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Question for the Tv Gurus

bobbyv
04-26-2006, 03:17 PM
Hello I have a few questions, I just bought a 56 inch rear projection DLP TV with a built-in high-definition tuner, it says it's supposed to be high-definition write out of the box. My question is do I need to upgrade my satellite box to a high-definition receiver? The receiver I have now is a DirecTV DVR R10 TiVo with Dolby Digital. 2nd question if I do need an upgrade receiver for HD to try to save money because I like TiVo and I know DirecTV sells and HD DVR 10-250 four $500 would it be possible to buy a HD receiver for $99 and run an s video wire to my existing receiver so I can still use TiVo.?? Any help would be appreciated thank you.

inazsully
04-26-2006, 05:00 PM
Even though I too am a Directv subscriber, for you I would suggest switching to cable and get their HD DVR. It's way cheaper than Directv. Since you have an internal HD tuner in your TV you can pick up your locals via an antenna, if they are available in your area.

Zaphod
04-26-2006, 05:25 PM
Even if you were able to connect a HD box to the Tivo it will playback in a SD format rather than HD

bobbyv
04-26-2006, 05:51 PM
inazsully I can't go back to cable two years ago I fought with the cable company about my bill they tried charging me for pay-per-view movies I did not order, so I took the cable that was connected to my house down and along with the cable box brught it to the side of the street and called them and told them to pick it up. That was the last time I had contact with them and I swore to the longest day I live I would never get cable... Zaphod I realize that I will not get high-definition out on the TiVo but is it possible to get a cheap $99 HD receiver if I need one I don't know that's why I'm asking and connect a s video cable to my existing receiver/TiVo and still be able to record programs? Thanks guys for your feedback

ScottyMacZ24
04-26-2006, 09:51 PM
All HD built in is mostly used for in over the air broadcasts via an antenna for local HDTV. In some cases it can descramble some cable tv broadcasts in HD. However, with Directv you must buy an HDTV reciever in order to recieve HD channels. ( HDnet,DiscoveryHD,TNT, etc. ) Also, you may want to look into a 5lnb dish for HD local stations if they are available in your area.

rudyusmc1980
04-26-2006, 10:43 PM
how's that cable commercial go? you know, the one about satelite upgrades? you want HD? that's an upgrade!

Check if Verizon Fios service is available in your area. i'm hearing very good things about it. Cheap. HDDVR. and fast internet. internet is three teired and can get very expensive, but FAST. They run fiber to your home directly, and then it goes to rg6.

bobbyv
04-26-2006, 11:14 PM
Scotty thanks for the advice I live in Connecticut and I'm pretty sure they do have the five lnb's around here but not certain, if not I guess I'll settle for an antenna. Any ideas on a good antenna? I would still like to know when I get my Hd receiver if I can put a s video cable over to my receiver that I have now so I can still use my TiVo? Because I don't see spending $500 on a receiver with TiVo when I already have TiVo SD...... Rudy I appreciate your post but like I said in an earlier post I refuse cable..+ I have too much invested in DirecTV. And for the Internet DSL I have a good plan already. Thanks for the help again guys.. :)

deadhead68
04-27-2006, 08:56 AM
Scotty thanks for the advice I live in Connecticut and I'm pretty sure they do have the five lnb's around here but not certain, if not I guess I'll settle for an antenna. Any ideas on a good antenna? I would still like to know when I get my Hd receiver if I can put a s video cable over to my receiver that I have now so I can still use my TiVo? Because I don't see spending $500 on a receiver with TiVo when I already have TiVo SD...... Rudy I appreciate your post but like I said in an earlier post I refuse cable..+ I have too much invested in DirecTV. And for the Internet DSL I have a good plan already. Thanks for the help again guys.. :)

I am about 95% sure that your SD Tivo will not be able to record any HD content no matter how it is delivered to the SD Tivo. I understand your issue with cable, but this problem of recording in HD is the #1 reason I left DTV after 6 years to go to Comcast.

DeadHead68

ScottyMacZ24
04-27-2006, 10:20 AM
Your Tivo will not be able to record an HDTV broadcast because there is just not enough hard drive space on it. The $500.00 unit from Directv does 30 hours of HDTV and 200 hours of standard definition. Tivo does not currently offer a stand alone HDTV recorder. Also, the only way to transfer HDTV is through an HDMI,DVI, or component video cables.

An effective antenna would be either a indoor Terk TV5 or use an outdoor antenna if the indoor one does not work well.

bobbyv
04-27-2006, 03:23 PM
Thanks for the quick response..what i did was i bought a HD-20 directv receiver on ebay last night in an auction for 65bucks+20 s&h still cheaper thay getting it from directv. :D . so 85 bucks it cost to finaly get hd reception. :yippee: .i will get it sat or mon I will let you know how i make out on trying to connect it with other receiver..thanks again fellas. :bowdown:

bobbyv
04-28-2006, 07:33 PM
Thanks for the quick response..what i did was i bought a HD-20 directv receiver on ebay last night in an auction for 65bucks+20 s&h still cheaper thay getting it from directv. :D . so 85 bucks it cost to finaly get hd reception. :yippee: .i will get it sat or mon I will let you know how i make out on trying to connect it with other receiver..thanks again fellas. :bowdown: WoW It came early just got done hooking it up Looks GREAT!!! :yippee: :yippee: I CANT BELEIVE WHAT A DIFF... :bowdown: I was just watching some Basketball and felt like i was in the stands.. :D :D be back after i set up my other receiver with the tivo...

bobbyv
05-01-2006, 11:30 AM
All HD built in is mostly used for in over the air broadcasts via an antenna for local HDTV. In some cases it can descramble some cable tv broadcasts in HD. However, with Directv you must buy an HDTV reciever in order to recieve HD channels. ( HDnet,DiscoveryHD,TNT, etc. ) Also, you may want to look into a 5lnb dish for HD local stations if they are available in your area. Hey scot or anyone i have 3 lnb's now and just got the h20 receiver with the mpeg does the 5 lnb's dish take the place of an ota antanna? or can i just keep what i have now and just use a reg antenna ??? THANKS-GUYS... :)

ScottyMacZ24
05-01-2006, 06:22 PM
The 5 lnb would take the place of the over the air antenna, but Directv must offer the hd locals in your area. The antenna may be good to hang onto because sometimes you can pick up some HD channels that Directv may or may not offer.

bobbyv
05-01-2006, 08:18 PM
Thanks Scott.. :hithere:

WhatHappend
05-01-2006, 10:15 PM
You made a big mistake. Your DirectTV. Based TIVO cant record from any input except DirectTV. Even if you could record from an S-VIDEO how would that be usefull? How would you get the HD-20 on the correct channel and how would you scedule the recording on the TIVO? You are not thinking clearly. (SVIDEO is not a control conncetion just video).

Your new TV has an SVIDEO input and can view the Standard Def. from your current TIVO. Let me tell you that you will not like how SD looks on your HDTV. You will only want to watch your shows in HD.

Thanks for the quick response..what i did was i bought a HD-20 directv receiver on ebay last night in an auction for 65bucks+20 s&h still cheaper thay getting it from directv. :D . so 85 bucks it cost to finaly get hd reception. :yippee: .i will get it sat or mon I will let you know how i make out on trying to connect it with other receiver..thanks again fellas. :bowdown: