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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. Mar 4, 2013 #581 of 672

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    I think you are going to find the genie is the new standard, and they only want to install genie systems for the most part going forward and that it will now be the focus off all marketing hardware.
  2. Mar 6, 2013 #582 of 672

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    We don't know for 100% certain what CPU will be in this thing?

    I notice some newer Broadcom SoC's state this feature:
    "Unique HD FastRTV™ channel change acceleration technology that improves channel change speeds by up to 500 percent"

    If the HR44 has that, then faster channel changes by far make it one heck of a wanted upgrade!
  3. Mar 6, 2013 #583 of 672

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    That would be a Fantastic Upgrade for sure. :D
  4. happyfirst

    happyfirst New Member

    Mar 14, 2013
    I wonder this too.

    I am off contract and have a very enticing offer for uverse.

    Called directv, their second offer was a free genie, free install and some $$ offer per month. But now that I know about the 44, do i really want to sign up for two years with a 34? I've read the 34 is potentially even slower than my 24? We've never bothered with any ondemand features even though I've got this "deca" network installed as the directtv internet features have always seemed to be unreliable.

    At this point, what I really care about with the 44 is just the faster speed.

    Will FL be a test market?
  5. Folin

    Folin AllStar

    Jun 19, 2007
    We have 3 x HR24s right now and one H24. One in the family room has a 2TB eSata via a thermaltake blacks duet.

    I really like the functionality, overall storage capacity, distributed risk in event of a failure, etc. with this setup. And after some early months of VERY sluggish GUI response, the 24's have been generally very fast, responsive for many months now. But the 44 has me looking for sure.

    What does the WiFi do for you vs. whole home thru coax? Maybe I missed it earlier....

    Can I swap out an hr24 for a 44 fairly easily?
  6. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    You will need a swim16 as well so you will need a service call and install unless you want to spend the money for that yourself.

    The wifi is to connect to the Internet without having to connect a separate wifi deca if you don't have an Ethernet connection next to the hr44 to use.
  7. Rtm

    Rtm Godfather

    Oct 18, 2011
    That was in a 2010 press release

  8. inazsully

    inazsully Icon

    Oct 3, 2006
    Just received Sound & Vision Magazine yesterday and they had a in depth review of the Genie HR34. Actually it could have been a LOT LOT more in depth for most of us here anyway. Kind of hard to get a handle on how much he really liked it. He mentioned that he already had "D" so the switch wasn't too big a change. He mentioned three things he didn't like. Slow, ran hot, and re-booted too often. He didn't exactly complain about the remote but did mention it was the same old thing. What I found a little strange was that he never mentioned the HR44, which it seems has addressed all three of those complaints plus uses a new more compact remote. If I were a big wig at "D" I would feel a little under whelmed with this review. He could have gone a lot further considering the magazine he was writing for and his level of expertise.
  9. mark h

    mark h AllStar

    Sep 17, 2006
    You must have missed it but at end of artical he wrote "A newer Genie (HR44) and Mini (CR41) are already in the works,reportedly with a faster processor,built-in wireless ,and new streamlined remote. ..etc."

  10. cypherx

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
  11. Scott Kocourek

    Scott Kocourek Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2009
  12. cypherx

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

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  13. Jacob Braun

    Jacob Braun King of Awesome

    Oct 5, 2011
    Tulsa, OK
    Yeah that is way more information than should be provided. I told someone about that a couple of months ago but apparently it's still up. :nono2:
    However it is quite interesting! And if you want to know every single component in the HR44 look no further!
  14. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 24, 2007
    Who do you contact at the FCC to have something taken down and is it even possible to force them to remove documents?

    IIUC, there is a limited time in which information is maintained confidential but after a certain time period it becomes a matter of public record. I'm not sure it's possible to get them to remove the info after it becomes public record.

  15. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    That's funny that they're reviewing a DVR that we reviewed in depth over a year ago: http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=197609
  16. cypherx

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    The -700 designation is Pace, right? The -500 is Humax. It's good that at least 2 vendors are building this. That should help get more available than only 1 manufacturer of HR34.
  17. coolman302003

    coolman302003 2014 NBA CHAMPIONS!

    Jun 2, 2008
    There is also a -200 model out in the wild.
  18. cypherx

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
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    Ooh that's right, forgot about that press release. Samsung's my bro!

    Sounds like they will be able to hammer these things out as long as Broadcom can keep up with fulfilling orders for its SoC.
  19. inazsully

    inazsully Icon

    Oct 3, 2006
    yes. I thought that also. On the flip side, it sure seems like the HR34 should have some of those bugs worked out by now. HR44?
  20. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    Yup, Samsung makes them. They also made the 24-200, a very good HR that seems to be quite rare.


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