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Should I accept an HR44 for a balky HR34?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by carillon, Aug 4, 2014.

  1. Aug 4, 2014 #1 of 21
    carillon

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    DTV is offering to replace my HR34 that has issues with pixelated recordings with a HR44. Should I go for it or another HR34?
     
  2. Aug 4, 2014 #2 of 21
    texasbrit

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    Absolutely get the HR44!!!
     
  3. Aug 4, 2014 #3 of 21
    Drucifer

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    The HR44 is a year newer. It is currently faster when running the same software.
     
  4. Aug 4, 2014 #4 of 21
    dettxw

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    It's a no-brainer, get the HR44 which is smaller and has snappy remote response.
     
  5. Aug 4, 2014 #5 of 21
    carillon

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    I had read that other than integrated WiFi there wasn't much of a difference. Of course, hearing some "real-world" experiences will really help me with the decision. It's a warranty replacement so no charge. Only concern is we have a lot of recording we'll have to find another way to watch since they can't be transferred. Thanks!
     
  6. Aug 4, 2014 #6 of 21
    dpeters11

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    Even if it is another 34, they can't be transferred. But there is no reason to decline a 44. Question is, is that what you will really get, or just what they told you. Is this going to be shipped to you, or a truck roll?
     
  7. Aug 4, 2014 #7 of 21
    carillon

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    Was told that the ticket says to contact me once a 44 is available and they will roll a truck to replace my 34 with it.
     
  8. Aug 4, 2014 #8 of 21
    peds48

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    Hmm, that sounds "fishy".....
     
  9. Aug 4, 2014 #9 of 21
    MysteryMan

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    The HR44 adds the following......Smaller size......External, user-replaceable power supply......Internal Wi-Fi......RF compatibility with RC71 remote......Faster processor.
     
  10. carillon

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    Yeah, I know. We'll see how it plays out.
     
  11. carillon

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    Will my Harmony remote have to be re-programmed or will it still work as it did for the HR34?
     
  12. dennisj00

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    It'll work the same on IR. NO RF. (the RF is a new standard - RFCE)
     
  13. carillon

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    Thanks, I knew my Harmony didn't support RF... was just hoping that IR would work as is. Appreciate it.
     
  14. carillon

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    UPDATE: So DirecTV just left my house and my new HR44 has been installed. Now it's time to see how this unit compares to the HR34 after a couple of days to allow the software install to finish. Very please with how DTV handled my case.
     
  15. Ed Campbell

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    You may want to experiment with the new remote - if the installer didn't bring one just call and ask for the new remote which does ir and rf simultaneously. I like it - though they didn't send the backlit flavor [I forgot to ask for that].

    I tend to use it now about as often as my Harmony.


    Sent from my iPad using DBSTalk
     
  16. carillon

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    I have a Harmony remote so I'll keep using that.

    One thing I have noticed so far is that Quicktune feature pops up in about 1 second compared to 4-5 seconds on the HR34. Love this improvement, we use Quicktune all the time.
     
  17. Riverpilot

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    The HR44 is a much better machine. Unfortunately I have the HR34 that is slower than molasses, have to press the red button on the box once a week due to a total freeze, et al...

    The office of the president was ZERO help (Chad was my helper). Said the engineers were working on it.... and wouldn't replace my box.:shrugs: We'll see what happens in a couple months. Dish :)

    Glad it seems like it's working out for ya! :)
     
  18. Gordon Shumway

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    Also TOSLINK to an AVR without HDMI inputs.

    Edit: Forgot to mention, this is a joke, right?
     
  19. jimmie57

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    Have you tried the search for CLEARMYBOX, then choose Keyword and sit and let it do it's thing. It cleans out left over / unwanted / corrupted data and reloads it all.
    You will not lose any settings, lists, recordings, etc.
    Give it 48 hours to rebuild everything. Some things will come up right away, like the first few hours of the Guide data.
     
  20. carillon

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    Thanks, while I was waiting on my HR44 to be installed I did try this and it didn't help the overall performance. I have also noticed that paging through the guide flies on the HR44 compared to my replaced HR34.

    The tech who came by said the HR34 has become very problematic in the field. Not sure if that's the case generally but he said that he has noticed it.
     

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