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Old 06-10-2007, 02:08 AM
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I was wondering which HD DVR is better, HR10-250 with Tivo or the HR20? I was wondering because Directv is going to upgrading their systems to have more HD channels which will be using MPEG4. I own the HR10-250 and I don't think it can do MPEG4, but I want to see more HD channels. However, I am wary of the HR20 becuase many have reported problems with it. Anyone with the HR20 could you say if you've had any recording problem, audio or video dropouts? Thanks.
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Old 06-12-2007, 08:36 PM
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The only problems I've had with the HR20 is that it fast forewards and rewinds slowly when watching live HD programming... Other than that it's a much improved DVR over the HR10... However you will need the 20 in order to receive the MPEG-4 programming... The new satellite is launching July 6 and here's a rundown on the channels which will shortly follow:

Coming in September:

A&E
Animal Planet
CineMax East
CineMax West
Discovery Channel (simulcast)
Food Network
HBO West
HBO2 East
HBO2 West
HBO Family East
HBO Family West
HBO Latino East
HBO Signature East
HGTV
History Channel
MHD (MTV)
MoreMax East
NFL Network (Full-Time)
Science Channel
Showtime West
Starz! East
Starz! West
Starz! Edge
Starz! Comedy
Starz Kids & Family
The Movie Channel
The National Geographic Channel
TLC
The Weather Channel
Versus/Golf



Fall 2007:

Big Ten Network
Bravo
Cartoon
Chiller
CNBC
CNN
FX
Sci-Fi
Sleuth
Speed
TBS
USA

21 Regional Sports Networks:

Altitude
Comcast SportsNet Chicago
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic
FSN Arizona
FSN Bay Area
FSN Detroit
FSN Florida
FSN New England
FSN North
FSN Northwest
FSN Ohio
FSN Prime Ticket
FSN Rocky Mountain
FSN South
FSN Southwest
FSN West
New England Sports Network
SportsNet New York
SportsSouth
Sun Sports
YES

Not sure if you are aware of this or not, but with the 20 you also get all your local channels in HD, which you can't get with the 10...
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Old 06-12-2007, 09:42 PM
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With the HR10-250, you do get limited local channels, cbs, nbc, abc and fox in HD. No pbs or the other 2 new networks. gotta buy off air antenna for that.
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The only problems I've had with the HR20 is that it fast forewards and rewinds slowly when watching live HD programming... Other than that it's a much improved DVR over the HR10... However you will need the 20 in order to receive the MPEG-4 programming... The new satellite is launching July 6 and here's a rundown on the channels which will shortly follow:

Coming in September:

A&E
Animal Planet
CineMax East
CineMax West
Discovery Channel (simulcast)
Food Network
HBO West
HBO2 East
HBO2 West
HBO Family East
HBO Family West
HBO Latino East
HBO Signature East
HGTV
History Channel
MHD (MTV)
MoreMax East
NFL Network (Full-Time)
Science Channel
Showtime West
Starz! East
Starz! West
Starz! Edge
Starz! Comedy
Starz Kids & Family
The Movie Channel
The National Geographic Channel
TLC
The Weather Channel
Versus/Golf



Fall 2007:

Big Ten Network
Bravo
Cartoon
Chiller
CNBC
CNN
FX
Sci-Fi
Sleuth
Speed
TBS
USA

21 Regional Sports Networks:

Altitude
Comcast SportsNet Chicago
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic
FSN Arizona
FSN Bay Area
FSN Detroit
FSN Florida
FSN New England
FSN North
FSN Northwest
FSN Ohio
FSN Prime Ticket
FSN Rocky Mountain
FSN South
FSN Southwest
FSN West
New England Sports Network
SportsNet New York
SportsSouth
Sun Sports
YES

Not sure if you are aware of this or not, but with the 20 you also get all your local channels in HD, which you can't get with the 10...
Sweet! I guess I'll put my HR10-250 downstairs when I can get these channels. BTW, can you provide a link where you found this info?
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Old 06-13-2007, 12:32 AM
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I own the HR20 and lately I've been getting A LOT of audio and picture dropouts....especially when it's almost full. I had it record 2 hours of nothing one time when I actually thought it was recording something for me. I used to have it hooked up via HDMI but the entire picture at times would turn purple and would only correct itself if I shut everything down. I now have it hooked up via components which fixed the purple problem but now I'm having the occasional problems I've listed above.
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Old 06-13-2007, 09:23 AM
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With the HR10 is depends on your area, because I could not get one single local channel in HD... I had to pay extra to pick up CBS and FOX out of New York... But anyway, here's one new channel list from DirecTV...
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Coming in September:

A&E
Animal Planet
CineMax East
CineMax West
Discovery Channel (simulcast)
Food Network
HBO West
HBO2 East
HBO2 West
HBO Family East
HBO Family West
HBO Latino East
HBO Signature East
HGTV
History Channel
MHD (MTV)
MoreMax East
NFL Network (Full-Time)
Science Channel
Showtime West
Starz! East
Starz! West
Starz! Edge
Starz! Comedy
Starz Kids & Family
The Movie Channel
The National Geographic Channel
TLC
The Weather Channel
Versus/Golf


Where did you get this list? Do you have a link?
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Does anyone know if you can get Dolby Digital 5.1 from the HDMI on the HR10-250?
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Old 06-14-2007, 07:25 PM
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Yes, Dolby Digital is possible via HDMI on select programming. Pretty much all HD shows are in DD 5.1, and some SD shows, such as the simpsons. To enable DD:
1: Press Directv button
2: Go to messages and settings
3: Click settings
4: Click audio
5: Click Digital Output
6: Click Dolby Digital
NOTE: If Dolby Digital is not selected, the default is DD to PCM, which downscales the 5.1 track to 2.0!
Also, if you want to record programming in DD, it is not by default. Doing the above steps only enables DD while watching the show, it will record the PCM 2.0 track. I believe recording DD takes up more space than the 2.0 PCM track. To enable recording of programming in DD 5.1, repeat steps 1-4 above, then do the following:
5: Click Dolby Digital
6: Click "YES, record in Dolby Digital"
Hope this helps cardpetree
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Old 06-15-2007, 04:54 AM
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Yes, Dolby Digital is possible via HDMI on select programming. Pretty much all HD shows are in DD 5.1, and some SD shows, such as the simpsons. To enable DD:
1: Press Directv button
2: Go to messages and settings
3: Click settings
4: Click audio
5: Click Digital Output
6: Click Dolby Digital
NOTE: If Dolby Digital is not selected, the default is DD to PCM, which downscales the 5.1 track to 2.0!
Also, if you want to record programming in DD, it is not by default. Doing the above steps only enables DD while watching the show, it will record the PCM 2.0 track. I believe recording DD takes up more space than the 2.0 PCM track. To enable recording of programming in DD 5.1, repeat steps 1-4 above, then do the following:
5: Click Dolby Digital
6: Click "YES, record in Dolby Digital"
Hope this helps cardpetree
Thanks, right now I'm using an optical cable for audio because my older Onkyo A/V receiver doesn't have HDMI. So I'm already getting DD with that. I've ordered a new Onkyo and I was just making sure that I could still get audio via HDMI with that particular SAT box. One more ?, I've heard from home theater installers that they have had problems getting video to play properly thru receivers via HDMI using cable boxes. Has anyone had any problems with this particular SAT box running video via HDMI thru a receiver?
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