Originally Posted by davivers
I don't think there is a place yet to disuss DTV's new HD DVR since they no longer use TIVO (other than maybe the forum we are in right now)? Maybe AVS should start a new forum or rename this forum to make it more inclusive.
I am looking for a place to ask questions about DirecTV HD DVRs also. If there's a better place, please let me know.
I want to upgrade my gear (StdDef D* TiVo) to HD. I live in the SF Bay Area where they now have local HD channels on the new sat. Best Buy and Circuit City will sell me the old HR10-250 HD DVR but the new HD DVR for the new sat and local HD channels (HR20?) is not available. I called D* to ask about HD DVR and got bounced to Installation at 888-355-7530. This rep was very knowledgeable about HD and DVRs.
What I learned: 1)They do not have the new (HR20) HD DVR available, 2)They don't know the upgrade prices, 3)They had told people the estimated date it would be available, but apparently that's been changed and the reps are now supposed to tell callers they don't know when the new HD DVR will be available, 4)I can buy the new HD receiver (no DVR) now and will get the 5-LNB dish, but if I buy the old HR10-250 HD DVR, I will get the 3-LNB dish. If I do that, the upgrade to the new HD DVR will also require replacing the dish.
I made no attempt to negotiate and won't until I'm ready to buy. The stock offer on the HR10-250 is $649 (without OTA ant.), and I was told about 3 weeks after I activate the HD package and commit to 24 months of a Total Choice package, they will mail me a $200 rebate form for a net of $449.
I asked the rep if I'd be disappointed if I hoped they new HD DVR would be available by the end of March. He suggested I think more in terms of 7-10 months. He implied they are having heat problems on the new unit and have not finalized it yet. This seems to be different from what I'm reading elsewhere.
I can't live without a DVR, so I'm left with two options: 1)Buy a HR10-250 now and hope the upgrade price next year won't be too high. 2)Wait.
Can you experts set me straight if any of the above is wrong? Any advice?
Thanks very much from a HD newbie.