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December 6, 2012 6:49:01 PM

I have HDDVR in my den by DirecTV. I have a basic cable box in my bedroom and therefore cannot watch the HD only channels I get on my other TV. What do I need to buy to get HD in my bedroom. I am not interested in spending a lot of money since we might watch it 30 minutes a night.
December 6, 2012 7:02:26 PM

A HD cable box.
December 6, 2012 7:04:31 PM

Well I'm not exactly sure if this is the cheapest route but you may want to look into this. CETON makes a pci-e express cable card solution. And what you do is you buy a card. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and you obtain a cable card through the cable/satellite company if they offer them. And pretty much what you do by doing this is eliminate your need for a cable box you don't need a fancy box with a DVR because what you can do is have your PC be your DVR. The only thing you would need to have your TV work with this is a media extender like a xbox 360. You save money over time because you don't have to pay for a DVR and you eliminate the cost of a cable box.

A little video explaining it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MEBHVjIu_o
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December 6, 2012 8:00:54 PM

The real question is why do you have Directv and cable? Just drop the cable and tell Directv you want to add another room. It will cost you $5 a month. They may want to charge you for installing the new box ( the HD receiver will be free ) but I would bet if you tell them you will drop cable they will install it free. If you can't convince them the install would be about $30 if I recall correctly. Either way it will be as cheap or cheaper than trying to do it any other way and you will certainly have better channels.
December 6, 2012 8:37:32 PM

Well I would wait and see if he actually has cable and satellite do you? I think what he means is they have a basic top box in a room and a HD DVR box in another.
December 6, 2012 9:02:03 PM

anort3 said:
The real question is why do you have Directv and cable? Just drop the cable and tell Directv you want to add another room. It will cost you $5 a month. They may want to charge you for installing the new box ( the HD receiver will be free ) but I would bet if you tell them you will drop cable they will install it free. If you can't convince them the install would be about $30 if I recall correctly. Either way it will be as cheap or cheaper than trying to do it any other way and you will certainly have better channels.



Bigshooter's reply is correct. Sorry I used cable as a descriptor not a technology.
December 6, 2012 9:09:29 PM

I thought as much. No one in the right mind pays for both :p 
December 6, 2012 9:54:39 PM

Have you asked Directv to upgrade you to an HD box? They upgraded all my non DVR boxes to the HD model as part of their regular ongoing upgrades. Years ago when they upgraded everyone to the single Slimline dish. They don't even have an SD only box anymore. Everyone gets the HD boxes.
December 7, 2012 8:34:08 PM

anort3, thank you. I got the free upgrade. You'rr are the best!

bigsootr8, thanks for understanding my issue. You're the best!
December 8, 2012 12:28:33 AM

I love my Directv. They are pretty good at customer service too as long as you are willing to pester them a bit. Glad you got it worked out!
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