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post #1 of 7
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I am pretty sure that I want to switch from Comcast HD to Direct TV. From all that I have read here and heard from others, I am inclined to think that my new Pioneer Pro-111FD plasma will utilize the improved signal and I also have heard that the audio is much better too. What I am looking for from the forum are any suggestions as to what I should or should not request in the way of equipment,etc. to assure that I get the best service that I can. I want to use the HD DVR with the KURO Elite, and for now I only need an SD box for the BRM and for the under counter TV in the kitchen. However, we don't use a STB for the kitchen as my wife needs the space. Also, we live in a very rainy part of coastal Georgia, so I'm wondering if I should prepare for an OTA "backup" plan. If I do try for the OTA, how do I do that best? I called one of the toll free numbers from their website over the weekend and was told (after I asked) that the HR22 was the latest HD DVR. Is this true? Also, I have access to a family cabin and have heard that if I pay for a "didh" to be installed there, I can use one of my STBs there without having to pay any additional monthly service charge. Can anyone share their knowledge of this sort of arrangement? Thanks for any help or advice
post #2 of 7
"Also, I have access to a family cabin and have heard that if I pay for a "didh" to be installed there, I can use one of my STBs there without having to pay any additional monthly service charge"

RVers do this all the time. They have a portable dish or roof mounted unit. Grab a STB from the house and they are set.

If you travel to far you may loose you local channels as they are spot beamed. You may travel out of the spot.

Re: OTA
The coast is flat so, depending where you live, you may be able to receive signals from two citys.(Savannah & Jax) That is the front side and back side of you antenna.

Can't help much with your other questions.
post #3 of 7
Basically if you order from Directv, you get whatever the installer has on the truck. There's real no function difference between the HR2X DVR's other then the HR20 has a built in ATSC tuner and is no longer available.

For your SD sets, you'll need an STB for both if you want to watch different programming on each one.

For OTA, I'd look for a local antenna installer or check the local reception info section for a thread for your DMA to get advice from others around you as to what type of antenna you may need. You can also go to tvfool.com and enter your address then post your digital only results here for further assistance.
post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by LabLuvr View Post

What I am looking for from the forum are any suggestions as to what I should or should not request in the way of equipment,etc. to assure that I get the best service that I can.

Can't really request anything. They'll bring what they have.

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However, we don't use a STB for the kitchen as my wife needs the space.

Can you connect the kitchen TV to another STB somehow? All outputs are active at all times, so you could have the Pio hooked up via HDMI and the kitchen hooked up via composite.

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Also, we live in a very rainy part of coastal Georgia, so I'm wondering if I should prepare for an OTA "backup" plan. If I do try for the OTA, how do I do that best?

I live in Tornado alley in Texas where we get our fair share of storms and I rarely lose my signal. When I do, it's never for more than 5 minutes.

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I called one of the toll free numbers from their website over the weekend and was told (after I asked) that the HR22 was the latest HD DVR. Is this true?

The HR23 is the latest, but they're pretty similar. Regarding OTA, if you really want it, you'll probably also have to buy an AM21 ($50) that basically attaches to the DVR and allows for the processing of OTA signals.
post #5 of 7
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Thanks to all for your help. Sorry for the delay in a reply, I had to go out for a while. Does this AM21 that was mentioned require any monthly payment? Should I request this in advance and have it installed aling with the rest of the system? If I get a dish for the cabin, what soes that typically cost? BTW, the cabin is about an hour from our home in Savannah, and as such I would be viewing the Savannah local stations etc. From what I remember, I believe that I have to call in advance and request that our service be temporarily suspended and then reactivated once we arrive at the cabin. That seems a rather convoluted process, but perhaps that's how it works??? We have a decent antenna there now (rotator, signal booster, etc.), so I might just buy a DTV converter and call it a day. It just seems tempting to get all those channels with VOD, movies, sports, etc.
post #6 of 7
"Does this AM21 that was mentioned require any monthly payment?"

No

"Should I request this in advance and have it installed aling with the rest of the system?"

If you want an ATSC tuner integrated into your DVR for OTA reception yes. If your TV happens to have an ATSC tuner built in and you're not worried about recording OTA, no.

"If I get a dish for the cabin, what soes that typically cost?"

You'll probably need to order your own dish and install it yourself or have a private installer do it

"From what I remember, I believe that I have to call in advance and request that our service be temporarily suspended and then reactivated once we arrive at the cabin."

No, just bring the receiver along and hook it up to the dish and it should work.
post #7 of 7
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Thanks again to all for your help. I hope that I can return the favor at some point. I'm not sure about the tuner in my TV, as it's new for me. It's a Pioneer Elite PRO-111FD. I know that it has a tuner, but I'm embarrased to say that I'm not sure exactly what it is It would be nice to be able to record something that might come up OTA. Now I guess I have to find out what kind of antenna I'll need It's only money
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