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My HR23 700 blew up, and now i am in search of a HR-44

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by miniSQ, Jun 15, 2013.

  1. miniSQ

    miniSQ New Member

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    Long story short...my 2009 HR 23 died on thursday. I cam home from work and went into the theater room and i smelled burnt electronics, or so i suspected. It was in fact the HR23 that must have shorted or something because it was that burnt circuit board smell.

    So after about 90 minutes or so on the phone with them...may have been less, but it felt like longer, i have an install appt on 6/19 to have my new "genie" installed.

    I didn't specifically request the HR44 at the time, because i did not know anything about what models were available, i assumed Genie menant newest box available. And i did request that i get the newest model that DTV sells and they seaid that would not be a problem. Ha-ha i am so naive.



    So i call them up this morning to ask what model i would be getting, and the first guy said that he sure hopes i am getting the much newer and improved HR44. And that yes it was available in my area (Vermont) and that he would transfer me to the order desk to have them confirm that the HR44 was in fact the unit i would be getting...all was going so well.

    Then i talked to the order desk...yes you are getting the genie they said, and yes there is only one model genie so you have nothing to worry about. I then said , well is the the HR44? And they said no it was the HR34.

    So after 20 minutes of being stonewalled and excalting the call...i am no closer to knowing what will show up on wednesday and there seems to be nothing they can do other than mark on the order that customer has requested the HR44. And they suggested i call them first thing in the morning to do a field call which they say they can talk to the installer and request a HR44.

    So if he shows up with a HR34 ...should i refuse it? Or should i just accept it and if i hate it, then go out and buy a HR44 and move the HR34 to my second TV room, replacing another HR23 that i have? I think they are available for sale?

    Looking for options here...
     
  2. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Try calling the installer directly and find out what they have in stock. They may or may not tell you much but it's about the only way you can find out what you're likely to get.

    Unless there is some reason you specifically need an HR44 (Wi-Fi for instance) I wouldn't refuse the HR34. The HR44 is faster but the HR34 is no slouch either. Mine is marginally faster than my HR24.

    I think you'll be happy with either Genie but the choice is yours. :)

    Mike
     
  3. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    I have a HR34-700 and like Mike posted it's no slouch. The only added features the HR44 has are the external power supply, internet Wi-Fi, RF compatibility with the RC71 remote, optical audio out, and a slightly faster processor. So unless any or all of the added features are a must for you the HR34-700 will suffice.
     
  4. miniSQ

    miniSQ New Member

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    Thanks guys...i think the main reason i want the HR-44 is that it is smaller, and has an emergency type fan built in. The spot where it is going is a bit tighter than i would like...so i size is an issue. Also for sure the wifi would give me the ability to put a TV in my bedroom finally.

    My daughter recently got the genie and she says it is really fast...much faster than her last DVR , which was faster than my HR23. I fB messaged her to tell me if it is the 34 or the 44...no word back yet.
     
  5. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    FYI, you cannot have two Genies on one account, as least as of now

    Sent from my iPhone using DBSTalk mobile app
     
  6. jimmie57

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    Unless I am mistaken the WiFi is only for connecting the unit / system to the internet.
     
  7. miniSQ

    miniSQ New Member

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    woops...was mistaken on that then...i thought there was a client box that connected via wifi...i really have done no research on this stuff...2 days ago i was happy as a clam with my HR23.
     
  8. miniSQ

    miniSQ New Member

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    again...sorry, i am totally without a clue here...time for me to do some reading before wednesday morning. Thanks!!
     
  9. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    woops...was mistaken on that then...i thought there was a client box that connected via wifi...i really have done no research on this stuff...2 days ago i was happy as a clam with my HR23.


    There is one to to be rumored, but there is no signs of when is coming out, and if will ever come out
     
  10. miniSQ

    miniSQ New Member

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    Well installation day is here, and i have the 8am until noon window. I was told on the phone Saturday that i should call into DirectTV before 7am on the day of the install and they would call the installer for me to insure that at HR-44 was coming to my house.

    Strike 1...you can't talk to anyone at directTV until after 8. So i am going to try and call the lathm NY installer company that i believe came out to my house 4 years ago...its a long shot.
     
  11. miniSQ

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    Strike 2 and 3....installer called....no HR44...and they wont have one for at least a month. But he thinks thats good because he says the HR34 is better unit...fml. :sure:
     
  12. texasbrit

    texasbrit DIRECTV A-Team

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    Well he's wrong....and since he does not have HR44s, how would he know??
     
  13. miniSQ

    miniSQ New Member

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    exactly my fml repsonse.

    He is here now..switching me from a legacy hookup to a swm connection and he seems to know what he's doing...so i just have to be resigned to the fact that you can't always get what you want....
     
  14. mrjacobrussell

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    Just turn off power saving and you should will be fine.
     
  15. Bill Broderick

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    The model that someone has in stock is always "better" than the unit that they don't have in stock. When the installation company only has HR-44's they will instantly be comet "the better unit".
     
  16. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    ...so i just have to be resigned to the fact that you can't always get what you want....


    right on, specially when offered free of charge
     
  17. steelgtr

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    When switching from a legacy 2 tuner installation to SWIM, do they run new cables or just use 1 of the 2? After SWIM, the other legacy DVR's in the house are unaffected or do they need upgrading?

    thx

    bob
     
  18. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    When switching from a legacy 2 tuner installation to SWIM, do they run new cables or just use 1 of the 2? After SWIM, the other legacy DVR's in the house are unaffected or do they need upgrading?

    thx

    bob


    They (most of the time) use one of the two cables. I like to use the second cable to connect the power inserter . Only R16 SD DVR is SWM compatible any others will need to be replaced
     
  19. steelgtr

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  20. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Only R16 SD DVR is SWM compatible any others will need to be replaced


    Is this Gospel?? We have 2 older HD DVR's in the house that we had no intention of replacing ???


    bob


    as long as those HDDVRs are the HR2X series, you are golden! HR10 would have to be replaced
     

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