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DBSTalk Exclusive First Look: HR34-700 Home Media Center HD DVR


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#201 OFFLINE   bakers12

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 02:50 PM

Is the UI similar to the HR2x models in looks and navigation, besides the Yellow button being used for PIP? Does anybody have a guess on whether or not the HR34 shares a lot of code with the HR2x models?

The more they have in common, the better the "experience" will be, I think.

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#202 OFFLINE   azarby

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 02:53 PM

At this point, the HR34 is in very limited release. Only a few markets across the nation have them, and supplies are limited in those location. This is an exclusive first look! Please do not call DIRECTV to order, they are not available!


How does one go about getting one of these limited receiivers. Since I am in Phoenix, is there a way to make this happen?

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 02:53 PM

Is the UI similar to the HR2x models in looks and navigation, besides the Yellow button being used for PIP? Does anybody have a guess on whether or not the HR34 shares a lot of code with the HR2x models?

The more they have in common, the better the "experience" will be, I think.


It's just like using an HR24 when it comes to the UI.
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#204 OFFLINE   matt

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 02:54 PM

How does one go about getting one of these limited receiivers. Since I am in Phoenix, is there a way to make this happen?


I saw somewhere on here they are available by phone. I think the instructions not to call in is for people outside the limited markets.
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Posted 07 October 2011 - 02:54 PM

Is the UI similar to the HR2x models in looks and navigation, besides the Yellow button being used for PIP? Does anybody have a guess on whether or not the HR34 shares a lot of code with the HR2x models?

The more they have in common, the better the "experience" will be, I think.

It pretty much mirrors the current NR UI, except ACTIVE has been added to the main menu choices on-screen.
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Posted 07 October 2011 - 03:04 PM

With the new fall season on the networks the most I have had recording at one time is three shows and that happened three times for three shows total this week. The third show was recorded on my DVD Recorder to its hard drive from HD Clear QAM basic cable. Press one button on my HDTV remote and they fille the screen in the proper AR. And they look Decent and easily watchable most likely due to the HD source giving a decent 720 by 480 resolution. I have the DVD recorder set to 30 second fwd skip and 10 second reverse skip to skip commercials easy. It took me 3 or 4 minutes last night to name the three recordings.

At the same time I could see some needing 5 tuners per TV set for sports. For me with Two hours max to watch TV per evening after family time things are getting ahead of me even with a 1 hour show taking 45 minutes to watch.



Back when I had the CW in HD, it was quite common for me to be recording on 5 tuners... over 5 tuners on some days when cable network programming I watch is on at the same time.

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 03:04 PM

So if a new customer was able to buy this, what would you have to get in order to watch a recorded program in another room and what would you have to get to be able set up recordings from another room? Since the c30 is not available and there are no RVU TVs yet, if you were to buy this now, they probably will charge you an arm and a leg when the c30 does become available since you would no longer be a new customer.

Or am I just misunderstanding this whole thing?

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 03:32 PM

Here's a bit of a novelty picture - 5 simultaneous record icons on a single receiver. :)

Thanks for the video and pictures. But I still say that's too many button pushes to turn it on. Hopefully the yellow button (as reported here) will soon be an instant on/off function.

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 03:33 PM

You know, Canis' picture is nice, but I currently have 16 tuners on one SWiM16 and have had as many as 15 of them recording at once. :P (The kids like their TV too :grin: )

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 03:34 PM

The device formerly known as the HMC30 prototype device was rebranded into the current HR34 name. That change actually took place early this year, and was referenced from the onsite reports from the Consumer Electronics Show back at that time.


C30 is RVU cliend box.

You shouldn't point to HMC30.

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 03:35 PM

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I would not be surprised if this is the first receiver where a purchase option is not an option at all. I can't see them not wanting to get every one of these back.


Even if there is not a purchase there will be owned units out there meaning we should be able to own them at some point. This one may be worth leasing. For me it will really depend on if they want to jack up the monthly fee or not. I want it for one TV and one TV only. I dont use MRV so if its close to the same as the others on monthly fees then fine if not then I wont waste my time.

