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Official: HR34 pricing as of 2/9/2012

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, Feb 9, 2012.

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  1. Mar 12, 2012 #741 of 1281
    BMW3Series

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    Okey so he is done. It is working awesome. I have the hr34 and 2 hr24 at this time. It took a little over five hours total. Would have been sooner but a piece outside was broken. He had to run back to shop. He replaced my lnb to a 4 and ran all new wires and swapped out one of my hr24. It was being hard to deal with. But everything is up and running. I haven't set up any recording yet for it was still updating. So far it seems to be fast and easy to use. I do not see any difference except i can record 5 channels at once and box is a little bigger. Later
     
  2. Mar 12, 2012 #742 of 1281
    Jerry_K

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    I own both of mine, but according to some I don't count.
     
  3. Mar 12, 2012 #743 of 1281
    BMW3Series

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    How do you own. I thought was just leasing receivers. That you couldn't own. I paid 99.99 for mine but they said i was leasing it.
     
  4. Mar 12, 2012 #744 of 1281
    inkahauts

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    Someone broke the rules to get you your units as owned.
     
  5. Mar 12, 2012 #745 of 1281
    inkahauts

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    Dtv will hook you up to the Internet. They are offering more and more services via the Internet and deca isn't just about whdvr, it's also about making sure that you have access to those other features, most of which are free, by being Internet connected. Snce you will have hr24s and a 34, it's actually more work to not hook up deca than it is to hook it up. All that is required is one network Ethernet plugged into the back of the hr34. That's it. All of the receivers will the be connected to each other and the Internet. The coax line carries the Internet as well as the sat signal between all the units, and there are no extra boxes outside your units.

    They won't charge you for a dish, it's also included inwhatever install they charge you. So is any new multiswitches if needed. And you will need a new dish.

    Yes, they will let you, most likely, upgrade. And you never know, they may offer you something, but you need to ask.
     
  6. Mar 12, 2012 #746 of 1281
    inkahauts

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    You are leasing. Someone broke the rules big time and he was a lucky recipient of that. Unfortunately, he likes to tell everyone and imply anyone can do that, which is false.
     
  7. Mar 12, 2012 #747 of 1281
    Chuck W

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    Well, had my install today. Guy showed up around 11am and was done by about 2pm. He replanced the LNBs on my dish but not the dish and installed a SWM16 as well as DECA all around.

    The one bonus was that I had an HR20-100 and he said that had to be replaced because it could not handle the MRV setup, so he replaced it with an HR24. :D I could not however, convince him to replace my HR20-700, since that does work with the MRV setup. Oh well, I was only expecting to get the HR34, so getting an HR24 as well, was unexpected.

    Anyway, he did a great job on the install. He took the time to really tune the dish so the side satellites have about 90 or so all the proper transponders. The previous installer I have several years ago, wouldn't do any tweaking because he said they were trained to line up on 119 and everything else falls into place. Well I had 100 on 119 and only 70's and a couple 60's on some. We always lost high def when it rained.

    Anyway, this time around, this guy got it right. Hopefully we will retian the signal a lot better now.

    All in all, a really good experience.

    Now if i can just get my WD EVDS 2tb(that worked perfectly with the prior HR24) to work with the HR34, I'd be set, but tried 2 different enclosures and neither work.
     
  8. Mar 12, 2012 #748 of 1281
    inkahauts

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    Put it n the hr34, and which enclosures?
     
  9. Mar 12, 2012 #749 of 1281
    trh

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    And not required -- the HR20-100 works with MRV, just a bit different hookup.
     
  10. Mar 12, 2012 #750 of 1281
    Chuck W

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    I had it in a Thermaltake plug in dock on an HR24, which worked perfectly for more than a year. When I first put it on the HR34, as is, it told me it was formatting the drive. It then went all the way to where I should see a picture but I saw a blank screen, but the menus/overlays worked. I could switch channels, but wasn't getting any picture or sound.

    So i rebooted and started getting a 75-607 error during the receiver self check. So I remember I had an issue with the dual Thermaltake Dock on the HR24, so I figured maybe the dock was the issue. I then dropped the drive into an Antec MX-1 enclosure but I continue to get the 75-607 error.

    I then put it back on the HR24(still int he Antec enclosure) and it told me it detected an issue with the drive and began scanning it. That is where it is now... about 75% done on the scanning(and hasn't found any errors). I figure it's scanning cause it doesn't understand the HR34 formatting.

