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CES 2013: Engadget posts a hands on for the HR44

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Mike Bertelson, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. Jan 9, 2013 #21 of 111
    bobvick1983

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    I see that it has built in wi-fi, but I didn't see any mention about the C41 client that I have read about. Is the C41 supposed to be wireless?
    Also, will a Genie client see more than one Genie Server at the same time?
    The reason that I ask is, I was thinking about upgrading one of my HR24's to a HR44 when it comes out.
    I have a HR34 and four HR24's to serve HDTV's. If I replaced one of the 24's with the HR44, I would gain a tuner, but need a client box to serve one of the TV's that a HR24 is at.
    I was just wondering if a client can see more than one server at one time, or do you choose the server that the client box is fed from?
     
  2. Jan 9, 2013 #22 of 111
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    Doubt it - The PS3's wireless is pretty bad, and it's only 802.11g. The HR44 has integrated wifi according to that article, though, so we'll see.

    I'm currently using a C31 as a wireless client - hooked up to a CCK-W which is connected to my 5GHz 802.11n network. It's not supported by DIRECTV, but it works.
     
  3. Jan 9, 2013 #23 of 111
    dpeters11

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    I wonder if you will be able to specifically order one.
     
  4. Jan 9, 2013 #24 of 111
    bobvick1983

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    Might not can from DTV directly, you know how that can be, but you can get it from Solid Signal or a dealer, and pay the going rate, I bet.
     
  5. Jan 9, 2013 #25 of 111
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    Did DirecTV introduce or talk about any other "New" stuff at CES?

    I"m still hoping for better software (shorter reboot times, faster response to remote, etc)
     
  6. Jan 9, 2013 #26 of 111
    carl6

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    Currently it is DirecTV policy to only permit one Genie per account, so adding a second one is not an option right now. I'm making an assumption that this would apply to any combination of HR34/HR44 as long as it is considered a Genie.
     
  7. Jan 9, 2013 #27 of 111
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    That seems quite short sighted.

    You don't think a smaller form facter and a faster chip are aren't worth getting excited about?

    I was very close to pulling the trigger on an HR34 but now I am willing to wait for the HR44.:)
     
  8. Jan 9, 2013 #28 of 111
    smitbret

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    I think you are missing the target audience. 90% of customers will never use the Sling feature. Some may use it after they discover the feature but most will never utilize it like many members on this board. This board is not populated by a typical customers. The larger HDD and the Commercial Skip features of the Hopper are the 2 features that actually have broad customer appeal. In fact the 5 tuners vs. 3 tuners and the smaller footrpint will have a much bigger impact on the average customer than the Sling features on Dish. Don't underestimate the value that customers put on aesthetics.
     
  9. Jan 9, 2013 #29 of 111
    Rich

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    That's not been my experience. The great majority of problems I've had have been with hardware rather than the HDDs. Since the 24s came out, I've only had a problem with one WD HDD, which WD replaced with a better one, and I'm still not really sure that HDD was bad. Just my opinion based on my experiences.

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  10. Jan 9, 2013 #30 of 111
    Rich

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    I've seen more PS failures than HDD failures. I think putting them outside the box is a good idea. Be really nice if they'd put the HDD on the outside. Be even nicer if D* would realize some of us can "refurb" an HR better than their contractors and let us open the boxes.

    Take the 24-100 as an example. The cable from the RF(IR?) sensor is stretched across the motherboard and fastened to it with a crimped connector. Stretched taut. Who installs a cable that's just barely long enough and is taut and crimped? I've already had one with the cable pulled out of the crimped connector. I owned it and I knew what was wrong with it and could have easily fixed it, but I got a new 24-500 for it. After what I've recently gone thru with the 500s, I'm kinda sorry I didn't fix the 100.

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  11. Jan 9, 2013 #31 of 111
    harsh

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    I hope they offer a suitable remote control.

    The Sony remote doesn't seem particularly well-suited to DVR control nor can it control a the TV or/or an AVR.
     
  12. Jan 9, 2013 #32 of 111
    harsh

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    I'm pretty sure you underestimate the number of Slingbox and Vulkano users there already are in DIRECTV land.
     
  13. Jan 9, 2013 #33 of 111
    Rich

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    I tried a PS3 for awhile and you're right, but can't you buy a more DVR friendly remote that would supplant the PS3's controller?

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  14. Jan 9, 2013 #34 of 111
    harsh

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    The PS3 uses Bluetooth, so it isn't a cakewalk to upgrade as you might with IR.
     
  15. Jan 9, 2013 #35 of 111
    harsh

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    Perhaps, but I'm getting a very large rats nest of wall warts and cabling behind my home entertainment center these days what with all the accessory boxes, powered adapter/converters, numerous hard drives, networking gear and similar.

    What they really need to do is make everything run on 9-12VDC so that we can power these devices with a single large supply instead of a bunch of bricks and wall warts.

    All the heat sinks in the world aren't going to help if the device is easier to bury deep in a pile of other stuff. I think they ought to consider making these boxes more like the Wii or Boxee Box so that magazines and heat-generating electronic devices can't be piled on so easily.
     
  16. Jan 9, 2013 #36 of 111
    dpeters11

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    It was quite easy getting my Harmony remote working with it. Just needed the adapter. Cost, yes, but I'd still consider it a cakewalk.
     
  17. Jan 9, 2013 #37 of 111
    patmurphey

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    On a Hopper 1.25TB is available for the user and 2 2TB external drives (useable on any DVR in the account) can be connected at one time. That's just for one Hopper.

    Is the entire 1TB on a Genie drive available to the user?
     
  18. Jan 9, 2013 #38 of 111
    harsh

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    Yet even with all of that, will it support all of the important buttons for DVR use?

    I'm pretty hard core about my skip buttons (something I'm not to enamored with on the Harmony remotes as it is).

    The $49.99 street price is no picnic as you admit and it brings another small box and its own wall wart to the rats nest.
     
  19. Jan 9, 2013 #39 of 111
    harsh

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    There is a significant reserved space.

    The number probably started at around 100GB and was bumped up in September.

    The move to more channels per transponder will probably offset some of the bump.
     
  20. Jan 9, 2013 #40 of 111
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    Maybe I missed this, but ur saying dtv is upping its channels per transponder? Is it because of better compression or something else? And do u know why it change the amount of reserved space on the hdd?
     

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