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1000 dollars for dvr hd?????

04-10-2005, 07:59 AM
so voom is dead and i need to get some hd programming, i want dvr too but direct tv site says its 999 for their hd dvr install, wtf, voom was free!!!!!

04-10-2005, 08:56 AM
...voom was free!!!!!
Hence, why they're out of business.

04-10-2005, 09:00 AM

VOOM never offered a DVR. That in my opinion is one of the major reasons why they failed. Dish Network offers an HD DVR for around $550.00, but I do not think their HD future is as bright as Directv's. Also if you shop around on the internet you can get the Directv HD-DVR (HR10-250) for around $600.00 now on Ebay. Directv has also announced that once it switches to it's MPEG-4 technology, they will upgrade the equipment of all current customers for free.


04-10-2005, 02:00 PM
I've been a D* subscriber since the fall of '99. I've been a HD subscriber for about 3 years now. I really like D*, but frankly this is one area that's making me consider switching to cable.

$1000 for a HD-DVR vs Time Warner offering one for $7.50 a month. That means it would take over 10 years for the $7.50 to be more expensive then the $1000. Also renting is safer at this point since newer models might come out that support WiFi media convergence.

I'm sure the boxes are considerable pieces of technology that cost money to manufacture, but it really seems like a big time difference in price. Hard to fathom to me.

I'm holding tight until this summer to see what happens. If the new mpeg4 hardware comes out and D* offers me a DVR upgrade path that is reasonibly priced, I'll stick around. Otherwise they are going to lose me to cable.

04-10-2005, 04:31 PM
I ponyed up and got one about a month ago. and just like after I got Tivo. I'm not sure how I lived without it. It's great. D* told me there are well on their way to adding alot more HD channels. OUT


04-11-2005, 10:53 AM
Remember, this is Dtv's FIRST generation HD DVR. Like all electronics, the price will drop over time. Not as fast as we all would like it to, but it will come down.

I don't have this unit but from everything I've read about it, it's with out question the best HD Tivo/DVR unti out there. That kind of quality is going to cost.

As far as the comments made about renting a tivo/dvr from cable companies, that is an option for some. I will NEVER have cable again, and here is why...

4 years ago, my appartment flooded due to a break in a water pipe. So, from 10PM until 3 AM, my wife and I moved all of our blongings from our apt to a vacant apt one floor above us. Next morning, we went about changing our address and calling all the utilities for new hook ups. The gas co, electric, phone and water companies were all very sorry to hear what had happened, and made the appropriate changes imediatly and at no charge. Media General Cable said that since our new apt was a new hookup, they would have to charge us $75. The tech will be there in 7-10 business days. UNBELIEVABLE.

04-11-2005, 12:43 PM
i totally agree with chrpai, i switched to cable last week after 4 years with DN,$550 for a DVR is too much, brighthouse network i pay $4.95 for HD DVR including service fee. with MPEG4 format war going on i would recommend to buy any equipment.

04-11-2005, 12:51 PM
There's only an MPEG4 format war if you have multiple subscriptions with satellite and cable vendors. Otherwise, DTV has already decided on it's flavor of MPEG4 with the STB to be provided free to existing customers.

04-12-2005, 10:18 AM
I have seen both the TW cable DVR and the Tivo HD DVR. While they both do basically the same thing, the Tivo unit is far superior in my opinion, in terms of features & overall user friendliness. I ended up paying the $999 at Circuit City for my Directv Tivo HD, and while I would have liked to have paid less, I have never really given it a second thought. I paid a lot more than that for my 50 inch Panasonic DLP, yet it really can't do much without an HD signal. I look at it as the Tivo is my entertainment center's brain, so I don't mind paying for a high IQ! Besides, the Tivo unit comes with every cable imaginable, including HDMI...I figure the retail value of the cables alone exceeds $100-150.