First Look: DIRECTV H44 Genie Server & External HDD

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

  1. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    I don't see that as being the point for this at all. Not even a little.

    I think if dtv wanted to go the route of a unit that would be able to add to a genie instead of multiple genies I think they could basically make a hr44 slave that connected via USB or esata or maybe even coax that had additional tuners and a second box to book to that for additional hard drive but the processing and decision making would still happen in the genie itself and it simply look like the genie was a 10 tuner 2 TV unit for example. There'd be no video output from it or anything of that nature.

    The only reason I see it being two boxes is so they could then hook up this slave to a genie lite and have lots of tuners for bars etc.

    Ok I'll stop dreaming now.....
     
  2. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    For me it's the equivalent of having four h25s with all the non DVR driven features that a genie has that a h25 doesn't..... Or a genie and three clients (clients are extremely snappy for me.)
     
  3. inkahauts

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    Since you are the first I have ever heard say this I have some doubts you don't have some sort of other issue. I'd start a serperate thread and detail how your system is set up and is probably replace the PI if everything else is hooked up right. Something is just off there.
     
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  4. inkahauts

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    Funny I think it's a huge step because I think (purely my speculation) that this box has really three targets...

    1. New customers who don't want DVRs.
    2. SD non DVR customers who want to upgrade to Hi Definition without DVR.

    And the one that I think that will matter to all of us.... A path for DIRECTV to upgrade older existing subs to mpeg4 equipment at minimal cost so they can start to reclaim the sd spectrum for other uses. I have always thought that something like this in combination with a couple other things will help get the cost to convert older customers low enough to make them actively start to make this move.
     
  5. inkahauts

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    Yep, it doesn't work.
     
  6. NR4P

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    You've got something else wrong in your system somewhere.
    I agree with inkhahauts that you should start a different thread and document your system.
     
  7. NR4P

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    The FL did state the product supports the AM21 and it does work well. There aren't any other AM21 features such as scanning supported here vs. other Genies.

    But the AM21 is 2x-3x the size of the new H44, even with HDD.
     
  8. djousma

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    I read the thread, and reread the firstlook document, didnt notice but what version of HDMI does it have? Is it possible this box could support 4K broadcasts via HDMI connection?
     
  9. J Blow

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    Has anyone with one of these units tried to clone the hard drive to another commercial unit?
     
  10. dpeters11

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    I would plan on 4K with the H44 being the same as the HR44.
     
  11. HoTat2

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    What would be the point?

    If DIRECTV has implemented a proprietary HDD ID system which allows the use only their supplied drives a cloned drive won't work anyway.

    Sent from my SGH-M819N using Tapatalk
     
  12. RunnerFL

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    The drives are still not interchangeable between units. You can clone the drive but the clone, like the original, would only be usable on the unit the recordings were made on.
     
  13. harsh

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    That should put to rest any theories about high performance drives being necessary to support a Genie.
     
  14. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    A reminder that the H44 has no phone connection.
     
  15. Alan Gordon

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    Are you on dial-up?
     
  16. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    There is an important fourth use: commercial accounts (wherein DVR service is not an option).

    I'm not sure it is the best approach, but it is right up the H44's alley.
     
  17. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    This detail was not present. The Solid Signal first look speculates that it is HDMI 1.4.
    A hard drive is required for the current DIRECTV UHD offerings.

    If the silicon at the center is the same as that of the HR44, it is not capable of rendering UHD.
     
  18. harsh

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    The first look stated only that the H44 included USB for use with the AM21.
     
  19. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Sorry if I am dense here, but what does this statement change or add to the quote of NR4P?
     
  20. RunnerFL

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    And how is that not saying the AM21 works?
     

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