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Almost ready to take a 44. Any pros or cons appreciated.

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Rich, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. Jason Whiddon

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    I had the HR34 when it was launched, for about 9 months, liking this HR44 much better.
     
  2. Rich

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    Why?

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  3. Jason Whiddon

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    Fast, smaller. Now that Im used to the new remote, I like it too.
     
  4. Rich

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    Thanx.

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  5. Supramom2000

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    WAY faster in my case. And a good size smaller as well.
     
  6. inkahauts

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    Since this is a family forum I can't say it the way I really want to...

    Rich, the hr44 just plain flat out kicks butt. It just responds to every command every time. And frankly, unless you do use the darn stop button all the time, the rc71 is a fantastic remote especially in rf.

    Think, of it this way. Maneuvering through the menus has become more automated than ever now because there's just no second guessing of anything you command it to do. Now you might press one button at a time and think about seeing the screen change first before pressing another button. That changes. And not because your in hurry. But because its like using a turn signal in your car. It just sorta happens without even having to think about it.

    If you get one, and you have another unit in the room, make sure the old one is in rf or not using code 1 thru 3 and your set.


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  7. TorinTPG

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    Since this is a family forum I can't say it the way I really want to... Rich, the hr44 just plain flat out kicks butt. It just responds to every command every time. And frankly, unless you do use the darn stop button all the time, the rc71 is a fantastic remote especially in rf.Think, of it this way. Maneuvering through the menus has become more automated than ever now because there's just no second guessing of anything you command it to do. Now you might press one button at a time and think about seeing the screen change first before pressing another button. That changes. And not because your in hurry. But because its like using a turn signal in your car. It just sorta happens without even having to think about it. If you get one, and you have another unit in the room, make sure the old one is in rf or not using code 1 thru 3 and your set.Sent from my iPad using DBSTalk


    What he said... Fast... Responsive... Awesome

    The remote is great too once you get used to it
     
  8. TheRatPatrol

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    "The HR34 - Genie DVR - pushed out the door too soon
    Gentlemen, we can rebuild her, we have the technology
    We have the capability to make D* first fastest DVR
    The HR44 Genie will be that DVR
    Better than she was before
    Better
    Stronger
    FASTER"


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  9. dpeters11

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    One of the reasons I got my Genie was to help out. Maybe a bit crazy, but it did add functionality for me. But I do understand your thought on it.
     
  10. Bill Broderick

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    The only negative thing that I have to say about the HR44 is actually something that some other people have asked for in the HR2x's. When you use 30SKIP, the time bar pops up. While this is OK for regular programming, I regularly watch football games an hour behind the start of the game and catch up by using 30SKIP between plays. In those cases, the time bar is an annoyance because the play typically starts right at 30 seconds and it blocks the action.

    It's a minor inconvenience. But, is says something about how much I like my HR44 when this is the worst thing that I can say about it.
     
  11. Laxguy

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    The official descriptor for 44 speed over 34 is "a tad"......:)
    (It's my word which caused one member to go over the top.)

    I totally agree with Bill on the annoyance factor. This weekend I watched seven ball games - FB- and one BB game. The banner has to go, PLEASE! or make it a one second blip. Or make the 2 second setting 2 seconds, not 4......
     
  12. Brit_In_NY

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    OK, two nitpicks, and they are largely irrelevant

    1. Out of the box it was stuck in 480P mode - took me a little while to figure out why everything looked so weird
    2. PIP is the worst implementation of anything in history. I thought it would be good for watching multiple NFL games but its pretty bad

    Otherwise HR44 is great.....soooo fast
     
  13. Bill Broderick

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    I disagree with this one. On a large screen, I think that side by side PIP is awesome for watching football games. I end up with approximately a 42" screen next to a 36" screen. It's like watching a modified (improved) version of the Sunday Ticket Game Mix channel.
     
  14. Rich

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    We seem to keep reinventing the wheel. The PIP function was a '90s thing and was kinda handy, but it got old quick and disappeared. Now it's back and how much different can it be? I even had a couple gizmos that added PIP to TVs without it. All gone and not missed one bit.

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  15. dpeters11

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    I don't think DirecTV's particular implementation is all that good, takes too many remote commands to do it. But I never missed it, never have used it on the Genie other than just trying it out.
     
  16. Rich

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    Yeah, I wouldn't think of it as a selling point.

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  17. dpeters11

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    One of those things other providers could say "Look, DirecTV can't even do PIP!", now there has to be fine print involved.
     
  18. Jason Whiddon

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    I use PiP every weekend with college football. The 65" has two games on, and the 32" has 1 game :)
     
  19. Bill Broderick

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    When I had it in the 90's, I needed multiple sources to utilize it. So, I could play 1 live channel and a video tape or DVD in the other box. For football, I've always liked the Sunday Ticket Game Mix Channel. But the boxes were too small and included games that I truly didn't care about. Being able to watch 2 live games simultaneously side by side, solves both of those problems.
     
  20. inkahauts

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    And pip is full live buffers on both screen as well. Pip is great on the genies. They just need faster access to turn it on and off.


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