So I call up Directv to find out about a Genie upgrade. Wow...was I suprised when the rep told me that I could get an upgrade to a HR-44 at no charge. The only requirement was to commit to another 2 year extension. Whatever. So the installer comes today with a HR-34 instead of an HR-44. Not much of a difference but a critical one for me. No optical output on the HR-34. And my amplifier only has optical inputs. What is with Directv engineering? Needless to say I'm on the phone right now with a person from the "Office of the President" venting to them. Did Directv save five cents by not including an optical output on the HR-34? Just venting.