DIRECTV H20 HDTV Satellite Receiver

MPEG-4 - 1080i - 225 Channels - MPN: H20
Product Details
Description
High-Definition DIRECTV receiver receives and decodes digital standard-definition and HDTV signals from DIRECTV satellite broadcasts and local over-the-air broadcasts (antenna required) receives digital TV broadcasts in 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i selectable 480i/480p/720p/1080i output via HDMI and component video built-in ATSC tuner receives over-the-air digital broadcasts (antenna required) searchable 7-day program guide on-screen caller ID (when connected via phone line) satellite and antenna inputs 2 sets audio/video outputs (2 composite, 1 S-video, 1 component video, 1 HDMI) optical digital audio output passes Dolby Digital audio 1 USB interface for future use phone jack RF/IR multibrand audio/video remote (can control up to four components) includes component video, S-video, and RCA audio/video cables MPEG4-capable 14-15/16"W x 2-13/16"H x 10-13/16"D warranty: 90 days DIRECTV s
Quick Glance
Product Type HDTV Receiver, Satellite Receiver
User Reviews
H20 goes up in flames
1 Star Review     

Strengths: Good picture.

Weakness: Runs too hot.

Purchased the unit on 5/7/07. In 4/08 the unit lost the ability to show HD. Directv tech had me change cables ($)but no change. On 8/28/08 the unit went pop, then flames started coming out of the top. Their response, they would give me a new one if I signed up for two additional years. If you purchase the H20 make sure you fire insurance is adequate and your kids know how to exit the house in a fire.

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DirecTV HD satellite receiver H20
4 Star Review   By member iqzero - Feb 19, 2008   

Strengths: Built-in OTA HD receiver and RF remote option. Easy to set up. Good HD picture.

Weakness: runs hot!..but operates just fine.

HD picture quality is just as good as the H21 (black, updated model). I haven't used the RF remote myself, but given that option, it's a great feature to have especially if you're cabling up TVs in multiple rooms. Indicator lights on the front panel for the video resolution is nice, I like making sure I'm on the best possible resolution every time. It could use a small LED display to show channel and time instead of using the remote. Although the unit runs hot, it works fine and I haven't had any issues with it. Just keep the unit's vents open.

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DIRECTV HD RECEIVER
4 Star Review   By member GASTURBO1 - Jan 12, 2008   

Strengths: Local channel capability, good HD quality.

Weakness: HOT!

I went out and bought this unit because the one DirecTV was going to lease to me did not have local channel decoding built in. This recently discontinued model does handle free OTA HD channels very well. DirecTV remove this feature form the newer (black) model hoping to monopolize local channels for an extra fee. Other than running hot, it works decently well.

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directv HD satellite receiver model# H20
4 Star Review   By member rdroger1962 - Nov 14, 2007   

Strengths: This receiver is the best quality for your money! I found it very easy to setup to my HDTV by myself. Didn't need to arrange a service call for a technician to come to the house. Brand new receiver.

Weakness: Only weakness I found was with the service dept. at satellite server when attempting to add receiver to my account. No real weaknesses found.

Delivery of the product was within the said delivery time by seller. Product came in great condition and packed properly by seller. I was very pleased with the ease of hook up to HDTV. I would recommend this product to family and friends.

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Direct TV HD Satellite Receiver model H20
5 Star Review   By member dgrice2 - Oct 31, 2007   

Strengths: The receiver and remote were easy to program. The unit is smaller than the analog receivers. The unit responds fast to remote demands. The picture quality is excellent.

Weakness: The unit gets very warm to the touch but still operates normal.

The difference between HD and SD is amazing. I ordered my unit and received the shipment within three (3) days. I just had the dish installed on 10-30-07 and have enjoyed watching in HD format. I have been a subscriber with Direct TV since 1996 but the HD experience exceeded my expectations.

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Bad Batch?
1 Star Review   By member randyn1 - Jul 11, 2007   

Weakness: I've bought 2. The first never powered up. I took it back to Costco, thank goodness Costco is close and good about returns. The second, only half powered up. Green power light wouldn't stay on.

