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


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#461 OFFLINE   RAD

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 08:43 PM

I didn't read all the comments but from what I saw most are incorrect. 41's have ability to connect through wireless bridge to 44's. Not only coax


Incorrect, the C41's connect only via coax. There is a rumor that there might be a wireless client in the future but not now.

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 10:34 PM

Right. I have a C41 and it connects only via coax.


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Posted 11 June 2013 - 06:53 AM

HR44 installed yesterday here in the Detroit area. I have a total of 5 DVRs. The installer also changed out 3 others (HR20,HR21 and. HR22) with new HR24's. This was all done on the PP upgrade. Only issue was the installer had no RC71 remotes. Odd, but one quick call to DTV and one is being overnighted to me. So far very happy. The HR44 is rocket fast !
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Posted 11 June 2013 - 08:07 AM

HR44 installed yesterday here in the Detroit area. I have a total of 5 DVRs. The installer also changed out 3 others (HR20,HR21 and. HR22) with new HR24's. This was all done on the PP upgrade. Only issue was the installer had no RC71 remotes. Odd, but one quick call to DTV and one is being overnighted to me. So far very happy. The HR44 is rocket fast !

 

When you say covered under the PP upgrade, that means you did not have to pay anything (maybe less installation fee)?  I ask because I am in a similar situation and have two HR-21 and want to add an HR-44 (when available).  I've called a few times to DirecTV and they seem to want to give me a Genie and two clients, as opposed to a Genie and two new standalone DVR's.  I'd much rather have the HR-2x's upgraded so I can have 9 tuners in the end... but it didn't sound like they could do that for me.  I am also on the protection plan, what do I need to say in order to get an upgrade like yours?

 

For some reason I felt like DirecTV was telling me they couldn't specifically upgrade an HR-21 to HR-24, but isn't the capacity of those different?  I would think that if the capacity of the 24 is more than the 21, that is a justifiable reason to want a specific model.


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Posted 11 June 2013 - 08:21 AM

When you say covered under the PP upgrade, that means you did not have to pay anything (maybe less installation fee)?  I ask because I am in a similar situation and have two HR-21 and want to add an HR-44 (when available).  I've called a few times to DirecTV and they seem to want to give me a Genie and two clients, as opposed to a Genie and two new standalone DVR's.  I'd much rather have the HR-2x's upgraded so I can have 9 tuners in the end... but it didn't sound like they could do that for me.  I am also on the protection plan, what do I need to say in order to get an upgrade like yours?

 

For some reason I felt like DirecTV was telling me they couldn't specifically upgrade an HR-21 to HR-24, but isn't the capacity of those different?  I would think that if the capacity of the 24 is more than the 21, that is a justifiable reason to want a specific model.

Sadly DirecTV considers the HR21/22/23/24 to be the same.  They are not but that is their policy and because they make the rules we just have to live with it.



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Posted 11 June 2013 - 08:59 AM

We had a free upgrade yesterday 6/10/13, I expected a hr34, got the hr44. I have not paid for a DVR for ever, the last one was the hr10-250. The free part is because we have the protection plan, the cheapest one direcTV has. There was no fee of any kind, just the 2 year contract. The HR44 is fast and so is the c41. We have a 23 & 24 hr's on the same whole home and the 44 has the speed of the whole deal up. The 44 is in the souther California now.



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Posted 11 June 2013 - 09:02 AM

Just got a hr44 in round rock, tx. Seems pretty fast!The only bummer is no netflix so I'll have to get another device for that. Tech said they ran out of hr34 and are only giving out 44s now.

AWESOME!  I have been waiting for this before I put in my order.

 

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 09:30 AM

For anyone in the New Orleans area I just spoke with a tech and all he has deployed are HR44's for the past week or so. I had to trim some trees before he'd come back and put the dish up though. 



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Posted 11 June 2013 - 03:11 PM

I live in Mass. and tried to get a HR44 over the weekend, they only had HR34s and claimed to only have just heard of them but knew nothing more about them.  Anyone in Mass get a HR44 yet?  I'm in the central part ...



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Posted 11 June 2013 - 07:32 PM

Another HR44 install here in the Detroit area. Loving it so far. Also got 3 C41's.
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Posted 11 June 2013 - 07:35 PM

HR44 in Upper Michigan last Saturday, after rescheduling from two weeks earlier since the installer only had HR34s (he strongly encouraged waiting, which I planned to do anyway).  This time he only had HR44s on the truck.  Replaced an HR21 and HR20, with a C41 on the second set replacing the HR20.  The C41 got compatibility errors with the older 37" Olevia with HDMI (the HR20 didn't have any problems), but works fine and the wife is happy with component video.  No HDMI problems with a Visio E552VL.

 

Fast!  No time for coffee breaks between remote button presses like the 2x's.

