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HR44s are here! (Was: HR44 delayed...again)


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#226 OFFLINE   samrs

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 03:25 PM

For those getting HR44's, what model number, just curious.

 

We have just been getting HR44-500s and C41-700s.

 

What a pain to install.

 

So far they seem more stable once they are up and running, service calls have droped off.

 

The C41's dont remind me of HR22's, thats a plus.


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Posted 28 April 2013 - 01:30 PM

I'm in Phoenix and I delayed my genie install 4 weeks ago hoping that I would be able to get a HR44.  Install was scheduled for today and decided to go ahead and take a chance.  For my order, I decided to keep my other 3 DVRs and just add the new genie.

 

Got lucky!  Installer showed up today with a HR44-500.  Install went fairly smoothly and everything appears to be working.  I'm using an existing Home Theater RF universal remote for the HR44 and some of the guide/menu functions seem sluggish at times but it could be the RF/IR blaster connection that needs to be tweaked/moved/repositioned.

 

So far, so good.  Will post more comments as I use the HR 44 genie more...


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Posted 28 April 2013 - 02:36 PM

I'm in Phoenix and I delayed my genie install 4 weeks ago hoping that I would be able to get a HR44.  Install was scheduled for today and decided to go ahead and take a chance.  For my order, I decided to keep my other 3 DVRs and just add the new genie.
 
Got lucky!  Installer showed up today with a HR44-500.  Install went fairly smoothly and everything appears to be working.  I'm using an existing Home Theater RF universal remote for the HR44 and some of the guide/menu functions seem sluggish at times but it could be the RF/IR blaster connection that needs to be tweaked/moved/repositioned.
 
So far, so good.  Will post more comments as I use the HR 44 genie more...

Phoenix is one of the test markets.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 10:00 AM

anyone in houston?



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Posted 29 April 2013 - 10:55 AM

Still none in San Diego.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 11:45 AM

I will tell you what...the HR44 is definitely worth the wait.  I would not want to give it up for an HR34.


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Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:43 PM

Any San Jose, Ca.  area reports?  I'm getting nervous :)

 

 

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:46 PM

Relax ! It' just PayTV. :D  Perhaps less then that - just new DVR. :)



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Posted 30 April 2013 - 10:59 AM

Further HR44/C41 Comments:
 
1.  Both are sooo much quieter and have less obtrusive LED lights than our old HR20/HR21.  It is surprisingly quiet in the rooms where the DVRs harddrives used to whirl and thrash.  I am still shocked that my original launch HR20 from 2006 was still working all these years.
2.  I have gotten used to the Genie Mini lag.  Right now I am trying to figure out what else to put on my tv stand where my HR20 used to sit. 
3.  It would be nice if the C41 Genie mini had a red light if the main HR44 Genie was recording something.  I miss that visual sign that says, "yep your show is definitely recording".  I know the genie mini isnt a receiver/DVR...but I miss that physical light.  So now I have to confirm it is recording my show by going to my recordings or going to its place in the guide.
4.  This is probably a bug (I havent had time to search out the issues thread) but on the main HR44 Genie, when selecting the close captioning font, the fonts are not displayed in their respective style.  The C41 does it correctly, but the HR44 just shows a generic font.
 
One thing that will take the longest to get used to is sharing a recording playlist.  My wife and I's tv show preferences are TOTALLY different.  Looking at my recordings I kept saying... "I didnt record that...why is this on there".  Also for the few shows that both of us like, I will have to talk to her before deleting them (yeah...I know...the horror).  It was nice to have separate DVRs just to keep our tastes and control of recordings separate.

 

TPM1999, thank you for your review. I am VERY disappointed about the lag in the C41. I'm very much looking forward to getting my HR44 + C41, which I will use equally. But too bad about the lag, because responsiveness is paramount to me. Hopefully they will address the C41 lag with future updates...
 



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Posted 30 April 2013 - 12:10 PM

Is it cheaper on a monthly basis to use the HR44 with non-DVR clients?

 

Cheaper mirroring fee?

 

Are the DVRs more responsive when viewing the recordings on the HR44?



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Posted 30 April 2013 - 12:34 PM

At this point in time RVU clients and DirecTV receivers both cost the same $6/month for any of them you have past your primary receiver.  So no you wouldn't save any real money by using clients instead of HD-receivers or HD-DVRs (other than possibly a little bit of savings in your electric bill).

 

From what I have read on here it seems with the HR44 the clients are pretty responsive, pretty much in line with how a HD-receiver reacts.  With the HR34 it sounds like they are slower than any other receiver/DVR.


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Posted 30 April 2013 - 12:36 PM

I will double check to see if I can notice a difference but I have been happy with the speed of my 44/C41 combo.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 05:22 PM

We have just been getting HR44-500s and C41-700s.

 

What a pain to install.

