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I'm curious to hear from any of the new owners of this unit if that have successfully recorded any PPV HD material?
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Any improvement in the SD pic. quality?

Thanks,
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Really quiet in here for such a long awaited unit .

Quess they are having to much fun playing with their new bug free toy


Dish-921 ? hummmmmm, Game Over
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Originally posted by Graphics
I'm curious to hear from any of the new owners of this unit if that have successfully recorded any PPV HD material?
Yes I recorded Seabiscuit and it was fantastic. Stunning PQ and DD audio looked amazing on my 61" RCA Scenium DLP.
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Originally posted by jones07
Dish-921 ? hummmmmm, Game Over
You can't even say the HR10-250 killed the Dish 921 since Dish Network officially killed it themselves just before the HR10-250 shipped.
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No PQ loss at all between live HDTV and recorded HDTV. This box is amazing! Thank God I never switched to DISH or VOOM.
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Don't count Voom out of the fight yet. Voom is just warming up on the speed bag ;)
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The OTA reception seems to be slightly better than Toshiba DST-3000.

No major problems, except that I can no longer record "Wonderfalls". :p

Hong.
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Its quiet because everyone is posting on Tivo forum.
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Why can't you record Wonderfalls?
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Wonderfalls was cancelled. You can't record what isn't broadcast.
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It looks like they didn't bother to offer the Home Media Option! What a shame! Could have been the Killer Box! At least its out finally.
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The home media option requires the USB ports to be active, which they aren't yet. I wonder if we'll ever see them activated at this point, since they still aren't on the SD models either.

Anyone got ideas on when regular retail outlets will begin carrying it?
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How much is this box and can I buy and use it without using Direct TV?
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Any improvement in the SD pic. quality?
Personally, I will never use this unit for SD.

My only non-obvious observation is that the unit's RF input is easily overloaded. I had to add an attenuator.

My obvious observation: It's an HD TiVo -- with dual Sat and dual ATSC inputs -- and it works!!!

See the TiVo forum if you want lots of postings.
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Is this unit a true HD tuner too?

If so, does it have an active firewire output per FCC regulations?
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> How much is this box and can I buy and use it without using Direct TV?

MSRP: $999 (actualy price you end up paying, it depends). It won't record without a DirecTV account activation. You can use it as an OTA ATSC receiver, though.

> Is this unit a true HD tuner too?

Yes.

> If so, does it have an active firewire output per FCC regulations?

No. First, it's not regulation, it's a FCC mandate (that is, not a law). Second, that mandate only applies to cable companies that signed it.

Hong.
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I would love to hear how this box compares in tuner sensitivity to samsungs and sonys. Not much info over on the tivo forum on that. Also, is it possible to stretch 4:3 digital ota with bars to fit a 16:9 tv while in 1080i? On some boxes you can trick it by saying you have a 4:3 tv and then hitting zoom or expand. The samsung stbs do this. Hope all are enjoying their new toy. Jeff
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Originally posted by jeffthurmont
I would love to hear how this box compares in tuner sensitivity to samsungs and sonys. Not much info over on the tivo forum on that. Also, is it possible to stretch 4:3 digital ota with bars to fit a 16:9 tv while in 1080i? On some boxes you can trick it by saying you have a 4:3 tv and then hitting zoom or expand. The samsung stbs do this. Hope all are enjoying their new toy. Jeff
I think the OTA tuners in the HR10-250 are equal to or just slightly better than the Zenith HD-SAT520. I find the one fronge signal I get break sup a lot less often with the HR10-250 than it did on the Zenith.

I've not tried the combination, but setting the HR10-250 up identifying your TV as 4:3 then selecting a 480i or 480p output format should allow most televisions with a zoom to use the zoom; this would generally fill up the screen with the 4:3 material.

But you've probably lost a bit in the translation. Since the unit had to add bars above and below, and then deliver that over a 480-line signal, you've shrunk the picture resolution that was available down to something you're then going to zoom in on back to "full screen".
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Doug, how does the unit stretch 4:3 non HD material? Is it non-linear and of a quality comparable to the Sony/Zenith combos?
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Thanks Doug, Very good news about the tuner. The Zenith model you referred to is highly regarded in picking up hard signals. So I am assuming that the tivo will not stretch 1080i ota signal with bars to fit a 16:9 tv? The only way to do this is by lowering the rate to 480p or i and letting your set handle the zoom. Thanks again
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I'd be all over this box if it had firewire, but that's already been discussed to death here. Glad to hear it's pretty nice otherwise.
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Originally posted by hollismb
Anyone got ideas on when regular retail outlets will begin carrying it?
Good Guys on West Coast supposed to be 4/28, most already spoken for via preorders. Unsure on BB and CC, have heard sometime in May.

daniel
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Originally posted by Ken Ross
Doug, how does the unit stretch 4:3 non HD material? Is it non-linear and of a quality comparable to the Sony/Zenith combos?
It has a non-linear stretch that I find I prefer to use to watch 4:3 material. It's a combination of a non-linear stretch and a slight zoom, so you are losing a bit off the top and bottom, however I find it's approximately what I'd have lost on a CRT-based display. Funny thing is I never noticed that slight zoom until tonight when I *paused* the HR10-250 and studied the differences. :)

I never use the Zenith's non-linear stretch modes; I don't really even remember if it's different than what the P50 does. Since mostly I use the Zenith only when watching HD material and a SAT-T60 with SD material, it never really even occurred to me to remember there was a non-linear stretch on it.

Now, I could certainly always have paused using the Zenith HD-SAT520, but using pause on that receive seems kinda pointless since when you unpause you've missed everything that was on while paused so I always forget it's there.
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I would like to archive the occaisonal recorded program onto a DVD.

Can I use the 480p output of the HR10-250 to input to my DVD recorder? I'm assuming that this will downsample any HD programming so that it can be recorded onto a DV-R...
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Originally posted by ganleybob
I would like to archive the occaisonal recorded program onto a DVD.

Can I use the 480p output of the HR10-250 to input to my DVD recorder? I'm assuming that this will downsample any HD programming so that it can be recorded onto a DV-R...
The short answer is "nope." You could do it with 480i though, and then set your dvd playback to 480p.

daniel
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I have pre ordered the HD Tivo HR10-250, but I have not yet purchased a HD TV. I have looked at the Sony Grand Wega 42 inch LCD projection and it looked pretty good. What considerations should I take into account before purchasing a HD TV so that it would be the most compatable TV with the HD Tivo HR10-250.
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So i finally got a 61" Sony Grand Wega and I ordered HD from Direct TV. But now that the Tivo HD is out, what do I do? Once they install the regular receiver, i'll be stuck with it. So when the TIVO HD is bought, i'm stuck with a receiver and no tv, directv won't seem to take the original back even if only a few weeks later. This seems ridiculous since I can't get the TIVO in time so i'm forced to get the regular receiver or wait with no receiver till tivo is out. Any ideas?
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Originally posted by agn
So i finally got a 61" Sony Grand Wega and I ordered HD from Direct TV. But now that the Tivo HD is out, what do I do? Once they install the regular receiver, i'll be stuck with it. So when the TIVO HD is bought, i'm stuck with a receiver and no tv, directv won't seem to take the original back even if only a few weeks later. This seems ridiculous since I can't get the TIVO in time so i'm forced to get the regular receiver or wait with no receiver till tivo is out. Any ideas?
you could put the regular receiver on eBay.
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