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Old 09-03-2008, 05:54 AM   #1
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Old 09-03-2008, 07:06 AM   #2
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This is good news, the TiVo DVR should be excellent. Pricing of course is a big question since the current DirecTV HD DVR is a real bargain.

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This is good news, the TiVo DVR should be excellent. Pricing of course is a big question since the current DirecTV HD DVR is a real bargain.

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If it is anything like the Comcast TiVo it will be a big disappointment.
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If it is anything like the Comcast TiVo it will be a big disappointment.
I have seen mostly negative statements about that product, I don't have it, it isn't available here so I don't have any idea what went wrong. Since TiVo has a long history with DirecTV, I am going to guess the company can update the HR10-250 to decode MPEG-4 and add the new features and it would be a winner. At least that is my hope.

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TiVo must getting really desperate.

I guess people aren't buying the overpriced TiVo HD DVR and paying the overpriced monthly TiVo fee just to use it.

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TiVo must get getting really desperate.

I guess people aren't buying the overpriced TiVo HD DVR and paying the overpriced monthly TiVo fee just to use it.
Overpriced in the eyes of some, a premium product worth a premium price in the eyes of others. That TiVo hasn't been performing well as a company isn't anything I could dispute and maybe this time around, the TiVo contract is something DirecTV can live with. DirecTV took a beating with the last contract is my understanding, that was very favorable for TiVo. I am happy with the HR20-700 DVR I am using with DirecTV now, although I would likely prefer a TiVo based DVR.

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I had TIVO when we first got DirecTV about 5 years ago and it was much better than the DirecTV DVR. The schedule had the programs color coordinated based on subject (sports ahowed up in green, movies in another color) and there was not the lag that we see with the direcTV ones.
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Overpriced in the eyes of some, a premium product worth a premium price in the eyes of others.

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In the eyes of some the TiVo is overpriced and the customer doesn't want to be 100% responsible for repairing or replacing the TiVo when it craps out after warranty time.

Paying $20 shipping and handling for a replacement DIRECTV HD DVR with or without a 2 year commitment sound pretty good to most people if their DIRECTV HD DVR fails.
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I had TIVO when we first got DirecTV about 5 years ago and it was much better than the DirecTV DVR. The schedule had the programs color coordinated based on subject (sports ahowed up in green, movies in another color) and there was not the lag that we see with the direcTV ones.
I like TiVo better personally, but my HR20-700 has been so good and is so easy to use and reliable, I am no longer passionate about it. I expect to end my long time DirecTV subscription when my current contract is up so I won't likely get to see how good the next DirecTV TiVo DVR is.

I purchased my first DirecTV DVR with TiVo on introduction of the product back in October, 2000 and that DVR would still work if I had it subscribed. I do have it full of recordings to watch at some future date but I just don't watch much SDTV currently.

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In the eyes of some the TiVo is overpriced and the customer doesn't want to be 100% responsible for repairing or replacing the TiVo when it craps out after warranty time.

Paying $20 shipping and handling for a replacement DIRECTV HD DVR with or without a 2 year commitment sound pretty good to most people if their DIRECTV HD DVR fails.
Which is why I think leaving the profits for TiVo out of the equation would be a good idea for me if I did continue on with the service. It might be the DirecTV TiVo will be priced at such a high price that DirecTV doesn't have to subsidize it, it will be a limited quantity product. If customers want it, they would have to pay for it in its entirety.

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The big question to me is the cost increase. If I hear the news when I am not having a good day I may just cancel and go back to the stone age. I subscribe to the big bucket and it is getting expensive.
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I was told about this today, having both an R10(Tivo), HR21 and HR20 (DirectvDVR) I'm excited to see the difference. I talked to a friend of mine that works for Directv here locally, and she told me that they've already gotten calls from folks mad that there isn't any information available. I guess that the Press Release is all that's out there....no pricing yet, I'm going to hold off and see what happens. Personally? I like the Directv DVR better than I do the Tivo, scheduling missed programs is much easier, and the guide and sorting is much easier it seems too. I DO miss the off air tuner for the HR10 though. Can't wait for HD-Locals to come available in my area.
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I like the Directv DVR better than I do the Tivo, scheduling missed programs is much easier, and the guide and sorting is much easier it seems too. I DO miss the off air tuner for the HR10 though. Can't wait for HD-Locals to come available in my area.
If you have an HR20 it has an off air HD tuner built in.

If you have an HR21 you can call DIRECTV and get the AM21 add-on off air HD tuner for it.
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The big question to me is the cost increase. If I hear the news when I am not having a good day I may just cancel and go back to the stone age. I subscribe to the big bucket and it is getting expensive.
It will definitely cost more to lease and more per month than Directv's units. It will be an optional upgrade so we will see how much people are willing to pay for the Tivo experience.
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I am ecstatic to hear there will be a TiVo for DirecTV! I only wish we could get one NOW.

My wife and daughter much prefer the TiVo interface and so we always watch our HR-10-250 and just let the HR-21 sit idle. They'd rather watch SD programs than deal with the HR-21's program guide. So we currently watch virtually no HD on our HD TV.

I'm really really really looking forward to getting the HD TiVo!
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