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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. Jan 10, 2013 #21 of 672
    Mike Bertelson

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    There really aren't any answers to all of those questions.

    There is no word on availability yet. As always, when we know, you’ll know. :)

    Exit is the key to use with this remote. As you can see from the First Look, you can have the RC71 in RF and still use the RC64 in IR. Yes, it does both IR and RF simultaneously.

    I have no idea if there are plans for a DVR with more than five tuners but I wouldn’t think so. How many people would need more than five tuners? Probably not that many.

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  2. Jan 10, 2013 #22 of 672
    spartanstew

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    Ditto.
     
  3. Jan 10, 2013 #23 of 672
    Mike Greer

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    Looks impressive - hopefully they'll be available quickly since there are multiple manufacturers this time.

    "Please note that some DBSTalk.com testers and staff members may have received free equipment from DIRECTV or its partners for
    the purpose of evaluation and testing."

    Thanks for being upfront and honest with everyone!

    A few more questions....

    What does the GUI look like? Same as the HR34?
    Same amount of guide data as the older receivers?
    How big is the external power supply?
    If you order a Genie can you specify an HR44? Who would want the HR34 now?
    How much will it cost?
    How quick are the 'clients' compared to the HR34?
    Do the 'trick-play' features work correctly and quickly over MRV?
    No more 'Gray Screen of Death' for the RVU clients right?!:D
     
  4. Jan 10, 2013 #24 of 672
    LameLefty

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    Go back check, but the First Look documents for the last year or two have all had that notice on them.

    A few more questions....

    Yep.

    Yep.

    Small. Like a common electronics power brick for any consumer device. I just tossed mine on the floor behind my TV with the rest of the stuff and forgot about it.

    Unknown.

    That's between the customer and Directv, but probably comparable to an HR34. They are functionally identical.

    Generally a bit more responsive to remote commands and displaying data served up by the Genie, like UI graphics and whatnot, but not worlds faster.
    Trickplay works fine for me with both the HR34 and HR44.

    No idea what you're talking about here so someone else will have to address this one.
     
  5. Jan 10, 2013 #25 of 672
    Davenlr

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    Nice job guys. Looks nice.
     
  6. Jan 10, 2013 #26 of 672
    dettxw

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    Great job on the First Look (as usual)!

    GUI is the same as HR34.
    Guide data hasn't changed as far as I know.
    Maybe someone who is at home can take power supply measurements. Not boo big.
    First post says it's not available yet.
    Cost? Lets hope for lower cost - didn't someone say in another thread that they were cheaper to produce?
    I'd say that client response/trickplay is similar to the HR34. Mine's connected with a WCCK so may not be representative.
    DirecTV continually updates the DVRs and receivers, clients should be no different. If you're seeing a Gray Screen of Death then I assume that they're working on a fix.
     
  7. Jan 10, 2013 #27 of 672
    Go Beavs

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    Good job Scott and the rest of the test crew. First Look is awesome! This is going to be a super cool DVR!
     
  8. Jan 10, 2013 #28 of 672
    hdtvfan0001

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    A few answers...

    - HR44 shares the HR34 Genie UI platform.
    - Cost and date of availability have not been finalized...not expected to be known for a bit yet. These won't be available for some time yet.
    - Based on having an extremely fast user experience...it's fair to assume paired clients will see some performance lift.
     
  9. Jan 10, 2013 #29 of 672
    Malibu13

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    Great job as always guys! :)
     
  10. Jan 10, 2013 #30 of 672
    Curtis0620

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    Will the new remote work with current receivers?
     
  11. Jan 10, 2013 #31 of 672
    Steve

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    Only in IR. HR44 RF is unique to that box. Also, old RC3x/6x remotes only work with the 44 in IR.
     
  12. Jan 10, 2013 #32 of 672
    carl6

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    In IR mode, yes. In RF mode, no.

    Just as the old remote will work with the HR44 in IR mode, but not in RF mode. It is a different rf frequency and protocol.
     
  13. Jan 10, 2013 #33 of 672
    Mike Greer

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    I know the notice has been there - I'm just glad it is disclosed.

    Thanks for the info.

    "No idea what you're talking about here so someone else will have to address this one"

    I'm talking about the daily posts about the having to reset the HR34 because the 'clients' have a black/grey screen and won't respond.


     
  14. Jan 10, 2013 #34 of 672
    dirtyblueshirt

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    Two questions on the remote:

    Since it's apparent it uses a different RF setup, I'm guessing my Acoustic Research remote will not work in RF?

    Will the remote be able to operate my TV and Audio receiver for power and volume?
     
  15. Jan 10, 2013 #35 of 672
    The Merg

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    Terrific job guys on the First Look!

    - Merg
     
  16. Jan 10, 2013 #36 of 672
    RAD

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    I have both a HR34 and HR44 and multiple C31 clients and I don't have this issue. Both of my HMC's get reset once a week when I put the latest CE code on them.
     
  17. Jan 10, 2013 #37 of 672
    Mike Greer

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    I asked "If you order a Genie can you specify an HR44? Who would want the HR34 now?"

    You responded:

    Please tell me they aren't going down that road with the HR44!? They are not any more 'functionally identical' than the HR24 is 'functionally identical' to an HR22.

    That would be likely enough to keep me from going that route. Nothing like basing your system on an HR44 only to have it fail and then getting a beat up old HR34 to replace it.

    I realize it is too soon for all the details but I'm sure DirecTV already has a 'plan' - I just hope it doesn't include 'functionally identical' anywhere!
     
  18. Jan 10, 2013 #38 of 672
    gpg

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    Great FL as usual. One question about the remote: are the volume and channel buttons rocker switches? I didn't see "+" and "-" symbols on them.
     
  19. Jan 10, 2013 #39 of 672
    RAD

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    I could be once they start rolling out the HR44's if the installer notes they are using the internal wireless adapter to connect to the internet there will be a flag that says to replace with only a HR44 (just a guess, not based on any facts).
     
  20. Jan 10, 2013 #40 of 672
    dettxw

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    Nope, the AR remote uses the old RF setup. You could still use it in IR though.

    Yep, they just stick up and are pushed forward (+) and back (-), and give a little click each time.
     

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