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Don Landis
01-08-2006, 07:27 PM
Scott had said earlier that DirecTV was a bust, in the nutshell and I still agree with him but I did manage to corner one "engineer" who while quite confusing, gave me some info on what's coming with their new MP4 compatible DVR to replace HDTIVO which will continue to be supported as long as Mp2 is sent.

First of all it is not out yet and they don't know when.

The HD capacity is expected to be 50 hours. It is a 2 tuner design and no ATSC capability. If you want local HDTV channels you will not be able to get them on this via local signal. It will be only from DirecTV LIL and as such are treated just like any other sat channel in HD.

The DVR will support NBR and also look ahead beyond guide data to do a hunt it down when it airs and record function. He called it their version of VOD but I don't think it qualifies since all you are doing is typing in something like Starwars III and then when it finally airs on a channel you subscribe it will record it. This is not quite the same as season pass on HDTIVO since to execute season Pass, according to this guy, the first airing must be in the current guide. I'm not so sure he is accurate with that although I've not tested it with my HDTIVO.

The new DVR will require a new dish with 5? LNB's and the cost to do is free with a monthly DVR fee. However, he did say that the other receivers are that but it is still undecided whether the DVR will follow that business model or whether you will have to pay something too.

No word on new national channels. Concentrating on HD LIL for now.

The new HD PVR will not support added hard drive capacity. The DirecTV rep I spoke with was using an HDTIVO and had the dual hard drive mod himself. He said the decision to allow this was TIVO's and since the new DVR is a direcTV model, they do not want to risk suit by the content creators

That's about it. Otherwise,... what Scott said. Nothing new.

uncrules
01-08-2006, 07:33 PM
That's total crap if they don't have an ATSC tuner. What if your area has an HD channel that D* doesn't have an agreement with? What if you have some rain fade going on. It would be nice to switch to the OTA channel. It also will prevent people like me from getting the HD DVR before my DMA gets the HD LiL. Being in the high 40s means I'm going to be waiting a while.

CPanther95
01-08-2006, 07:40 PM
No ATSC tuners would contradict everything heard up to this point including the reports out of 2006 CES from DirecTV. They also said Q2 06 at the latest.

Proc
01-08-2006, 07:54 PM
...f you want local HDTV channels you will not be able to get them on this via local signal...

I find this hard to believe. Most stations have the capability to multicast and I am quite sure many of us would not be happy to lose this due to them not including the ability to hook up an antenna to the receiver. Here in Detroit for example, I watch NBC's multicasted Channel 4.2 to get my local weather. If this is the case, I will be highly disappointed in the upcoming HD-DVR.

uncrules
01-08-2006, 08:01 PM
I find this hard to believe. Most stations have the capability to multicast and I am quite sure many of us would not be happy to lose this due to them not including the ability to hook up an antenna to the receiver. Here in Detroit for example, I watch NBC's multicasted Channel 4.2 to get my local weather. If this is the case, I will be highly disappointed in the upcoming HD-DVR.Good point Proc, I'd forgot about the multicasting. I have two different local stations that have weather on their sub channels. Also my local CBS shows out of market NCAA tournament games on their sub channels. I don't want to miss those either. If D* does this I would seriously consider E* since it appears that their HD DVR has an ATSC tuner.

CPanther95
01-08-2006, 08:06 PM
http://gear.ign.com/articles/679/679224p1.html

Proc
01-08-2006, 08:14 PM
http://gear.ign.com/articles/679/679224p1.html

Looks like it does have the OTA capabilty then. Good work CPanther95. How 'bout them Panthers today?

uncrules
01-08-2006, 08:26 PM
I'm confused by some of the information in the article.



The device features two DirecTV inputs, two ATSC tuners, one satellite in, an HDMI input, a component input, a composite input, and a digital/coaxial out.They say there are two Directv inputs and one satellite in. This confuses me. Also they talk about an HDMI input, a component input, and a composite input. I'm assuming the writer meant to say output for this items.

CPanther95
01-08-2006, 08:36 PM
The hazards of letting a gaming website reporter write an article about satellite receivers.

CPanther95
01-08-2006, 08:37 PM
Looks like it does have the OTA capabilty then. Good work CPanther95. How 'bout them Panthers today?

Great football day. Transplant Panther fan - born & bred Steeler fan.

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