<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Baby Bear:
We use DirecTv and there really isn't enough HD signals (on channels we watch) to justify the costs of upgrading the receivers. Most local stations are using HD and it is GREAT!
I bought a brand new in the box Directv HR10-250 (from e-bay) because it has tivo - running under Linux and thus is very "hackable" (note I mean size increase etc. and moving content around not theft of service), has dual "off air" tuners and directv HD programming for movies etc. I am installing a computer flat screen display for HD display. I use a hand aligned dish on the road (Align-a-site for set up works great!). Using Sat finder software (freeware) to take GPS co-ords and spot satellites. Usually, 10-20 min set-up. So far we even get all the home channels as well when on the road. Never have had it running while travelling down the road (don't see the need) and the portable dish means I can park the rig where it's best and then hunt for a spot for the dish. This has come in handy several times in wooded campgrounds.
I upgraded the HDVR to 1000 gigabytes for $500.00(larger drives self hacked) that gives me 120 hours (give or take) of HD programming storage (plenty of HBO movies etc.)
Between trips, I set the box up at home (using the portable dish in back yard) and set it to record a ton of movies. When we hit the road, we have plenty of movies and favorite shows (PBS HD anyone?
) to watch if the off air or sat sig are not available.
I am rigging up a flat panel computer monitor to display HD in rig. Til that is complete, I feed composite video to the exisiting 27" Sony screen and it is still great. I feed the audio to the IN dash Multi-speaker amplifier via the Aux inputs and get psuedo-5.1 stereo too. It'll do til I work out the details for the new amp. etc.
Just one person's "solution" Oh Yes, the Flat panel works great for tailgating Now! HD football telecasts are fabulous!
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