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    I'm looking at getting a HD-DVR. We are using Directv as our provider and we were informed that if we buy (which is what I was going to do) the $399 HD-DVR that in order to use it there is a fee for it ($5) or we couldn't record anything. What the hell is that about? I thought it would act like a VCR and that if it had the ability to record it would. Does anybody have one? and are you paying a $5 per month fee to use it? I sure as hell am not going to pay that kind of money for a reciever and also have to pay a extra fee every month to use the damn thing.

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    Yes, sorry to say but thats the way it works. Same thing with DirecTivo, you pay a monthly fee.....

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    There are three PVRs, which even have ATSC OTA tuners built-in and are free, and these record in HD.

    Off the top of my head, I remember one: Sony DHG-HDD250. The other one was made by LG. Both are discontinued now, but are still available on ebay. There is a new one, which is coming out in the next couple of months, but I forgot the brand/model :).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lorthos View Post
    Yes, sorry to say but thats the way it works. Same thing with DirecTivo, you pay a monthly fee.....
    You'll be using DirecTv's "DVR interface" (which you don't have a choice right now) with that HD-DVR not Tivo's. Tivo's sleeping with DirecTv again and they'll be coming out with a HD Directivo here in about a year....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ViperZ View Post
    There are three PVRs, which even have ATSC OTA tuners built-in and are free, and these record in HD.

    Off the top of my head, I remember one: Sony DHG-HDD250. The other one was made by LG. Both are discontinued now, but are still available on ebay. There is a new one, which is coming out in the next couple of months, but I forgot the brand/model :).
    These aren't integrated with the receiver though....

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    For that reason alone, why not just pay the $5 fee per month and use theirs so when it crashes you can have them drop ship you a replacement. It might be slightly more for an HD DVR per month, but even if it's aroun $10 you get almost 3.5 years out of it before you're out any money really.......then there'll be something you want in place of it anyways..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lorthos View Post
    These aren't integrated with the receiver though....
    Nope, I don't think so, nor are they HD. One of the best non-subscription DVRs, from what I have heard, is the Philips HDD DVDR 3576H. It has a 160GB hard drive, editing capabilities (you can edit out the commercials), rudimentary "pause live TV" capabilities, and an upscaling DVD recorder. It certainly has its limits, but for $310 shipped from amazon.com, it's worth considering nonetheless, and it can do some things that none of the DVRs from the TV service providers can do. Wal-Mart also sell it, but I think it is being discontinued soon (Philips have no plans to replace it, apparently, but I have not been following this closely).

    Here in the U.S., our choice of HDD DVRs is incredibly limited compared to Europe. The cable and satellite guys have the whole market tied up.

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    You can get one now for $179.00 at Best Buy. Not sure why you were quoted so much.
    I have 2 of them, they are sweet in my opinion.
    Check out the review at Cnet to get more info.
    I know what you mean though...$5 per household for a DVR charge adds up after a long time...but cable and Dish have the same type of charge, although they may word it differently.
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    I thought they worked like a VCR, I didn't know you had to pay a fee to record that to me is just retarded. The signal passes through like a VCR except unstead of using a tape you are using a hard drive to record. I was looking at getting the HR21 Pro series by Directv but if I still have to pay a fee per month to record anything I'm just not too sure. If I go with their plan and I rent one instead of buying one the monthly fee would be $5 for the use of the service and $5 for the rental of a unit of their choice.


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    The fee is for the service, which includes the ability to record series, (and it will automatically change the time if needed), determine whether a show is a first run or repeat, and a whole slew of other things. This comes from the advanced program guide, which goes out for 14 days in advance. Dish TV, Directv, Comcast, TIVO, etc, all have a DVR service fee. The stand alone Tivo monthly fee is double what Directv charges.

    By the way, I wouldn't recommend buying the DVR. I would just lease it. That way, if it breaks, they replace it. DVRs are not known for their stout reliability. If you are a long time Directv user, you can negotiate to get the leased HDDVR for free, or maybe just a minimal install charge ($20?).

    I got two HDDVRs installed for about $120. One for the bedroom, one for the living room. They are both leased.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave shepard View Post
    I thought they worked like a VCR ...
    Only the very few (in the U.S.) independent products, such as the Philips mentioned above, work like a VCR, with some added advantages (editing, recording to a DVD, pause Live TV functions, upscaling standard DVDs to HD ...).

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