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i tried getting an hd tivo but the price was still out out of my range at this time. tried talking to several csrs and retention as well. i know there are some super deals available out there, but i'm not willing to grovel with any more csrs. they will give me a standard hd receiver for free, and an ota attenna setup. since there is such limited hd programming available, i don't have a problem still recording in standard def. and not recording high def.(make sense) is the standard hd receiver able to work in tandem with a standard dtivo unit, and is it worth trying this just to experience hd with no equipment costs?. what would be needed to do this setup if possible. i currently have 2 rg6 cables in the room for my tivo. any thoughts or help would be appreciated.
 

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If by "in tandem" you mean will they each work even though the other is in the room, yes. Hook them up to separate inputs on your TV. You'll need a third coax feed from the dish to get DTV to the HD receiver and a feed from the OTA antenna as well, although that can piggyback on one of the sat. feeds with a pair of diplexers, which the installer should have.

On the other hand, since there is little HD over DTV anyway, if your TV has a digital tuner, you can just hook the TV to an antenna and get OTA HD without involving DTV.
 

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I ran a similar setup with a Series 1 DirecTivo and a Huges E-86 HD receiver. I watched the DirecTivo 90% of the time. I like time shifting more than HD.

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I did this with an R10 and an H10.
I pretty much only used the H10 for The West Wing and 24. Live TV sucks.

I'm much, much happier with my HR10-250.
I spent $549 for it, then got a $100 rebate, and sold my H10 for $80 for a net cost of $369.
Worth every penny.

If you don't want to play CSR roulette and don't have $300+, wait for the HR20.
I don't think HD receivers is worth it without DVR.

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i ended up getting an h20, ota ant., 3 months free hd programming, no shipping and handling charges. the csr said if i didn't have the cash for the dvr, i could do this and upgrade to the mpeg 4 dvr, when available. not perfect, but i'm satisfied with what i got. getting installed on 1/25. thanks for the input folks.
 
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