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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. Sixto

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    I'm guessing sooner rather then later. I'd be surprised if it wasn't in Q1, certainly by Q2 I would think, but just guessing.
     
  2. Richierich

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    I would think that by July 1, 2013 we will see it!!! :)

    But then again I must say that this is just a Guess on my Part as only Directv knows for sure when they will decide to Release it.
     
  3. Scott Kocourek

    Scott Kocourek Well-Known Member

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    :D
     
  4. Christopher Gould

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    They could let me have a second HR34 to clear out the inventory because mine works just fine.
     
  5. Drucifer

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    The true test of a Genie speed is the responds to a remote control command at the top of a prime time hour as the HRx4 stops and starts several recordings.
     
  6. chrisjmccord

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    So for someone who just signed up yesterday, I still have time to call and cancel my order/install, should I do so and wait for this new box. I hate knowing I'm getting into DTV as a new customer but yet there is a newer box about to come out that I might not get quite yet. I can wait to sign up again down the road when this thing is released...so should I? :confused:
     
  7. trh

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    I guess my first question would be do you need the features the 44 has that the 34 doesn't have (I'm assuming you have a 34 about to be installed)?

    And of course, soon as you wait to get a 44, the next box will be 'coming soon.'
     
  8. Scott Kocourek

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    Ultimately it's your call but it seems like there is a new receiver every year, it's kind of like waiting for the next pc or tv. Let us know what you decide.

    I have an HR34 and it's very good, I have very few issues and it's faster than the HR22's that I have.

    It may be months before this is available and who knows if the deals you got now will be the same when this comes out.
     
  9. Kevin L

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    Welcome to DBSTalk.com and DirecTV, Chris.

    There's no news about how long you'll be waiting. Plus, as you'll find out when reading through this forum, there's no guarantee what box you'll get from DirecTV, regardless what you're told. The only guarantee is the type of box, an HDDVR can be any of the HR2x boxes and the Genie right now will be the HR34. When the HR44 comes out, it's unlikely you'll be able to designate anything more than a Genie unit.

    I still have three HR20-100 units that I've had since they first came out and they are running fine, albeit slower than the newer units. DirecTV still updates and supports them. I'll probably get a 44 when they come out, but the only way I'll be guaranteed a 44 is to "buy" it from a vendor like Solid Signal. I say "buy" because even though I own my HR-20s, new boxes are leased.

    Another reason not to wait is to not delay getting DirecTV. DirecTV, though not perfect, is the best TV service I've ever had.

    Kevin
     
  10. chrisjmccord

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    All good questions guys, thanks for responding. I don't know that I "NEED" the newer features, all be it speed is always better, but I hate buying into something new, with a newer product right there about to come out. Sure I understand technology is always this way, but with this case its literally "right there" about to come out. So since I've waited this long to sign up, whats a few more months or so?

    I have lots of questions but I'm not sure you all want me to start asking them here in the HR-44 thread? Is there a thread for noobs that I can post in, and ask all my DTV vs Dish vs UVerse type questions?
     
  11. Richierich

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    My Guess of 3 to 4 months was just my Educated Guess based on the past and could very well be way off base so Buyer Beware!!! :lol:
     
  12. hdtvfan0001

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    That's a very good and accurate summation.
     
  13. carl6

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    Even if you wait until the HR44 is openly available there is no assurance you will get one. As Kevin L noted, a Genie is a Genie is a Genie, and if both the HR34 and HR44 are out in inventory, you could end up with either one.

    Personally, I would go ahead with your install.
     
  14. chrisjmccord

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    A better question might be this, and answer HONESTLY, if you were in my shoes, brand new customer, knowing that you could get a newer box if you waited a few months or so, and not necessarily needing to go to DTV right now, because you don't know what you are missing, so waiting is ok (for once in my life), what would you do? You'd probably wait right? Sure sitting where you are now, knowing what DTV is like and thinking what you are missing would make you post to me to jump aboard now, but I'm asking you NOT to do that...imagine not having any DTV experience, well since (1998), and just wanting to maybe wait to see about this new box...what would you do...thats what I'm asking you to try and imagine and think about and tell me.
     
  15. chrisjmccord

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    This is true. But if both are out there and the installer has both on his truck asking for it and getting it would be ideal.
    I did ask the sale rep yesterday about it and of course he didn't know anything about it. I'm actually trying not to get hung up on the 34 vs 44 thing and more about if my move to DTV was good if Dish is better or staying with UVerse etc.
     
  16. RAD

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    If you're one of those that always want to have the latest and greatest, just because it's the latest and greatest then I'd wait, otherwise you'd probably always be second guessing yourself.
     
  17. Bill Broderick

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    Even more so at DirecTV. The Android Nomad app has been "coming soon" for nearly 1.5 years now. Given that DirecTV has said that the 44 will be available in 2013, that's sooner than soon.
     
  18. Bill Broderick

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    It would largely depend on why I'm moving to DirecTV in the first place. When I became a DirecTV/USSB customer, it was more to get away from Cablevision than it was to become a DirecTV customer. So, there was nothing that was going to make me wait for a newer receiver to come out. So, as a new customer, I would absolutely get the 34.

    As an existing customer, with 3 DVR's, I'm probably going to wait because the very few times that I "need" more than 6 tuners to record simultaneously, there are always repeat showings of at least 3 of those programs. So, assigning proper priorities in the scheduler allows me to record everything anyway. I really don't care about PIP until next football season starts. So, as long as the 44 is available by September, I'm not really missing out on anything that I don't already have.
     
  19. macfan601

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    Another thing to consider: I have a HR34.. It took several months for Directv to get the software straightened out after releasing it. It runs decently now but it is still not perfect. Are you sure you want to go through that? Also when I had it installed the first thing the Directv installer said as he got out of the truck was, I have never installed one of these before. Sure gave me all the confidence in the world in my decision to get a HR34. Today I am glad I got the HR34 but next time I won't be in a hurry to be the first one on the block to get the new equipment. Let some one else be the beta tester and work the bugs out.
     
  20. inkahauts

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    Just a quick note on this. The hr44 won't be like the HR34, they are built on the same software platform, and are roughly in the exact same stage of development and maturity as is right now. 2nd generation will not have the same, um, troubles, some went through with the HR34 when it fist launched last year.
     

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