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DBSTalk Exclusive First Look: HR44-700 Genie


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#1 OFFLINE   Scott Kocourek

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:46 PM

DIRECTV blew us away with the latest Genie RVU server, the HR44-700.

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HR44-700 Genie First Look

This product is not available at this time.


This is the receiver we've all been waiting for. Thank you to the entire HR44-700 Genie test team, it's been fun working with all of you. It's great to share a Field trial with such a large test group.


Please note that some DBSTalk.com testers and staff members may have received free equipment from DIRECTV or its partners for the purpose of evaluation and testing.

Edited by Scott Kocourek, 10 January 2013 - 01:17 AM.

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#2 OFFLINE   Scott Kocourek

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 01:18 AM

I want to mention one more time that the HR44-700 is not available at this time, please do not call DIRECTV and ask for it.

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#3 OFFLINE   HoTat2

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:43 AM

So AIUI, the WiFi capability is only for cinema connection to the home network and not part of a new wireless RVU client connection option?

Nice first look (as always) BTW.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:06 AM

And I just recently signed a new 2 year deal and had to haggle for current Genie. FML.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:49 AM

So AIUI, the WiFi capability is only for cinema connection to the home network and not part of a new wireless RVU client connection option?

Nice first look (as always) BTW.


Well, you can,always hook up a DIRECTV Wireless Boradband Internet Connection Kit to a c31 and have a wifi client. That works with the HR34, so it will work for the hr44 too.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:49 AM

So...wait a minute...even after reading that first look I have no idea if it can do wireless RVU or not. Why is everyone skirting this simple question?

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:53 AM

So...wait a minute...even after reading that first look I have no idea if it can do wireless RVU or not. Why is everyone skirting this simple question?


It's early in the morning. Wait till their coffee kicks in. ;)

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:55 AM

So...wait a minute...even after reading that first look I have no idea if it can do wireless RVU or not. Why is everyone skirting this simple question?


If you mean do they have a specific wireless client to pair with it, the answer is that doesn't exist yet, but who knows in the future. And we don't know what all they have done with the wifi specs per se.

I don't know for sure which chips are inside this puppy and what all is set up for wifi. Its great to speculate on this whole thing though.

Could be its wifi is only able to connect to a customers router, or it could be it also has an access point built in to, and could connect directly to a wifi client if they ever build one. We just don't know.

Personally, my money is on it being an access point too so they could segregate any client wifi from the customers other wifi home network, similar to how they use moca to keep their wired Streaming info off people's home networks.

Again, that's just me spit ballin... No actual facts to back that up though.

Edited by inkahauts, 10 January 2013 - 04:14 AM.


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Posted 10 January 2013 - 04:00 AM

So in other words...wait for the C41 first look...and since both are going into production now (per press releases) I really do not see the point of keeping this cool feature hidden.

I do agree with inkahauts that if directv is going to officially support wireless RVUs, then the Genie Server (HR44) will need to have both a wireless "router" capability and a connection capability. There is no way directv would support the C41 clients going through each persons individual internet router...to many variables to support and that would be customer service madness.

Edited by tpm1999, 10 January 2013 - 04:22 AM.

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#10 OFFLINE   JACKIEGAGA

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 04:35 AM

Great job on the first look guys.I want one.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 04:36 AM

Great job,as usual guys!

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 04:53 AM

So AIUI, the WiFi capability is only for cinema connection to the home network and not part of a new wireless RVU client connection option?

Nice first look (as always) BTW.

The First Look doesn't say it only for cinema connection and honestly I don't know what the plans are. However, it is Wi-Fi so who knows what future capabilities it may have.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 05:14 AM

:) I like, I like a lot!
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:47 AM

Nice work on the First Look be the field test team, as well as Scott for construction of the FL document itself.

Once these units begin to become available, those who have them will find that they are going to end up being known as the best HD DVR released by DirecTV to date.
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:57 AM

Nice! glad I hadnt pulled the trigger on the HR34 yet. I think I will wait.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:01 AM

Worth the wait. Fabulous box.
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:11 AM

This this is sweet. :)

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:18 AM

Outstanding job as always guys. Looks very cool. I'm glad I waited to get one.

I have a few questions
  • Any time frame on availability?
  • Why no stop button on the remote? Are you suppose to use "exit" now?
  • Why still a limit on 100 series links? Now that its faster I would think it could handle more?
  • Did you ask about a future PIP toggle, or the possibility moving the PIP selection to the left side on the info screen? Or use the dash button as a toggle?
  • Any future possibility of having an 8 tuner HMC with a bigger hard drive? ;) :P
Thanks, great on the first look. :)

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:19 AM

As others have said, great box. UI speed is the best so far and with no fan running all the time very quiet also.

And yes it works with AM21's and does channel scan like the HR34.

See post My Setup for configuration info.


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Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:26 AM

Outstanding job as always guys. Looks very cool. I'm glad I waited to get one.

I have a few questions

  • Any time frame on availability?
  • Why no stop button on the remote? Are you suppose to use "exit" now?
  • Why still a limit on 100 series links? Now that its faster I would think it could handle more?
  • Did you ask about a future PIP toggle, or the possibility moving the PIP selection to the left side on the info screen? Or use the dash button as a toggle?
  • Any future possibility of having an 8 tuner HMC with a bigger hard drive? ;) :P
Thanks, great on the first look. :)

Most of those questions would be unknown to the test team, and yes the "stop" button will probably be a topic of discussion. Personally, I've always used EXIT, but others may have different perspectives.
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