 

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 07:51 PM

I just called and this evening and was offered a genie for free with a $49 install fee if I signed up for 2 more years.  The install is supposed to be tomorrow afternoon!  Just FYI, I was also offered $30 off per month for 12 months and Sunday ticket (which I declined) and all movie channels free for 2 months.  The DirecTV rep was very nice.

 

I live in Birmingham, AL (actually Trussville).  I plan on calling the install company tomorrow morning to see if they have HR44s or HR34s.  I will reschedule if they only have HR34s.

 

I will update tomorrow with more info.



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Posted 11 June 2013 - 09:22 PM

Sadly DirecTV considers the HR21/22/23/24 to be the same.  They are not but that is their policy and because they make the rules we just have to live with it.


Not always the case when you have installers bring new equipment, but it varies by state and availability, now if it was self installed and they ship you a HR2x then it could be a luck of the draw.

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 11:28 PM

...Just FYI, I was also offered $30 off per month for 12 months and Sunday ticket (which I declined) and all movie channels free for 2 months. The DirecTV rep was very nice...


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Posted 12 June 2013 - 05:25 AM

Not always the case when you have installers bring new equipment, but it varies by state and availability, now if it was self installed and they ship you a HR2x then it could be a luck of the draw.

I'm not sure what you mean?  When an installer supplies the receiver it still comes down to what they happen to have.  The only way you have any say is to send the installer packing if he/she doesn't have what you want.  Still doesn't change the fact that DirecTV considers the HR21/22/23 and 24 to be the same.



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 06:31 AM

HR44 installed yesterday here in the Detroit area. I have a total of 5 DVRs. The installer also changed out 3 others (HR20,HR21 and. HR22) with new HR24's. This was all done on the PP upgrade. Only issue was the installer had no RC71 remotes. Odd, but one quick call to DTV and one is being overnighted to me. So far very happy. The HR44 is rocket fast !

When you say covered under the PP upgrade, that means you did not have to pay anything (maybe less installation fee)? I ask because I am in a similar situation and have two HR-21 and want to add an HR-44 (when available). I've called a few times to DirecTV and they seem to want to give me a Genie and two clients, as opposed to a Genie and two new standalone DVR's. I'd much rather have the HR-2x's upgraded so I can have 9 tuners in the end... but it didn't sound like they could do that for me. I am also on the protection plan, what do I need to say in order to get an upgrade like yours? For some reason I felt like DirecTV was telling me they couldn't specifically upgrade an HR-21 to HR-24, but isn't the capacity of those different? I would think that if the capacity of the 24 is more than the 21, that is a justifiable reason to want a specific model.
I already had 5 active DVR's. The extra upgrades were a result of the installer. He told me he had to either use the HR24's on his truck or he would have to pay an extra charge because he had them too long. If you go with the Genie just request to the installer to also change out your existing units also. I actually had almost the same thing happen a couple of years ago on a service call. The installer has swapped out a couple of older receivers with the latest at the time. Hope it works out.
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Posted 12 June 2013 - 10:45 AM

I'm not sure what you mean?  When an installer supplies the receiver it still comes down to what they happen to have.  The only way you have any say is to send the installer packing if he/she doesn't have what you want.  Still doesn't change the fact that DirecTV considers the HR21/22/23 and 24 to be the same.


Thats why I said it varies by state and availability, not all techs carry newer equipment but if they do (which is better to confirm if the tech calls before the install time window) Is most likely you get those installed, But of course Directv reps won't know for sure or guarantee anything even if they put a note on the work order.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 02:01 PM

I have been debating on if I should call and try and upgrade to the Genie, but at this point I want to make sure I get the HR44 instead of the HR34. So far I haven't seen anyone say anything about the Binghamton, NY area and I hate to be the guy that calls and schedules and then reschedules until a HR44 is available. Right now, most of my discounts are finishing up and I have been out of contract for a while now so I would hope I could get some hefty discounts.

 

Anyone know if these are in the Binghamton, NY area yet?



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 02:56 PM

Hi. I signed up for D* last week as a new customer hoping to get the HR44 (and 1 Mini Client). When the installer called today with his ETA I asked him about the HR44 and said the warehouse only has 34's still. I told him to cancel. I explained that I'm a techie type and that I want the best. He was totally understanding and said try again in a month. He said he was with DirectSAT. I'm in the Northwood (Toledo), Ohio area.



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 05:30 PM

The installer came and it was an HR44. Woo hoo! He said they didn't have any more HR34s. Again, I am in Birmingham, AL.

BTW, I declined Sunday ticket because he offered the movie channels instead when I told him I was not a pro football fan.

This has been a good experience all the way around.

One more thing - I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who takes their time to post on these forums. It is great to be able to come here and get all the information that I need so I can be an informed consumer before I call DTV.




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