Originally Posted by bergerong
Has anyone on this forum gone from the H20 hd receiver to the HR20 hd DVR? I am thinking about doing that but I have heard there are issues with the HR20 OTA tuners. Apparently Directv has recently activated the HR20 OTA tuner. I would like to hear what your experiences have been with the HR20 OTA tuner. I am not impressed with the H20 I currently lease. That receiver has serious issues with some of the local channels especially KHOU (ie, dropouts every 28 seconds). Does anyone know who makes the HR20 and how good is it for the Houston OTA channels? I would like to stay with OTA for all my local channels since Directv hd channels are very soft....
So far, based on our viewing habits with the new HDTV, we could drop two of our D* receivers and never miss them. Our old TIVO (series-1 mind you) is paired-up with an old D* 420RE and everything we TIVO is SD and available OTA. Why I continue paying for that receiver? Beats me. Stupid I guess. The new H20 is somewhat of a POS, in part because of OTA problems with KHOU and in part because its human interface is inarguably the least intuitive of any D* receiver we've ever owned. To sum it up in 5 words, we hate the damn thing. A buddy of mine just got the new HR20 and hates his for the same reason. Interface is a kludge.
About the only thing we watch on the new set with any regularity is OTA. Why I ever let myself get talked into subbing to their HD package escapes me. We watch those channels so very seldom, plus I hear they're moving to MPEG-4 later this year.
That's not good news. The current (new) MPEG-4 compressed locals are annoying to watch because of the massive amount of compression artifacts (noticed mostly in sports). If that's any preview of what the rest of the HD lineup is going to look like, then goodbye D*. Thank goodness we can get all our locals OTA. Apologies for this post sounding so negative, but from my perspective the new D* HD equipment brings little to the table and leaves a lot to be desired. We're very disappointed in it.
I just re-subbed to HBO, but only to get the last half of the final season of The Sopranos. Once the Sopranos are gone we'll be dropping HBO.
The wife is hooked on the Lifetime movie channels, Hallmark, Biography, Court-TV, etc. & I enjoy MSNBC and some of the other cable/sat-only channels, so we'll keep the D* sub on a couple receivers, but after The Sopranos final season wraps up I'm going to look into breaking my D* contract on the H20. That thing is junk.
AT&T should have FIOS in our neighborhood next summer, so perhaps that's what I'll try next. I would prefer not to go back to Cable. Been there and done that.