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For those who own HR34's, Would you still get one if you had to do it over?


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Poll: For those who own HR34's, Would you still get one if you had to do it over? (150 member(s) have cast votes)

For those who own HR34's, Would you still get one if you had to do it over?

  1. Yes (135 votes [90.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 90.00%

  2. No (6 votes [4.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.00%

  3. Maybe (explain) (9 votes [6.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.00%

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#51 OFFLINE   Billzebub

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 06:26 PM

I use mine mostly for recording since it's connected to the same TV as my HR24. When football season starts I expect I'll use it from 1:00 to 7:30 on Sundays to take advantage of the picture in picture.

I haven't regretted the purchase for a minute (although I jumped on board early and got a good price).

I hate to admit that I do have 5 channels recording at the same time on Sunday nights.

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#52 OFFLINE   Billzebub

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 06:32 PM

So other than the person that got one for $80 installed, still like to hear that story, what's the best deal anyone has gotten.


Got mine in March for $249 minus a $100 credit for a net of $149.

This included installation with a SWM 16.

I was happy with that. I can now record up tp 11 shows at once with my HR34, HR24, HR22 and R22.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 06:34 PM

So other than the person that got one for $80 installed, still like to hear that story, what's the best deal anyone has gotten.


Free
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#54 OFFLINE   topgun80

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 07:17 PM

Free


Please explain, I had 2 different reps tell me that they have never been free. Occasionally discounted a little but never free.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 07:40 PM

Please explain, I had 2 different reps tell me that they have never been free. Occasionally discounted a little but never free.


Discounted to $199 - $199 in credits = Free
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Posted 18 August 2012 - 08:24 PM

If you don't mind schedule show recordings being canceled with no reason why when they are new, go for it.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 08:30 PM

If you don't mind schedule show recordings being canceled with no reason why when they are new, go for it.


The unit gave you reasons for the cancellations. Let's keep discussion of your issue in the thread you started and keep this one clear for the OP's poll.
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 08:20 AM

There are still a few issues with it, but it's really a GREAT box if you record a lot of stuff. I LOVE being able to record 5 different channels at the same time-very rarely have I had a conflict, and when I did, I was able to find another viewing sometimes later that I could record. With the HR2x line, I had to have 2 of them. The storage on it is nice too (I upgraded to 2TB, but most people will be fine with the stock 1TB drive). I know a lot of people fear having too much on the drive, for fear of it dying. Connect the HR34 (Or any DVR) to a good UPS, and that will eliminate a lot of problems, and the chances of the hard drive dying prematurely.

Do you mean with an eSATA drive or is there a factory option for a 2T?

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 08:23 AM

Do you mean with an eSATA drive or is there a factory option for a 2T?


No, there is no factory option for 2TB. It comes with a 1TB hard drive only. I did not go with an eSATA drive either, as these aren't as reliable as the internal drive, which I upgraded. However, this is NOT recommended, as it will void your warranty, meaning if there's something wrong with the receiver and it has to be swapped out, Directv COULD charge you FULL PRICE for the HR34 (NOT the $499 they charge for it). Upgrading the internal hard drive is a "Proceed at your own risk" upgrade.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 11:24 AM

I see, thanks for the info.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 12:10 PM

$99 for the HR34 and $49 install in Los Angeles; but got the deal when calling Tech Support regarding another issue. When tech asked if there was anything else they could help with, I said, "give me your best deal on HR34 upgrade". Was amazed because 2 days earlier I was quoted $399 plus install when I ordered free cinema direct kit. Gotta say as well, best install tech ever in my 9+ years with DirecTv. :)

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 01:04 PM

Without a doubt. With five tuners, there's never a worry that recording two or three races plus a football game on a Sunday is going to be a problem.
I do have four HR2x dvrs in the house, but going from one to another to schedule more than two sports events (with padding) to avoid conflicts is a major pita.
I do wish, however, that the HR34 would have come with a 4Tb drive.
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 01:10 PM

Without a doubt. With five tuners, there's never a worry that recording two or three races plus a football game on a Sunday is going to be a problem.
I do have four HR2x dvrs in the house, but going from one to another to schedule more than two sports events (with padding) to avoid conflicts is a major pita.
I do wish, however, that the HR34 would have come with a 4Tb drive.


It would be nice if it supported that even as an external. But, at that point, I'd want the drive transferable to a different box.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 01:50 PM

Was all gung ho for it but couldn't get a satisfactory deal.

So at some point, will look at Tivo when they get their extender out or the Ceton DVR and extender.

Or see what Apple does.

I like the D* HD lineup but I can save some money on a promo deal and get faster data connection through Comcast.

Probably wouldn't have thought to switch if D* didn't screw around with the HR34 upgrades for longtime customers.

Guess the only way to get a deal without a hassle is to leave and then sign up again later with a new customer deal.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 12:54 PM

How, may I ask, did you get a deal like that? What's the usual price for an upgrade?


It came about during a call with what I believe was a retentions representative. I had used the email us link on the website to inquire whether I was currently under contract and if I was, when did it end. The email reply said they don't send that type of information out via email. It included an 800# and a reference number.
When I called we chatted about why I was asking about my contract. After we were done with that I asked what it would cost to add an HR34 to my account. The rep worked for a while and came up with the $80 final price after discounts.
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 02:48 PM

Thanks for the detailed info. Best I could get was $150 installed but I can live with that.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 09:03 AM

I recently had my equipment upgraded to an HR34/HR24 . I have to say I am very happy with the new system. I would do it again.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 11:10 AM

Can 2 or more HR34's co-exist and be whole-home networked together? For those times that 5 shows at once just won't do. (Football season is around the corner.)

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 11:18 AM

Can 2 or more HR34's co-exist and be whole-home networked together? For those times that 5 shows at once just won't do. (Football season is around the corner.)


There's practically a whole thread dedicated to the proposition that we can't have two '34s on the same account per DIRECTV® fiat. At the same time, a few report having networked a couple.
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 11:26 AM

Can 2 or more HR34's co-exist and be whole-home networked together? For those times that 5 shows at once just won't do. (Football season is around the corner.)


There are a FEW (And I mean that literally) people on here that have 2 HR34s. They are successfully networked together and can use MRV between the 2. Really, it's like have 2 HR24s, but with 10 tuners. However, for some reason, Directv does not allow 2 HR34s on the same account. They won't sell/lease you a 2nd one, and if you obtain one through a 3rd party (Solid Signal), they won't activate, will want it back, and according to some people, will NOT refund the $400 you paid for it.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 10:05 PM

If you had asked me 6 months ago I would have said no. But with the latest software for it it's a much better box and would have no problem recommending it.


If you had asked me 6 months ago, I would have said yes. But with the latest software it's so much worse a box I have no ability whatsoever to recommend it.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 10:43 PM

though she hasn't dabbled in PIP.

Too many button presses? If it only had a PIP toggle...... ;)

I don't have one yet, but I've tried out my dads and like it. I want to get one, but I keep thinking D* maybe coming out with an 8 tuner one and take advantage of the SWiM 8, allowing for up to 4 streams at once. :grin:




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