After several calls to Directv, and speaking with the installer, I learned that many, many of these units are faulty. After jumping through all the hoops demanded by Directv, the tech person admited that they had a problem with lots of these units. Only a monopoly can get away with this crap. Tomorrow, I start looking into Dish Network. Read customer reviews on Amazon and you'll see what I'm talking about.

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Good, DirecTV better than Dish
3 Star Review   By member dustinmagic - Dec 29, 2006   

Strengths: Fairly easy to use. Nice HD picture.

Weakness: HDMI jack faulty on first receiver. Low signal strength

Considering this is my first HD reciever, I don't have much to compare it with. Using a Monoprice premium HDMI cable, the picture on HD channels looks fantastic. On SD channels though it is medicore. You can sort of upconvert the image quality to HD using the player by changing the output signal to 780p or 1080i. I don't think it changes the quality and in fact it may lead to some noise at the top and bottom of the picture. My TV however showed that it was recieving an HD signal when I "upconverted." The device automatically adjusts to the imput it is recieving SD or HD and the resolution. In my opinion, the stretch feature which expands HD images to 16x9 was the best option. It resulted in little distortion except perhaps for ticker tapes on news channels. THe optical audio output works great as well. The unit is especially great for sports games in HD. Most stores have it for free with mail-in rebate so I would upgrade.

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GOOD HD RECEIVER
5 Star Review   By member SILBER21 - Dec 8, 2006   

Strengths: EXELENT PICTURE FOR H20 - 100 / RF REMOTE / SIMPLE TO USE AND SETUP

Weakness: NO SLEEP FEATURE ON REMOTE / NO RF OUT

I HAVE NOT NOTICED THAT A RECEIVER RUNS HOT AFTER TWO WEEKS OF USE, RECEIVER WEIGHTS LESS THAT I EXPECTED (I HAD SONY A-2) - CHEAPER MADE. I LIKE ERGONOMICS OF THE RECEIVER - SIMPLE AND RIGHT WHAT YOU NEED AND USE. ALSO $100 WIDELY ADVERTISED COST FOR H-20 IS A LEASE PRICE - YOU DO NOT OWN EQUIPMENT - SO YOU HAVE TO RETURN IT. BOTTOM LINE - GETS THE JOB DONE - WELL DONE

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Directv H20 vs HR10-250
2 Star Review   By member dburckh - Nov 12, 2006   

Strengths: OTA Tuner, HD Locals via Satellite, RF Remote

Weakness: Poor HD & SD Decoding, Slow Guide, HUGE 5 LNB Dish, Runs Hot

I had been getting local HD TV via an OTA antenna until this point. When I signed up for Directv I leased an H20 and bought a used HR10-250 (Tivo). Directv installed the H20 and the new 5 LNB dish. Excited to see the new HD locals, I decided to watch a football game. I was immediately disappointed. There was a lot of pixelation around any action and the football field looked more like confetti than grass. In focus and still image detail was good. SD channels were blocky and distorted. In addition the guide was as slow as, if not slower than my 5 year old Directv SD receiver. The guide also required picking a filter before actually viewing the guide. Very annoying. After my card for the HR10-250 showed up, I hooked it up and did a comparison. The guide was definately faster than my H20. The HR10-250 did a much better job of decoding both HD and SD. There was little noticeable pixelation even in the SD channels. To the H20's defense, the OTA tuner was much stronger than the HR10. The H20 did still suffer from the same pixelation problems even with the over the air signal. I spoke with Directv about this and they suggested a problem with the unit. Today I was at a local retailer and noticed the problems described on their showroom model H20. I have a 62" 1080p monitor, and I have to admit to being a video snob. A smaller monitor may not show these problems. I would only recommend this unit to someone who cannot receive HD locals via an antenna.

