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h20 in bay area (san francisco area)

wrightman
03-22-2006, 11:42 AM
Who is selling this in the bay area and what does it retail for? I have checked on d* website and they only advertise the hr15 for $499/lease. Lastly, can i get local channels in hi def now without the new 5lnb dish (have the 3lnb right now)

Chris from Los Gatos

davecramer74
03-22-2006, 12:10 PM
hey chris, you gotta go with the 5lmb. You can get the h20 from bestbuy for 99 i think. Dont go through directv, they are now officially a ripoff. Go through bestbuy to buy your reciever if your staying with directv. I dumped them and moved to comcast. Didnt cost me a dime to put hd/dvr's in my living room and 2 br's. My bills more expensive, but i have high def dvr's in all my rooms without paying a dime up front. Not only that, i can dump comcast anytime i want. No "agreemant. FYI, if you activate that new reciever, they will make you sign another 2 year agreemant.

Thus, another reason i told them where to go. Ive been shoveling enough money into them guys.

On another note, i had a years movers connection agreemant. That and i love the NFL package you get. So to get around getting screwed out of the 150 to cancel and not having the football package come football season, i "suspended" my account. you can do it through the automated system. I said it was a "vacation" home so i dont have to pay for 6 months. Im gonna reactivate my directv in august, pay the minimum and add the football package and then cancel my service after football season. My years sub will be up by then.

Heres the bestbuy link.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=7384742&type=product&productCategoryId=cat03026&id=1128338085305

wrightman
03-22-2006, 12:20 PM
thanks dave, i thought about comcast as well - just worried about their bandwidth issues. as for the receiver, i actually meant the new hd dvr with the mpeg4 decoder - when will that be available and any idea on the cost?

borromini
03-22-2006, 12:22 PM
...FYI, if you activate that new reciever, they will make you sign another 2 year agreemant... I just activated a new HD receiver and did not have to sign any 2 year service agreement. Also, my original 1 year contract agreement ended a while back.

davecramer74
03-22-2006, 12:42 PM
I just activated a new HD receiver and did not have to sign any 2 year service agreement. Also, my original 1 year contract agreement ended a while back.

The ultimate entertainment experience is within your reach. Get a FREE lease upgrade to an HD Receiver after $99 instant online rebate. Requires 2 year programming commitment. Subscription to the DIRECTV® HD Package required. Equipment return required upon disconnect.


Thats right off their site, so im assuming you already had an h10 activated before adding your h20? Either that or you got lucky. :D


As for the hr20-250. Its expected 3rd qtr this year Chris. The cost, im not sure. But id prolly suggest buying the current HD DVR now. Because they charged 1000 bucks originally for that thing. I would assume they charge the same fore the new one. If you already own the current one, my understanding is that youll get a "free upgrade". At least thats what they told my coworker. Free upgrade prolly includes a rebate like i got for my h20.

Their new pricing plan is weird, so i dunno. They wanted like 499 for a "lease". That was the last straw for me. How is 500 bucks a lease? I told them "i can go "buy" it at bestbuy for what your trying to "lease" it to me for. The guy said, then you should prolly goto best buy, hehe. I was like, fark you guys, cancel all my recievers but 1 and drop the service to the lowest. Then as i said, i just went and suspended it.

wrightman
03-22-2006, 12:47 PM
thanks again dave - as for comcast, do you pay a monthly fee for each dvr, or just for 1 dvr - same question for the HD receivers?

davecramer74
03-22-2006, 01:01 PM
7 bucks per dvr i think. Then the standard 4 bucks or 5 bucks for the "extra reciever" charge.

The main thing that im digging is the "on demand". You can just go watch any movie pretty much that are on your movie channels anytime you want. Directv is talking about rolling it out "soon". Whenever that is. But theres is going to use your cable or dsl to push movies down, not their satelites.

Comcast is more expensive, but so far i am VERY happy with the switch. For me to put dvrs, HD in all my rooms, you do the math on that. It would have cost me like 1500 bucks. I just couldnt do it.

I like directv programming better. But comcast is ALOT better than it use to be 3-4 years ago. Darn close to satellite now. Only reason i was directv was mainly for the NFL sunday ticket. Im highly impressed so far with the comcast channel lineup and the quality of their HD.

upsfeedr
05-22-2006, 10:30 AM
so how much are you paying for comcast 150+? you never say. i just got the 5 lnb and the h20 installed for free and i have hr10-250 also and for 5.99 a month fr tivo its well worth it.and as 4 the equipment they can have it back if i ever switch because it will be out dated anyway.. i just think comcast is way too expensive.. d** will always give you free premium channels if you ask the right person..

