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#141 OFFLINE   cypherx

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 04:51 PM

Hmm, I think I want this. HR34 not really interested in. But HR44 sounds like the HR34 with all the speed issues worked out.

Not too fond of the remote. How heavy is the remote? I wish they had a clam shell design that opened up to find a QWERTY keyboard. That would be great for searches (Smart Search, YouTube, etc..) or pave the way for more featured TV Apps.

I hope someday a wifi QWERTY keyboard comes to the iPhone and iPad apps to make typing in search strings easier.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:49 PM

Like the new remote. Will be happy to get the HR44 (for free, as was the case with my HR34) when available.

For now though, after the last software update, I'm pretty happy with my HR34 and two C31s. The HR34 is consistently far faster then my former HR20/21s. Ample storage. Easier to set up recordings on one DVR. The C31s are definitely slower than the HR34, but still faster than my old units, and their speed is consistent, unlike the old boxes, which bogged down periodically.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:59 PM

I don't think anyone has said that it will be able to be explicitly ordered.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:24 PM

When will it be available, roughly?

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:25 PM

When will it be available, roughly?

The only public answer to date: "Sometime in 2013".
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Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:39 PM

When will it be available, roughly?


Soon, I hope.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:36 PM

Considering that DirecTV is still working out the "bugs" with the HR34; it seems hard to fathom going to the HR44 and having to relive some of the similar bugs. The HR34 has only been available since September, or so, which means there is still some more "tweaking" to do. Let's just say, compared to the DISH VIP711K; it is much faster and feature rich.

I do not use the Genie recommends feature, because I like to pick and choose what i want to record or view.

So, unless DirecTV says they are going to a swap out, for free, fro existing HR34 customers, I will stick with the HR34.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:47 PM

The HR34 is a very good DVR, I wouldn't try and upgrade to the 44 either.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:48 PM

The HR34 has only been available since September, or so, which means there is still some more "tweaking" to do.


IIRC the HR34 started a limited rollout in February last year with a more general rollout in the summer.

See post My Setup for configuration info.


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 02:11 PM

The first spotting of the HR34 (HMC30 at the time):

http://www.dbstalk.c...692#post2677692


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 02:35 PM

A fine report was that!
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 02:50 PM

The HR34 is a very good DVR, I wouldn't try and upgrade to the 44 either.


There is no thought that they'll have exclusive software features that are 44 only, right? It doesn't fit their general model but that would be my concern, that I couldn't get something because I didn't have the 44.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 02:57 PM

There is no thought that they'll have exclusive software features that are 44 only, right? It doesn't fit their general model but that would be my concern, that I couldn't get something because I didn't have the 44.


Well its a faster processor so maybe just faster navigation and operation? Faster boot would be nice. At almost 20 minutes to reboot is a long time.

Maybe the faster processor could lead to things like that fluid feeling when moving between screens on modern operating systems. IE) Android's project butter, iOS, Windows Aero, Xfinity X1.

The flow (screen transition effects) on the Xfinity X1 add a lot of polish to the experience. I'd like to see that if the HR44 has the processor that can handle it. If they chose Intel CE3100/4100 or better, then they can do it, as Pace accomplished in the X1 DVR as shown here:

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 02:58 PM

I don't believe there will be any exclusive software features. Remember the HR44 will not need a WDCCK because it has the wireless capability built in.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:06 PM

Well its a faster processor so maybe just faster navigation and operation? Faster boot would be nice. At almost 20 minutes to reboot is a long time.

Maybe the faster processor could lead to things like that fluid feeling when moving between screens on modern operating systems. IE) Android's project butter, iOS, Windows Aero, Xfinity X1.

The flow (screen transition effects) on the Xfinity X1 add a lot of polish to the experience. I'd like to see that if the HR44 has the processor that can handle it. If they chose Intel CE3100/4100 or better, then they can do it, as Pace accomplished in the X1 DVR as shown here:


Faster boot would be nice, but mine is covered for a small blip in power. I don't spend much time in menus, use the guide a few times a month.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:08 PM

HR44 boot time is quicker.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:09 PM

I believe the HR44 will boot in about 4 minutes. It is very fast.

To clarify my earlier comment about not trying to get an HR44, If I had a 34 I would not run out and try to get a 44.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:24 PM

I believe the HR44 will boot in about 4 minutes. It is very fast.


That's a very good improvement. Some of that time is likely spent waiting for data to spool some guide info don't you think? My laptop boots a full windows 7 64-bit operating system in under a minute... SSD drives, but still...

I could live with under 5 minute DirecTV boot. The faster the better. I do have my HR24 on an APC UPS to guard against the small sags, blips, and outages to help mitigate that issue. Also another UPS in my utility room where my networking gear and SWM power inserter are connected.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:43 PM

Since they've re-added the optical(thank god) do we think we can see some C41s or something with optical outputs as well?

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:50 PM

Since they've re-added the optical(thank god) do we think we can see some C41s or something with optical outputs as well?


What is the beauty/advantage of optical vs. coax for audio?
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