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Nice HD Satellite and OTA receiver
5 Star Review   By member anrooh - Nov 8, 2006   

Strengths: Great OTA HD receiver. Love the RF remote option. Simulateneous HD (HDMI and component)and SD outputs.

Weakness: Displays weak signal strengths in setup. External BBC module required.

The RF remote is a great feature, and because this unit outputs HDMI/Component/Composite videos all at the same time... you can wire 3 separate TVs off of it (2 HD and 1 SD). I bought this as a gift for my brother and wired his HDTV in his living room and the SDTV in his bedroom off of it. He loves it... and it saved him the additional receiver fee ($5/month). So if you have more TVs than people in your home... keep this in mind! One small detail concerning installation... the signal strength meter in this unit reads lower than most. I also have the HR20-700 and had 100% signal strength on most transponders on all 5 satellites, with the H20, most signals were in the 80s!! I was worried I had a defective unit until I read similar problems with other on the internet. Also, remember to install the BBC module that comes with it... overlook this detail at first and got errors during setup. This is built in on my HR20-700. Why it's not on this model, I don't know.

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Product Details
Description
High-Definition DIRECTV receiver receives and decodes digital standard-definition and HDTV signals from DIRECTV satellite broadcasts and local over-the-air broadcasts (antenna required) receives digital TV broadcasts in 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i selectable 480i/480p/720p/1080i output via HDMI and component video built-in ATSC tuner receives over-the-air digital broadcasts (antenna required) searchable 7-day program guide on-screen caller ID (when connected via phone line) satellite and antenna inputs 2 sets audio/video outputs (2 composite, 1 S-video, 1 component video, 1 HDMI) optical digital audio output passes Dolby Digital audio 1 USB interface for future use phone jack RF/IR multibrand audio/video remote (can control up to four components) includes component video, S-video, and RCA audio/video cables MPEG4-capable 14-15/16"W x 2-13/16"H x 10-13/16"D warranty: 90 days DIRECTV s
Quick Glance
Product Type HDTV Receiver, Satellite Receiver
Summary
Product Title DIRECTV H20 HDTV Satellite Receiver
Manufacturer DIRECTV
Power Score 3.5 | 12 Reviews
General
Service Compatibility: DirectTV
Height: 2.5 in
Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited Warranty
URL: Manufacturer Link
Width: 13.8 in
Depth: 9.0 in
Output Connectors: Audio - Line Out (RCA Phono), Audio - Optical Output, HDMI, RJ-11, Video - 4 pin mini-DIN (S-Video), Video - Component, Video - RCA Composite Video
Weight: 6 lbs
# Of Receivers Supported: 1
Additional Specifications
VCR Combo: No
Number of HDMI Output: 1
# Of Audio Outputs: 3
# Of Video Outputs: 3
Channel Coverage: 225
Product Model: H20
Brand Name: DIRECTV
Frequency Band: On-screen Caller ID
User Reviews
H20 goes up in flames
1 Star Review     

Strengths: Good picture.

Weakness: Runs too hot.

Purchased the unit on 5/7/07. In 4/08 the unit lost the ability to show HD. Directv tech had me change cables ($)but no change. On 8/28/08 the unit went pop, then flames started coming out of the top. Their response, they would give me a new one if I signed up for two additional years. If you purchase the H20 make sure you fire insurance is adequate and your kids know how to exit the house in a fire.

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DirecTV HD satellite receiver H20
4 Star Review   By member iqzero - Feb 19, 2008   

Strengths: Built-in OTA HD receiver and RF remote option. Easy to set up. Good HD picture.

Weakness: runs hot!..but operates just fine.

HD picture quality is just as good as the H21 (black, updated model). I haven't used the RF remote myself, but given that option, it's a great feature to have especially if you're cabling up TVs in multiple rooms. Indicator lights on the front panel for the video resolution is nice, I like making sure I'm on the best possible resolution every time. It could use a small LED display to show channel and time instead of using the remote. Although the unit runs hot, it works fine and I haven't had any issues with it. Just keep the unit's vents open.

