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


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#421 OFFLINE   wco81

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 12:38 AM

Are people encountering less resistance to getting the upgrades or do we still need to play the retention games?

 

Any program credits too?

 

I'm interested in the HR44 but I could save a lot of money in subscription fees by switching to Comcast.  I'd probably have to make an WMC DVR to do it so there will be upfront costs but that computer will be mine to keep and will be able to use for a long time.



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#422 OFFLINE   o7RAVENS

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 05:06 AM

Waiting for the HR44 in the Baltimore area.  Any news on this.



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Posted 01 June 2013 - 06:14 AM

Are people encountering less resistance to getting the upgrades or do we still need to play the retention games?

 

Any program credits too?

 

I'm interested in the HR44 but I could save a lot of money in subscription fees by switching to Comcast.  I'd probably have to make an WMC DVR to do it so there will be upfront costs but that computer will be mine to keep and will be able to use for a long time.

In my case all I did was call, explain that I was interested in the Genie and after verifying my account info she told me that there was an offer on my account and it would be just a $49.00 install fee.  That includes a cinema connection kit and she did tell me there were programming offers on my account as well that all involved turning on things like HBO, Showtime etc that I was not really interested in. 



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Posted 01 June 2013 - 10:59 AM

In my case all I did was call, explain that I was interested in the Genie and after verifying my account info she told me that there was an offer on my account and it would be just a $49.00 install fee.  That includes a cinema connection kit and she did tell me there were programming offers on my account as well that all involved turning on things like HBO, Showtime etc that I was not really interested in. 

 

Depending on where your Genie is installed, you may not need a CCK, but might as well get one anyway in case you move things around. (The Genie has built in internet connectio.)


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Posted 03 June 2013 - 04:24 AM

I live in San Francisco and I had scheduled for a technician to install the HR44 this morning.    I clearly told the dispatcher a couple of days earlier that I wanted the HR44, but when the technician called me 30 minutes before his arrival, I asked him, to make sure, that he was bringing the HR 44.    To my surprise he said he was planning on installing the HR34 at my place.  Needless to say I cancelled the appointment.  He said there are no HR44 being installed in SF at this time BUT they will be receiving them in about two weeks.    Can't wait until then!    Almost there, folks!



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Posted 04 June 2013 - 07:28 AM

The HR44 is definitely here in the Detroit area. I have had two Multiband installers at my house over the last week and both had HR44's on their trucks. One of the guys told me that was all he had on his truck now.



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Posted 04 June 2013 - 08:09 AM

 

Waiting for the HR44 in the Baltimore area.  Any news on this.

 

I have an appointment for my Genie on the 8th. I'll let you know what I get.




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Posted 04 June 2013 - 08:15 AM

Just got an HR44 installed in the Chicagoland area. The installer said they aren't installing anymore HR34s.



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Posted 04 June 2013 - 06:31 PM

My HR44-500 from SolidSignal showed up today and I swapped out an HR21-700 for it. I know everyone said the 44 was fast, but I was not prepared for just how fast it was! Not just in operation, but boot time, firmware download and speed in populating the guide. I am very pleased so far! I hooked up a 2TB WD EURS drive by eSATA and it's working fine.


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Posted 04 June 2013 - 08:42 PM

First post -- looking for help.

 

So I currently have 3 TVs, no DVRs yet (Boxes are H20, H21 & H21).  (Will be glad to get rid of the H20.)

 

Decided I wanted to join the DVR community so I called D* and was told I could get the GENIE for no charge, may be a HR34 or HR44.  So of course after doing a little reading up I want the HR44.  Has anyone gotten one installed in the Huntsville AL area?

 

I have a question on the clients.  The CSR said I could keep the 2 H21s or swap them out for clients (C31s or c41s) and the system would operate the same.  Is that true?  What are the pluses/minuses?



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Posted 04 June 2013 - 09:13 PM

Technically not the same. The H21s would have access to the genie playlist, but not have live TV trickplay (pause/rewind) or access to the Genies history, todo list etc.

