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Beginner's question

WestwoodWizard
04-12-2006, 09:38 AM
Please forgive what's probably a dumb question, but I'm new to HD.

So, got a HD television last night. I'm currently just using all of my old equipment.

What do I need to get from DirecTV to get an HD signal? I know I'll need a new dish (currently using the one I got back in 2003), but do I need to upgrade to the HD DVR in order to recieve an HD signal? I'll probably do this in a few months, before the World Cup starts, but for now can I still use my old Tivo and get an HD feed? I know I won't be able to record in HD, but right now it's not a big issue, though I do definitely want to start watching programs in HD.

davecramer74
04-12-2006, 09:45 AM
you can get a normal HD reciever, non-dvr.

http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/hw/ProspectOffer.jsp

you can get a free 1 room upgrade.

WestwoodWizard
04-12-2006, 09:52 AM
That's what I was afraid of.

I need my DVR!

Since we own the old D* Tivo, I guess we'll just move that into the room that we moved our old TV into, and use that for backup recording. Or maybe I can sell that to make the HD DVR upgrade not as hard on the wallet.

Thanks for the response.

davecramer74
04-12-2006, 11:33 AM
you can get your dvr you have now for free from them too, so selling it wont net you more than maybe 50 on ebay. I switched to comcast. DVR was a must have for me too. I have them in 3 rooms through comcast. Up front, it cost me ZERO. Through directv to have them, it would have cost me in the neighborhood of 1500 bucks. Screw dat.

WestwoodWizard
04-12-2006, 12:03 PM
you can get your dvr you have now for free from them too, so selling it wont net you more than maybe 50 on ebay. I switched to comcast. DVR was a must have for me too. I have them in 3 rooms through comcast. Up front, it cost me ZERO. Through directv to have them, it would have cost me in the neighborhood of 1500 bucks. Screw dat.

Unfortunately, the cable in my area stinks.

JAG72
04-12-2006, 04:04 PM
you can get your dvr you have now for free from them too, so selling it wont net you more than maybe 50 on ebay. I switched to comcast. DVR was a must have for me too. I have them in 3 rooms through comcast. Up front, it cost me ZERO. Through directv to have them, it would have cost me in the neighborhood of 1500 bucks. Screw dat.

All of the cable HD DVR's in my area cost an extra 15 per month to have. So if that is about what your DVR fee is you are actually paying an extra $480 (took out the $5 D* DVR fee.) You could have gotten the D* DVR from retention right now for about $299. So after 2 years you are actually paying more for your DVR's through cable.

bill94
04-12-2006, 06:46 PM
Cable; $15 per month for two years is $360. D*; $499 upfront and $5 per month for two years=$120+$499=$619. From what I have read the only way you can get the $299 is by playing csr roulette? Please correct me if I'm wrong about that.

JAG72
04-12-2006, 07:09 PM
Cable; $15 per month for two years is $360. D*; $499 upfront and $5 per month for two years=$120+$499=$619. From what I have read the only way you can get the $299 is by playing csr roulette? Please correct me if I'm wrong about that.

3 DVR's at $15 a piece is a lot more than $360 for two years. This configurations total is $45 per month. I then took off the $5 fee for the DVR service to make it $40 per month just for the DVR's. Maybe Comcast is different but that is how the two providers are in my area.

bill94
04-12-2006, 07:28 PM
Thats cool. But three dvrs @ $15 per month is $1080 for cable. D* the upfront cost alone is $1497, then add in the fee of $5.00 and you get $1617 for two years. Why would you leave out the$5.00 fee??

I have D*, but Cablevison is my Cable Co in my area. There cost is $15 per month. I am seriously thinking about going back to them. I can't get E*, trees!!

JAG72
04-12-2006, 07:35 PM
I left out the $5 DVR fee to just show how much more per month the cable solution was. $45 for cable compared t o$5 for D* = $40.

bill94
04-13-2006, 04:21 AM
Ok. :)

bill94
04-13-2006, 05:52 AM
I forgot something!! D* the lease fee is $5.00 per box and the dvr fee is $6. So thatís $21 for all three. So that would be $504 for two years+1497 upfront fee= $2001 for two years. But if you get the Platinum Package you can remove the dvr fee and your back to $1617. Ok I feel better. :)

drock912001
04-13-2006, 05:46 PM
Actually you pay one dvr fee for your entire address with directv,not per box like cable charges.Upfront my HR10-250 cost me $200.I personally don't see the point of having a dvr for every tv.Cable don't have dual tuner dvrs?

bill94
04-14-2006, 06:51 AM
Yes I know it's $6 for your entire address, hens the $21 per month. So for one box with D* at the upfront cost of $200= $464 for the two years. Cable at $15 per month = $360 for two years. Still cheaper. If I'm doing the math right? :)

datadrifter
04-16-2006, 05:29 PM
you can get your dvr you have now for free from them too, so selling it wont net you more than maybe 50 on ebay. I switched to comcast. DVR was a must have for me too. I have them in 3 rooms through comcast. Up front, it cost me ZERO. Through directv to have them, it would have cost me in the neighborhood of 1500 bucks. Screw dat.

I am also in the SFO Bay Area and can't decide if I want to wait for DTV to offer their local channel HD service via satelite or switch to cable. How is your pic quality with cable vs. DTV?

rjall
04-16-2006, 09:36 PM
sf calif get the new hdtv from directv as 11/22/05