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DIRECTV HD RECEIVER
4 Star Review   By member GASTURBO1 - Jan 12, 2008   

Strengths: Local channel capability, good HD quality.

Weakness: HOT!

I went out and bought this unit because the one DirecTV was going to lease to me did not have local channel decoding built in. This recently discontinued model does handle free OTA HD channels very well. DirecTV remove this feature form the newer (black) model hoping to monopolize local channels for an extra fee. Other than running hot, it works decently well.

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directv HD satellite receiver model# H20
4 Star Review   By member rdroger1962 - Nov 14, 2007   

Strengths: This receiver is the best quality for your money! I found it very easy to setup to my HDTV by myself. Didn't need to arrange a service call for a technician to come to the house. Brand new receiver.

Weakness: Only weakness I found was with the service dept. at satellite server when attempting to add receiver to my account. No real weaknesses found.

Delivery of the product was within the said delivery time by seller. Product came in great condition and packed properly by seller. I was very pleased with the ease of hook up to HDTV. I would recommend this product to family and friends.

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Direct TV HD Satellite Receiver model H20
5 Star Review   By member dgrice2 - Oct 31, 2007   

Strengths: The receiver and remote were easy to program. The unit is smaller than the analog receivers. The unit responds fast to remote demands. The picture quality is excellent.

Weakness: The unit gets very warm to the touch but still operates normal.

The difference between HD and SD is amazing. I ordered my unit and received the shipment within three (3) days. I just had the dish installed on 10-30-07 and have enjoyed watching in HD format. I have been a subscriber with Direct TV since 1996 but the HD experience exceeded my expectations.

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Bad Batch?
1 Star Review   By member randyn1 - Jul 11, 2007   

Weakness: I've bought 2. The first never powered up. I took it back to Costco, thank goodness Costco is close and good about returns. The second, only half powered up. Green power light wouldn't stay on.

After several calls to Directv, and speaking with the installer, I learned that many, many of these units are faulty. After jumping through all the hoops demanded by Directv, the tech person admited that they had a problem with lots of these units. Only a monopoly can get away with this crap. Tomorrow, I start looking into Dish Network. Read customer reviews on Amazon and you'll see what I'm talking about.

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Good, DirecTV better than Dish
3 Star Review   By member dustinmagic - Dec 29, 2006   

Strengths: Fairly easy to use. Nice HD picture.

Weakness: HDMI jack faulty on first receiver. Low signal strength

Considering this is my first HD reciever, I don't have much to compare it with. Using a Monoprice premium HDMI cable, the picture on HD channels looks fantastic. On SD channels though it is medicore. You can sort of upconvert the image quality to HD using the player by changing the output signal to 780p or 1080i. I don't think it changes the quality and in fact it may lead to some noise at the top and bottom of the picture. My TV however showed that it was recieving an HD signal when I "upconverted." The device automatically adjusts to the imput it is recieving SD or HD and the resolution. In my opinion, the stretch feature which expands HD images to 16x9 was the best option. It resulted in little distortion except perhaps for ticker tapes on news channels. THe optical audio output works great as well. The unit is especially great for sports games in HD. Most stores have it for free with mail-in rebate so I would upgrade.

33% of readers found this review helpful.

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GOOD HD RECEIVER
5 Star Review   By member SILBER21 - Dec 8, 2006   

Strengths: EXELENT PICTURE FOR H20 - 100 / RF REMOTE / SIMPLE TO USE AND SETUP

Weakness: NO SLEEP FEATURE ON REMOTE / NO RF OUT

I HAVE NOT NOTICED THAT A RECEIVER RUNS HOT AFTER TWO WEEKS OF USE, RECEIVER WEIGHTS LESS THAT I EXPECTED (I HAD SONY A-2) - CHEAPER MADE. I LIKE ERGONOMICS OF THE RECEIVER - SIMPLE AND RIGHT WHAT YOU NEED AND USE. ALSO $100 WIDELY ADVERTISED COST FOR H-20 IS A LEASE PRICE - YOU DO NOT OWN EQUIPMENT - SO YOU HAVE TO RETURN IT. BOTTOM LINE - GETS THE JOB DONE - WELL DONE

