First Look: DIRECTV H44 Genie Server & External HDD

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Scott Kocourek, May 25, 2015.

  1. Jun 2, 2015 #201 of 462
    Smuuth

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    Using the RC7x remotes in RF mode is actually the preferred method since they have to be in RF mode in order to be programmed for a TV or an audio system. I can assure you that mounting an H44 behind a wall-mounted TV does not necessitate "your TV hanging another few inches out off the wall."
     
  2. Jun 2, 2015 #202 of 462
    Laxguy

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    Really? Is that what she said??


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  3. Jun 3, 2015 #203 of 462
    slice1900

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    I wonder if the software on the HR34/HR44 will be updated so the same is true for those? Or does it require not just having the hard drive go bad but physically disconnecting the hard drive for the H44 to get into receiver mode?
     
  4. Jun 3, 2015 #204 of 462
    bobnielsen

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    I suppose it depends on the nature of the failure, but if the receiver recognizes the drive (working or not) it will probably go to DVR mode.
     
  5. Jun 3, 2015 #205 of 462
    Shades228

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    I'm betting this becomes part of the unified Genie code regardless of model.
     
  6. Jun 3, 2015 #206 of 462
    mexican-bum

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    I just saw on the other forum HR44 and newer will eventually get the GenieGo capability built in.

    "DirecTV Everywhere Awareness Campaign Highlights:
    DirecTV Everywhere is expanding to include GenieGO capability in all HR44 and newer Genie servers! This new capability will enhance the DirecTV Everywhere experience!
    · Enhancements are expected late this year into early next year and will include beta testing and phased deployments. "

    Looks like the old HR34 is finally going to stop being updated with the latest and greatest, hopefully this will eventually turn into a way to upgrade an HR34 to a HR44 or H44.
     
  7. Jun 3, 2015 #207 of 462
    HoTat2

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    Saw that notice too, but due the "other forum's" penchant for unreliable reporting, took it with a grain of salt.

    So if true, what does this mean? That the current HR44s already have Geniego transcoders built in and will receive firmware updates to activate them?

    Or is this for a future model revision of the HR44?

    Either way though, I agree, great news! if it will finally offer an upgrade path to the HR44 from the -34.

    But now watch DIRECTV likely close off this potential avenue by making a policy that if you have an HR34 and want the Geniego feature, you must simply buy the separate standalone unit. :(

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  8. Jun 3, 2015 #208 of 462
    mexican-bum

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    Ya it may or may not be true but I sure hope it is.
     
  9. Jun 3, 2015 #209 of 462
    dpeters11

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    This is absolutely how it would go. The HR34 doesn't have builtin wifi, you can't use that as a reason to get a 44. HR20-HR23 doesn't have built in DECA but you can't use that to get an HR24. You can use the 3D issue (though I don't know if there are any left) to get a 24, but there is no external box that makes a 20-23 compatible. Same with the H20 and Whole Home, though there you could wind up with just an H21.
     
  10. Jun 3, 2015 #210 of 462
    Scott Kocourek

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  11. Jun 3, 2015 #211 of 462
    slice1900

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    Whether the capability is added to the HR44 or not doesn't change matters if the HR54 has it. It will be one more thing newer Genies have that older ones don't, but Directv will continue to consider them all the same as they did with the HR2x line. Hopefully they won't make those with older Genies pay for the GenieGo if that capability is built in to newer ones, and instead give them away to customers who ask like they do with wireless with HR34 customers.

    Maybe that's why someone on the other site posted a photo of a HR54 with a SWM-7 input but their "first look" shows a SWM-5 input. Directv didn't want to make it a "real upgrade". I wouldn't be surprised if it uses a BCM4528 SoC, which has 8 demodulators on board. Going from SWM-7 to SWM-5 was just a cosmetic change to the box, the hardware didn't change; two tuners were disabled in software to make it the "same" as the older Genies and reduce the whining. Maybe someday a software update for the HR54 will "magically" add a couple extra tuners! :sure:
     
  12. Jun 3, 2015 #212 of 462
    harsh

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    Based on the facts that the competitor's DVRs have had a similar feature (PocketDISH) for years and DIRECTV promoted DIRECTV2Go for a while, I suspect whatever was needed has been there since the HR20 debuted. I think the bigger issue was support for USB Mass Storage that they've kept pretty well locked down and now they're using networking to continue to avoid it.
     
  13. Jun 3, 2015 #213 of 462
    HoTat2

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    From what I hear, the Genie with the integrated Geniego is supposed to be Directv's answer to the "competitor's" (or Dish's) Hopper with Sling.

    But the Hopper with Sling requires an ungrade a different and later model doesn't it? It wasn't upgraded to Sling capabilty with a firmware update was it?

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  14. Jun 3, 2015 #214 of 462
    dpeters11

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    Right, Hopper and Hopper with Sling is different hardware. I think even the Netflix functionality is only on the Sling version.
     
  15. Jun 3, 2015 #215 of 462
    dennisj00

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    I don't know anyone that has a clue about OTA. Most of them have no clue about the DVR they have - or could have.
     
  16. Jun 3, 2015 #216 of 462
    HoTat2

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    Yep;

    For example, not to appear immodest, but out of the 5 adults and one teenager that live here right now, I'm the only one that has a clue about how DIRECTV works technically.

    And no doubt most other DIRECTV households don't even have that much ...

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  17. Jun 3, 2015 #217 of 462
    dpeters11

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    Exactly. We're the geeks that spend time on a forum talking about receivers, LNBs and all the various aspects. Most people just watch TV, the smart ones come here when they want an answer about something :)
     
  18. Jun 3, 2015 #218 of 462
    Supramom2000

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  19. Jun 4, 2015 #219 of 462
    Kentstater

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    So let me get this straight.
    I have a HR-34 and C-31, and my contract is up July 7th.
    They wont let me upgrade to a HR-44 and a C-41 because they can't guarantee a Hr-44 on the truck.

    If I wait till the H-44 comes out, I would have to say I don't want the DVR (HDD) to get that unit.
    Is that correct?
     
  20. Jun 4, 2015 #220 of 462
    peds48

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    Correct, but is not because they can't guarantee what is on the truck, is more because there is no path to upgrade from a Genie to another Genie
     

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