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 03:49 PM

You know, Canis' picture is nice, but I currently have 16 tuners on one SWiM16 and have had as many as 15 of them recording at once. :P (The kids like their TV too :grin: )


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Posted 07 October 2011 - 03:51 PM

Thanks for the video and pictures. But I still say that's too many button pushes to turn it on. Hopefully the yellow button (as reported here) will soon be an instant on/off function.


Yes hopefully this will be the case. It's not unlike some other UI changes we've seen that we may like changed (or changed back) :)
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Posted 07 October 2011 - 03:54 PM

Even if there is not a purchase there will be owned units out there meaning we should be able to own them at some point. This one may be worth leasing. For me it will really depend on if they want to jack up the monthly fee or not. I want it for one TV and one TV only. I dont use MRV so if its close to the same as the others on monthly fees then fine if not then I wont waste my time.



Right now, I have 6 HD-DVRs. I intend on getting rid of two of them... leaving me with four.

Depending on the monthly fee associated with the HR34-700 (much as I'd hate to start a new commitment), I'll get one of them and (most likely) deactivate one of my other HD-DVRs leaving me with an HR34, and three HR24-100s.

That will be the perfect setup for me... unless DirecTV EVER moves to a per DVR fee (ala Dish Network and cable), in which case, I'll find a way to get two HR34s, and 3 C30s.

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 04:01 PM

C30 is RVU cliend box.

You shouldn't point to HMC30.


Correct, I was talking about the C30 thin client. Pace put out a press release saying it was the first certified RVU client back in late August, but yet we are hearing in this thread that it isn't getting released along with the HR34. This makes me wonder if the current HR34 is not certified and can't work as a true RVU server at this time (only works as a Whole Home DVR server currently).
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Posted 07 October 2011 - 04:04 PM

Correct, I was talking about the C30 thin client. Pace put out a press release saying it was the first certified RVU client back in late August, but yet we are hearing in this thread that it isn't getting released along with the HR34. This makes me wonder if the current HR34 is not certified and can't work as a true RVU server at this time (only works as a Whole Home DVR server currently).


If we could have access to RVU certification DB as for FCC and UL ...

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 04:15 PM

Great job with the First Look!

Want one! Want one! Want one! Want one! Want one!

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 04:15 PM

I saw somewhere on here they are available by phone. I think the instructions not to call in is for people outside the limited markets.


Tried that. They said they are unable to process an order at this time.

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 04:21 PM

Great first look but this is all a big tease :) Now I have to pretend it does not really exist until 2012 :(
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Posted 07 October 2011 - 04:23 PM

Can the HR34 output different channels to 2 separate tv's, or is it just PiP on one tv?

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 04:27 PM

I saw somewhere on here they are available by phone. I think the instructions not to call in is for people outside the limited markets.


Tried that. They said they are unable to process an order at this time.

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Tried again and got to the access card department. HR34-700 is only avaialble to new customers. No upgrades allowed.:(

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 04:34 PM

Enjoyed reading through this thread. Learned alot and appreciate the info from those that have some hands on experience.

Hope they release to South Florida some time soon. Even before me as a current customer can get one is OK.

I am sooooo tired of seeing the U-Verse commercials about 4 tuners. See it hourly on TV.

Have a SWM16 so if and when I am ready.

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 04:47 PM

Great First Look, can't wait till i can get one for myself.
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Posted 07 October 2011 - 04:55 PM

Actually, I'm not sure of the exact mechanics of it but it seems that if you boot up the other DVRs first and then the HR34, it will use as many tuners as it can. If you have two HR24s and start them first, then start the HR34, the HR34 will only pull 4 tuners if they are all on the same SWiM leg.

This was just from my testing, I don't think this is an approved way to do it.


I wouldn't be surprised, no, actually, I expect them to have a way in the initial setup screens to select how many tuners you want active at any one time.

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 04:56 PM

One other point ... DLB switching is super QUICK. Lightning quick. (after it's started)
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