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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by dtvuzr, Nov 23, 2019.

  1. dtvuzr

    dtvuzr New Member

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    I have a 65" 4k tv. I have an external HD, 3TB & HR44 ?? receiver. My question is, is this the absolute best receiver for my situation? Or does DTV have a better receiver ?
     
  2. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

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    If you want 4K from DirecTV, you MUST use either an HR54 or an HS17, and in either case also a C61K client. ONLY the C61K can provide a 4K signal to a television, and ONLY the HR54 or HS17 can support 4K to the C61K.

    However, there are not very many 4K programs at this time, so if you are happy with 1080p / 1080i HD, you are good to go with the HR44.
     
  3. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    As carl6 posted if you want 4K service you'll need to upgrade to either a HR54 or a HS17. Both need a C61K-700 client to provide 4K service. The HR54 has a 1 TB Hard Drive. It can be connected to a TV and will work with receivers, DVRs and clients. The HR54 works with one 4K stream at once. The HS17 has a 2 TB Hard Drive. It is a headless server. It cannot be connected to a TV and only works with clients. The HS17 works with two 4K streams at once. Upgrading to either will trigger a new commitment.
     
  4. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Yes, it is 4k/UHD DVR HR54 or HS17 with mandatory UHD client C61k what will be connecting to your 4K TV.
     
  5. Lord Vader

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    So the HR54 I just got, but haven't yet installed, is useless without the C61K? Bummer.

    Just out of curiosity, why does the HR54 need that? Won't it broadcast 4K without it?
     
  6. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    The HR54 and HS17 can receive and record 4K but cannot output 4K to your TV without a C61K-700.
     
  7. WestDC

    WestDC Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    The HR54 Can record 4K (however) it's HDMI output is only 1.4 - So that's why you need the only D* receiver with a 2.0 HDMI Connection C-61K-700 connected to a 4K TV

    The Hr54 Send the recorded 4K content over whole home only (RG6)
     
  8. Lord Vader

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    Got it, thanks. I'll pick up one of those then. Seems like a simple install, is that correct?
     
  9. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    Installing is easy. Authorizing 4K service on your account can sometimes be a hassle.
     
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  10. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member

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    Oh? Why's that?
     
  11. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    There have been reports through the years about difficulties getting 4K service authorized. Back in 2016 when I upgraded to 4K it took the service tech 4 attempts before 4K service was authorized on my account. I'm not saying this is the norm but there have been reports.
     
  12. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member

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    Then here's hoping I'm able to simply connect the two things, get them to activate the stuff, and get 4K.
     
  13. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    Do you have the Protection Plan?
     
  14. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member

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    Yes
     
  15. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    Call their number (1-855-422-1614) Mon-Fri during normal business hours. They have more knowledgeable CSRs to help you getting your 4K service authorized.
     
  16. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member

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    Sounds good! Thanks
     
  17. Athlon646464

    Athlon646464 Yada Yada Yada DBSTalk Gold Club

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    Unless you 'retire' one of your other receivers, a C61K will cost you another $7 per month. (Move your HR54 to where you remove the 'retired' receiver - it doesn't have to be where you install the C61K.)
     
  18. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member

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    I have an old HR22 and an HR20-700. Both have become painfully slow to the point I can't use them anymore at all. Both of them will be deactivated, so cost-wise, I won't be out any additional $7.
     
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  19. rrbhokies

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    If you have the protection plan, aren't you also eligible for an upgrade of all your receivers for free? And if so, does that still require another 2yr committment? Seems as if I'm spending 'x' dollars per month on a protection plan, you shouldn't have to be tied into another 2 years every time you get a new receiver.
     
  20. rrbhokies

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    I too am looking for the best overall picture from Directv on my 4K TV. I have an older 4K TV that doesn't have HDR, and I don't believe it upscales either because my Directv picture on the network channels looks no better than on my wife's POS LCD TV. I plan on upgrading this season to a new Ultra 4K TV with HDR, Full Array Backlighting, etc. And most of the TVs say that they upscale the picture.

    I have an HR44 as my main DVR. I know it won't do 4K, but will my Directv 720p, 1080i, and 1080p broadcast streams from my HR44 look better on this new TV? Will upscaling make it look better?

    And to ask a further question, would upgrading to an HR54 improve the overall picture further? I'm not particularly interested in true 4K from Directv because like many have said, there isn't much content anyways. I want my ABC, CBS, TNT, ESPN looking as good as possible on my new TV and want to know if the HR44 will accomplish that, or would I need an HR54 or HS17 to get the best picture?
     

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