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Tivo vs Directv HD DVR

post #1 of 7
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Looking at getting a HD DVR tuner and noticed Directv wants a $5.00/mth DVR fee in conjunction with their DVR.

If I get a Tivo will they still charge me that monthly fee?

Thanks
post #2 of 7
Yes. And you can't use it with satellite.
post #3 of 7
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Thanks Ramm.


post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by Rammitinski View Post

Yes. And you can't use it with satellite.

Did you mean that you can't use it to receive terrestrial broadcasts (OTA)? It has to work on the satellite...
post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by Josh@dvdo View Post

Did you mean that you can't use it to receive terrestrial broadcasts (OTA)? It has to work on the satellite...

He was referring to the TivoHD and Tivo Series3. Those don't support satellite.

They do support cable and OTA HD.
post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by Josh@dvdo View Post

Did you mean that you can't use it to receive terrestrial broadcasts (OTA)? It has to work on the satellite...

Tivo-HD and Series-3 only receive NTSC, ATSC, and QAM signals via their built in tuners they do not have an analog or digital video input, nor do they have any means of controlling an external tuner of any type.

So they will not work with a satellite receiver or a cable box.

If you want an HD DVR for Direct TV or Dish Network you will have to get it from them or build it yourself using a computer and capture cards.

Standard def Tivo's (series 1 and 2) will work with any type of external tuner as long as it has the right I/R codes to control the box via I/R blaster. I used my old series 1 with a high def cable box. The cable box output a down scaled composit video of teh HD progams. Sure it was not HD but it looked really good, much better than a standard channel's standard video output.
post #7 of 7
You can use a Tivo Hughes unit, but it will only do Mpeg 2 and you won't receive all the newer HD channels from DirecTV. If you buy it, they should only charge you for the service.... The Hughes unit does OTA, but the new HR21 are adding a device in Feb, that will allow you to use a OTA Ant.... Also hopefully Tivo and DTV have had more talks about adding them on the lineup again as far as a provider of boxes goes...
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