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HR34 V Hopper

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by TDK1044, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

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    WOW RAD, what are you doing to these poor HR34's?:lol:

    I've never had a failed Directv Brand receiver Exceptfor the Very First H20 I paid $199 for and the H20 that replaced that one.

    I have Still Have an HR20 in my Vacation house that I've Owned since 2007. No issues. I have an R15 in my closet Too , that worked when I put it away.

    Now TIVO"s I have 6 Failed units in 5 years.
     
  2. Jason Whiddon

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    Man, that stinks. Ive been lucky so far with my 2TB external, but it went in on day 1.
     
  3. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

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    Dripping...
    I should say I was part of the early testing group so I had them a little longer then most.
     
  4. Jason Whiddon

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    With the wear and tear the drive gets with 5 tuner (and OTA in my case), I'll prob replace the EHD yearly or so, whenever i get into times I might clean it up. At least swap it for a 2nd then run tests on the first. Right now Im 5 weeks behind, and thats a lot of shows Id lose.
     
  5. unixguru

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    Agree with DVD/Blu-Ray for things that you really want to keep a long time.

    I'm sometimes 6-8 weeks behind on watching series. Even though I don't keep them after I watch I still need reliability as some series have episodes that are heavily built upon prior episodes (Game of Thrones for one). As I've said before, if my drive/DVR dies is D* going to give me a 2 month credit for having lost everything? Not to mention the unhappiness of my wife that I would endure :( It isn't an issue for most - until it is!

    I have been using RAID-1 since the HR20 came out. So far I've had 2 times where a drive has died - but I didn't lose anything. The HR34 should never have came to market without RAID-1 and user-swappable drives. Ditto for Hopper.

    The inability to move storage from one DVR to another is really inexcusable. We pay for the programming that is stored and if the box dies before we watch it then we got ripped off.
     
  6. unixguru

    unixguru Godfather

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    They should really spin down the internal drive when an external is connected (AFAIK they don't today) as that would eliminate a big source of internal heat (and save energy).

    Even though my HR20 is inside a relatively warm rack I've never had a failure. Possibly because I have a couple of small fans laying on the top of it extracting heat...
     
  7. RD in Fla

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    Obviously not a sports fan ;)
     
  8. lparsons21

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    Boxing and Golf, yep I love 'em, the rest not so much.

    But even them, I don't watch live, always delayed by some amount of time. I have no compelling need to see the actual win exactly when it happens.
     
  9. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    I am a sports fan, but I seldom watch a live event. I'm watching the Devils-Kings hockey game right now, precisely 10:57:11 PM PDT on Saturday, June 9, 2012, and will watch the BB game after that. Tomorrow I will watch the men's finals of the French Open, and later the Giants BB game. All recorded, though with those two I will time it so I end up live the last few minutes/sets/innings.
     
  10. damondlt

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    I agree, as long as you live alone, and don't have someone telling you scores and who won right when you walk in the door.:lol:

    Very common in my house. Hey Dad, Jimmie Johnson won, Hey dad Jeter go his 3000 hit.:mad:

    So yes Live is very important to me!:)

    If you don't care about Live tv, then 1 hopper and 3 joeys should work just fine for your 4 rooms.:p
     
  11. lparsons21

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    Well, I don't live alone, and yeah, most times I know who won or whatever before I watch the event. I'm a big boxing fan, so I tend to watch a match the next day before I read the paper or online, and way before my son gets up to tell me who won, so it is 'live' enough for me! :)

    And of course, I enjoy the fight even if I know the outcome. That's why I enjoy watching some classic old fights. It is all about the action, who won or lost is very much secondary to my enjoyment. And of course, there are enough judge screwups in boxing so who really won may not be what the paper tells you!!

    For golf, it just isn't a big deal. I enjoy watching, but I skip lots of the time during a match and not just the ads. Usually I watch the golf match of the day that same evening, but at the pace I want to watch it, not the slow pace that pro golf is actually played.

    Other sports are just not that interesting to me, though I do watch them on occasion, but I skip a lot of the time out.

    In my house, there are only 2 rooms, so 1 Hopper + 1 Joey would get the job done. Almost all of my recording contentions are because of broadcast primetime since they don't incessantly repeat everything. And the bulk of what I watch is scripted shows.

    My son is a bit different, but seldom does he record more than one show at a time and most of them are sports related. But he works 6 days a week and most shows he watches are recordings too because of that. His most often watched stuff is UFC, and that is just like the scripted shows, on 'cable' type channels and incessantly repeated. And since he seldom can watch them live, what time they actually record isn't important either.

    As I said, which is better or worse isn't really an issue. For our use, an HR34 with one receiver, or one Hopper with one Joey would accomplish the same thing. And either of those installations could very well replace the 3 HR24s I have now with no loss of the functionality I need/want.

    The only reason I have 2 of the HR24s for my use is the recording contentions of broadcast channels. Basically they replaced the Vip722k that I had that would also accomplish the same functionality of the 2 HR24s because of the 2-channel OTA and Dish allowing for all 4 tuners in that box to record at the same time.
     
  12. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

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    Whats stopping you from Switching to Dish and Getting the Hopper?

    Sounds like you want it, Nothing wrong with that.

    Directv ETF's to high? Dish Missing something in there line up?

    Hey you want to switch, 100% nothing wrong with that. Its your money you should do as you please, regaurdless of what anyone thinks.:)
     
  13. lparsons21

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    At some point in time, I will most likely switch back to Dish. You've noted some of the reasons I haven't yet.

    The ETF I could live with, and actually save quite a bit by switching UNLESS Dish drops AMC, then it isn't worth doing imo.

    But if by August, when it makes any kind of financial sense, Dish has AMC back on, I probably will switch back. It is up in the air right now. With my current rebates from D*, and only missing BBCA-HD which has nothing on right now that is of real interest, and the equipment is running reasonably well, there is no compelling reason to make the switch.

    Because of what/how I watch, both services offer nearly the same thing to me. It really is more about the benjamin's than any other reason.
     

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