Finally upgrading to 4K- need advice

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by drwdbs, Oct 10, 2021.

  1. drwdbs

    drwdbs Cool Member

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    I know there have been a million threads like this, apologies for one more, hoping to get some advice. We are finally ready to upgrade to 4K, and we have had the exact same equipment for several years and really have no clue what to ask for or what we need.

    We currently have 4 boxes in 4 different rooms
    HR44-700 Genie (Main Box we use)
    HR24
    HR24
    HR24

    So we have a total of 11 tuners. Would like to at least have something close to that in total number of tuners. Would love to keep DVR's in some rooms if possible

    Would want to be able to watch 4k in 2 of the 4 rooms where we currently have DTV boxes if possible.

    So can someone let me know exactly what my options would be to upgrade to 4K? Want to have at least a little bit of knowledge before calling in case I get a clueless CSR.

    Thanks very much in advance
     
  2. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    You'll have to upgrade your HR44-700 to either a HR54 or a HS17. The HR54 has a 1 TB Hard Drive. It can be connected to a TV. It works with DVRs, Receivers and Clients. For 4K service it needs a C61K-700 client. The HR54 can handle one 4K stream at once. The HS17 has a 2 TB Hard Drive. It is a headless server and cannot be connected to a TV. It only works with clients. For 4K service it needs a C61K-700 client. The HS17 can handle two 4K streams at once. For each TV you want to use for 4K service you'll need a C61K-700 client.
     
  3. Bitterman

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    I haven't upgraded to 4k yet but if you like all those tuners keep your current setup as long as you can! I have (had) the same setup a you minus one HR-24, so 9 tuners for me. One of my HR_24's died. Shouldn't have been a problem, I've replaced a few HR-24's in this setup over the last few years. NOPE! They will no longer activate a stand alone DVD if you already have A Genie on your account. I was down a TV for 7 weeks going back and forth with them, and from them repeatedly sending me HR-24's and then saying they can't activate them!

    Bottom line is any new setup you're gonna get a Genie and then mini clients

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  4. WestDC

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    What you get will depend --who holding your D*TV account -IF AT&T your choice is only a HS-17 and mini's -if your ACCOUNT is held by D*TV then you can keep what you have and exchange your HR44 --for a HR54 --you will also need to add a C61K to your 4k TV set.

    The tuner issue has been solved --With a NEW LNB --it can support (TUNERS) 21 Channels + 1 Channel for the Guide (22) in all
     
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  5. Rich

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    I tried to switch to 4K a few weeks ago. They were willing to give me a 54 but I could not find one with a SATA port on the truck. I gave up on that idea. But, I'm at a point where I might be willing to take a 17 setup if I can get one with a SATA port. My account is still with ATT.

    Rich
     
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  6. WestDC

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    I suggest you call Solid signal and inquire id they have a HS-17 with a ESATA port and if they can or can not work with your account. Should that not work --A HR-54 is way easier to open than a HS-17 -- Take a Hr54 no matter and just swap the drive (heaven for bid) someone finds out
     
  7. ericknolls

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    I saw the Astros and White Sox being shown on the the Sports Mix channel. I selected it. It tuned to the channel. It did a game search for an alternate channel. It found one on 4K sports 106. I think a blue box appeared on my tv screen and asked if I wanted to watch the game in 4K. I selected yes and tuned in. I was not really impressed with what I saw. The picture resolution was very similar to what I already see on my 4K UHD tv. No big difference to me. And I'm being serious about it.

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  8. Rich

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    I have a contractor looking for 54s with SATA ports. If I can't find one I might take a 17. We did search for a 17 on the truck. Every DVR he had on that truck was in a new box and none of them had SATA ports. A 2TB HDD would be more than enough capacity for us these days but I don't want to deal with HDDs again.

    Rich
     
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  9. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

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    The Jets game from England had poor picture quality. Upscaling didn't help.

    Rich
     
  10. b4pjoe

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    Same for me with 4K content from everywhere. DirecTV, Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime...makes no difference. I have a 2019 55" LG 4K UHD and a 2018 65" LG 4K UHD and both are the same. Neither is OLED though so maybe that is why.
     
  11. compnurd

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    OLED will make more of a difference with movies and content that is mastered for dark scenes..
     
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  12. Mike Lang

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    With all the 4K options via streaming, I've not been tempted to swap out hardware to get a little more via Directv.
     
  13. carl6

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    To summarize from a slightly different perspective:
    To get 4K you must have either an HR54 or an HS17
    If you get an HR54 you can keep your other HR24 units. The HR54 can attach directly to a TV, but it cannot provide 4K to that TV. It can feed 4K to a C61K client attached to your 4K TV.
    If you get an HS17, you can NOT keep your other HR24 units. The HS17 can feed two 4K clients simultaneously, and up to 7 (I believe) TV locations total.
    It is unlikely you will find either an HR54 or an HS17 with an eSata port. Those are going away. If you want/need to upgrade to a larger drive internally, the HR54 is the easier way to go. But the HS17 has a 2GB drive to start with, so may be sufficient.
    I have an HS17 that has run just fine since they first became available, with two C61 4K clients and one C41 client. I have previously had HR54, HR44, HR24, etc. I don't really miss having actual DVRs at other locations.
     
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  14. harsh

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    That, like many other choices in favor of DIRECTV DBS, comes down to how much value one places on live sports. Live streaming 4K sports content is relatively poor unless your cable provider offers something. For 4K movies, TV and documentaries, streaming is arguably a better choice (sometimes the only choice).
     
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  15. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Anything on FOX SPORTS that is in 4K can be watched in 4K on their streaming APP with your login credentials from your provider. Actually, the only 4K content I cannot get streaming that is on DirecTv is the one unknown school college game on ESPN on Saturdays.
    Thursday Night Football, two Saturday college games, and all the baseball playoffs are all available on the Fox Sports app if you have the bandwidth for it. NBC might have something occasionally, but I think its soccer from EU.
     
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  16. harsh

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    I haven't seen 4K golf anywhere else but that's not really in season now. I think the only other way to view 4K golf may be NBC's Golfpass. 4K EPL Soccer seems to be happening more or less weekly on NBC.
     
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  17. compnurd

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    Isnt the TNF in 4K on Amazon prime
     
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  18. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Yea but if you arent a Prime member, its free on the Fox sports app if you have any subscription that includes your local fox station.
     
  19. harsh

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    The question surrounding content originated by Fox is whether it is coming from 4K cameras or, as they do most football games, upconverted from 1080p. Fox can't reasonably be associated with PQ.
     
  20. dtv757

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    Saw a few mentions of 4K sports

    Here is a link to my 4K chart I haven been tracking since October 2018

    4K Live Sports and Events Schedule - Updated 10/12/2021

    Directv is the clear winner as far as live sports in 4K with a live event almost every day. ... almost






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