Originally Posted by StuSuss
I hope those who read this forum will assist me by answering these questions.
1. I have an old style monitor which receives HD signals only through a VGA input. The HR10-250 does not have a VGA output. Therefore, if I purchase this unit, it will be to use as a standard definition DVR until I am upgraded to the MPEG 4 equivalent. Has anyone seen the specs for the DirecTV MPEG 4 DVR? Specifically, will it have a VGA output? If not, being forced to invest in a component to VGA transcoder, will reduce the price benefit of this deal.
2. I see the HR10-250 described as a dual tuner DVR. I have two monitors in close proximity to each other. Could I feed separate signals to each monitor from the HR10-250 so that I could watch different programs at the same time, both fed from the HR10-250? If so, I could utilize one receiver instead of two, saving the $5 mirroring fee, so that the $6 DVR fee would be only a one dollar monthly increase over my current payment. Will this be possible?
1. You can use a VGA to component breakout cable to hook up the DVR to your TV. This should give you an HD feed, although there may be some idiosyncrasy about your TV that prevents it from working. (Can't imagine what this might be if your VGA input accepts video and not just computer signals, but sometimes equipment just doesn't work well together.) Worth a try anyway, as the cables can be purchased on the internet for about $10.
Details on the new box are a pretty well guarded secret (if they have even been finalized yet), but it's a pretty safe guess that the new DVR will not have a VGA out either.
2. The HR10-250 uses two tuners to record two programs at once, but it does not permit two different output signals. Only one HD output (component or HDMI) is active at one time. If you hook up the HDMI, the component output is disabled. Although it can provide multiple SD feeds, they will all be the same.
It actually have four tuners, two for satellite, two for OTA. From a user standpoint they integrate seamlessly. You can record any two sources (D* and/or OTA) at one time, but you may only view one.