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DBSTalk Exclusive First Look: HR34-700 Home Media Center HD DVR

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, Oct 6, 2011.

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  1. Beerstalker

    Beerstalker Hall Of Fame

    Feb 9, 2009
    Peoria, IL
    A SWM setup will handle it just fine, actually I'm pretty sure it requires SWM. They will use a SWM LNB if you have 8 tuners or less (an HR34 and 3 H2x) or a SWM 16 if you have 9-16 tuners.

    If you add an AM21 to the HR34 you can record up to 2 OTA channels at the same time as 3 satellite channels. Or you could record one OTA channel and 4 satellite channels. You have to stay under 5 recordings at one time, adding an AM21 doesn't change that.

    You will most likely get H24 or H25 receivers but there is no guarantee. You will have to pay $6/month for each extra receiver on top of whatever monthly fee they charge for the HR34 (I pretty much guarantee it won't be free like someone else posted). Otherwise you might just want to hold off for RVU clients to become available because we have pretty much been told there won't be monthly fees required for them.
  2. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    It was just technical addition to previous posts.
  3. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Kind of makes more sense for new installs if you ask me, it will take advantage of all 8 tuners. Five tuners to record/watch on the HR34, while each of the H's get their own tuner for watching on other TV's, this way you're not having to share three from the HR34.
  4. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    There you go.
  5. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    Quote just for quoting ;)
  6. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2006
    Here is what I don't understand with the way they are doing this rollout. Why limit it to new installs in certain cities when everything needed to showcase its full capabilities is not available.

    Instead, why not do a soft rollout, maybe from DirecTV only for existing customers who are aware of it and get some in the field. Then when the C30's and other RVU clients are available, do a new customer rollout.

    In other words, I WANT IT FIRST! :) But seriously, why should I who has been giving DirecTV money since 1994 not be able to get the latest and greatest, and someone who has yet to pay them a dime, gets an HR34.
  7. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    Well if they're not getting paired with C30s, then why the new customers restriction?
  8. Sgt. Slaughter

    Sgt. Slaughter Hall Of Fame

    Feb 20, 2009
    Id imagine its b/c with it this way they can control the roll out even more so directly instead of just having a bunch of DBSTALKrs calling and getting them. If they went the later route its likely they would limit the # given out and would cause even more confusion with people and their CS reps having to field calls for the orders too.

    Doing the soft slow rollout in a sense enables them to extend the trial too in a sense to ensure everything is worked out in all situations.

    regardless this way is the least hassel way of rolling it out to more people slowly, and still gives them the most control over it, in case something absolutely crazy happens during the process.
    dont think clients there or not have anything to do with it as much as the fact that this is a new box with new features and they wanna take this slow and be sure.
  9. Drew2k

    Drew2k New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    Anyone who has used the HR34, can you answer regarding the ability to disable SWM tuners via the settings during satellite setup?

    I'm hoping to get one and retire a couple of DVRs, but would still think I'd need to have maybe only 4 tuners max working on the HR34 in my setup.
  10. dsw2112

    dsw2112 Always Searching

    Jun 12, 2009
    Probably not the exact answer you're looking for, but this was earlier in the thread. Maybe someone who tested can elaborate.

    Since it's easy to accidentally overload a SWM (with tuners) I don't think this is the best approach. I can see a tech installing a setup with 10 tuners on one leg of a SWM16, and reducing the HR34 tuner count to 3. I'm also curious if someone has tested this further.
  11. Sgt. Slaughter

    Sgt. Slaughter Hall Of Fame

    Feb 20, 2009
    ill check later this afternoon if no one has by then. i would think it would b able to.
  12. dsw2112

    dsw2112 Always Searching

    Jun 12, 2009
    armchair, since we're not really sure what you meant maybe this will answer it: The HR34 is equivilent to 2 1/2 HR2X's in terms of sat viewing tuners (there's 5), and has the ability to download VOD.
  13. dettxw

    dettxw MRVing

    Nov 21, 2007
    Choctaw, OK
    To try and answer an earlier question, two HR34s will coexist on a SWM8, you just get an error message when you try to actually use more tuners than you have SWM channels. Sorrry, I forget just what the message is, but it's self-explanatory as I recall. It's just the same as putting 4 DVRs plus a receiver on a SWM8, you may not realize you did it until you run out of tuners/SWM channels and the error mesage pops up. Been there done that with the HR34.
  14. tcrabtree

    tcrabtree New Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    I wonder how soon the Nomad functionality will simply be built into the receiver as just another feature. 1 year? 2 years? Perhaps the HR34 can do it now with a software patch!
  15. Alebob911

    Alebob911 Hall Of Fame

    Mar 22, 2007
    I don't see this happening anytime soon. The reason is the additional revenue from selling the device by itself plus I believe that the less stuff in a receiver the better. Remember there are millions of receivers and HDDVR's and they are always trying to keep costs down for equipment. Just my .02 :)
  16. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    Because that's how they want to do it. And because an H25 will also work as a client, just not RVU.
  17. wco81

    wco81 Legend

    Feb 23, 2008
    Really wonder if there will be significant revenues from Nomad ...
  18. Drew2k

    Drew2k New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    Thanks - I missed that response.

    I'm guessing it won't be an option, but I appreciate the offer!
  19. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    Well, it might be a significant number if it were income to thee or me, but I am convinced DIRECTV® is doing it to provide a wider range of services to its customers. I'm also thinking it won't move any revenues up by more than a fraction of a percentage point.
  20. Shades228

    Shades228 DaBears

    Mar 18, 2008
    If people enjoy the nomad and use it then they keep the service. This generates the revenue. So if you're talking revenue from equipment sales I bet it's a while before they break even however factor in people who stay and I bet it's close already.
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