Made another inquiry over the weekend. I'm on contract until mid this year due to upgrading an old SD DVR a couple years ago. I've never gotten any deals on my bill other than 2 referrals and the 2 year HD credit. They're still trying to get me for $200 for the HR34 alone, not even getting into any installation costs etc.
Maybe by time an HR44 comes out they'll be willing to deal with me.
I had 6 months left on my contract... A call, stating I would save more going to Dish and the Hopper looks great and I want to cancel my account. They dont like the thought of the Hopper. After that mention, 2 days later free Genie hookup. You might give that a whirl. As for waiting for the HR44, well its taken over a year to straighten out bugs in the HR34 and still some exist, for me and others....So i would personally hold off on a new unit at least a year seeing as though DTV takes that long plus to get a piece of hardware to work as it should.