 

So far they seem more stable once they are up and running, service calls have droped off.

 

The C41's dont remind me of HR22's, thats a plus.

Why are they a pain to install?  They seem as easy as anything else.



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Posted 01 May 2013 - 05:45 PM

Are the HR44's available in the NY/CT area?  If not does anyone know when they might be.  I left DirecTV about a year ago for the not so greener pastures of Dish and would like to come back.  But one of my major reasons for leaving was the very sluggish response of the DVR user interface.  The HR44 appears to fix that, so I'll come back as soon as I can get one in this area.

 

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 07:40 PM

Are the HR44's available in the NY/CT area?  If not does anyone know when they might be.  I left DirecTV about a year ago for the not so greener pastures of Dish and would like to come back.  But one of my major reasons for leaving was the very sluggish response of the DVR user interface.  The HR44 appears to fix that, so I'll come back as soon as I can get one in this area.

 

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 04:27 AM

Why are they a pain to install?  They seem as easy as anything else.

I can't ever get them to take a software update when they are initially turned on. This results in activating and then trying to force the software update, which normally works. I've had about two that refused to be forced and then started while I was activating clients.  This resulted in the C41's returning to the enter pin screen once the HR44 updated. The C41's always find the flash update while I am trying to program the remotes.

 

I did an upgrade where the customer had one HR22 that was a swap, her only receiver. A service tech had been there a few months before and replaced the pole, dish, lnb and all the connectors.  Simple. The HR44 wouldn't update. Once activated the default was show all channels. A channel up got me a 771 on the sd locals. She said that was fine, I disagreed. The signal strengths were all perfect, except for the zero's straight down the middle on the 101. Once the software finally updated after about four RBR's and 02468's everything was straight.

 

Everything seems really stable once all the software updates are done. No service calls for gray screens. WooHoo!


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Posted 02 May 2013 - 07:15 AM

I do a forced software download just about every Friday night on my HR44 and the only 'trick' I do is enter the code as soon as the front panel LED's come on. Sometimes it just take too long for the TV and HR44 to sync over HDMI and you miss the first bootup screen, so I just use the LED's to know when to do it.


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Posted 02 May 2013 - 09:16 AM

Techs have been going on the power light since the 24's came out. 34's were different, hesitate at the power light and go on the rest of the led's. 44's fresh out of the box don't pay attention to anything. Most of the time they take the download once they are activated and then rebooted and forced at the power light. Sometimes they are just a pain in the butt.


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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:40 AM

I added an HR44 and C41 to the HR22 I previously had and enabled whole home on all. I moved all the recording schedules to the HR44 and have watched and deleted every recording on the HR22. I've verified there are no recordings nor scheduled recordings on the HR22.

 

When going through my playlist I ,, number of the recordings show the name of the HR22 whichimplies to me that they were recorded on the HR22. Yesterday I tried to view an episode of Revolution so marked but it had actually recorded some other show. I deleted that one and viewed the last recorded episode of Revolution (not marked as from the HR22) and it was fine. I also checked a couple of the other recordings marked as from the HR22 and they seem to be OK.



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Posted 03 May 2013 - 12:31 PM

We live outside of Des Moines. We returned to D* on Sunday and have the HR44. So far, so good. I was able to connect it to our wireless router to use the On Demand functionality.



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Posted 03 May 2013 - 01:00 PM

I added an HR44 and C41 to the HR22 I previously had and enabled whole home on all. I moved all the recording schedules to the HR44 and have watched and deleted every recording on the HR22. I've verified there are no recordings nor scheduled recordings on the HR22.

 

When going through my playlist I ,, number of the recordings show the name of the HR22 whichimplies to me that they were recorded on the HR22. Yesterday I tried to view an episode of Revolution so marked but it had actually recorded some other show. I deleted that one and viewed the last recorded episode of Revolution (not marked as from the HR22) and it was fine. I also checked a couple of the other recordings marked as from the HR22 and they seem to be OK.

Revolution was listed but not shown one night due to the Boston bombings, I believe.


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Posted 05 May 2013 - 09:15 AM

Do you guys think it is possible that a DirecTV retailer in one of the beta markets would have the HR44 available to purchase?

I ask because I will be visiting the Charlotte area next week and could stop by such retailer if anyone knew of such.

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 10:26 AM

Do you guys think it is possible that a DirecTV retailer in one of the beta markets would have the HR44 available to purchase?

I ask because I will be visiting the Charlotte area next week and could stop by such retailer if anyone knew of such.

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 10:42 AM

Relax ! It' just PayTV. :D  Perhaps less then that - just new DVR. :)

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 02:16 PM

So it sounds like i need to hope and pray that this summer lightning takes out my HR34 and when the installer comes hope that the only "genie" he has on the truck is a HR44... I think i have a better chance of hitting the powerball mutiple times than this happening but, one can dream right?


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