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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. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Compared to what?

    BTW, I wonder if you hold the record for the longest time between joining and posting!?

    Welcome to DBSTalk!
     
  2. captaink5217

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    The technology is great but I wish Directv would just add 1 thing to these units a clock display on the front, maybe I'm in the minority here but I loved having a clock on the front of my Cable DVR.
     
  3. RACJ2

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    Hopefully you won't have to wait another 8 years for his reply!
     
  4. Laxguy

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    Front of the receiver box? Trend seems to be towards "less is more", a leaner, sleeker look.

    However, one could buy an inexpensive LCD type of clock and put it next to it.

    Otherwise, pressing Info does it for me.
     
  5. cabletech

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    First off, let me say that I am borrowing cabletech's loggin for this post.

    As a techy, I am also up on a lot of things coming down the pike.

    This is a great item coming on line.

    Thank you to the test team on this product. It is great to see that DTV unlike some service's, have the smarts to have people like you put a product to the test.

    Now, after spenting a lot of time looking over the first look paper, and reading thru this entire post, I have some questions.

    1) Is there going to be a SD version of this reciever? They are people like me that do not have the need/want/fianceing to go HD.

    2) looking at the reciever pictures, I see 2 usb ports, one in front and one in back, what will these be able to do?

    3) I see that they have also not included a rf output, (I know, poor connection for HD) and I see that there is only one composit output, I also see no optical output.

    This does make it hard for doing some hookups to other items like a stero amp.

    I also do not see indication of this reciever having a wireless connection like I thought I heard about coming in new recievers. What if you do not have WH and or a 'hard' internet connection?

    Like me, I only have a total wireless connection thru a provider hotspot. (I can connect 5 devices but cannot connect a switch/router).

    I also see that this WILL require a swm system only, correct?

    I know that pricing is yet to be set, but has there been word how this reciever is to be classified? (my r22 is two recievers), will this be 5 recievers?

    As for some pricing that has been talked about, I have always been upset that I payed $250.00 for my r22 and then I pay a 'lease' fee and a monthly service fee, and then if I cancell service I have to return the reciever. I have never thought this was right.

    Back when I had cable and had to have a reciever, I just payed a flat monthly $3.00 lease fee. ( I also thought that was to much).

    Just my thoughts.

    Again, great work by the test team.
     
  6. Richierich

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    Oh My God, he has been Lurking for over 8 years!!! :lol:
     
  7. James Mahood

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    As a first step they should get HR24's to present video files so existing DLNA clients like existing IPTV's and PC's could play them. My IPTV can play Media Center files just fine via DLNA but it can't play HR24 video files.
     
  8. cabletech

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    Ok, a techy friend of mine post a little while ago and forgot to mention that we saw the lack of the OTA option, is going to be available on both the HD and (hopefully) the sd reciever?
     
  9. Steve

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    The HR2x AM21 OTA add-on unit works with the HR34 as well. It adds 2 OTA tuners to the HR34, but does not increase overall capacity. You are limited to a combination of 5 SAT + OTA tuners at a time.
     
  10. Drucifer

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    I can see one being handy, especially if it could set itself.
     
  11. LameLefty

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    That's not going to happen outside of something like an RVU client, where Directv's hardware controls the bits being sent and displayed to a pixel-accurate level of authentication and control. Directv has no financial interest in allowing your IPTV or a media computer to display Directv programming, and the content providers have made it abundantly clear that they don't favor that kind of openness either.
     
  12. Drucifer

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    You think that's easy?

    I've been looking for an electric self-setting digital clock for the last few years.
     
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    1. Doubtful. SD is on the way out.

    2. AM21 Off-Air Tuner support. Certain home AV theater control systems.

    3. That's right. You can use an RF Modulator to convert the composite video/audio output to an RF Ch3 or Ch4 signal for an old-fashioned TV or to feed a remote room. And you can get digital coax to optical converters from places like Monoprice for ~$20 to convert to an optical audio connection if needed.
     
  15. dirtyblueshirt

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    1: No. As others said, Standard Definition is "legacy". You can't even buy an SDTV in most places anymore.

    2: As others said, the AM21 tuner and some Theatre setups.

    3: Again, as others have said, you can get a converter, or use your receiver's digital coax port.


    You can buy a wireless to ethernet adapter. DirecTV even sells these if you can't find one.

    What provider and modem do you have? I've never run across any where you cannot add a switch or second router (though it may require some extra configuration).

    Yes. This requires a SWM. This is the new standard.

    It is one receiver. Your R22 is one receiver. For billing purposes, tuners are not receivers. If you only have one R22 on your system, you are charged one receiver (which is free). Additional HD and/or DVR boxes are $6/mo.

    This is subject of much debate. prices vary by company. Most cable providers charge $15-20 monthly for two tuner HD DVRs with significantly less capabilities. In a long-term setup, the DirecTV lease model may be cheaper than the lease model used by most cable providers.
     
  16. Drucifer

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  17. markrogo

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    I have 2 of those. Apparently, our definitions of "fast" are not the same. That said, nothing will stop me from paying a fee and re-upping for 2 years to get an HR34.
     
  18. dirtyblueshirt

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    Compared to the previous HD-DVR models; yes, the HR24 is faster.
     
  19. JWR1953

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    :)
    What's Lurking? :D
     
  20. Steve

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    Read without posting. I just consider him the equivalent of a talk radio "Long time listener, first time caller"! :p
     
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