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Genie or Snake in a box

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by tazman, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. Guindalf

    Guindalf Legend

    Nov 19, 2005
    I've had my HR34 along with an existing HR22 for a month or so and so far, apart from one issue that I resolved myself (with a little help from the boards). That was a problem where both boxes lost contact with the other and refused to show a full list of recorded shows or play them I solved this by giving them both static IPs and the problem went away.

    Sure, there is a delay when I use the 30 second slip for a recording on the other box, but I can live with that. Otherwise, no worries at all.
  2. LawHawk

    LawHawk Cool Member

    Mar 8, 2013
    I got my HR-34 in the fall and it was rough for only a week or so, and has been great since then. I have not hit reset in at least two months, although after finding this forum (first post; hello everyone) I am going to do the 0-2-4-6-8 trick tonight and ruin that streak.

    I strongly recommend and endorse the HR-34. Maybe I'm just lucky.
  3. Diana C

    Diana C Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Mar 30, 2007
    New Jersey
    We do have "Genie reccomends" turned on and it does records shows...I'm looking at the screen right now with 4 recordings showing on the main menu.

    Not sure exactly what you mean by "new on the guide" but I've never seen the message you describe.

    Is the HR34 perfect? No, I have had to reboot ours twice (in about 6 months) because playback via whole home wouldn't work. But it isn't so bad that I complain about it. I love our Genie.

    The other thing to keep in mind is that I expect the HR44 and HR34 will use pretty much the same software (just like the HR24 uses the same software as an HR20). There will be some differences, like the wireless drivers in the 44, but the core software is very likely to be nearly identical.
  4. Tom Servo

    Tom Servo Icon

    Mar 7, 2007
    OK, Louis CK… :p

    That's what's promised, but much of it doesn't work right. So I think that while, yes, this is a first world problem, it's a first world problem to be sold a bill of goods that can't be delivered.

    The only part that works well is the "signal from space" part, which DirecTV has had decades of experience with. When you read through all the issues (which I wish I'd done before getting a Genie setup) it's obvious DirecTV screwed up on this one because it simply does not work right for a lot of people.

    My setup is not even a day old, so I expect growing pains. I was a D* customer for 12 years before a move put me in a home with too many trees for service. So I know how they operate and issues are not a total surprise, just a disappointment that they have not progressed beyond using customers as guinea pigs for software updates.

    Maybe my expectations were too high, but I did invest a ton of money into this scheme. It cost a lot of money to have the trees removed — something that was going to be done anyway but was moved up on the schedule so we could have DirecTV again sooner — so everyone here is expecting to be wowed. So far the HR34 has done well, it's the dummy client in the bedroom I'm most upset with. It can't skip or FF anything without just jumping to the end of a show. And after a while it can't navigate any menu items without mis-interpreting one keypress as a bazillion, jumping to the end and going "bonk" for a hundred times. I spent 10 minutes simply trying to change the channel manually and gave up because it simply. does. not. work.

    First world problem? Yeah. But this is Amurrika, dang it, not Sub Saharan Africa. I expect things to work like we're in the 20th Century, if not the 21st. I am not willing to trade progress for reliability. I want them both.

    When did mediocrity in progress become acceptable? We accept mediocre smartphones, we accept mediocre TV, we accept mediocre healthcare and government, even. When did we give up?
  5. supermod38

    supermod38 Mentor

    Jan 16, 2013
    Central VA.
    :D I have had my GENIE and one CLIENT since november, haven't done a reboot yet.!!:D:D
  6. celticpride

    celticpride Icon

    Sep 6, 2006
    AWWWW! supermod38 you shouldnt of said that,now you probably just jinxed yourself!!:lol:
  7. Sandra

    Sandra Legend

    Apr 16, 2012
    We've had the genie since December. For the first month we did have to reboot the system because of frozen screens probably 2-3 times a week...but we were also thrilled with the amazingly quick response from the remote...something that was getting very annoying with our old HR23.

    Now that we are in March I do not remember the last time we had to reboot...but of course with our hard drive filling up, the remote response has definitely slowed. Not as bad as it was with the HR23, but not as lighting fast as it was when we first received it.

    As sports fans we love love LOVE the picture in picture function, not to mention the five tuners, access to Youtube (so many of the old Jamie Kennedy Experiment skits are still hysterical), and the gigantic hard drive.

    We just need the Pac 12 Networks!

  8. supermod38

    supermod38 Mentor

    Jan 16, 2013
    Central VA.
    :nono: Yikes, now i am scared................:eek2:

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