First Look: DIRECTV H44 Genie Server & External HDD

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

  1. May 29, 2015 #61 of 462
    cypherx

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    Is the hard drive "married" to the H44 when initialized? If the H44 dies and is replaced, but your hard drive is still good, are your recordings intact?

    Having 2 drives fail on me (HR24-200), the ability to easily remove the hard drive and still have working television until a new one arrives is a great feature alone. It looks like it's a 2.5" HD enclosure like the WD Passport line. Is that correct?
     
  2. May 29, 2015 #62 of 462
    Jacob Braun

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    Yep, the drive follows the receiver and not the account. If the drive is still good you lose recordings when plugging it into the new H44.
     
  3. May 29, 2015 #63 of 462
    Alan Gordon

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    For most people, 1TB is plenty.

    I'd be shocked if DirecTV didn't offer multiple storage options in the next 2-3 years, but that's just my opinion.
     
  4. May 29, 2015 #64 of 462
    prushing

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    Current DTV controls still exist. With the drive being external and heat not being added to it, it should last. Enclosure is just like any other external 2.5" drive enclosures.
     
  5. May 29, 2015 #65 of 462
    syclonedave

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    Seeing that the external HDD is so small I was hoping it would be solid state. That would be nice.
     
  6. May 29, 2015 #66 of 462
    Drew2k

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    Having hands-on experience is so important and it's great that there have already been so many questions asked (and answered) by the team that has actually used the H44. Congratulations to the entire First Look team for another great first look!
     
  7. May 29, 2015 #67 of 462
    prushing

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    You are looking at $300+ for a cheap 1TB SSD, you would need a higher quality than that though to support the DVR and running 24/7
     
  8. May 29, 2015 #68 of 462
    swaff

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    The H44 was my first Genie experience. I have to say that this box exceeded all of my expectations even using it without recording capability. Using it to deliver recorded content from my HR2X boxes via Whole-Home was much smoother and faster than going from one HR2X to another HR2X.

    I have since added a wireless client and that experience is also very smooth.
     
  9. May 29, 2015 #69 of 462
    dpeters11

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    Yeah, it would need to be an SLC drive and I don't think it's really worth it in this application.
     
  10. May 29, 2015 #70 of 462
    Bill Broderick

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    There was a time (in 1996 before I was a DirecTV customer) when in conjunction with how this will work with RVU TV's, is exactly what I wanted from DirecTV. I wanted a single box, that would decode the DirecTV signal and send it to the three TV's in my house, where I could watch them without a receiver in that room, using a single remote to control all the functions of both the TV and receiver.

    Since then, DVR's and, more importantly, Harmony, activity based, remote controls have been put on the market, which means that I no longer care about having a separate box for each TV, and I want as many recordable tuners as possible, which is why the only way that I'm switching from a Genie and 2 HR24's is if they allow me to replace a 24 with a second Genie or they create a Genie with a lot more recordable tuners.
     
  11. May 29, 2015 #71 of 462
    hhawk

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    Sorry if I missed it. Do owners of some Panasonic and Samsung sets (to mention a couple) still have to steer clear of the 500 series? The Humax models put out color in a different way. The picture looks washed out because our sets are expecting the YCbCR output. Thanks.
     
  12. May 29, 2015 #72 of 462
    WestDC

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    So if you already have a genie can you add this (say) to replace a HR22?
     
  13. May 29, 2015 #73 of 462
    RunnerFL

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    A solid state 1TB drive would cost about 10x's the unit itself. lol
     
  14. May 29, 2015 #74 of 462
    RunnerFL

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    No problems with my Samsung TV. Then again I don't have problems with my HR24-500 and Samsung either.
     
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  15. May 29, 2015 #75 of 462
    RunnerFL

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    Nope, 1 Genie per account.
     
  16. May 29, 2015 #76 of 462
    dpeters11

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    I have not noticed any issue with my Panasonic Plasma. I believe that only the HR24-500 had the RGB colorspace.
     
  17. May 29, 2015 #77 of 462
    dave29

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    Nice looking job guys!
     
  18. May 29, 2015 #78 of 462
    prushing

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    No issues on my Samsung and I have the -500 and an older non-500 hooked up to the same TV and don't see any differences
     
  19. May 29, 2015 #79 of 462
    JACKIEGAGA

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    Wow! Great job guys/gals :up:
     
  20. May 29, 2015 #80 of 462
    mexican-bum

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    looks to me like a common 2.5" laptop HDD
     

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