Just had an HR44-500 installed today in Colorado Springs, replacing an HR34. Had a complete install as part of the Movers Connection. Installer asked if we wanted the 34 replaced....had to think about it for all of less than a second.
Installer stated DTV is working on an eight tuner super Genie.
Installer stated that a 16 tuner LNB is also in the works, eliminating the need for a SWM16 module.
Installer stated HR34s aren't being refurbished... just scrapped. Reason is that DTV rushed the 34 into production, due to the Hopper's expected release, as a stopgap measure while the 44s were worked on.
I would take that with a grain of salt....