I got the HDTivo. Either the H10 or the HR10-250 will be swapped for the similar equipment when necessary. (likely called the H20 and HR20-250) I wouldn't be surprised if the new HD DVR costs around $400, so it probably doesn't matter when you purchase. Except that if you purchase now, you can get HD DVR capability now.
I have the HD Tivo myself and I love it. I think you will too if you go that way. Only real complaint I have is slow menus and guides. Otherwise it works very well and the OTA HD tuners pull in channels my 2 previous units did not even see.
Only thing you should consider is this: I agree that D* will upgrade our older units at no cost, but that will not happen until the MPEG-4 locals are in your area. I'm not in a top 30 market so it will probably be a few years before we get the HD locals and therefore a few years until I get the free upgrade offer. If you are buying now expecting the upgrade soon, check your market. You may wind up waiting for awhile before you get the offer.
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I have been pushing DirecTV for years, sneering in disgust at the cable companies over their ridiculously poor picture and poor service.
Well, the service is the same, or worse, but DirecTV's is worse now, especially with installers, as I often have to schedule them for a time when I can be at the client's house to minimize the work they create for me.
But DirecTV cannot compete with the cable companies in my area for the number of channels and the relevancy of the channels available as HD. I mean, it is cooler to watch college TV on NBC, CBS and ABC than it is once more to count the number of hairs on a flea's left vesicle on DiscoveryHD, or on Mark Cuban's head on HDN. Just being able to approximate the number of players on the bench from the TV picture is stunning. And these pictures move, too!
But back to it. I am not a fan of DirecTV HD programming because of its limitations, so if I were buying HD, I would get the best set I could get right now and get an HD DVR.
Unless it were a MOXI box. Those should be grenaded. Imagine a modern box without a guide! And so slow!
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