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HR44s are here! (Was: HR44 delayed...again)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by kram, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. May 7, 2013 #261 of 667
    steelgtr

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    Can't we just call a few local installers to see if they are receiving the 44's yet? I'm in San Jose for what it's worth and have a 5-28 scheduled Genie install.
     
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  2. May 7, 2013 #262 of 667
    TheRatPatrol

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    Yes he's in Phoenix, one of the test markets.
     
  3. May 8, 2013 #263 of 667
    casinoman59

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    I live in Hanford,Ca. about 40 miles south of Fresno,Ca. would I be in the Fresno,Ca. test market ?
     
  4. May 8, 2013 #264 of 667
    RunnerFL

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    If you get their locals you are in their DMA.
     
  5. May 8, 2013 #265 of 667
    DesertWind53

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    OK guys.. install is done. Installer did indeed show up with HR44 & latest clients - yay! Everything is up and working fine. Installer had a trainee with him. I thought they were all D* employees nowadays? I have his biz card, and he's a contractor, working for a company called FNL Group out of Phoenix, "authorized contractor for DirecTV". He almost left without leaving me the new remotes, I caught him at his truck. So obviously he didn't program them. Used my wired ethernet connection, after first saying he'd have to hook it up wirelessly via CCK, then relented and said he could use the wired connection. Saves me a minor tweak afterwards. Anyways all is well. Will screw around with the new toys tonight.
     
  6. May 8, 2013 #266 of 667
    Christopher Gould

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    But the HR34 has been out for well over a year not even close to the HR44
     
  7. May 8, 2013 #267 of 667
    wco81

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    Has anyone gotten it in the Bay Area, specifically the South Bay?
     
  8. May 8, 2013 #268 of 667
    DesertWind53

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    Update on today's install as I've now had time to tweak all settings and get everything completely dialed in.. I have an HR44-500, the newer Humax model, and C41-700 (Pace) clients. Good gawd those things are tiny, as is the HR44, as we all know.. but to see them in the flesh really makes you realize how well they continue to shrink this stuff. The clients seem to be just as fast and functional as my prior H24's. I love the new RF remotes, but some of the button placement is questionable, like putting the Guide button way up in the upper left corner, where it's not an easy reach - a stupid location for such a frequently used button. The volume/channel buttons are butted right up against each other, with the prev channel & mute buttons outside of them. The other way around would have made more sense to me. I'm sure I'll get used to them. Would have really appreciated backlighting on these, but no dice. I'm having one issue - my DirecTV iPad app doesn't see any receivers to control. I uninstalled and reinstalled it, no change. Everything shows up properly in my account, everything is on my network and working fine, so I'm not sure what the problem is. I'll try restarting the DVR later and see if that cures it.

    All in all - EXTREMELY pleased with the upgrade. The HR44 is lightning-fast, compact, and now serves my DVR content to the remote TVs, and that's awesome. Since the hardware cost me nothing, I'm only out the $3/month for whole home service, and the $49 truck roll. Well worth the small outlay.
     
  9. May 9, 2013 #269 of 667
    coolman302003

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    Rather then restarting I would give it some time (at least 24 hours) for everything to populate correctly including VOD since you just had it installed.

    One thing to check though make sure you have in Settings> Whole-Home> External Device> External Access set to Allow
     
  10. May 9, 2013 #270 of 667
    DesertWind53

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    I do have that enabled.. I was thinking the same thing, probably just needs a day or so to update on their end, then it should show up. We'll see soon enough.
     
  11. May 9, 2013 #271 of 667
    RunnerFL

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    Of which state?
     
  12. May 9, 2013 #272 of 667
    steelgtr

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    Ca.
     
  13. steelgtr

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    What's the best way to find local DTV installers to check availability?


    bob
     
  14. RunnerFL

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    The phone book should have them listed.
     
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    Dripping...
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    I have the HR44 and two C41s coming next week to setup. Is there a post here that shows the connections to the SWM and any devices that get installed inline with this setup? I currently have an HR-24 with two other HRs connected with whole home with a SWM-8 I believe. I would figure the devices that hook to the internet on the coax (1 Black DECA Broadband Adaptor and 2 White DECA Connected Home Adaptors) would be gone and I can hook the internet direct to the HR44 (don't need to use wireless since there is already a cat5 there). I would figure I still need to power the SWM from the power supply (Black SWM Power Inserter) that I currently use?
     
  17. west99999

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    Looks like next phase of rollouts will start soon as early as next week the rest of CA, and some other Southeast markets will get the 44.
     
  18. steelgtr

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    Yee Haw :)
     
  19. benf

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    That is all correct I believe. I had a similar setup and just got 1 HR44 and 2 C41 devices. No change to the SWM or power inserter, DECA stuff not needed. Basically he swapped out my old boxes and put the new ones in place. All are connected direct to coax with nothing in between. The installer insisted on configuring it to use my wireless access and said that if I decided to go with hard wired (router is right next to HR44) it would work but the C41's would not have internet abilities. Shortly after he left I wiped the network settings and reconfigured for direct CAT5 connection. The HR44 and clients work just fine and all have internet access. Not sure why they would want wireless over direct connect or why he'd say the clients wouldn't have access. Then again he plugged the phone line into the ethernet port on the back of the HR44 so am not convinced he was very knowledgeable.
     
  20. benf

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    Live in the Phoenix area and got my HR44 and C41 clients installed a couple days ago. Have been playing around with them and so far very pleased with the HR44, not yet convinced on the C41 clients.

    HR44 is essentially silent which was very important to me. Up close you can hear the gentle "whir" of the hard drive spinning, at a distance of 5 feet or more though I hear nothing. No fans inside the box spinning, no hard drive thrashing, etc. Box is warm but not hot. Performance is very snappy navigating the guide and menu options. I have it setup to use both the RC71 remote in RF mode and the old/familiar RC65 in IR mode. I ran into an odd issue where the 44 was only responding to button pushes on either remote about once out of every 5 presses and was very laggy. I have a "Next Generation" remote control extender in the same room for a different device, unplugged it and all problems went away. Not sure how/why that was interfering, especially in IR mode.

    I like the small size of the C41 compared to the H25's they replaced but performance is far less than that of the HR44. I expected that since it's getting everything from the main box but program guide and menu scrolling takes about 1 second for each button press. I can live with it since I don't watch a lot of TV where those two are setup, but if you want to scroll quickly though pages on the guide it can be frustrating. Have tried several resets but so far no change. Haven't done any searches on that yet so maybe there's an easy fix. Otherwise it's great being able to pause live TV from the clients which I've used several times already.
     

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