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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, Oct 6, 2011.
Different "class". So no, a HR34 will not be replaced with a HR2x.
Since the price will be much higher, I doubt it will be lumped into the HDDVR catagory.
I could see the first post now. "DIRECTV sucks they sent me a DVR that's HUGE and doesn't fit in my console like my old one. They said that they can't control the model number. This is completely unacceptable because I'm not going to buy a new entertainment center to fit their bloated hardware!"
I wasn't asking about replacements, but an initial order.
You have to order that specific type of receiver. It's not a HD DVR it's a Home Media Center. So if you order a HD DVR you get a HD DVR if you order a Home Media Center then you will get a Home Media Center.
For those that tested; what's the behavior when an ethernet cable is plugged into the HR34? Does it disable the internal DECA like the HR2X series, or can they be used at the same time?
It is funny this was released by dbstalk on 10/6/2011 because I talked to DirecTV that day to return a leased HD-DVR because we are recording less, went from 4 to 3 receivers, but while I was on the phone I asked about this product because I have been wanting one forever and of course they knew nothing and have never heard of it. I can't wait until it is released in my area. I have been off contract for over 2 years now because I have been waiting for this.
I wanna say same time but not 100% sure on that. If its that important I can double check though.
Any ideas on when this will be available?
One of my HR23-700 unit just died (seems to have lost power supply) and i'd love to just call and "swap" it (yes, willing to pay an "upgrade" price) for one of these.
I think one of the mods said "early next year" for upgrades.
The HR34 can replace your Internet Connection Kit and act as the bridge between the DECA cloud and your home network if you so desire.
Thats my current setup. The HR34 is on my home Ethernet, all other receivers are on the DECA cloud only (HR24 and H24) and they receive their VOD and Widgets, etc through the HR34s ethernet.
I think that's a terrific addition -- thanks guys.
That's very cool. Another "plus" that makes me want one even more.
Actually for me, the HR34 would replace 2 HR's on my main TV. Not so much for the recording space, but the extra tuner. Lots of times 2 tuners busy so I have to switch to the other HR to watch something live. The HR34 would eliminate this.
Yep that's a must have receiver. We'll definitely be getting one once they're available. Great job DIRECTV!!!
For those of you that already have one of these, can you truly use this as a media center? By this I mean can I watch a movie that I ripped to my current "media center" (actually a bunch of hard drives connected to my home network using the ethernet connection)?
I am looking for a single box that I can use to:
Watch/record TV (must have a very good UI)
Watch movies (home movies of the kids plus others that I own) I ripped to home network
Look at pictures
Has MRV capability
Connection to 3rd parties (Netflix/Amazon/Blockbuster) would be nice
Please test the ability to watch ripped movies if you can.
I don't have one, but I can say with 99% certainty, the HMC34 is not what you're looking for. it's simply a DVR with 5 tuners. The box should be able to use the home media share feature currently found in the DVRs out now, but it's extremely limited. It will not do what you're looking for. Your best bet is something like a Windows Media Center machine, but they are not compatible with satellite TV on their own.
Bummer! I guess my quest continues...
The closest "single source" that I could find was SageTV, but Google bought them so I can't buy that system. The only problem with SageTV was (like Media Center) you need a computer in the mix to keep everything running.
dirtyblueshirt is correct. The HR34 cannot do this. It has the same Media Share features as the current HD DVRs and can only access photos, music and video files from a networked PC.