Thinking of upgrading to HD DTV Tivo

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by tombet, Jan 13, 2006.

  1. tombet

    tombet New Member

    Oct 9, 2004


    I do not yet have HD at all. I have been DTV and DirecTIVO customer for years.

    I am fairly knowledgeable, but I have a couple basic questions:

    1. The most general: I am aware that DTV will SOMEDAY (maybe midyear or later) come out with their own HD DVR, using MPEG4, and that in future local channels and more HD channels are likely to appear only with MPEG4 meaning today's receivers wont get them. But my thinking right now is that since I will be able to get HBO, ESPN, and networks (see #2) in HD, thats enough for me to still view it as useful. It seems that I've been waiting for SOMETHING or another to finally move to HD for 5 years - I'm tired of waiting. And even then, the first version of the new MPEG4 one might take awhile to stabilize. While the $500 for the HD Tivo isn't chump change, it wont break me either and it will still be useful to me for a few years. Anyone think I really should rethink this and wait a few more months?

    2. I currently DO get the east and west coast (standard def) network feeds (channels 380-389, etc) back from a long time ago when DTV didn't offer locals for my area and I was able to get waivers from the local companies because I could not get their signal OTA. If I move to HD (and subscribe to the HD package), will I just get the HD versions of the network feeds (I think its like 70-79) automatically ? (I am not sure I could ever again get waivers from my local feeds, because they are now offered by DTV. I want to keep getting the east and west coast feeds - its great getting two time zones.)

    3. One of the reasons I did not do this sooner was that there was a lot of hearsay of glitches with the HD DirecTivo, especially as it related to the HDMI output. Also, that they could be very slow - and needed to be cleared of all shows and settings a few times a year to restore performance. Whether or not that WAS really the case, is it the case now ? I know there will always be some problems, but are the vast majority of the units working well ?

    ANy comment and advice greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  2. rlj5242

    rlj5242 Active Member

    Dec 20, 2000
    Southaven, MS
    1. It's your money and only you can decide whether you want to spend it.
    2. According to other people who have posted, you will have to re-apply for waivers. Why can't you get your locals OTA? What have you tried? Did you use a Terk clip-on antenna that Best Buy and Radio Shack push on everyone? There are people here getting their OTA from 60+ miles away. It just takes a little research.
    3. HDMI seems to be fixed. Slow is relative. My HR10-250 is the same speed as my GXCEBOT which has been going strong for almost 5 years. I haven't done any cleaning on it.

    Finally, DTV=Digital Television. D* is the proper acronym for DirecTV. It is important to use them since we refer to the OTA signal as DTV. Not all stations that have gone digital broadcast in HD.


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