I have used an RCA DRD 486RH for 10 years with excellent results. They are no longer in production but can be obtained used from 2000networks.com. Mine has just pooped out and Direct TV is replacing it with their newer version under my service contract. As you noted, this has the HD feature which I, likewise, will not be using. I have had some experience with this Direct TV reciever and have not been impresed by the RF feature. The signal is very weak and barely works in the same room. Part of the problem, as I see it, is the internal antenna. There is no provision for adding an external antenna at least in the earlier versions. The DRD 486RH does have provision for an external antenna. You can use the small standard antenna or a more elaborate antenna as needed. If Direct TV's RF reciever does not work out for me I will gladly buy another RCA reciever.