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Best pvr for my directv line

I'm using a borrowed box and dish from a friend, and he doesn't have a PVR. What could I buy to use in place of my directTV  satellite box, that will give me PVR capability?

I am inexperienced in this as you can probably tell, so please keep it simple when asking questions. Thanks.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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Windows Media Center could work but the problem is the only PVR for DISH that can work "easily" is a Dish provided PVR.  Anything else - Tivo, Windows Media Center, MythTV, etc, will require IR blasters to change the channel on the box and may not record things in HD (courtesy of the Television industry and HDCP).  Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-bandwidth_Digital_Content_Protection

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Ok, thanks. It's actually Directv, not dish, does that make a difference?  I looked up IR blaster. Cool.

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OK, another question, then, same topic. As I said, I'm satellite-dumb, so bear with me. If I bought this one: http://www.directv.com/technology/hd_dvr_receiver

Would I have to take a card out of my current box and put it into this? I currently have a model Directv D11.
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That's what you'd need -- a satellite box that includes DVR capability.  

And it doesn't matter - any Satellite system has the same problem.

If you could get Cable television you have CableCard Technology but unless something changed recently (REALLY doubt it), that's not compatible with Satellite systems, only Cable and FiOS.

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Thanks, I appreciate your help.