First Look: DIRECTV H44 Genie Server & External HDD

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

  1. yosoyellobo

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    You needed two telephone lines if I remember correctly.
     
  2. slice1900

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    Also, no need to bother with firmware upgrades for the H2x/HR2x line any longer since the vast majority of new customers will get a Genie.
     
  3. slice1900

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    Only for very small accounts like a doctor's office, until there are models with a lot more tuners available and/or multiple Genies are allowed on an account.
     
  4. Alan Gordon

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    ???????
     
  5. mrknowitall526

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    Except for all of us who still have older models with an HR34 or 44 in the mix. The H44 will never see any of these homes unless their current Genie fails, and DTV replaces it with one of these.
     
  6. damondlt

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    Why would you want one of these if you have the HR44?

    I would say it would be simple to get the H44 if you have a current HR34/44.
    If you are out of your contract and have an Upgrade and tell them you no longer want DVR.
    If you already have clients, they won't want to take them all back and replace them with H25s.
     
  7. mrknowitall526

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    I don't want one! But the OP said there's no need to continue firmware updates for old models, but I beg to differ.
     
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  8. Yakuman

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    The downside that when the master Genie goes down, all the mini clients are down as well. So don't swap your H24s and H25s for a Genie Mini.
     
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    do the wireless clients use your existing wireless network?
     
  10. Smuuth

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    No, wireless clients require a DIRECTV Wireless Video Bridge which has its own wireless network.
     
  11. dpeters11

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    Genies will definitely diverge featurewise from the hx2x line. They already have, but it will continue. If there ever is a UI change, it'll be like the H20.
     
  12. mrknowitall526

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    I've never seen an H20, what's the issue?
     
  13. dpeters11

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    Not Whole Home compatible, never got the UI update. Those are the big things at least. It wasn't just software, I think the processor was different from the HR20, didn't have an ethernet port to plug in a DECA.
     
  14. cypherx

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    Good call. At my dentist office in the lobby is a H21 with HD. But the LCD TV's above each dentist chair is fed from an SD box as seen by the poor picture quality and old blue/white guide when they ask me what channel I want and change it.
     
  15. slice1900

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    Millions still have SD boxes in 2015, that didn't stop them from discontinuing new features for those years ago. They will invest in what they consider their future direction, which is Genie, not in the H2x/HR2x past they are leaving behind.
     
  16. inkahauts

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    Older models are mature. They are basically set in stone now and likely will not receive much more than stability updates from now on. They don't have anything left in the tank to give us new features. Genies do... So that's where new stuff will come along. I don't know what it is at this point that you could possibly expect them to really do with the older models that they could handle very well?

    I see this new h44 as the one that ends the entire line of non genies in terms of advancement because it basically allows them to offer a DVR or a non DVR just like they need, but for the first time ever both those options will be genies.

    Not that they have really added anything to the h25 in the last few years... Or the hr2xs either other than the whole start over and such but that's really an on demand feature not so much a DVR feature.
     
  17. mrknowitall526

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    Stability updates is what I meant. Even if they don't add new features (and I agree I'm sure they won't), I'd at least hope they would continue with basic updates to fix major bugs, etc. (Although I don't really know of any).

    The only "New" feature I'd really want them to do is add season and episode number info to the descriptions. Others have said before that its really processor intensive, but I don't get why ... I have seen much older and crappier cable boxes show that info (like the typical cheap Motorola SD box). I think it's just a matter of getting the info from somewhere.
     
  18. cypherx

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    If it's a space issue, remove mediashare on the 2x line and replace it with Season / Episode. Heck they removed mediashare from the more powerful genies so this will sort of level the playing field.
     
  19. HoTat2

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    Hey look, I can appreciate that DIRECTV may want to move totally to server-client systems for the home. But what for the few of us where that topology just won't work?. Right now we have 6 HD-DVRs (a Genie and 5 HR2Xs) distributed among 6 adults and 1 teenager now living here, and no family veiwing room save for a breakfast room eating area just off the kitchen where we have placed a DVR.

    Outside this breakfast room everyone always goes to their own bedrooms for TV watching and needs their own HD-DVR there.

    No one wants, nor can reasonably use clients here since at a minimum one tuner is almost always being used at each 6 TV locations. This min. tuner requirement then quickly goes up when individuals start recording on one (or more for the Genie) channels while veiwing another.

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  20. slice1900

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    Obviously the "Genie Lite" isn't the end of the Genie story. Before the H2x/HR2x are removed as an option to order, they will add multiple/bigger Genies or some sort of 'super client' like Dish has that has tuners and takes the H44's hard drive as an add-on to allow building bigger systems. While customers with more than 4 rooms are a minority they won't ignore you. They are just taking care of the majority first, now they need to tackle the (lucrative for Directv's bottom line) outliers like you, Rich and commercial guys like me.

    But it doesn't make sense to add features to the H2x/HR2x line any more. At least you don't have to worry about firmware upgrades breaking anything while you're waiting for that better Genie solution :)
     

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