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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by kram, Mar 1, 2013.
Which CA markets were they offering this in?
He said "the rest of CA..." Sounds like all markets in CA.
I meant which were the first CA markets before?
Any word on when both a HR34 & HR44 can be activated on the same account?
Nothing has been said as to if this will even be an option much less when.
I guess I was going on this comment which was a comment on a seemingly non-existant comment. Pretty thin...
With your hr44/C41 setup, does the c41 let you access dual live tuners, like you can with an HR using the down button? When you first turn it on, is the 90 minute buffer there? I like to wake up to a news channel, and then quickly rewind 20 or 30 minutes so I can get caught up on the news while skipping commercials. Lastly, is there much lag when you use trick play commands, like ff or 30 sec skips on the C41?
No word, but my personal guess is in the Fall......
but note I haven't said in what year.... but I am hoping for this one!
Yes on the dual live tuners. Hitting down twice activates it and I can switch back and forth between the two with down arrow and buffer is retained for both. Performance doing this is pretty good. Not as good as being at the HR device but not bad at all.
As for the 90 minute buffer at power on, that doesn't appear to be there, or at least is hit and miss. After powering off client I waited about 15 minutes and powered back on and the 15 minute buffer was still there. However, I tried it again, this time going to the HR and switching channels, then came back to the client and the buffer was gone at power on. Even more odd, if the buffer is active, and this appears to be the case on the HR as well, if a new show starts the buffer resets itself to the start of that show. For example if a football game ends at 5pm and news comes on at 5pm, if it was left on that channel at 4:30 and I come back to it at 4:59 the 29 minute buffer is there. But if I power on at 5:05pm there's only a 5 minute buffer. (I hope that all makes sense.) And even more interesting, if my wife is watching channel 100 and has been for an hour, and I've been watching channel 50 for 1/2 hour, if I flip over to channel 100 the entire buffer from my wife's "session" is all there. Maybe this is typical behavior, I'm a DVR noob, but thought that was kind of cool.
There's about a 5 second delay from the point of hitting >> for the 30 second slip to finish and return to normal viewing. I haven't tried skip instead of slip, guessing that would be a little faster. Slip at the HR unit is 1-2 seconds.
Other findings... Messing around with pausing live, FF, rewinding, etc at the client seems to have made it lock up a couple times. Only way to get out of it was to switch channels. I read where that happened/happens with C31 clients, not sure if that's a known issue with C41's now as well. Seems to happen at the point the buffer catches up to live TV using FF.
Also, I'm not even sure about the 90 minute buffer at power on for the HR44 itself. When I first started testing and powered it on there was no buffer, but about an hour later when I powered on there was 1 hour of buffer. It's possible the HR had gone into "sleep" mode after 4 hours, something I'm going to turn off, but I was also messing around with the client box in between so not sure if doing that nuked the buffer on the HR. Anyway, some kind of odd stuff but again I'm a noob and this may be something that just happens.
Benf, thanks for the detailed answers! The only real bummer is the 30 second response to the >> command. Try it with 30 skip. You can activate it by searching "30SKIP" and selecting it as a keyword search. Also, I wondered why you ever powered on either device? Why not just leave everything "on" all the time? I don't think turning them off offers any real advantages. Thanks again!
The 30 skip is much faster on the C41 than the 30 slip, 1-2 seconds from button push to the actual skip and control returned to TV. I did leave both client boxes powered on last night and indeed the 90 minute buffer is there and intact on both.
Force of habit I suppose on the powering off... I just hit the master power off button on the remote and don't even think about it since I've not had DVR before. To leave it powered on I'd have to remember to hit the PWR button on the RC65 remote to turn back on the DVR device (so TV doesn't power back on as well), or use the TV dedicated remote to only turn off TV.
Any ideas on whice Southeast markets will get them. I am in the Charleston,SC market.
I am in Kansas City and not a test market. I called the main number and asked about an upgrade. They looked up something on the database and said I would be getting the HR44. I stated at least two more times that I am wanting the HR44. They are sending me the equipment since my setup is already approved to just swap the equipment. They did state that it could be returned as long as it is not activated. I would think anyone that is already on at least a SWM 8 could do this too.
Chances are better when techs deliver the equipment.
I can promise 100% that you will not get a 44 if a tech comes out from KC. If they ship it I cannot say for sure but I would say if you are only wanting a 44 I would call and cancel your order and wait a couple of weeks.
Usually but in the case of Kansas City DMA his chance of a tech having a 44 is 0%. lol
Right, I was referring to chances if the HR44 WAS available. if DirecTV were to send it, it will probably be a refurb 34, where a tech will have a shinny new 44
Still no HR44's in San Diego. I had to reschedule for next week. The Directv rep said that all HR44's are being held back until all the install techs can be trained on them. She said that should be 1-3 weeks.
Having my HR44 installed right now in Saline, Michigan
After the install, will have:
Also having them upgrade me to the SWiM 16 as well. Given that we had a DECA from our past install we can apparently use that for our network connection and don't need to make use of the WiFi which is what I prefer.
Looks good - maybe they're are expanding to non-beta areas? You're outside the beta markets right?