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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. dirtyblueshirt

    dirtyblueshirt Under Suspicion

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    I've got two. I guess I should feel special. :grin:

    (HR24-200s, that is.)
     
  2. TheRatPatrol

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    I have one.
     
  3. cypherx

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    I have HR24-200 and I always felt it to run slightly faster / smoother than a buddies HR24-500.
     
  4. Rich

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    I had one, nice machine, had mechanical difficulties. Haven't seen one since.

    Rich
     
  5. water1

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    Anyone know if the new remote will control an A/V receiver, in addition to TV, in the on/off sequence?
     
  6. RAD

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    The RC71 will only control the power for the DIRECTV receiver and the TV, nothing else.
     
  7. AppAlum2003

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    I got mine installed today.

    It will not power off/on all three devices at the same time, just like previous generations.

    I was going to try the new remote, but that's a deal-breaker for me.
     
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    top_speed

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    Since we've been floating around here with clients n different dvr models.

    Are we talking about the HR44?
     
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    cypherx

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    Is the new remote only shipping with HR44's or will they be the default remote for ALL equipment shipped (SD or HD)?

    I never held one but I can't say I like it from looks so far. Would of been nice if it slid out to reveal a QWERTY keyboard for ease of entering text in search boxes or opening up a new world of TV apps.

    There's a video showing a QWERTY remote and updated software on the Hopper DVR and it looks real slick. Check YouTube, its posted from the rival satellite site. Dish also has a remote locator feature that beeps the remote. I use a similar feature for my iPhone all the time to find where it is. Wish DirecTV remotes had this.
     
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    RAD

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    My understanding is that the RC71 will go with only the HR44 Genie and C41 MiniGenie clients. Remember you can still use the old controls but only in IR mode.
     
  11. itzme

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    Assuming the regional trials are going as expected, and based on previous similar product releases, can anyone make a good estimate on when we might see Solid Signal selling HR44s for national release?
     
  12. inazsully

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    This is one aspect I never thought to look at. This seems like a horrible oversight on "D"s part. Not being able to control the sound level through my AV receiver will be more than a little awkward.
     
  13. RunnerFL

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    You can control the volume of your AVR, just not power.
     
  14. dettxw

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    You took RAD's statement out of context.
    T think that he was referring to the RC71's ability to control power, which is DTV receiver and TV-only, it won't turn an A/V receiver ON and OFF.
    The RC71 will however adjust volume on supported A/V receivers.
     
  15. RAD

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    When setting up the AVR you can tell it to lock the volume control to the AVR but once you do that you can't control the TV's volume.
     
  16. inazsully

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    That still seems like a very short sighted omission on "D"s part. I mean how much would it have taken, or cost, in the design of the company's flagship HD DVR, the HR44, to allow for turning on and off the AVR power? My AVR remote and any TV remote, and all of "E"s remotes and any universal remote can operate multiple devices. The Genie is marketed as a Whole Home DVR and really is an ultra high tech piece of home entertainment equipment. Restricting it this way seems very counter productive, especially considering the quick replacement of the HR34 with the HR44 and still neglecting this feature.
     
  17. RunnerFL

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    Agreed
     
  18. Laxguy

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    My RC71 will turn off my Denon, TV and DVR with one button push, as well as the obvious, controlling the volume.
     
  19. Steve

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    My RC71 turns on/off my TV and HR44-700, but not my audio receiver. That's OK, because my Panasonic TV turns the Pioneer receiver on/off, via an "HDMI control link".

    What I don't have is something that automatically selects the correct input on the Pioneer. If it was last left in DVD mode, e.g., I have to use another remote to reset it to the HR44 input.
     
  20. Scott Kocourek

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    That is a bummer, on my Onkyo and using the old remote I could move the slider and choose my input using the numbers on the remote.
     

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