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Thread: New DirecTiVo DVR
10-24-2009 09:02 PM #7Supporting Founder
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10-24-2009 09:04 PM #8
10-24-2009 09:14 PM #9
I can only see the new DirecTV being some kind od software upgrade for the current HR line.
Its been over 2 years now and still we have not heard any system specs, see any screen shots or unit mock up units.
While Tivo will be at CES in January, DirecTV will not be there again unfortunately). Something does not add up here.
Look back at the HR-20 how long it was between when we first saw the unit to when it was actually released, and look how unfinished it was when it was released. I dont see a new receiver being released without having any of this information avilable to us yet.
So I say its going to be a software option that DirecTV will offer (much like how they are going to offer MRV as a pay service) and it won't be a new receiver.
I remember one talk I had with DirecTV and was told that the unit will have some TIVO features, but the way the person spoke it sounded like it was an add on and not a new unit.
We can only wait and see. But something just seems funny that 2 years later and no screen shots, no pics of a mock up box, no specs nothing. I personally dont expect to see a DirecTivo instead I am betting on a DirecTV DVR with Tivo features.
I hope I am wrong.Scott
10-25-2009 09:41 AM #10
I'm pretty sure you're going to see a new receiver (HR24?) to go with the new tivo software, and there wont be any options to field upgrade an existing HR2x from the directv software to the tivo software.
As far as how much of the tivo software will be in it (mrv, tivo2go, netflix, etc) remains to be seen. If they hobble all the extra goodies like they did on the directivo, then its practically worthless as far as I'm concerned.
I'm also quite sure you'll have to ante up $200-250+ to get the new tivo box, send your old 'leased' box back in, and pay more than a $5 a month per account dvr fee. My guess is ~$6-8 per tivo box per month.
My contract with directv is up in April. If the directv dvr box isnt fully stable, have mrv and a responsive remote control by then, I'm just going to buy a couple of tivo HD's with lifetime service and add digital cable. I'm already getting cable internet, and with the combo deals I can get full digital HD cable with the internet for not much more than i'm paying for directv alone. So it'll be cheaper, more reliable, have the features I want, and comcast has every HD channel that I watch. Not much downside.
Then the only thing that can screw me up is if Comcast sticks the 'do not copy' bit on every show, which will prevent the tivo mrv from working. I guess thats a big problem with some cable providers in some areas.
10-31-2009 06:08 PM #11
I was one of the very first HR-250 owners in the North Texas area, but Scott has reminded me of all the drama/delays surrounding that release, and subsequent releases.
There are some excellent things about D*, but their management of change and software are not among them. I actually think switching away from D* is a pretty close call. Since I have retired, however, I am much more attuned to cost, and Verizon's ability to furnish us with a competitive product at a substantially reduced bundled cost is tipping the tables for me. I plan to live long enough to easily ammortize the cost of the new TiVo boxes (less than ten months, actually).
Mrs. Camper still has her antique standard def R-10 box with TiVo. She has never been willing to give up the TiVo interface and go to the DirecTV software in the new boxes. She'd have been more inclined to keep D* if anyone could have given her a straight answer concerning when, if ever, D* was going to offer consumers a TiVo software interface again.
10-31-2009 06:16 PM #12