DirecTV HR20-700 HD DVR: First Review, In the WildBest Buy prematurely(?) sold Earl Bonovich—if that is his real name—one of DirecTV's new HR20-700 high definition digital video recorders. The near-rabid fanboy wiped the foam from his mouth, and posted an exhaustive (exhausting?) review on DVStalk.com. Unlike the first high definition DirecTV DVR, this one isn't powered by TiVo. That makes us sad. But the HDMI-ready, 250Gig box does have some nice features, like the ability to scan 8 sports channels on one screen (something they like to call Sports Mix). If you're ready to plunk down your credit card, beware— some rather basic functions have been turned off by DirecTV. A video of, picture of the DVR's back panel, and more, after the jump. (And thank you, Earl, Duke of DirecTV DVRs)

Here's that ass shot from Earl's Review:
DirecTV HR20-700 HD DVR: First Review, In the Wild
•High Definition TV Output (via HDMI and Component)
•2 Sets of RCA (Red/White/Yellow Outputs) - 1 S-Video
•1 Optical Digital Output
•Dual SAT Tuners
•Dual ATSC Tuners (functionality is disabled at this time, see notes later in the review)
•Wired RJ-45 Ethernet Port
•External SATA Connection
•300gb SATA Internal Hard Drive
•RF Remote Compatible with the Included RC24, and the soon to be released RC32RF

And here's that video of Sports Mix:

Estimated Recording Space (Not a cumulative value)
•30 Hours of MPEG-2 (OTA) HD
•50 Hours of MPEG-4 HD
•200 Hours of Standard Definition (SD)

The set does 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, but no resolution of 1080p is supported. Fine, I guess.

Earl notes that the ATSC over the air HD tuners are in the box, but they've been disabled by DirecTV. That means many people won't be able to watch local HD channels. Boo! They do plan to enable them, but we'll wait til we see it live before we give them the golf clap.

DirecTV HR20-700 High Definition DVR [DBStalk.com]
DirecTV HR20-700 High Definition DVR [DirecTV]