Originally posted by StormCrow2002
Thanks for your response. The local stations northeast of me now broadcast in HD and your saying I will be able top plug my HD OTA antenna into the HD DirecTv Receiver and receive both DirecTv and OTA HD signals on my new Hitachi 57SWX20B tv? Does your Toshiba receiver have a program guide and when your in the guide can you still see the last channel you were on in a smaller screen?
Look forward to hearing from you, I'm new at this High Def thing and want to do it right the first time and get the best features.
Yes, all the DirecTV receivers that I'm aware of have both Sat input and antenna input. In the guide, my Tosh has the APG (Advanced Program Guide). It shows the local stations via antenna (analog & Digital) and the Sat data. My guide has a transpearancy, so you can see the show behind the guide screen. I've have tried several receivers and settled on the Toshiba DST3000. This receiver has two sister receivers that have the exact some insides in a different case. I don't have model numbers handy, but one is made my Hughes, and the other is a Mitsubishi. So no matter which you choose, your getting the same insides. I tried the original Sony model I think it was an HD100, and it had a nasty loud fan and the guide was really slow. I returned that unit for a Panasonic (not sure of model), and this thing really bothered me. The guide was deathly slow! So I finally settled on the Toshiba, was has an extremely fast guide and so far has worked out great. There is a new lineup of HD receivers being released as we speak. I just got my Dad to buy the newest Samsung (I think SIR-160). This seems like a really nice box. I wish I could trade him for my Tosh. It has extremely fast response and has DVI outputs as well. There is a new Toshiba, Zenith, & Sony box being are already relased soon. I would probably choose one of these second generation HD receivers if I was going to buy one right now. They don't seem to be giving such a great price break on the first gen units like mine. The new ones seem to have faster processors and have more options as far as outputs go. Some are also supposed to have firewire outputs for future recording options. I'd say either way you look at it, your looking at around $600 for a receiver.