Originally Posted by TechoFobe
I'll just keep waiting (impatiently) to be hooked up to FIOS. It will be so
gratifying to cease doing business with D*.
I could use some advice on switching services.
Back in September 2006 I received an email solicitation from an on-line retailer to purchase the new DIRECTV HD-DVR. Currently I'm on my third HD TiVo. (The first two had bad hard drives.) Although its HDMI connection failed, the third HD TiVo has been holding up and providing good service on component video....knock wood, so I'm rather satisfied with it. I also have an old RCA HD DirecTV receiver and a standard definition RCA DirecTV receiver.
Have the new DirecTV MPEG4 DVRs worked out all their early problems?
Do they compare favorably with the HD TiVos?
I live in Sarasota, Florida and I'm interested in getting "local" HD stations (which I understand is the Tampa market). However, so far I haven't gone to the trouble of getting an outside OTA antenna to use with my current DirecTV receivers, mostly because I don't want to deal with the monstrously large antenna that would be necessary to pull in those distant Tampa stations.
Am I correct that the new HD DVR with the new dish would provide Sarasota with local (i.e. Tampa) HD stations without the need for an outside OTA antenna?
I know that MPEG4 will eventually replace MPEG2 and therefore my current HD tuners will at some unknown time in the future have to be upgraded. However, with the possible exception of local HD stations, and perhaps the ability to store more hours of MPEG4 content (50 hours versus 30 hours) I'm not aware of any obvious advantages of switching to the new HD DVR. Am I missing any other important considerations?
Would I have to immediately switch all my DirecTV receivers to new MPEG4 receivers if I replaced my HD TiVo in my home theater with a new HD DVR and had the new dish installed? I also have an old HDTV in my family room. It has RGBHV type high definition inputs, a type of VGA connection. Current HD receivers including the new DirecTV HD DVR don't provide suitable connections, so I would have to purchase some sort of transcoder to go from component video to VGA and hoped it would work.
Recently Verizon installed FiOS in our subdivision, but it hasn't been activated yet. Their new HD DVR seems to be having its share of problems as they rollout the new service. Can anyone share their experiences in switching from DirecTV to FiOS TV?
Verizon interests me because they are "promising" new interesting services, such as distributing HD programming recorded on an HD DVR to other HD receivers on a home network, and higher quality signals. Also I would be able to upgrade my Verizon DSL Internet service, and I believe I would receive a discount in switching my Verizon land line to a FiOS bundle of services.
The downside of going with Verizon is the crudeness of their new HD DVR, ongoing rollout problems, and the fact I would have to junk my DirecTV receivers and buy a transcoder to attach my old HDTV.
Is Verizon currently
offering more HD stations than DirecTV?
In summary, should I:
- Stay with my current DirecTV setup, until Verizon gets the bugs out of their rollout of FiOS TV and then switch to a bundle of Verizon services?
- Stay with my current DirecTV setup, until DirecTV makes good on their promises to have more than 100 HD stations, and then switch to the new HD DVR?
- Switch to Verizon now as soon as they activate our subdivison?
- Switch to the new DirecTV DVR now?
Sorry for all the questions, but I could use some advice from folks who have "been there, done that".
Ben: Very interesting interview, but it doesn't really leave us DirecTV subscribers with the "warm fuzzies", does it? DirecTV's recent advertisements about "having more stations" is also borderline deceptive.