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HR44 for $299 at Weaknees and Solid Signal

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by txfeinbergs, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. TheRatPatrol

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    Thats too bad. Was really hoping for an 8 tuner Genie. Those 3 extra tuners would really come in handy for a larger family. Oh well, maybe next year.

    Hopefully they'll allow for two Genies on one account soon.
     
  2. txfeinbergs

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    You will probably have to wait for Friday for that as I have a few more shows to finish up on before I can deactivate the HR34 box. I really didn't expect the new box to arrive so quick honestly. (waiting on UPS to drop it off this afternoon). That said, I have never had a problem switching out receivers with Directv before. I have done this sort of thing many times in the past. The only thing I am wondering about is whether they will have to deactivate the 2 C31's I have first, and then reactivate them on the HR44, or if they can just stay on the account during the switch-out of the Genie.
     
  3. The Merg

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    They should be able to stay on the account. IIRC, you should be able to unplug them and after you activate the HR44, plug them back in and they should connect to the HR44 at that point.

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  4. cypherx

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    Well the thing about buying them is you know what you get. Sure you may have a free upgrade offer from DirecTV, but who's to say they don't show up with a big ol' HR34? They are now about 259 on amazon.
     
  5. txfeinbergs

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    The HR44 arrived today, and it was double boxed and was the correct unit. It had a DirecTV seal on the box showing it hadn't been tampered with, so no problem. Total cost: $219. This thing is MUCH smaller than my HR34. I will be activating it either tomorrow or Friday.
     
  6. dtrell

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    i bought mine from ebay seller a month ago and it was brand new in the box and works just fine. paid 200 shipped when all the "reputable" sellers were charging the ridiculous insane 600 dollars for it...
     
  7. dtrell

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    so far i am LOVING the HR44 over the HR34....the HR34 was a piece of CRAP....my only regret is I had to wait so long for a real receiver and that I could not take a sledge hammer to the HR34 before sending it back to D...yet theres still D can do no wrong fanboys on here that claim that the HR34 and HR44 are VIRTUALLY identical in performance....amazing....EVERYONE thats tried both say that the HR44 blows it away...oh and its nice having both the wireless and the optical output that SHOULD have been included on the HR34 boat anchor.
     
  8. Volunteer

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    Did you get a HR44-700, HR44-500 or HR44-200 model?
     
  9. txfeinbergs

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    I got the HR44-500. It was manufactured in May.

    The activation process was a bit of a mess. They obviously had to remove the clients first from the HR34, and then remove the HR34. Since that was the only receiver on my account, it pretty much cancelled out all of my programming and options. The CSR then added the HR44 and the clients. Finally, I got her to add back the programming and Genie-Go, etc. This is where we ran into a problem though. She could not activate the Whole Home DVR functionality. (says not Activated). After waiting on hold for 20 minutes so she could get a programming supervisor to look at it, she came back and said it is a "known" issue and opened up a ticket. I think this might have been because she added the clients first before activating the feature. Anyway, I can still watch TV with the clients, I just can't use the DVR functionality. Hopefully this gets resolved soon. OH, I also had to tell her to order me a box to send the old receiver back which she did.

    I asked her if all of my "credits" were still on the account and she said she added those back i.e. $10 off a month for HD, and $10 off a month for Showtime/HBO. I will have to verify that again though.

    Overall, definitely worth the switch out even if it took about an hour total on the call.
     
  10. sangs

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    Good to know txfeinbergs - and thanks for the information. I'm swapping an HR34 for an HR44 this week and was wondering what to expect with regards to deactivating/activating. I won't have any clients (only H25s) so maybe it'll be a little more straightforward. Just wondering though, did you disconnect your HR34 and connect the HR44 before calling Directv, or did you call them first for directions?
     
  11. peds48

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    No, they need to be "marry" to the new Genie by selecting and pitting in the new PIN number
     
  12. The Merg

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    Yeah, I wasn't very clear. I was more just referring to the fact that they do not need to be deactivated and then activated again when switching from a HR34 to a HR44. Once you restart the client with the new Genie, it should prompt you for a PIN, which you would get from the HR44 Add Client screen.

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  13. sangs

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    Received the HR44 from Dishbuys today - $219 with free shipping. Unfortunately, the Directv rep trying to help me activate is having issues deactivating the HR34. She said it's being shown as deactivated on my account, but not in their system and because of that we are unable to activate the HR44 yet. She's hoping it'll clear up shortly and everything will be a go.

    Like one of the earlier posters mentioned, the HR44 came double-boxed, with good packaging and a sealed Directv box on the inside. Everything included - RC71 remote, power brick, HDMI cable. Can't wait to get it up and running.
     
  14. gov

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    All of these gushy posts are having an effect, I WANT a 44.

    In furtherance of that, I've ordered a SWM16, and will revamp my existing mirror system.

    Won't order a 44 for a while, but I'm getting ready for it.


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    I hope all of you are happy now!
     
  15. Half Decaf

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    This HR44 sounds nice. I currently have an HR24 and H24 with whole home dvr service. Any downside of me deleting the H24, moving the HR24 to where the H24 was and installing a new HR44? So, I would just have an HR44 in the living room and an HR24 in the bedroom. I can keep whole home dvr, too, right?
     
  16. peds48

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    This HR44 sounds nice. I currently have an HR24 and H24 with whole home dvr service. Any downside of me deleting the H24, moving the HR24 to where the H24 was and installing a new HR44? So, I would just have an HR44 in the living room and an HR24 in the bedroom. I can keep whole home dvr, too, right?
    No downside at all, a big plus. yes both playlist will share between the two DVRs


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  17. cypherx

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    That's what I was thinking of doing. Though debating waiting a little more. With each passing month, the chance of getting an HR44 over an HR34 improves. Need to make sure the odds are in my favor before signing a new contract.


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  18. peds48

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    That's what I was thinking of doing. Though debating waiting a little more. With each passing month, the chance of getting an HR44 over an HR34 improves. Need to make sure the odds are in my favor before signing a new contract.


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    Hmmm, not sure. As time passes, DirecTV starts collecting HR34s for distribution as refurbished. It will always be the luck of the draw


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  19. cypherx

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    Hmmm, not sure. As time passes, DirecTV starts collecting HR34s for distribution as refurbished. It will always be the luck of the draw


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    Well I'm not going to wait a whole nother year. Maybe by December.


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  20. sangs

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    Really enjoying this HR44-200 so far. I'll admit to being skeptical when I heard how much faster it was, etc., but it truly is much quicker than my HR34 ever was. And though I wasn't really drawn to it because of the smaller footprint, it's a nice improvement.

    As for the new remote - the RC71? That I'm not crazy about. I've been using it to get a feel for it, but am glad my previous remote works just as well - along with my Harmony. That is another great benefit, that the HR44 can do IR and RF at the same time, so my Harmony still controls it as well as it did the HR34.

    The activation/deactivation hiccups were cleared up after a couple hours last night and everything has worked perfectly since. Glad I took the plunge with this Dishbuys company. Also, the shipping was free and the HR44 arrived within two days of placing my order, which was a very nice surprise.
     

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