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Newbie here needs help please

04-05-2004, 09:33 PM
What is better choice for having more and better HD channels. DirectTV or Voom? Also, are there any ( worth buying ) high definition DVRs out on the market?

04-07-2004, 02:13 AM
i have many friends who use directTV, and they say it's great.

04-11-2004, 01:52 PM
i have voom and i like it... but it could use a few more HD channles! mostly espn. but they are a pretty new company so im sure they will get much better programing. hopefuly in the near future! :)

04-26-2004, 02:37 PM
I have both Directv and Voom and I can't say which is better or worse as they are different in respect to the HD programming. You may want to read my reply to truckie23 about Voom at this thread: Voom HDTV (http://www.highdefforum.com/showthread.php?t=76).

If you have a Directv account now then all you need to do is to get the triple satellite dish and a HD satellite receiver, assuming you don't have them now. This can be just as expensive as the cost of buying the Voom equipment ($750) which includes installation. Right now for a limited time (maybe) Voom is offering a zero cost for the equipment for an additional $10 (rounded) per receiver. The problem I had with Voom is I have four locations where I want satellite TV and Voom does not offer a standard definition receiver. I have a Tivo unit, so giving it up was not in the cards, ask momma. So I added Voom in addition to the Directv.

Another thing to consider if you are going to use Voom as your main satellite source is the receiver is fixed to the 16:9 output even on the SD programming. It so happens that my HDTV will not allow me to change the screen aspect ratio when the DVI input is selected, so the SD channels are stretched horizonally. My solution was to connect the SD video and audio outputs on the Voom receiver to another video input on the TV so I could readjust the picture. It is possible to set the Voom receiver to add black bars on the sides of the SD picture as well.

In my opinion if you want HDTV programming the Voom is the way to go. Voom has most of the same cable channels as Directv except for the NFL ticket and a few others. Porn is limited to the Playboy HD channel. :D