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Directv H20 vs HR10-250
2 Star Review   By member dburckh - Nov 12, 2006   

Strengths: OTA Tuner, HD Locals via Satellite, RF Remote

Weakness: Poor HD & SD Decoding, Slow Guide, HUGE 5 LNB Dish, Runs Hot

I had been getting local HD TV via an OTA antenna until this point. When I signed up for Directv I leased an H20 and bought a used HR10-250 (Tivo). Directv installed the H20 and the new 5 LNB dish. Excited to see the new HD locals, I decided to watch a football game. I was immediately disappointed. There was a lot of pixelation around any action and the football field looked more like confetti than grass. In focus and still image detail was good. SD channels were blocky and distorted. In addition the guide was as slow as, if not slower than my 5 year old Directv SD receiver. The guide also required picking a filter before actually viewing the guide. Very annoying. After my card for the HR10-250 showed up, I hooked it up and did a comparison. The guide was definately faster than my H20. The HR10-250 did a much better job of decoding both HD and SD. There was little noticeable pixelation even in the SD channels. To the H20's defense, the OTA tuner was much stronger than the HR10. The H20 did still suffer from the same pixelation problems even with the over the air signal. I spoke with Directv about this and they suggested a problem with the unit. Today I was at a local retailer and noticed the problems described on their showroom model H20. I have a 62" 1080p monitor, and I have to admit to being a video snob. A smaller monitor may not show these problems. I would only recommend this unit to someone who cannot receive HD locals via an antenna.

86% of readers found this review helpful.

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Nice HD Satellite and OTA receiver
5 Star Review   By member anrooh - Nov 8, 2006   

Strengths: Great OTA HD receiver. Love the RF remote option. Simulateneous HD (HDMI and component)and SD outputs.

Weakness: Displays weak signal strengths in setup. External BBC module required.

The RF remote is a great feature, and because this unit outputs HDMI/Component/Composite videos all at the same time... you can wire 3 separate TVs off of it (2 HD and 1 SD). I bought this as a gift for my brother and wired his HDTV in his living room and the SDTV in his bedroom off of it. He loves it... and it saved him the additional receiver fee ($5/month). So if you have more TVs than people in your home... keep this in mind! One small detail concerning installation... the signal strength meter in this unit reads lower than most. I also have the HR20-700 and had 100% signal strength on most transponders on all 5 satellites, with the H20, most signals were in the 80s!! I was worried I had a defective unit until I read similar problems with other on the internet. Also, remember to install the BBC module that comes with it... overlook this detail at first and got errors during setup. This is built in on my HR20-700. Why it's not on this model, I don't know.

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Great Receiver
4 Star Review   By member usfacs - Sep 24, 2006   

Strengths: Very easy to set up and to use. Universal remote that works with all Directv receivers.

Weakness: Guide is a little slow when tuning.

Overall a good receiver for the price. Works great with the 5 LNB Directv dish which provides HD signals for local channels without an additional antenna. Lights on the front panel are pretty neat.

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Directv H20
4 Star Review   By member ghettogreg - Jun 27, 2006   

Strengths: great picture quality, very strong Over-the-air antenna tuner, decently quick guide

Weakness: runs pretty hot, have had a couple audio/video glitches over the last week (but they only last a couple seconds)

This is a nice receiver with very good picture quality. Directv is notorious for over-compression of their HD signals, but this receiver must do a great job of masking any signs of it because I do not see any artifacts from down-resolution. One warning is that this unit runs pretty hot, so be sure to have it well ventilated or it could be in jeopardy of frying the internals. I use an antenna to receive several over-the-air digital channels and this thing really locks them in. I only use a small indoor antenna and I am over 60 miles from the broadcast tower and I receive nearly all available stations!

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