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Old 04-30-2007, 02:49 AM   #15
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We had the factory install a DishNet 942 which is high definition (front tv only), RF remotes, two receivers in one unit and DVR. No need for a DVR in the bedroom. We record everything and seldom watch live TV other than the news.

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Old 04-30-2007, 04:01 AM   #16
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Unlike TiVo, you only need a land line connection wth Direct-plus if you purchase ppv events.

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Old 04-30-2007, 06:54 PM   #17
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I saw the Direct-Plus Receivers with DVR and Direct-Plus HD receivers with DVR today at Circuit City.

I have an RCA HD receiver installed at the factory on my 06 that also routes all the cable TV and analog antenna through it.

Knowing what you know about yours, do you think I could do the Direct Plus swap for the RCA, or better yet, the Direct Plus HD swap for the RCA, and still be able to scan cable and analog channels with it into the receiver memory?

If so, I will try one of these receivers and see if I can swap it out.

Thanks for your input; it's very helpful--
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Old 05-01-2007, 07:47 AM   #18
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My DVR has no ability to scan cable or local broadcast into memory. It does have thru-puts for the outside inputs. To my knowledge, it can only record off the dish. The only concern I would have with a swap is to maintain cooling as the DVR has a hard drive that runs continuously.
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Old 05-01-2007, 11:01 AM   #19
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The DirecTV Tivo is the same thing. It has an input and output to pass through the antenna or cable signal, but it does not tune or record the signal. If your TV has a tuner, that might be of some value, but since the plasma is just a monitor with no tuner, you need something else to tune the cable or antenna. I trashed the VCR and use a DVD-R recorder for that.

Some Tivos can be modified to add a second fan to help cooling, but so far I have not found it necessary. It can show the internal temperature, and mine shows normal.
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Old 05-01-2007, 02:59 PM   #20
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I think I might still try the swap for the RCA Direct TV receiver in our '06. As long as it has thru-puts for the cable and antenna, I'm OK with that. I only care about recording off the satellite.

With the RCA Direct TV receiver I have to scan cable or antenna each time I move to a different location for them to work.

Circuit city has a Direct-Plus basic DVR for $99 so it's hard to go too wrong to give it a try, once I let Direct TV know what I'm doing so when I swap the unit and the card they can match the card to the new receiver serial number.

I'm not too concerned about cooling because I don't have much else in that cabinet -- the Xantrex receiver and my tank monitors. If it works fine, I might cut a fiew more nicely arranged air holes.
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Old 11-11-2007, 03:30 AM   #21
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Hi all. Hi Route 66, you said a telephone line is not needed to activate a newer model Directv receiver. Are you talking about a DVR model# HR21-700? Our 2008 dutchstar is just about built (waiting for completion of paint and inspection) and we were wondering how we go about activating the receivers?
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Old 11-11-2007, 04:10 AM   #22
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I have 2 standard definition DVRs, and my installer/dealer activated them by calling DirecTV.

It is my understanding that the HD DVRs are activated by phone also, according to my dealer.
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Old 11-11-2007, 07:57 AM   #23
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I assume that you are talking about having a telephone line connected to the receiver to operate it, like required at home. Both the receivers, DVR and standard do not require a telephone line to be hooked up to work in your RV. You will not be able to do some things like order special events from the receiver with out that connection, but watching regular programs will not be a problem. To activate the receivers, you do as Route 66 said and just call in.

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Since the latest post is over a year old, I want to check. We want to add a HD DVR receiver, both for home and the moho. We have DirectTV right now, with no phone line attached either place. What do we need to make it work? Costco has a deal on the receiver, $169, but I want to make sure it will work at home and on the road. Can you connect to a cell phone line to update? What kind of dish is required? We currently have the original dish we bought with the motorhome.
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I am currently chasing this issue myself. We have the MotoSat Slimline HD5 Satellite dish with the Directv HR21-700 in the motorhome. First, you need to have a 5 LNB dish with minimum 2 cables to feed the DVR. You need to purchase DVR monthly service.(5.99) If you want High Definition, you have to purchase HD Access.(9.99) You do not need a phone line attachment except for ordering PPV, but that can be done by computer.
I have a Hughes Model HTL-HD receiver at the house, but that will have to be upgraded to a newer receiver in order to receive the new High Definition Signal. It was coded as MPEG-2 but is now coded in MPEG-4 so my receiver won't decode the new HD Signal.
Oh well, I finally signed up for HD Access this AM..If it makes MM happy, so be it.
Costco has a deal on the receiver, $169,
Where did you find this, its not on the website?? and do you remember what brand receiver it is??

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