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HR21 HD DVR Satellite Receiver

HR21 HD DVR Satellite Receiver
alaScore 63

64 reviews

Apr, 2014

  • No negative mentions yet

alaTest has collected and analyzed 64 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the finish. The image quality also gets good views.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the HR21 HD DVR Satellite Receiver is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 63/100 = Good quality.

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(Based on 64 reviews)

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Review: DirecTV HR21-PRO HD DVR

 

The DirecTV HR21-Pro boasts a whopping 500GB internal hard drive. This equates to a recording capacity of up to 100 hours of MPEG4 HD content or 65 hours of MPEG2 HD. MPEG4 video utilizes a newer and more efficient compression algorithm which means...

If you're considering a move to DirecTV, their high def channel offerings are among the best of what's out there. At press time, the Plus HD DVR Package was delivering 35 national HD channels plus locals in HD where available

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DirecTV HR21 HD DVR

 

Introduction My father is pretty high-tech for a guy in his early sixties. He has an iPhone and can make his Mac laptop jump through hoops, including wirelessly pumping music (and often vintage jingles from his days as a program director at WIBG in...

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"Worst DVR features out of the three units I have"

 

If I had it to do over again, I would not go ... 

clarity is good and that is about it

Everything. Went to delete a series and ended up deleting everything. My Tivo units have recently deleted function to recover. Herky jerky scroll is terrible and the remote is overengineered

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"Unreliable - replay usually cuts on and off"

 

Beware - only a 90 day warrantee. Overall no... 

Easy to use, intuitive controls

Replay is often OK for the first several minutes, then becomes intermittent with sound and video cutting on and off making it about impossible to watch

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"Pretty amazing device!!"

 

The DVR has transformed TV. It is simple to u... 

Don't understand what all the negativity is about. This DVR records beautiful HDTV and has a huge storage drive. The convenience features are too numerous to list, but it does practically ANYTHING that you NEED. In 2 years have had NO problems

My ONLY complaint: does not have a decent SLOW MOTION mode

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DirecTV HR21 (DirecTV Plus HD DVR)

 

The DVR has transformed TV. It is simple to use, much unlike the old VCR. I can set it with a few pushes of a button on the remote to record my favorite program SERIES without concern of "taping" over another program. I will certainly be amazed at a...

Don't understand what all the negativity is about. This DVR records beautiful HDTV and has a huge storage drive. The convenience features are too numerous to list, but it does practically ANYTHING that you NEED. In 2 years have had NO problems

My ONLY complaint: does not have a decent SLOW MOTION mode

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DirecTV HR21 (DirecTV Plus HD DVR)

 

Beware - only a 90 day warrantee. Overall not worth the incentives Directv offers to (buy/lease) use this piece of gear. Extended coverage expensive and goes on forever on your bill.

Easy to use, intuitive controls

Replay is often OK for the first several minutes, then becomes intermittent with sound and video cutting on and off making it about impossible to watch

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DirecTV HR21 (DirecTV Plus HD DVR)

 

If I had it to do over again, I would not go with this DVR. Direct TV is a good service provider for me but this unit is terrible. I have only had it for 3 months but I am already not a fan. I also have Tivo DVR's that are not HD and they are better...

clarity is good and that is about it

Everything. Went to delete a series and ended up deleting everything. My Tivo units have recently deleted function to recover. Herky jerky scroll is terrible and the remote is overengineered

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DirecTV HR21 (DirecTV Plus HD DVR)

 

After using a TIVO recorder for 6 years, I switched to HD/DVR with DirectTV when I bought my flat screen. I was actually warned by the DirectTV phone representative (imagine being warned) that the quality of the equipment would be inferior and not to...

Video HD quality is excellent. HD receiver in bedroom works great without a DVR. But HD DVR in family room is a dismal pathetic second class piece of equipment and that's putting it politely

There is nothing I like about this product. Nothing

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DirecTV HR21 (DirecTV Plus HD DVR)

 

Delayed processing of remote commands causes the DVR to kip to the end of the recording, completely spoiling any suspense or sporting match.

DirecTV service is pretty good, which has nothing to do with the performance of this terrible excuse for a DVR. Yes, it records and plays back HD

No Suggestions (it will ONLY record what you directly tell it to)

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Product Specifications

The DIRECTV HD DVR delivers you the ultimate in 100% digital-quality DIRECTV programming. Add the DIRECTV HD package and DVR service and you get the best choice and widest selection of high-definition programming and the convenience of digital video recording in one unit. Images are sharper. Colors are brighter. Sound is crisper. And now they can be recorded. The easy-to-use search function enables you to locate exactly what you want to watch or record. Take a look at all the features and benefits and get ready to enjoy maximum entertainment. DIRECTV HR21 HD DVR Satellite Receiver In Black - HR21700/ Standard-Definition And High Definition Enabled/ Record Up To 200 Hrs Of SD Or 50 Hours Of HD (MPEG-4) Programming/ 2 Satellite Tuners/ Advanced Program Guide/ 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i Picture Output And Multiple Screen Formats Supported
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