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 09:15 PM

Minuses of clients is that watching live TV uses a tuner from the genie, and if you ever do have a genie hardware issue, the clients cannot operate at all without the genie.


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Posted 05 June 2013 - 11:19 AM

No HR44 for me in Manassas, VA.  The installer said they were told still 2 to 3 weeks out and offered me the option to cancel the install.  I went ahead with the install of the HR34 as I had already taken the time off.



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Posted 05 June 2013 - 12:32 PM

Called the local D* installer here in Huntsville Alabama and got connected to the warehouse manager.  She told me that all they had were HR44 Genies.  She also told me that when I call D* to get my upgrade, to have them add a note to the order to have the Tech call 1 day prior to the install.  That way I can ask the Tech to make sure he grabs a HR44 for my install (just in case a couple of HR34s show up in the warehouse). 

 

Now I just need to call D* and work out my best deal!!!

 

Anyone get D* to include the Genie Go for free?  Seems like most of that functionality is built into the Dish Hopper so I plan to use that for leverage in my negotiations.



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Posted 05 June 2013 - 02:07 PM

I've been with D* for many years and it's been quite a few since I did any upgrades, my dish has some rust on it (and my receivers have been telling me they haven't received any guide data a lot - may be a separate issue) and I don't have SWM yet, so all of that will get replaced, basically upgrading the whole system.  I'm using MRV today over Ethernet today and know that will move to coax. 

 

So it boils down to what do I use in my second room along with the Genie when upgrading.   I've seen the question about speed of keeping an HR24 with the HR44 vs the C41, but my DVR's are older - I've got an HR21 and an HR22 - one of them would be replaced with the HR44 and I'd potentially keep the other or replace with C31/C41.   Aside from 7 tuners vs 5 and not worrying about all of my recordings being on a single drive  - which is going to be faster - the HR21/22 or the C41 client, when viewing and playing from the Genie?

 

The dog slowness of the two current DVR's now is just about the end for me - so the upgrade will be most welcomed.


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Posted 05 June 2013 - 02:26 PM

 Aside from 7 tuners vs 5 and not worrying about all of my recordings being on a single drive  - which is going to be faster - the HR21/22 or the C41 client, when viewing and playing from the Genie?

 

 

 

A one hour program is still going to take 1 hour to play on a C41 :icon_cool

 

OK, sorry had to say that. HR44/C41 vs HR21/HR22/HR23, I say you'll be happy with the HR44/C41 performance. Yes, if you hold down the page down button on the remote while in the guide or playlist it might pause for a fraction of a second every now and then but still faster then the DVR's you have now.


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Posted 05 June 2013 - 04:27 PM

Hello, I just wanted to let everyone know that yesterday Directv installed the a HR44 in my home. I live in Anderson, South Carolina so if any one lives in this area, they here now.



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Posted 05 June 2013 - 05:08 PM

Just got an HR44 installed in the Chicagoland area. The installer said they aren't installing anymore HR34s.

I also just got installed a few days ago just north of the Chicago area, I thought they would install HR34's (which i thought i would get) but every tech in this area are installing HR44's unless they exhaust and run out of stock.


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Posted 05 June 2013 - 06:20 PM

  She also told me that when I call D* to get my upgrade, to have them add a note to the order to have the Tech call 1 day prior to the install.  That way I can ask the Tech to make sure he grabs a HR44 for my install (just in case a couple of HR34s show up in the warehouse). 

 

Notes on work order are seen by no one until the tech is en route to your home. He could be 5 minutes away when that happens



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Posted 05 June 2013 - 07:33 PM

Notes on work order are seen by no one until the tech is en route to your home. He could be 5 minutes away when that happens

Well, hoping that what the warehouse manager told me was correct that all they have in the warehouse is HR-44s.  Installation is all set up for Monday morning so we will see how it goes.






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