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DBSTalk Exclusive First Look: HR34-700 Home Media Center HD DVR

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, Oct 6, 2011.

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  1. foosman

    foosman New Member

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    I'm a potential new subscriber in Austin, TX. Called again today and was told the HR34 is available, but not orderable...this was after about 45 minutes on the phone and numerous "let me talk to my supervisor". "We don't have the HR34, just activate now anyway." I overrated DIRECTV customer service at an F, it is more like an F-

    They told me to activate the service by having the installer come out and install a random receiver. Then, I quote: "At anytime you can always upgrade your equipment, just call and ask for the HR34." Hahhaha. It appears that DIRECTV has no way to actually send an installer with the equipment you want or to mail you a receiver directly. Install is scheduled for Sunday and I will reject the install until they show up with an HR34. This is amazing...I have leverage as a new customer and can't get anything done.

    Good luck to all of you wanting to upgrade...I really feel sorry for you.
     
  2. Sgt. Slaughter

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    I just tried and went through sat setup here and didn't see an option to disable SWM turners.....

    when selecting the Dish type the SWM box below is greyed out for what its worth. So maybe its just temp disabled?
     
  3. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    It's a new piece of equipment in a few areas, but call centers are everywhere...Getting on the same page should be easier. You might want to try a local dealer if there's more confusion. They can usually offer the same promotional incentives. Keep us posted.
     
  4. sipester

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    If they did this right, a huge benefit of having Nomad in the HR34 would be to transcode all recordings in real time, and then whenever you wanted to download the recording to a portable device, you could do so in a few minutes.

    Another key feature they could build into to the HR34 is Slingbox (or their own version of streaming) to match the features of Dish.

    However, I'd expect it'd be a few years before they roll out an improved HR34 with these features. In the interim, you can get pretty close to an ideal solution, it just takes a lot of extra devices:

    1. HR34
    2. SATA connected HDD to increase capacity to 2TB
    3. Nomad
    4. USB HD to increase capacity beyond 16GB on Nomad
    5. Slingbox
    6. H25 (or C30 when available) for slingbox (don't want to interfere with HR34 viewing on the main TV by someone else in the home using the Slingbox).

    At least for now you can buy items #2 - #6, it'd just be nice to have a complete streaming and downloading solution without having to buy 5 extra devices.
     
  5. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    The C30 client is not available.
     
  6. Sgt. Slaughter

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    have you said that before? lol :grin::eek2:
     
  7. Drucifer

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    How was RVU tested?
     
  8. Beerstalker

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    I don't know if it has been by anyone other than DirecTV and Pace yet. Right now all we know is that it works as a Whole Home DVR server over DECA to other HR2x/H2x receivers.
     
  9. Drew2k

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    I think this is fairly straightforward ... the HR34 was not available when it was being tested, and the same is likely true of the C30 client. Until the C30 is tested and is publicly disclosed, it's not available. Simple as that!
     
  10. RunnerFL

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    It's starting to get like an echo chamber in here....

    Again, it wasn't tested.
     
  11. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    - what ? HD is HiDef, HDD is Hard Disk Drive, SATA is just an interface ...
    - what you try to tell ? "capacity" of what ?
     
  12. harsh

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  13. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    The storage capacity of the nomad of course.
     
  14. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    Nonetheless, no such device is available for sale, lease, giveaway, or in any other way at this time. When or if that were to change, I will happily say so.

    I know that I must sound like a fool here guys, repeating the same stuff over and over again, but it's for the benefit of those who want to get this technology in their homes. So let me say it again:

    The HR34 is only available in a few markets. Most existing customers can't get it yet.

    There are no RVU clients on the market. Period.
     
  15. sipester

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    yes, I meant HDD, not HD, and I forgot to include "add capacity to Nomad". Cosmetic issues aside, point was that in it's current iteration, the HR34 still requires a lot of extra devices to get the best streaming/downloading solution, and that it would be great if the next HR34 didn't require so many extra devices to get the best streaming/downloading solution.
     
  16. Mike Bertelson

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    I'm just guessing but I suspect that streaming/downloading will always be an add on solution...at least until it becomes mainstream.

    Maybe in the future it will be something that most people do but I'd be willing to bet that the vast majority of subscribers don't know, or even care about streaming/downloading their DIRECTV content.

    I don't know for sure but I'll bet it will be a while before we see nomad capabilities integrated into the receivers/DVRs.

    Mike
     
  17. mandmsf

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    This is great for the majority of viewers - I personally can't wait to get mine. It would be nice if streaming aka slingboxing was simpler though.
     
  18. Drew2k

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  19. babzog

    babzog Godfather

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    What markets is it available in at the moment?
     
  20. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

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    The cities are listed, many times, earlier in this thread.
     
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