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    Directv HD DVR

    OK, got this thing and life is good. Two questions:

    1. Can I hook up the DVR to my wireless network? Wireless ethernet bridge?

    2. Why would I want to?



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    Re: Directv HD DVR

    It's my understanding the only benefit right now for networking your DirecTV DVD is the movies on demand feature DirecTV has. It's only in beta right now and still a bit slow in download times.

    More info about it here...

    Service - DirecTV™ On Demand (BETA) - DBSTalk.Com



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    Re: Directv HD DVR

    There really isn't any network ability other than a means to update it and the beta from the above poster. I thought the same thing with my dads. It would be nice to be able to pull the videos from the dvr and burn to discs. Hopefully they allow this in the future.



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    Re: Directv HD DVR

    I have one of my 2 networked via internet powerline. Video on demand is overrated in my book but I think there are some other things coming around that will make it worthwhile. For example they are working on the ability to share content with other DVR's in the house.



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    Re: Directv HD DVR

    Currently the only think I'm aware it's good for is the VOD, unless you've got a modded box.

    I have a modded DTivo downstairs that I can pull shows off of and stick on my computer/DVD/whatever.

    This isn't an advertised capability from DirecTV, though, and requires some amount of work on behalf of the user.



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    Re: Directv HD DVR

    I'd be interested in learning what this amount of work is. :)

    Have an HR20 with a couple ISU FB games on there. Had to delete one of them as I was running out of room. Would like to copy the others off before I have to delete them.



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    Re: Directv HD DVR

    Does anyone know of good deals on the DirecTV HD DVR? I'm thinking of getting one with the tax return.


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    Re: Directv HD DVR

    Call them right now. I just got a flier yesterday that they are having a special through March 4, but I already have it.
    special claims it is 39.99/month with taxes and fees on top of it for America's top 100.
    Number on the flier is 888-265-6885


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    Never Mind, just looked again and it is for DishNetwork. My Bad.


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    Re: Directv HD DVR

    Quote Originally Posted by bmuff View Post
    Does anyone know of good deals on the DirecTV HD DVR? I'm thinking of getting one with the tax return.

    It depends if you're a current customer or not.

    If you're not a current customer I would think you could get one for free.

    I'm a customer and I just ordered one a couple of weeks ago. $200 but they game me $10 off my bill for a year. I didn't try real hard. It's my second HR20 in the house. I was suprised they sent me an HR20 (w/ota) and not the HR21.



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    Re: Directv HD DVR

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    I'm a customer and I just ordered one a couple of weeks ago. $200 but they game me $10 off my bill for a year. I didn't try real hard. It's my second HR20 in the house. I was suprised they sent me an HR20 (w/ota) and not the HR21.
    That's awesome that you got an HR20! :)

    Part of me is wanting to get one now while they still have some and keep it around until I upgrade our bedroom to HD.

    On the other side of it, I really should only need one DVR if I network things correctly. Do the regular HD boxes come with an OTA input?



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    Re: Directv HD DVR

    Quote Originally Posted by Wx4Cy View Post
    OK, got this thing and life is good. Two questions:

    1. Can I hook up the DVR to my wireless network? Wireless ethernet bridge?

    2. Why would I want to?
    The only way you can use your wireless network is if you find a network antenna (I'm sure there is a better word) into the top Ethernet port on the back of the box. I saw a lot of complaints and suggestions on the DirecTV support forums about this but I never tried it.

    I ran the old standby Cat 5 ethernet from the DSL Modem to the box.

    I'll second that it is kinda slow.

    IMHO, the programming choices are numerous but not that good. The 'search' feature doesn't help much either...



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    Re: Directv HD DVR

    I downloaded an HD movie from the DirecTV movies on demand Sunday night. I think I started it around 4 or 5 on Saturday. By the time I went to bed, around 11 - it was only 20ish% done if I recall correctly. It was done when I looked the next morning.

    Granted, it was HD and I have DSL - but it certainly should not take that long. There's a reason it's still in beta.



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    Re: Directv HD DVR

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    It depends if you're a current customer or not.

    If you're not a current customer I would think you could get one for free.

    I'm a customer and I just ordered one a couple of weeks ago. $200 but they game me $10 off my bill for a year. I didn't try real hard. It's my second HR20 in the house. I was suprised they sent me an HR20 (w/ota) and not the HR21.
    I need to finally pull the plug and do it. I have Hr10-250's still and am going to have to upgrade them at some point. I wanted to wait for the single wire dual tuner switches since thyey are right around the corner.


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    Re: Directv HD DVR

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    That's awesome that you got an HR20! :)

    Part of me is wanting to get one now while they still have some and keep it around until I upgrade our bedroom to HD.

    On the other side of it, I really should only need one DVR if I network things correctly. Do the regular HD boxes come with an OTA input?
    Yes they do. At least the H20s do.


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