Exemptr
05-22-2006, 06:01 PM
Can someone tell me what is going on with Directv HD in the Bay Area? I have an HR10-250 and when I tried to watch 24 in High Def, I got a message saying I wasn't subscribed to that channel. Well, I was subscribing to that channel and so I called Directv and they said it was a local channel on a new satellite and my HR10-250 would not receive it. They said "new equipment" would be available this summer. From what I am reading from this thread if I get a different dish (a 5 LNB), will my HR10-250 be able to receive local network HD? Thanks for any clarification.

upsfeedr
05-22-2006, 08:27 PM
no your hr10-250 will not get locals in hd with the 5lnb you will need to get the h20 and also you can keep the tivo hd as well they just add another line

davecramer74
05-23-2006, 08:13 AM
if you have the h10-250, you need an over the air antenna to recieve the locals. You can call and get a 5lmb dish and a h20 reciever basically for free if your an existing customer. The locals for directv are broadcast in mpg4 compression which your current reciever only does mpg2 compression. Obviously you lose your DVR funcionality by going with the H20.

upsfeedr
05-23-2006, 09:37 AM
if you have the h10-250, you need an over the air antenna to recieve the locals. You can call and get a 5lmb dish and a h20 reciever basically for free if your an existing customer. The locals for directv are broadcast in mpg4 compression which your current reciever only does mpg2 compression. Obviously you lose your DVR funcionality by going with the H20.


no you dont lose your dvr..the onlt thing you cant do is record your locals in hd but you can still record them in normal format..they just hook up your new h20 along with your 250 and now you can record 2 things at once and watch another channel as well.. as 4 the 5lnb everyone will need to upgrade and in nov or so they are comming out with a smaller dish..you need to know what your talking about before you post

davecramer74
05-23-2006, 11:08 AM
well if you want to pay for 2 leases on the same tv, then ya you can keep both. I know what im talking about, i just was assuming people arent going to pay for 2 recievers for one tv. I sure as hell wouldnt when i could wait another few months for the new DVR. Especially considering all of the Season's finales were the last couple weeks. If that new dvr isnt out by football season, then ya, id consider goign with 2 recievers.

upsfeedr
05-23-2006, 02:31 PM
whos paying for 2 leases? not me since i got both recievers for free from dtv. how much are you paying for comcast? you still dont say, and besides how many dvr`s do you need? just 1 here. and if you cant afford 4.99 for a reciever you dont deserve hd...

davecramer74
05-23-2006, 03:29 PM
My bills 125 i think, but i have the filipino channel, so its another 20 on top of that.

My directv bill was like a 115 a month if i recall. Like 93 for the package, 12 bucks for the hd service and 2 extra recievers. I was just pointing out your paying 10 bucks on one tv. your "leasing fee" or whatever the fark dtv calls it. Thats your call. I just found it easier to call comcast and have the shit put in for FREE instead of shelling out 1500 bucks for 3 HD dvrs that i couldnt even get the stupid locals in HD on. Seemed like a no brainer to me dont you think? as for dvrs, i need 3... 3 people in 3 different rooms.

Basically, if the guy asking about the HD channels, yes you can get the HD locals, no you cant record the HD locals with the current DTV setup unless you get the ota. Call directv and see if theyll give you that h20 for free or give you the rebate and pay the extra 5 bucks a month for 2 recievers on one tv. Or wait a couple months and get the new HDDVR thats suppose to be coming out "soon" hehe.

Exemptr
05-23-2006, 09:41 PM
Thanks for all of the information. I am recording the network stuff in SD, so I guess it is not coming from the locals. If I can't record from the OTA I really wont use it because I pretty much watch everything on Tivo. So, other than getting the locals, will the 5lnb get me anything else I dont have now? You quote "soon" on the new mp4 dvr gear (tivo?). Any idea when it will really be available?

davecramer74
05-24-2006, 08:45 AM
no clue on availability, last i heard was this summer. Also, you CAN record the locals in HD if you have the OTA. You just cant record them off the H20 system in HD.