do like the fact that recording a show is so simple with the HR20. It doesn't interrupt what I'm doing and is so quick.
  14. Aug 21, 2007 #14 of 319

    bigpuma Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2003
    Morgan Hill, CA
    True but Comcast is coming out with their own DVR with TiVo software so I imagine if they do go to SDV they will also have an HD DVR with TiVo software available for it.
  15. Aug 21, 2007 #15 of 319

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD
    Aren't many of the latter, either. Probably fewer.

    But at least you at last admitting that there are those who like the HR20.

    Little steps, little steps.
  16. Aug 21, 2007 #16 of 319

    CessnaDriver New Member

    Oct 25, 2003
    Fort Worth, TX
    That's because we aren't allowed to on here, but I will do it now anyway.

    I LOVE MY HR20! I am a raving fan.
  17. Aug 21, 2007 #17 of 319

    flynxx New Member

    Mar 9, 2001
    Centralia, WA
    In the 10 days I've had mine, I personally like them.

    Just a matter of getting used to it.
  18. Aug 21, 2007 #18 of 319

    Sir_winealot Seenyer Member

    Nov 18, 2000
    On a scale of 1-10 I'd give it about a 6. Little annoying nuances aside, if it would just get through a full damn month without missing/screwing up a recording I could maybe get behind it. But it's been consistantly inconsistant.
  19. Aug 21, 2007 #19 of 319

    kmill14 New Member

    Dec 11, 2006
    The look and feel of the HR 20 is fine...different from Tivo, but fine.

    I don't like the menu set-ups and how many menu clicks it takes me to get to the scheduler/to-do list.

    I don't like that you have to have season passes set up to record ALL programs (new or re-run) because you never know if the guide will properly lable the new shows.

    I love seeing how much space I have left to record with.

    I HATE not having a true dual buffer. HATE HATE HATE :mad: :mad:

    I love knowing I will get a ton of new HD channels in the next month that I wouldn't with Comcast.

    I hate wondering if the scheduler is going to screw up my recordings. I never worry about that with Tivo...ever.

    I love the picture in channel guide feature.

    I hate that its not Tivo.
  20. Aug 21, 2007 #20 of 319

    marvod New Member

    Jan 7, 2000
    On a scale of 1-10 I'd give the HR20 a 8. All 3 of mine have worked perfectly out of the box. Everything works as advertised and I will be receiving the new MPEG4 channels.

    Do I miss my HR10's? Not really. I had to hack the hell out of it to do some of the things the HR20 does out of the box.

    Would I go back if Tivo and Directv announced and updated MPEG4 box? Only if I can get it free like I did the HR20's. Yup thats right. Didn't pay a dime. Kinda nice since I got so screwed on the 3 HR10's I had.

    So jump in the waters great.. :D

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