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DBSTalk Exclusive Third Look: HR24-200 and H24-200 Receivers

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. HoTat2

    HoTat2 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2005
    Actually I figured as much for the case of the H/HR21s and 22s that they had long ceased production, but just wasn't quite sure whether the HR23s which are really not all that old, had totally ceased as well ... :)
  2. KoRn

    KoRn Legend

    Oct 21, 2008
    Has anyone got a Samsung unit one yet?
  3. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    Yes, I was told that some folks are getting these as of last Friday.
  4. ejjames

    ejjames Icon

    Oct 2, 2006
    If I am considering upgrading to 3D, might they let me return my 20-700, and go buy a HR24?
  5. SteveHas

    SteveHas Hall of Fame

    Feb 6, 2007
    nice work guys
    now I have to figure out how to get one, (or three)
  6. xmguy

    xmguy Active Member

    Mar 26, 2008
    Middle, TN
    Nice. Now when can I get my SLOW HR21 upgraded to an HR24! :D
  7. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    Thanks for the compliments, all! This was a group effort by our awesome CE test team and although they'll remain confidential, they're the ones who deserve the credit.
  8. fluffybear

    fluffybear Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 19, 2004
    Looks great!!
  9. Thaedron

    Thaedron Hall Of Fame

    Jun 29, 2007
    That's very encouraging!
  10. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    Awesome job as always guys!
  11. NR4P

    NR4P Dad

    Jan 15, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Nice work folks. Glad to see the CE team is helping to crank out the products.
  12. bananfish

    bananfish Mentor

    Aug 13, 2007
    I'm confused by all the gushing compliments.

    The Third Look basically discloses that there is a new manufacturer of H24s and HR24s - Samsung - and that they are functionally identical to the other H24 and HR24 models. Thrown in are a few pictures of the units from different angles, including the guts.

    There doesn't seem to be any information on whether these units perform differently in any way than their brethren, whether they have a different footprint than their brethren, or any other information that couldn't have been summed up with the phrase "The H24 and HR24 are now also being manufactured by Samsung."

    What exactly is it that the "Cutting Edge" team did to earn "awesome job" kudos other than open a free receiver, get a screwdriver and digital camera out, and upload a handful of pictures?

    I'm honestly not trying to be a jerk here, but I feel like I must be missing something, and I'm trying to understand what it is. Are there more pages in the Third Look that I'm not seeing, or is there some information somewhere that I somehow missed?
  13. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    There are significant time and effort commitments for participants in any field test. There's much more than plugging something in and taking a few photos as you seem to depict it. In some cases, inconvenience and "issues" arise during the testing process....something many folks would not want to endure.

    The reason it is a field test is that there is testing done, results posted and reviewed, more testing, and so on. It's all volunteer.
  14. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    Let me explain.

    First of all, this receiver was tested by DBSTalk testers for months before release. In general we don't release details but the people who did test, whom I referred to as the Cutting Edge Test Team, worked hard to catalog bugs, and I'm thanking them.

    As for why the document's so short, it's because all the 24 series receivers are identical in capabilities. There's a link on page 1 of that PDF that will take you to the First Look document with all the test data.

    They all have very similar hardware, so there's no need to benchmark. They're all exactly the same size, in fact it's possible they all use the same case.

    I did not mean to confuse anyone, and if you're looking for a more in-depth review of the HR24 and H24, please start with this PDF which applies equally to all HR24s and H24s.
  15. bananfish

    bananfish Mentor

    Aug 13, 2007
    So if I understand correctly, the Cutting Edge team actually conducts tests for DirecTV and Samsung, providing feedback on issues and bugs. So although we don't see the "results posted and reviewed, more testing, and so on" in the Third Look document itself, it happened and helped DirecTV and Samsung get a polished product out faster. And all on a volunteer basis.

    If I understand that correctly, that is certainly useful and worthy of plaudits. I was under the misimpression that this was merely a "review" of the new boxes.

    Thanks for the clarification, and thanks to the team.
  16. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Your understandings above are pretty much correct.

    The testing is in cooperation with DirecTV, using different models from different manufacturers...in this case a Samsung HD DVR model.

    Last, but not least....Stuart Sweet also invokes his volunteer time to assemble all of the First, Second, and now Third Look contents, as well as often provides his leadership and graphics skills to produce an easy to read document for all to enjoy.
  17. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    I suspect it's more about the effort put into the testing than the document itself, but it's all good.
  18. gnahc79

    gnahc79 Godfather

    Jan 11, 2008
    I think that's the goal, test to make sure everything works the same or better than the HR24-500. The 200 and 500 likely do not have the exact same parts from the same supplier, so testing this variant of the HR24 is a must.
  19. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    Personally I have an HR24-500 and HR24-200. If there are performance differences, they are minuscule. For all intents and purposes they're identical.
  20. Maleman

    Maleman Icon

    Apr 17, 2007
    Not sure this is the correct thread but i am currently starting my second year with the HR21.

    If I buy/replace this unit with the HR24 am I required to start a new 2 yr agreement?

    Do I need to send the HR21 back if I decide to replace it with the HR24?

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