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04-14-2003, 02:42 PM
I was just wondering if *Choice was renting out these units at all. I wouldn't mind trying it out before dishing out $400. Or does anyone know of anybody selling used HD boxes?

04-14-2003, 03:22 PM
Not sure if that's what you are asking, but yes the HDD-201 is available via a lease plan from *C.

04-14-2003, 03:43 PM
No point in buying the 201 with the new receiver just a few months away.

04-14-2003, 04:23 PM
Does *C mention anything about the lease plan on their site? I can't seem to find it.

04-14-2003, 05:08 PM
I am pretty sure it is a lease to own plan. I am in the same boat as you. I want HD now but I don't want to dish out the cash because I know the new HD reciever is just a few months away.

04-14-2003, 10:24 PM
What extra features does the new receiver have? Is it worth it?

04-14-2003, 11:10 PM
It is integrated so you don't need a 401/405 and the HDD201 sidecar and it has "interactive features". They have kept the lid pretty tight up to this point all we know is that it is coming in mid 2003.

04-15-2003, 12:01 AM
I think some of the features that it might have is:


IRD-output(or something like that)

Be able to upconvert & downcovert all HD formates to fit what your tv HD or not has.

Have simular features as BEV 6000 about Zooming and stuff like that.

A out put to your computer so you can record a movie on a CD-Rom(if this is possible) or a recordable DVD Player.

a built in tuner so you can record one program with HD box, while watching another on your regular SC Box.

These are only guesses. I'm not that technical in this area, so I could be wrong here.

TOM /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

04-15-2003, 05:45 AM
This is what the star choice press release said:

Advanced HDTV Integrated Receiver

Star Choice will introduce its customers to the Motorola DSR 500 this summer. This advanced HDTV receiver has an enhanced onscreen program guide with interactive features. It will provide customers with the ultimate HDTV viewing experience.

Advanced HDTV Integrated Receiver with a Digital Video Recorder (DVR)

In Q1 2004, Star Choice will release the Motorola DSR 530. This dual tuner receiver will allow Star Choice customers to simultaneously watch and digitally record programming, even HDTV content. It also has an enhanced onscreen program guide with interactive features so viewers will always know what's on when. No receiver in the market comes close to these capabilities.

04-15-2003, 02:16 PM
And the price will be...**drumroll**...more then I can afford.

04-15-2003, 06:55 PM
What is the lease? What are the terms/payments? Anyone have any details.

04-16-2003, 11:33 AM
Try a search here

04-16-2003, 07:31 PM
One other thing, is HD programming available to anyone that has an HD decoder or is it an extra cost?

04-16-2003, 10:30 PM
no extra cost


04-17-2003, 09:04 AM
The lease program from *C was lease to own. You shell out $400 either way. The 201 is not a bad unit but is dated. The only rental unit I am aware of is the 3100HD from Rogers Cable. There is no HD STB that is currently offered that I would consider buying at this time. Better units should be available by fall 2003.

04-17-2003, 04:38 PM
You can rent the DCT-5100 from Shaw Cable.

04-17-2003, 07:16 PM
Yeah, but how about the HDD-200 for *c?

04-17-2003, 07:25 PM
Just found out that Shaw has the DCT-5100 priced at $700!! And how many HD channels do they have? 2? And *c have the HDD-200 for $400 and there's 6 HD channels.

04-17-2003, 09:11 PM
actually Star Choice only has 2 channels currently and Shaw has 4 but they are going to have 6 very soon.

04-18-2003, 04:25 AM
To use the 201 you must also buy a 405/401. That makes $600. You still don't have the features of the DTC-5100. Full retail for the 201 is $700 and it's useless without a compatible receiver.