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DBSTalk Exclusive First Look: HR44-700 Genie

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Scott Kocourek, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. Scott Kocourek

    Scott Kocourek Well-Known Member

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    Functionally they are the same, the 44 is faster and has built in wireless bridge to your router but if you have the HR34 already it should already be connected to the internet.

    I have an HR34 and it works very well, it's not as fast as the 44 but it's also not slow.

    If you already have a 34 you probably have recordings on it that you would likely prefer not to lose. One more installer at the house. Yes boot time is faster, but I don't need to re boot my receivers on a regular basis during normal watching hours.

    Final reason: They are not available. :)
     
  2. Richierich

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    I didn't think the HR44 is Available yet for Public Consumption!!! :lol:

    Can't wait to get my hands on one of these puppies though!!! :)
     
  3. dtrell

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    well they will be soon :)

    actually my main beef with the HR34 is the guide speed (the other would be optical out, but since i already PAID FOR the converter box off ebay, i have it NOW...). there really should not be the slowness that it has and the delays in scrolling for as new as it is. it should have been designed with a very fast processor and it was not apparently. from what i am reading, the HR44 has none of this slowness with the guide. am i correct in that? no slowness or delays when scrolling?

    Oh i have another question...does the PIP on the HR44 actually have the correct aspect ratio, unlike the HR34? is it actually 16 by 9? i NEVER use the HR34 PIP and its one of the main reasons i got it, because of the squished down aspect ratio and the HUGE size of it and the fact that it cannot be resized to be smaller...or since they use the same firmware, is the PIP on the HR44 the same mess that it is on the HR34? i am beginning to believe at this point that even though it seems like a simple fix, D* will never release a firmware to fix the aspect ratio of the PIP. and that is disappointing to me since one of the reasons i got it (and made a new 2 year contract) was for this feature.
     
  4. Scott Kocourek

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    Who said they would be out soon? That's one of my favorite words and I haven't used it.

    Scrolling through the guide is fast but I use a very condensed guide so it's pretty fast on the 34 too. Yes the 44 is faster.

    Edit: See post 1 and post 2. ;)
     
  5. Richierich

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    SOON is a Very Relative Term and has yet to be Defined here at DBSTALK!!! :lol:

    And yes I have heard that Scolling thru the Guide is Very Fast but if you do have a Shorter Customized Guide that actually helps as far as Speed goes. :hurah:
     
  6. dtrell

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    any comment on the PIP aspect ratio? is it the same squished picture as the HR34? still cannot be resized to not take up half the screen? (yes im using hyperbole, i know its not actually half..)
     
  7. Scott Kocourek

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    It works exactly the same as the HR34.
     
  8. dtrell

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    well thats disturbing....but i guess since its the same firmware it would work the same...and be the same LARGE squished size..
     
  9. Sixto

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    What do u mean by squished. I usually have the second channel in the lower right and its always been as I'd expect it. Wondering what you're referring to.
     
  10. Scott Kocourek

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    I assumed he was referring to the side/side. The side that has the audio is slightly bigger than the "background" side. There is no way to use up the screen without changing the ratio and that would never fly.

    I use the corners too.
     
  11. dtrell

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    no i am referring to the aspect ratio. it is not 16 by 9 as it should be it is more 17 or 18 by 9, causing the peoples heads to look squished. its easily noticeable. and i do not use it because it is annoying and too large as well. takes up way too much of the screen as well as the 17 by 9 aspect ratio. again, it seems like such a simple fix, but maybe i am wrong. the PIP built into my pioneer plasma has no problem being exactly 16 by 9 and smaller than the HR34 PIP while still being easily watchable. but i am getting off topic. sorry.
     
  12. machavez00

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    As someone who is willing to wait until then, let us know when they are available.
     
  13. inkahauts

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    Sometimes its not an issue if a receiver has the ability to accept both, but rather how many devices someone wants to plug in and having enough ports of the right type in the right combination. If I hooked up everything I have to my main receiver, I'd be short even with its five optical and three coax inputs. SACD, DVD, bluray, CD CHANGER, CD BURNER, hr44, apple tv, roku, tv itself (ota tuner anyone) mini disc (yeah, i still have one buried in a closet somewhere..) and I could go on,but i wont. Some of us are nutballs! :)

    We could have a very very long discussion about the technical differences and the advantages and the disadvantages between the two connections. Technically you'd find coax would likely win for the most part. However, the reality is there is no decreeable difference for 99.9999% of people, with 99.9999% of equipment out there, so no, its really all about flexibility of connections IMHO.
     
  14. Richierich

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    It will probably be 3 to 4 months before we see the HR44 Debuted from the Sources I have so I think it is better to wait for the HR44 than to get the HR34 at this point because it is Faster and has more Enhancements!!!

    I'm going to wait!!! :D
     
  15. hdtvfan0001

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    The official word was "sometime in 2013"...so at this point... :shrug:
     
  16. Richierich

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    Wow, that really pins the date down to a Finite Date!!!

    Well, at least we have Survived Beyond The End Of The World, Dec. 21st, 2012!!! :lol:

    I am betting it will be Released Prior to or around April 1, 2013!!! :)
     
  17. loudo

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    I am sure they will also try to use up all the HR34s before pushing giving out any of the 44s. It will probably take a prayer and a little begging to get one. :sure:
     
  18. Richierich

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    I am Big on Prayer and asking God for Devine Intervention so Who Knows!!! :lol:
     
  19. cypherx

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    It feels like the HR34 just came out. My prediction is fall 2013 for HR44 GA.
     
  20. RAD

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    Sure hope it doesn't take that long. With three manufactures authorized to produce these boxes I'd think DIRECTV wants to be able to sell them so they can pay for them.
     

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