I've never really had an issue with any equipment other than the minor thing here or there with my old HR24,I think it was... I've been with D*TV for probably 10+ years... But yeah I would have thought they would have this fixed by now also and really only having problems with pausing myself... overall all the other functions work fine on the C31 but maybe with a slight delay compared to the HR34. I'm not sure about the C41's and don't think they are compatible with the HR34. Also nobody seems to know much about the slow issues with the C31's on here either... I don't seem to get much of a response from anyone about it anyways. Would be nice to just know that there is a fix in the works or something. I don't bother calling support since they will just tell me to reboot... I shouldn't have to reboot every couple days to have things work like they should.
Sounds like you have Dish Mike...? I've never had Dish just because of personal reasons but my in-laws have Dish HD DVR... not sure what model but there box, speed wise seems to the same as my HR34 and old HR24 and in my own opinion maybe even a little slower but could be my in-laws remote that seems to stick sometimes also...? Are you thinking about switching to D*TV that you are wondering about the speed of the HR44 and have you had D*TV in the past that you say you always had issues with the speed of the DVR's? Just wondering...
Most of my issues went away when I got rid of my HR22s. I had Dish and switched to DirecTV and was shocked at how much slower the HR22s were than my Dish Network 622s. Have you ever used the HR21/22/23s? Half the time my HR22s wouldn't respond to the remote - like may others here that were posting at the time. The HR24s are much better but still occasionally stop responding... Nothing like it used to be. As far as speed goes the HR24s are still slower than Dish.
Could be that your in-laws have a bad remote or setup. Most people here that used both Dish and DirecTV know Dish receivers are quick - response to the remote is pretty near instant etc. Scrolling through guide and lists leaves anything from DirecTV behind.. Except maybe the HR44.
I'm just trying to decide if I want to spend the money and start a 2 year deal with the HR22... I think Hotelone would be a good source to compare the speeds since he just got one and doesn't seem to be tainted!