    So i dunno why the HR34 doesn't like it.

    **EDIT**

    Got it to work. I took the drive, hooked it up to my computer via USB and cleared all the partitions. This forced the HR34 to reformat it and this time it came up ok and is running fine.


    I was a little surprised too, but I wasn't gonna argue lol. I'll take an HR24 over the HR20 any day :D
     
  11. Mar 12, 2012 #751 of 1281
    RACJ2

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    Yes, on the HR34 you can watch a 3rd channel that you aren't recording while recording 2 other channels. Once you press record on the 2 channels, you simply enter the 3rd channel you want to watch and it plays. The other 2 channels will record in the background. You can actually record 4 channels and watch a 5th channel that you aren't recording.
     
  12. Mar 13, 2012 #752 of 1281
    TBlazer07

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    On the HR-24's, no, on the HR-34, yes. On the HR-34 you can record up to 4 shows and watch one live or record 5 shows and watch a recording.
     
  13. Mar 13, 2012 #753 of 1281
    dpeters11

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    As long as there are no RVU clients.
     
  14. Mar 13, 2012 #754 of 1281
    Smitty1960

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    I'm even more confused now. So DTV's internet can replace my Cox internet? Or the DTV installer will INTEGRATE their equipment with my current modem and router?
     
  15. Mar 13, 2012 #755 of 1281
    Smitty1960

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    And what is an RVU client?

    So the consensus is that DTV probably WILL allow me to upgrade equipment despite being less than a year into a new two-year contract. And that I'll probably need a new dish (or at least new LNBs). The plus side is that I'll be able to record a total of 9 different shows simultaneously using 2x HR24 and 1x HR34, and I'll only need a single coax cable running to each receiver.
     
  16. Mar 13, 2012 #756 of 1281
    RACJ2

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    Currently, the only RVU client that I'm aware of is the one that is built into some models of Samsung tv's. An RVU client allows a remote tv to use the tuner off the HR34 to watch live tv vs having an additional receiver at the remote tv. DIRECTV has a beta version of an RVU client that can be used on any brand of tv, but it hasn't been released yet.

    On the internet question, you will keep your exiting Cox internet and it will be integrated for some of the features like VOD and MRV/WHDVR. The HR34 will do the MRV over the coax cable using Deca modules connected to your HR24's. The HR34 has the Deca built into it.
     
  17. Mar 13, 2012 #757 of 1281
    Smitty1960

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    I don't use VOD, probably won't use Whole House DVR, and don't know what MRV is. And I don't have enough spare RJ45 outlets available to hook all 3 DVRs up to my router. Will I need to get a new one, or will the installer just hook the HR34 up with Cat5 and the two HR24s will be linked via the coax?

    Why?

    Will I need a new dish, or will the installer just replace the LNBs?

    I know I'm asking a lot of questions, but I don't want to pay for something I won't use. I know I'll get straightforward answers on this board, whereas if I ask them of a DTV rep on the phone, they're likely going to try and "upsell" me a service.
     
  18. Mar 13, 2012 #758 of 1281
    dpeters11

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    MRV and Whole Home DVR are pretty much the same thing, MRV is Multi-Room Viewing and what we called it before they actually came out with it.

    You won't get a new LNB because you'll be at 9 tuners. They'll install a SWM16, and one cable will go to each receiver. For Internet access, they usually install a Cinema Connection Kit which plugs into the router. Or, you can plug the HR34 directly into the router and all boxes will have access.
     
  19. Mar 13, 2012 #759 of 1281
    Smitty1960

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    Thanks for all the useful info everybody. I'll be calling DTV this afternoon and see what I can get.
     
  20. Mar 13, 2012 #760 of 1281
    RACJ2

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    You will only need to connect one RJ45 to the HR34 or Cinema connection kit, so you only need one open port on your switch. And I think you may use WHDVR more then you think. Here are a couple of examples:
    • You start watching something on the HR34 and decide you want to finish watching it in a room that has the HR24. You can stop the recording and resume it in that other room.
    • If someone in your household that uses the HR24 wants to record 3 programs at the same time, they will have to record the third program on theHR34. Then they can use WHDVR to watch the recording on the HR34 from the room with the HR24.
     
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