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Old 02-10-2005, 12:27 AM   #1  
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Default DirecTV HD Receiver - Model No. H10

I've Googled, but I can't find out whether this DirecTV HD satellite receiver supports simultaneous high-definition and standard-definition video output function?

I believe the RCA DTV210 HD Receiver supports this option, as it is mentioned in the specification page, as well as the Sony SAT-HD300, but I believe the SAT-HD300 is becoming dated.

If given the choice between the H10 (providing it supports simultaneous HD and SD functions) and the RCA DTV210 HD receiver, which one would you choose? Also, which one looks more asthetically appealing to the eye?

Also, I'm looking for an HD DVR, but I don't want the new combo unit (HR10-250) as I have heard that the program guide menus are slow, and the price of $999.00 is a little steep. Any recommendations for a stand-alone HD DVR? Is the TIVO service required for this?

Hoping for some feedback.

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Old 02-10-2005, 05:58 AM   #2  
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I have the H-10 & it does support simultaneous HD/SD functions
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Old 02-10-2005, 07:18 AM   #3  
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I have the 210. Looks good. All silver. I like menus and guide on it. I think either are good as long as you dont get a lemon.
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Old 02-10-2005, 11:01 AM   #4  
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Thank you both for the reply. I have been a DirecTV customer for just over 7 months. I bought my own Samsung SIR-TS360 HD Receiver without a contract, but I am under contract for the 2 other Samsung satellite receivers (non-HD). I'm looking to replace the SIR-TS360, as I don't like it, and really don't want to extend my contract from this point on. Is it possible to pay full price from DirecTV (without the unit being subsidized) and not extend my contract, or should I just eBay it or find a retailer that doesn't require a contract?

Also, which DVR's do you recommend for recording HD signals? The new combo unit that is out just doesn't cut it for me, plus I am pretty sure if I get two different units instead of one, I can save money (as the combo unit is $999.00).

Appreciate the feedback.

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Old 02-10-2005, 11:31 AM   #5  
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I got myself an HD Tivo and love the thing. I don't think there is enough HD content out there and now that I can record anything that might be of interest, I spend my nights watch nothing but HD content.

I agree that the 1k price tag is high, but how it integrates with the dual sat tuners and duel OTA tuners is great. You can even get it to pull down menu gudies for 2 metros in case you can do this, like in my situation.

You should take a look at this thread: http://www.highdefforum.com/showthread.php?t=4881
People talk about how to get the HD tivo for a discount and how to get a credit from D*. I got mine for $850 from solidsignal, but I hear you can get them for $799 now.

Also you shouldn't worry too much about the contract you have with D* for the current receivers. I had a DirecTivo, the SD version, and it was only about 10 months old when I activated my HD Tivo. I told them that I want to cancel the SD and activate the HD. They didn't even say anything to me regarding a contract and just took the SD off my bill with no fee and replaced it with the HD one.
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Old 02-11-2005, 08:03 AM   #6  
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gooey,

thank you for the reply. i've been reading this forum and from what i can gather, directv will soon be switching their signal compression to mpeg4. what i don't understand is will this have an affect on the current directv hd receiver - model no. h10 or the RCA DTV210 HD receiver? will i have to switch out one of these receivers (when i choose to buy one) or will they support mpeg4 compression? same thing goes for the HD DVR'S that are out there now.

i guess what it boils down to is this: money. i don't want to spend money on something right now, especially a few months down the road when it may be not compatible with directv's signal in the near future.

if anyone could shed some light on this situation, please do share.

also, for OTA HD signals, can anyone recommend an indoor antenna for this? i'm looking at the zenith OTA HD indoor antenna for roughly 24.99, but if you know of one that works better, please let me know.

thank you.

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Old 02-11-2005, 10:22 AM   #7  
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I have the H10 receiver and the two weird things I noticed are:

1. Sometimes when I am flicking thorugh channels (channel up or channel down) it will stop at a station until it determines what level it is broadcasting at (720p/1080i/480P) etc, At that point it will not let you continue to channel up or channel down - kind of disturbing.

2. Sometimes when I am watching a show the screen will go blank as it checks what the signal is broadcasting at (720p/1080i) - which is something the unit is supposed to do when you first turn to the station. I need to call DTV or go to BestBuy to see if that should be happening or I just have a bad unit.
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My H-10 does that occassionally too (picture drops out for a split second as if resetting the resolution output), but not often enough to worry too much about. I definitely encounter fewer glitches when I don't use Native Mode (I leave it on 1080i all the time), and when I don't use HDMI out (using component instead). Honestly, I think all the D* HD receivers have these types of imperfections-- I've had the Samsung, the HD10-250(TiVo), and now the H10 (which replaced my Samsung). They all have their quirks, and at times it's difficult to say if these sporadic issues are in the actual transmission, or problems in the boxes themselves. I will say the TiVo box is by far the most solid.

Anyway, your H10 seems to behave like mine, so for what it's worth you may want to think twice about exchanging it for the exact same model.
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Old 02-13-2005, 03:59 PM   #9  
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One thing to add, since we're on a thread about this particular model... There's a bug with the Caller ID feature, where the receiver will spontaneously re-boot when a call comes in. DTV level 2 tech support said they're aware of the problem and are working on the fix to be delivered via sat. Until then, they recommended just unplugging the phone line. Not a huge deal, but something to be aware of.
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Old 02-14-2005, 07:22 PM   #10  
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i guess what it boils down to is this: money. i don't want to spend money on something right now, especially a few months down the road when it may be not compatible with directv's signal in the near future.

if anyone could shed some light on this situation, please do share.

also, for OTA HD signals, can anyone recommend an indoor antenna for this? i'm looking at the zenith OTA HD indoor antenna for roughly 24.99, but if you know of one that works better, please let me know.
If you wait for what's about to come out, you'll never have one. There will always be something better on the horizon and at one point or another, you'll have to jump in with both feet to enjoy it. I bought my HD10-250 at the end of last year when the murmurs started about MPEG-4 hardware coming out. I'm not going to worry about what might come and when.

As far as speed - I've found the HD10-250 blazingly fast compared to my SD HDVR2 (even faster than my old non-Tivo Sony units). Other than the HDVI port dying on three units, my December 2004 build has been rock solid (and seemingly a bit faster than the earlier builds). I have had a couple of problems getting the CSR's to commit sending a replacement a couple of times, but after requesting esculation, they have pretty good about it.

As far as a stand-alone HD Tivo - there's not one. I do believe there is HD PVR or two, but nothing, as far as I know, that can compare to Tivo. Good thing about the HD10-250 is the integration of the DTV and OTA tuners - I think it is very well executed.

I've just gone through a couple of OTA indoor antennas. The first one was a triangle-shaped non-amplified one from Radio Shack - didn't work well for me. After the first time I did a little research to find out how far the stations that are broadcasting in HD are from me and looked for an antenna that met my needs. I ended up with a Terk HDTVa Pro amplified antenna despite the many negative posts I've been reading about Terk and I am very happy with it. I don't even have to turn on the amplifier and I haven't had to move it since putting it in place. I think that careful selection of an antenna that meets the needs of your application is paramount to success as long as your expectations are reasonable. Don't expect to be able to pull in a station 50 miles away with an indoor antenna!
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