I am wondering if anyone else has run into this problem - if I try to change channels by inputting the channel numbers (rather than channel up or down or through the guide) if often will fail to actually change the channel. It is not a remote control problem, because the channel numbers show up on the top left corner of the TV screen, so I know the receiver is getting the command... but rather than change it stays on the existing channel. After two or three times, it will finally change the channel to the number I input. It is an intermittent problem - so, sometimes when I input the number it will work and go straight to that channel. But every other time or so it will not. When it does not work, I often have to input the same number like three or four times before it will actually change the receiver to that channel. I have reset the receiver, changed the batteries in the remote (even though I know that's not the problem) but still the same intermittent problem. I have an HR-24 as well, and no problem whatsover. Also, if I go through the guide, no problem. If I use channel up and down, no problem. It's only when I go to input the channel number as the method to change channels. Not sure if this is just an HR-44 issue or perhaps HR-34 too? I called Directv yesterday and the tech person I spoke to said it's the first time she's heard of that problem. Because it's intermittent she said it's not enough to justify any further action. Just live with it and change channels through the guide. Not exactly the response I was hoping for. I saw a similar complaint in the Directv technical forum - but the ultimate result was just a new receiver. It seems like more of a software issue than hardware, but what do I know. I didn't see a thread on here regarding this problem, so maybe it's only a few of us. Not a deal breaker by any means - I love the HR-44, but it is frustrating.