Used my protection plan free upgrade, and got my install yesterday. I was pleasantly surprised. I got an HR44-500, and two C41-700 Genie Clients. I kept one of my two HR23-700's, and upgraded to whole-home DVR. The two C41-700's replaced the archaic H-20 boxes that I had before the new install. The installer joked that I now have the capability of recording 7 shows at one time, and I had nothing to worry about when it came to possible scheduling conflicts.
My D* installer said that I was the first HR44 that he had installed in the Tri-Cities area here in Tennessee. Apparently, D* had to use up all of the remaining HR34's in their local inventory before they could start installing the HR44's. If I would have installed the previous business day (Sat. I believe), I would have gotten an HR34. For once, I had good luck.
Much speedier compared to my HR23-700. Much smaller than the older HD DVRs. Love that the new remotes are RF, and that you can still use an IF remote to controll the DVR and clients if you prefer. And, the client boxes are incredibly small. My wife couldn't believe how small the client boxes were when she looked at them last night. The system works very well thus far, and I feel very fortunate to get one of the HR44-500's.
Edited by George_T, 21 May 2013 - 01:17 PM.