I'm joining this conversation way-late so I'll apologize if this has been covered already in one of the other pages.
I'm coming due for a contract renewal, and I plan on trying to renegotiate my equipment. I've been quite happy with my H25s - they are small and generally speedy. My HR34 has been OK, however the remote lag and the form factor leave much to be desired.
I was thinking about trying to swing an upgrade to the HR44. After reading through some of the pages, I realize "a genie is a genie" in DirecTV's eyes, so my question is this:
If I pay for the unit through Solid Signal or one of the other retailers (assuming I can get DirecTV to agree to cover it) and the unit dies within a couple months, am I going to get stuck with an HR34, or should I be able to expect an HR44 to replace the one that died? It was mentioned that the protection plan covers this sort of thing, but I'm not interested in adding another monthly charge for a trouble-free installation if it's not going to help "secure" certain equipment replacement policies.