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steel6 is offline Old Post 01-17-2004 09:10 PM
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Just pre-ordered mine and added the Harmony remote. Anyone hazarding a guess as to what the pre-order count is right now?

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Just pre-ordered as well. One would hope that if the system accepts the order then you must be inside of the first 350. One would hope. I am also seriously looking forward to getting the Harmony remote.

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quote:
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Just pre-ordered mine and added the Harmony remote. Anyone hazarding a guess as to what the pre-order count is right now?


My mid-afternoon yesterday (Friday), they were up to about 100 pre-orders.

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I just pre-ordered as well

hopefully i am within the 350 person limit.

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$999 minus $100 discount still too much

According to the latest news on PVRLOG www dot pvrblog dot com, street price for the unit will be between $699 and $899. So while his offer is good, it's apparently not the best there is going to be.

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I just placed my order. Due to the $999 price, I was going to wait. But I'm a sucker for $100 off.

Can you guys help me figure out what else I'm going to need? I currently have a single LNB dish going to a 2 x 4 switch which in turn feeds 2 DirecTiVo receivers. I want to keep the upstairs DirecTiVo box as is, and use the HD box downstairs.

I think DirecTV will upgrade my dish for free after rebate once I subscribe to the HD package.

What switch do I need? With my 2 lines coming into the downstairs receiver, is it possible to use both my current DirecTiVo receiver along with the new one? I'm not sure if that would be worth it though. It might be too confusing. I was thinking I could use my existing DirecTiVo box for recording non-HD stuff.

Other than that, I guess I need to get an antenna for the attic. According to antennaweb.com, I should be able to get all my locals but I'll probably have to get a pretty big antenna.

Oh yeah, for my TV.... I have a Sony KV-32HS500 (gotta go bigger later on). It has a DVI input and according to the manual "Can accomodate a copy-protected digital connection (HDCP) to other devices that have compatible interfaces". Do I still need an adapter?

Edit: I'm reading the FAQ again, so maybe I'll be able to answer my own questions. Sorry!

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Re: $999 minus $100 discount still too much

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According to the latest news on PVRLOG www dot pvrblog dot com, street price for the unit will be between $699 and $899. So while his offer is good, it's apparently not the best there is going to be.

Robert



I believe "the street" they were referring to was HERE. $699-899 was bandied about BEFORE the official DirecTV release. Also the different size machines were also talked about here but announcement of any other size has not been made.

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I just placed my order. Due to the $999 price, I was going to wait. But I'm a sucker for $100 off.

Can you guys help me figure out what else I'm going to need? I currently have a single LNB dish going to a 2 x 4 switch which in turn feeds 2 DirecTiVo receivers. I want to keep the upstairs DirecTiVo box as is, and use the HD box downstairs.

I think DirecTV will upgrade my dish for free after rebate once I subscribe to the HD package.

What switch do I need? With my 2 lines coming into the downstairs receiver, is it possible to use both my current DirecTiVo receiver along with the new one? I'm not sure if that would be worth it though. It might be too confusing. I was thinking I could use my existing DirecTiVo box for recording non-HD stuff.

Other than that, I guess I need to get an antenna for the attic. According to antennaweb.com, I should be able to get all my locals but I'll probably have to get a pretty big antenna.

Oh yeah, for my TV.... I have a Sony KV-32HS500 (gotta go bigger later on). It has a DVI input and according to the manual "Can accomodate a copy-protected digital connection (HDCP) to other devices that have compatible interfaces". Do I still need an adapter?

Edit: I'm reading the FAQ again, so maybe I'll be able to answer my own questions. Sorry!

I don't think you'll have to change too much. When you add HD, DirecTV will provide a 3-LNB dish and install (either free or for a minimal price -- which right now you could get WITH a standard DirecTV HD receiver for only $99 so maybe you should do that now since getting the dish alone seems to be around $50-$70 with shipping).

The DirecTV HD DVR just needs two lines from the multiswitch, so if you're replacing an existing DirecTV DVR, you've already got the lines run. If you get the standard HD receiver and satellite dish now, you should tell them you have 5 tuners total and will need a 5x8 multiswitch (which as I understand they usually throw in for you as part of the install -- making that $99 HD deal really good).

As for antennas, unless you've got some VHF digital stations, the Channel Master 4228 seems to be among the more popular around here because of it's compact size; you should also consider a Channel Master 7777 or 7775 preamp, and possibly a rotator. www.warrenelectronics.com is where I bought my antenna equipment. Get all this installed now and you'll be plug-and-go when the DirecTV HD DVR is out.

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According to the latest news on PVRLOG www dot pvrblog dot com, street price for the unit will be between $699 and $899. So while his offer is good, it's apparently not the best there is going to be.

Robert



I am sure this is not a reliable prediction on the "street price" of the HD-DVR250. The prediction goes on to say.. "depending on manufacturer and HD capacity", which manufacturers and what different HD capacities could they be talking about? Further the low end of the "Street price" is far below my actual true net cost. As with all new high-tech products I am sure we will see a price drop after 6-12 months of market exposure.

Here's the exact quote. Interesting they are also quoting and linking to TC. Very flattering to all of us.
"Word on the street is that the units will cost somewhere around $699-899 depending on storage space and manufacturer. If any of the above technical jargon sounds like greek to you, the best source of background info on it is the TiVo Community board's new section devoted to HD TiVo, and more specifically the FAQ on all things HDTV TiVo and DirecTiVo. It does a great job explaining everything known about the upcoming units, what kind of hardware you'll need, what channels you'll get, and how it will operate."

BTW we're up to 163 advance orders as of 1/17/04 1:42 PM.

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Don't think there are any Good Guys stores out here in California. Are they similar to Circuit City or Frys ?

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Good Guys stores are all over Los Angeles... it's the same as Best Buy or Circuit City.

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HDMI to DVI Conversion

OK, I jumped on the bandwagon early this morning. So, how are we gonna convert from HDMI to DVI? Geffen has a 10 foot HDMI to DVI cable for $60, but I already have a 10 foot DVI cable installed to the projector. Is there a connector adaptor available?

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Re: HDMI to DVI Conversion

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OK, I jumped on the bandwagon early this morning. So, how are we gonna convert from HDMI to DVI? Geffen has a 10 foot HDMI to DVI cable for $60, but I already have a 10 foot DVI cable installed to the projector. Is there a connector adaptor available?

The HD-DVR250 comes with a HDMI - DVI cable. You may need a gender changer.

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Thanks for the reply on the HDMI to DVI cable - good news. Have you guys reached 300 pre-orders yet?

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There are lots of Good Guys in California.

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Thanks for the reply on the HDMI to DVI cable - good news. Have you guys reached 300 pre-orders yet?


No, we're at approximately 175, the half way mark.

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Thanks for this thread guys!

I'm in too... Had sent Robert a PM several days ago about a pre-order but he didn't get it.... so thanks for this link.

The BEST part about all of this?..... I live 5 minutes away from his store!!! I'll be able to pick mine up as soon as he gets his shipment. He say's he should be getting all 300 in at once!

Looks like I'll have mine up and running the same day! The wires are all ready to be plugged out of my old SAT-T60 and into the HD-DVR250!

Aaron



Aaron,

I assume we can all depend upon you to give us a first impression review on the installation and quality of the unit?

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