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Need opinions on HR-34

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Beckzilla, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. Sep 9, 2012 #1 of 11
    Beckzilla

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    I have been waiting for awhile to get this receiver before I am sure it is reliable and not buggy. Currently have HR-24 and it slows down sometimes and RF remote response is not acceptable and drives me nuts. So I need feedback on HR-34 owners and their experiences. I understand this has PIP. Is that function internal in the tuner and can show 2 different DTV stations at the same time?
     
  2. Sep 9, 2012 #2 of 11
    Davenlr

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    Its the same speed or slightly slower than my HR24. PIP uses the two primary tuners, and is internal, but turning it on and controlling it requires numerous remote key presses.
    It has side by side, or corners options.
     
  3. Sep 9, 2012 #3 of 11
    Stuart Sweet

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    I've had both and I would recommend the HR34 without hesitation. 5 tuners!
     
  4. Sep 9, 2012 #4 of 11
    NR4P

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    I have 24's and a HR34. I recommend the 34. But frankly while the PIP is nice, its quite a few button pushes to get it on the screen. No dedicated PIP button on any remote.

    But the 34 and 24 speed and performance are identical as best I can tell. I have no slowdowns with the 24.
     
  5. Sep 9, 2012 #5 of 11
    Carl Spock

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    Instead of a new DVR, can I suggest the Next Generation RF remote repeater to replace the RF section of your HR24's remote control?

    I found the RF side of DirecTV's remotes to be inconsistent, missing many button pushes, at least in my home.

    That doesn't happen with the Next Generation remote extender. It has remarkable range and transmits most every button push I make.

    I've used it in customer's houses and my own house for years. You can outfit many remotes with its transmitter so you could use it with a DVD player's remote, too.

    The Next Generation remote extender also remarkably cheap for how good it is.

    It sounds like it would solve at least one of your problems with the HR24.

    And to answer your question more directly, I really like my HR34. I can't compare it with a HR24 as I've never owned one. It is still a bit buggy but not bad. The bugs don't seem to affect the basic performance of the unit.
     
  6. Sep 9, 2012 #6 of 11
    trh

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    Can a remote like a Harmony be programmed to do PIP with one button?
     
  7. Sep 9, 2012 #7 of 11
    Carl Spock

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    Probably not in just the five steps you are allowed with a macro function in a Harmony remote. Plus with any universal remote, not just Harmony's, you'd have to tell the macro to "step right arrow" six times, which is problematic with a remote. If you want to get it to step six times to the right and the DVR only sees five of those steps, suddenly you are adjusting the Parental settings instead and now things are really messed up.

    I think this objection is way over blown. Maybe it's because I really don't like PIP and seldom use it, but it isn't that hard to start PIP. Once you have, you can toggle between the two shows with just one button. Certainly it could be easier to access PIP, but PIP is much easier to get to than the To Do list. Now there is a function which I use all the time that you really have to work hard to get to.
     
  8. Sep 9, 2012 #8 of 11
    dsw2112

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    I've used the HR34 side by side with an HR24-500. I can't say the HR34's "response" is quite as quick as the HR24, but it's not far behind. The 34 still has a quirk or two, and I've seen it slow down on occasion as well. If you're offered a deal on one I think it's a no brainer.
     
  9. T-Mac

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    I still think the HR34 is an "alpha" box. Direct keeps working on adding new features rather than fixing the issues such as the glitchy guide, slow response, broken VOD, PIP (bad UI).


    The only reasons to choose the 34 imo are:

    1) You want the larger HD
    2) You plan to often record 3 or more shows simultaneously
     
  10. dettxw

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    You've gotta decide what's important to you.
    The HR34 is great for PiP (though it's incomprehensible that it takes so many key presses to get it up), the 5 tuners, the larger hard drive, and RVU capability.
    But if the nimble HR24 remote response drives you nuts then the HR34 will put you over the edge. That's not saying that they won't speed it up in the future but right now HR34 use requires patience.
     
  11. RACJ2

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    A remote like a Harmony can do it with one button, but a Harmony can't. As mentioned, it doesn't have enough "steps" to handle all the right arrows you need. I have an AR remote and have 3 macros set up. They are PIP On, PIP Off and PIP Menu. Usually PIP On and Off macros work fine, except when the HR34 decides to start running slow. So then I use PIP Menu, which has extra right arrow commands, so it almost always lands me on the PIP menu. Then I can arrow down to select On, Off or move the PIP location. So it becomes more then one key stroke, but better then 8+ key strokes.
     

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