4k Upgrade: Now or wait?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by nickff, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. Feb 10, 2019 #1 of 120

    nickff Legend

    Dec 8, 2007
    Are the current 4k clients and/or HS17 being updated to new models anytime soon? Or is it "safe" to just go ahead and use my upgrade now? TIA.
  2. Feb 10, 2019 #2 of 120

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    No new models in the near future. Go ahead and update.
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  3. Feb 10, 2019 #3 of 120
    P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    yeah, get it while you can... also there is same thread with much more info - read it
  4. Feb 10, 2019 #4 of 120

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2004
    Mill Creek, WA
    Hardly any 4K content. I would wait.
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  5. Feb 10, 2019 #5 of 120

    trh This Space for Sale

    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    I agree.

    Unless what DIRECTV is currently showing is what you want now, I'd wait.
  6. Feb 10, 2019 #6 of 120

    SledgeHammer Icon

    Dec 28, 2007
    Yup. No 4K content on any sat or cable provider. I'm honestly surprised. Many years ago I predicted that the Superbowl at least would be available in 4K on DirecTV by 2016 lol. Way wrong on that.

    I now don't see it happening before ATSC3.0 is out. If that ever happens. Kind of skeptical now. I think 4K is going to be relegated to streaming and UHD players.
  7. Feb 10, 2019 #7 of 120

    codespy The Pack is getting sacked!! DBSTalk Club

    Mar 29, 2006
    I'd take it, even though there's not a ton of content. It's free (with commitment of course), and no 4K programming charges. What do you have to lose?

    If you like sports at all, it's a no brainer, and it has Dolby Atmos support on qualifying programs.

    I have the dog shows set to record the next two nights, after watching the Pebble Beach Golf Pro-Am in 4K this weekend. :)
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  8. Feb 11, 2019 #8 of 120

    DirectMan AllStar

    Jul 14, 2007
    I watched the Pebble Beach in 4K today. It was sharp enough that I could read the name on the golf balls.
  9. Feb 11, 2019 #9 of 120
    P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    Knowing your history of predictions here ;), why make another one based on week/non important invention ? It was proved when such prediction been done looking at XXX industry, like for HD...
  10. Feb 11, 2019 #10 of 120

    I WANT MORE CowboySooner

    Oct 3, 2006
    Northern plains
    Upgrade now.
    What in the hell do you have to lose?
  11. Feb 11, 2019 #11 of 120

    Grafixguy Godfather

    Mar 15, 2008
    New Jersey
    I have the HS17 with two 4K clients but I got them for free (with a two-year commitment). So, a couple of questions:

    1. Are you getting this upgrade for free (you're going to have a new contract)?
    2. What do you have now?

    I will take issue with those claiming no 4K content. As pointed out, it's free. So what's there isn't costing you anything. And...the picture is awesome. My only wish would be NHL hockey in addition to the sports already there.
  12. Feb 12, 2019 #12 of 120

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    There is 4K content. But not a lot so depends on what you want to watch.
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  13. Feb 12, 2019 #13 of 120

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    Somehow everyone has forgotten to ask the question... what’s your current equipment? That answer would greatly affect any answer I’d give and should everyone else’s too.
  14. Feb 12, 2019 #14 of 120

    Steveknj Icon

    Nov 14, 2006
    Pros and cons:
    1) As mentioned it all depends on your setup. Do you use your current DVR in your main viewing room? Realize the ONLY way to get 4K is through a mini-Genie client. That's generally fine, but you give up PIP by doing so (that was a pretty big deal for me, especially in October with baseball and NFL simultaneously). I think there are also limitations to the number of 4K streams at one time. (also, if you have receivers mutli-rooms, keep your old DVR(s) so you can have some extra recording ability. They won't do 4K, but I'm sure you don't need that in every room.)

    2) Content. There's one full time channel that essentially repeats the same 20 or so documentaries and a few concerts. I rarely watch that one. There's a PPV channel where you can watch the latest PPV options in 4K. I don't use PPV, so I don't know anything about the quality or how much they cost. I'm sure someone here does. The third 4K channel has sports and special events. It's not full time, but I've seen some MLB, NHL and NBA games, Golf (the Masters is included), Tennis, and Soccer (Premier League). Oh and the Olympics as well (but last time, was tape delayed coverage, and different than NBC's offering). If any of this piques your interest, than it's worth it

    3) Two year commitment - In these days of cord cutting and cost savings, you just might not want to commit at this point. There's a new DirecTV offering that's non-sat coming down the pike that will be similar to sat, at least that's what is rumored, plus I imagine that the streaming services may or may not be more robust. There's also the possibility, that with AT&T managing things now (blah!), that they might no longer offer a "free upgrade". From what I hear they have become much stingier these days with offering freebies. YMMV.

    So it's up to you. I took it when my "free upgrade" was available but was less than enthused. But, I remember taking the HD upgrade when that we new, and there were only a handful of channels then, and now, it's ubiquitous.
  15. Feb 12, 2019 #15 of 120

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    I know I’ve said this a hundred times before but I really wish D* has sports bar mode like Dish does.
  16. Feb 12, 2019 #16 of 120

    trh This Space for Sale

    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    Well, I must have missed the previous 99 times, because this is the first time I've heard that Dish has a sports bar mode. ; )
  17. Feb 12, 2019 #17 of 120

    trh This Space for Sale

    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    Some questions/comments:
    1) Not sure it makes a difference whether they have a DVR in their main viewing room. With whole home, it is all one big happy system. ;)
    1) While you lose PIP with a client, DIRECTV's PIP isn't all that good. See a good play on the small screen? By the time you switch, the replay is over and the next play is taking place. I've been known to move a second TV into our living room on days I want to actually watch two games.
    1) TS asked about the HS17. If they go that route, you can't keep other DVRs as none work with the HS17 system. If the HR54 and C61K on your 4K TV(s), then other DVRs will work (you can only stream 1 4K channel when using the HR54).
    2) Hockey? I've seen others state they wish there was hockey in 4K. Just asking; I don't have DIRECTV 4K.
    2) Masters? Last year was the first time and only Amen's Corner on one channel and then holes 15 & 16 on a second channel. So you'll need three TVs to watch all entire tournament. Caveat: Not sure what is planned for this year's Masters.
  18. Feb 12, 2019 #18 of 120

    compnurd Hall Of Fame

    Apr 23, 2007
    Evans City PA
    There was a few hockey games last year. No word about this year
  19. Feb 12, 2019 #19 of 120
    James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    Generally discussed in the DISH forums ... but it is a feature of the Hopper 3 which allows the customer's choice of four HD channels filling a 4K screen. It is like cutting a 4K TV into four HD TVs.
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  20. Feb 12, 2019 #20 of 120

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Thats what rewind is for. :)

    Yup, wish we had it. I wish 4KTVs would offer it, with 4 HDMI inputs it could be done, of course you would have to have 4 receivers to do it, or a mix of receivers and streaming devices. It’s much easier when its built into the receiver though. Oh well.......... :( anyways sorry to get off on a tangent..........

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