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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. May 6, 2013 #641 of 672
    ladannen

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    Nope. You could get another unit from Solid Signal but currently will be turned down when you call Directv to activate it.
    http://www.dbstalk.com/topic/203888-hr-34-hr44/
     
  2. May 6, 2013 #642 of 672
    Mike Bertelson

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    It isn't a matter of getting the DVRs, it a matter of getting them activated. As it stands right now, DIRECTV will only activate one Genie.

    IIUC, the system won't allow the CSR to activate the second Genie.

    When they're available getting the Genie will be relative easy, activating them will not be.

    Mike
     
  3. May 6, 2013 #643 of 672
    Beerstalker

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    Just so you are aware, the Genie (HR34/HR44) can actually support up to 8 clients. It's just that you can only watch TV on a maximum of 3 of them at any time (if you turn on a 4th or 5th I believe they show an error screen telling you that you need to turn off one of the others).
     
  4. May 6, 2013 #644 of 672
    Steve

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    Just my .02, but no matter where you get them, DirecTV still has to activate them (or not). Best thing would be to call DirecTV before you buy.

    Remember if the C41s are being used for LIVE TV, that's two less recording tuners, not that 7 wouldn't be plenty. :p

    And if you currently have a SWM8 and need to spring for a SWM16, you can save some $$$ by going with the HR44, 2-C41s, the Sammy, 1-HR24 and the H21.
     
  5. May 6, 2013 #645 of 672
    peds48

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    DirecTV will only activate one. no way around it.
     
  6. May 8, 2013 #646 of 672
    RunnerFL

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    No, they would only activate one.
     
  7. Jun 4, 2013 #647 of 672
    Special Ed

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    I am looking for an esata external 2 -3 tb drive that will work with my new Genie. It seems choice is quite limited. Any suggestions?
     
  8. Jun 4, 2013 #648 of 672
    sbl

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    What I hooked up today to an HR44-500 - WD20EURS 2TB drive using a Vantec NexStar 3 enclosure.
     
  9. Jun 4, 2013 #649 of 672
    Sixto

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    Western Digital AV-GP drives.
     
  10. Jun 4, 2013 #650 of 672
    Special Ed

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    So the best thing is to by a drive and the enclosure and build my own. Might be the way to go. eSatas externals are hard to come by. This seems to be the only one.

    Fantom Drives GreenDrive 3TB eSATA
     
  11. Jun 4, 2013 #651 of 672
    Sixto

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    Think I've seen that WD20EURS recently for $88. AV-GP and best.

    Just looked and $94 today. Great drive, there's also bigger.
     
  12. Jun 5, 2013 #652 of 672
    Rich

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    I wouldn't trust a Fantom. Too many problems. Try this. And they are on sale today. Easily returnable if it won't work with a 3TB drive.

    Rich
     
  13. Jun 6, 2013 #653 of 672
    RunnerFL

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    It will work with 3TB on an HR44-500. I know that without a doubt because that's what I'm now running. I put my RAID enclosures to work for me on a NAS setup instead.
     
  14. Jun 6, 2013 #654 of 672
    Special Ed

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    I got the Fantom Drives GreenDrive 3TB eSATA and it is working great. I don't pay too much attention to HD reviews because there will always be about 20% 1 star reviews saying the drive fails, crashes etc... it goes with the territory. The happy people go about life and rarely leave a review on a drive that just works, those that have a bad experience let off steam with 1 star rants. My main concern was when I plugged in the drive would it be compatible with the Genie and take advantage of all its 3TB glory and it does.

    I have ~10 external drives I bought over the years and each one had lots of bad reviews. So far I have been lucky but eventually one will fail, eventually they all do. As drives get larger and cheaper I tend to replace the older smaller drives with larger newer ones. ie.. 750 gb to 1 tb to 2 tb ect... Now I am going to 3 and 4 TB drives as I have several redundant backups of my pc I use for my business and about 450 BD and DVD movies backed up.
     
  15. Jun 8, 2013 #655 of 672
    acostapimps

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    Maybe it's me but skip ahead and back is not as smooth or fast as the HR24, even fast forward 4x speed is not fast enough.
     
  16. Jun 8, 2013 #656 of 672
    Mike Bertelson

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    I think 4x FW is very fast...too fast actually. I use 3x and can usually stop it right where I want. I can't do that with 4x.

    I just compared it to my HR24-500 and it's just as or even faster. Maybe it's just me though.

    Mike
     
  17. Jun 8, 2013 #657 of 672
    Laxguy

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    No, it ain't just you, Mike. I, too, use 3x almost exclusively. 4x seems to sometimes skip large chunks- i.e., to me, seems erraticĀ± even if I could stop it just where I want consistently, it's not a good choice for me right now.
     
  18. Jun 8, 2013 #658 of 672
    Mike Greer

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    What about when using FF x3 while viewing a recording over MRV? The HR20\21\22\23\24x don't handle it the same as local recordings. Does the HR44?
     
  19. Jun 8, 2013 #659 of 672
    Mike Bertelson

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    I really can't tell the difference between local and MRV on the HR44. On my HR21 it is definitely snappier with local recordings.

    It does take a few seconds longer to start the recording but trick play is identical.

    Mike
     
  20. Jun 8, 2013 #660 of 672
    Supramom2000

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    My 44 is consistently the fastest receiver I have. Response time to any menu choice or button press is almost instantaneous.

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