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What would be my best upgrade path ?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by rorkin, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. Nov 5, 2012 #1 of 13
    rorkin

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    I currently am past my 2 year commitment so I am considering an upgrade.

    Currently have old dish with 4 wire output.. No swm in system.

    Have a HR 21
    3 H20's
    and 2 AR 21 for local

    Dish Distributed by zinwell 6 x 8

    All fed by 2 coax to each unit for Dish and 3rd for OTA.

    Home network is wireless/n.

    H21 is connected through game adaptor to download guide .
    Only one that is capable of Networking.

    Looking to upgrade recording capabilities and to multi room viewing

    Tv's are all Sony LED but at least 6 years old.

    Suggested approach and configurations welcome..
     
  2. Nov 5, 2012 #2 of 13
    otaliema

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    I would start by calling Directv and seeing what upgrade they have avabile for you. might be able to get a full upgrade for less then you might think, that includes replacment of the H20's to H21+ for MRV compatableity and swim dish upgrade. If they extend an offer of an addional HDDVR for what you deam resonable, might as well run with it for replacing one of the H2x's, (no billing change unless you add as addional room) you can also look at a genie upgrade will proly cost more than a MRV upgrade but will also net you the top of the line unit currently avabile.
    As for what upgrade path would be best that depends on what you want to get out of the upgrade and how much you want to spend.
     
  3. Nov 5, 2012 #3 of 13
    Stuart Sweet

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    If you call DIRECTV they may offer you a free HR34 Genie and clients as well as a SWM upgrade. That would be the way to go to replace your DVR and receivers. It would give you the ability to record up to 5 things at the same time and pause live TV in any room.

    The only issue is that you could only watch or record a total of 2 off-air streams in the entire home. Would that be a problem?
     
  4. Nov 5, 2012 #4 of 13
    rorkin

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    I would have to think about that but probably not an issue.. If I added another off air receiver would that bump that up to 3 off air recordings ??
     
  5. Nov 5, 2012 #5 of 13
    Stuart Sweet

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    It would not. The HR34 Genie can only support one AM21. You would need to add a second DVR.
     
  6. Nov 5, 2012 #6 of 13
    smitbret

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    Depending on your status and history with DirecTV, you will most likely be met with a Whole-Home Upgrade that would cost just the install ($49) or delivery ($19.95). That would include a 2nd HDDVR and an HD IRD. Your other H20 would also be swapped out for an MRV compatible unit at no cost. You'll end up with 2 HDDVRs and 2 HD IRDs. You'll get the option for CCK upgrade, too. Take it and dump the wireless adapter in your hr21. Your bill will go up $3/month for the MRV, but otherwise should stay the same. Tech will take 2-3 hours to set it up since you'll get a new SWM system, LNB, switches, half as many cables, etc. If they try to give you an HR22, I would refuse the install. Have 'em put it in the tech notes. Just an insider tip.

    You may get an option for a discounted HR34, but I wouldn't plan on it. I have seen a couple of discount offers but they are few and far between. I've never seen one offered at no cost for existing customers.

    Should be easy with any technical agent that has been working longer than a month or so. Just put the AM21s on the HDDVRs. Installation has been wide open the last week or two, except of the east coast and I'm getting way more than half set up within 24 hours. Give us a call.
     
  7. rorkin

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    Not sure what you mean about the HR-22-- Would that be an offer on the 2nd Recorder ??

    What model should the 2nd recorder be ?? Forgive me what is a cck upgrade .. I have not looked at this stuff in a while
     
  8. carl6

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    The HR2x series DVRs are all considered equivalent by DirecTV. Therefore you could get an HR21, HR22, HR23 or HR24. Some people prefer some of those models over others. I have had and used all with no problems, however smitbret is suggesting you should not accept an HR22 (ask for an HR24 instead). Whether or not you will be able to actually do that will depend entirely on the installer you get and what equipment is on his truck. Personally, I would not refuse the install because of an HR22.

    CCK is Cinema Connection Kit. There is also a WCCK (Wireless CCK). This is the interface between your DirecTV equipment and your home network for internet access for the DVRs.
     
  9. Rob

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    Ok, here is my situation. I am off contract. I have 4 HR20's all connected with the whole home/swim/etc. The HR20's are slow with the remote, bringing up guide, changing channels. But I am able to record 8 channels at once, plus download capability on all four. I think the 4 HR20 draws a lot of electricity.

    I have Cox and U-Verse (or Dish) as other options.
     
  10. dpeters11

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    I think it's about 40 watts each.

    I don't think you'll find a DVR that uses much less than that, other than something like the Genie that could replace two DVRs.

    Even the best scenario at UVerse wouldn't allow that much HD at once.
     
  11. Datagg

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    If your contract is up, mention Dish and the hopper, they will defend the genie, say yeah but I can get the hopper for free.... For me that got me a free genie and free instal, since it was just a swap anyways.

    But if you go the Genie route, when it works it is great, when it bugs out not so good. Overall i love it, yet it does have its issues that after a year now of it being out is inexcusable.
     
  12. dpeters11

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    Hopper isn't bug free either.
     
  13. Datagg

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    Never claimed it was, or suggested to get one, but the shear notion of leaving for the hopper makes DTV shriek and they couldn't have been quicker to get me one for free. My bro did the same thing, so its worth a shot if you have some leverage.
     

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