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DBSTalk Exclusive First Look: HR44-700 Genie

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Scott Kocourek, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. Jan 8, 2013 #1 of 672
    Scott Kocourek

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    DIRECTV blew us away with the latest Genie RVU server, the HR44-700.

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    HR44-700 Genie First Look

    This product is not available at this time.

    This is the receiver we've all been waiting for. Thank you to the entire HR44-700 Genie test team, it's been fun working with all of you. It's great to share a Field trial with such a large test group.


    Please note that some DBSTalk.com testers and staff members may have received free equipment from DIRECTV or its partners for the purpose of evaluation and testing.
     
  2. Jan 10, 2013 #2 of 672
    Scott Kocourek

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    I want to mention one more time that the HR44-700 is not available at this time, please do not call DIRECTV and ask for it.
     
  3. Jan 10, 2013 #3 of 672
    HoTat2

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    So AIUI, the WiFi capability is only for cinema connection to the home network and not part of a new wireless RVU client connection option?

    Nice first look (as always) BTW.
     
  4. Jan 10, 2013 #4 of 672
    KoRn

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    And I just recently signed a new 2 year deal and had to haggle for current Genie. FML.
     
  5. Jan 10, 2013 #5 of 672
    inkahauts

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    Well, you can,always hook up a DIRECTV Wireless Boradband Internet Connection Kit to a c31 and have a wifi client. That works with the HR34, so it will work for the hr44 too.
     
  6. Jan 10, 2013 #6 of 672
    tpm1999

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    So...wait a minute...even after reading that first look I have no idea if it can do wireless RVU or not. Why is everyone skirting this simple question?
     
  7. Jan 10, 2013 #7 of 672
    MysteryMan

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    It's early in the morning. Wait till their coffee kicks in. ;)
     
  8. Jan 10, 2013 #8 of 672
    inkahauts

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    If you mean do they have a specific wireless client to pair with it, the answer is that doesn't exist yet, but who knows in the future. And we don't know what all they have done with the wifi specs per se.

    I don't know for sure which chips are inside this puppy and what all is set up for wifi. Its great to speculate on this whole thing though.

    Could be its wifi is only able to connect to a customers router, or it could be it also has an access point built in to, and could connect directly to a wifi client if they ever build one. We just don't know.

    Personally, my money is on it being an access point too so they could segregate any client wifi from the customers other wifi home network, similar to how they use moca to keep their wired Streaming info off people's home networks.

    Again, that's just me spit ballin... No actual facts to back that up though.
     
  9. Jan 10, 2013 #9 of 672
    tpm1999

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    So in other words...wait for the C41 first look...and since both are going into production now (per press releases) I really do not see the point of keeping this cool feature hidden.

    I do agree with inkahauts that if directv is going to officially support wireless RVUs, then the Genie Server (HR44) will need to have both a wireless "router" capability and a connection capability. There is no way directv would support the C41 clients going through each persons individual internet router...to many variables to support and that would be customer service madness.
     
  10. Jan 10, 2013 #10 of 672
    JACKIEGAGA

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    Great job on the first look guys.I want one.
     
  11. Jan 10, 2013 #11 of 672
    Rockaway1836

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    Great job,as usual guys!
     
  12. Jan 10, 2013 #12 of 672
    Mike Bertelson

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    The First Look doesn't say it only for cinema connection and honestly I don't know what the plans are. However, it is Wi-Fi so who knows what future capabilities it may have.

    Mike
     
  13. Jan 10, 2013 #13 of 672
    smiddy

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    :) I like, I like a lot!
     
  14. Jan 10, 2013 #14 of 672
    hdtvfan0001

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    Nice work on the First Look be the field test team, as well as Scott for construction of the FL document itself.

    Once these units begin to become available, those who have them will find that they are going to end up being known as the best HD DVR released by DirecTV to date.
     
  15. Jan 10, 2013 #15 of 672
    djousma

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    Nice! glad I hadnt pulled the trigger on the HR34 yet. I think I will wait.
     
  16. Jan 10, 2013 #16 of 672
    Sixto

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    Worth the wait. Fabulous box.
     
  17. Jan 10, 2013 #17 of 672
    LameLefty

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    This this is sweet. :)
     
  18. Jan 10, 2013 #18 of 672
    TheRatPatrol

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    Outstanding job as always guys. Looks very cool. I'm glad I waited to get one.

    I have a few questions
    1. Any time frame on availability?
    2. Why no stop button on the remote? Are you suppose to use "exit" now?
    3. Why still a limit on 100 series links? Now that its faster I would think it could handle more?
    4. Did you ask about a future PIP toggle, or the possibility moving the PIP selection to the left side on the info screen? Or use the dash button as a toggle?
    5. Any future possibility of having an 8 tuner HMC with a bigger hard drive? ;) :p
    Thanks, great on the first look. :)
     
  19. Jan 10, 2013 #19 of 672
    RAD

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    As others have said, great box. UI speed is the best so far and with no fan running all the time very quiet also.

    And yes it works with AM21's and does channel scan like the HR34.
     
  20. Jan 10, 2013 #20 of 672
    Sixto

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    Most of those questions would be unknown to the test team, and yes the "stop" button will probably be a topic of discussion. Personally, I've always used EXIT, but others may have different perspectives.
     

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