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HR34 Discussion/Anticipation thread

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, Oct 28, 2011.

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  1. markrogo

    markrogo Godfather

    Sep 18, 2007
    Let me just add to the prior chorus of how stupid it is that DirecTV is totally interested in getting these boxes -- at any price -- to people with which it does no business currently, but people who pay it $1500-2000 per year and wish to procure these are treated like yesterday's trash.

  2. RobertE

    RobertE New Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    Considering how well that "genious" plan has played out with constant growth, I'd have to say it's done very well.

    With that being said, they really do need a true rewards type program put into place to end all this nonsense of haggling, begging, threating to leave, etc.
  3. jlangner

    jlangner AllStar

    Feb 2, 2007
    Got mine from Robert. Dtv upgraded to swm16 and installed yesterday. All other hd receivers pulled down new hd gui but not hr34..hoping soon. Others pulled down one day before install. ;(
  4. ksalno

    ksalno Cool Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Installed my HR-34 yesterday (thank you SS) and all seems to be working fine. I have two questions. In apportioning my devices across the 8-way splitters, I have the HR-34, an HR-20, and an H-24 on one splitter (8 tuners total), 3 other HR-20 and an H-24 on the other splitter (7 tuners total), so I should be ok in terms of number of tuners. However, the splitter with 8 tuners also has the feed for the DECA connection to my router. This doesn't appear to be causing any issues but wanted to ensure this is ok.

    Also, when I went through the satellite set-up process, I got errors on 103. I seem to be pulling in all the channels I expected, so is 103 not necessary?
  5. thepoloman33

    thepoloman33 Mentor

    Jun 20, 2006
    I finally got around to installing my HR34 yesterday. My system consisted of (2) HR20-700s and (1) HR20-100 connected via older zinwell 6x8 switch and a side car style dish. MRV is over ethernet.

    I replaced the 6x8 with a new SWM16 kit that I got from eBay. I put the HR34 on one side of the SWM16 and the 2 HR20-700s on the other side using 1x2 splitter. I deactivated the HR20-100 (DirecTV did not ask for it back, not sure what to do with it).

    I had a spare 2TB 7200 Hitachi drive laying around, so I picked up the eSATA Rosewell enclosure that Herdfan pointed out and connected it to the HR34. I then plugged in the existing MRV ethernet cable and the HR34 instantly connected to the internet and saw my other DVRs.

    Coming from 4-5+ year old HR20 units, I'm amazed by the speed of the HR34. I did not ask or receive any credits during activation and was NOT told that activating the unit would trigger a contract (my contract expired years ago). I'm hoping to pick up another unit when they become available at a discount though DirecTV.

    Appreciate all the helpful posters on this board.

  6. jcthomas

    jcthomas Cool Member

    Feb 4, 2004
    Thank you F1 Fan. I have ordered a SWM8 to be replace the Zinwell, (retain the Silmline 5 dish) in order to support the HR 34 when available for existing DirecTV customers.

    Another question please: the present HR 22 and HR 23 are hard wired to via ethernet cables to our DSL internet router for DirecTV Cinema downloads. Is this still applicable with the HR 34/Hr23 combo? (we do not have wireless set up in our home at he present time, but I can add a wireless router if necessary. I just prefer hardwired connectivity for reliability reasons if possible)

    Also, we do not presently have the Whole Home DVR Service. How should this be implemented with the new HR 34 and HR23 combo?

    I will be doing my own install. I have been a customer of DirecTV since 1994 and with the exception of the last dish install on the roof, I have done all on my installs. But, clearly as my questions suggest I am a bit of a "legacy" these days.

    Thank you again and regards,
  7. F1 Fan

    F1 Fan Icon

    Aug 28, 2007
    The ideal way and the supported way is to order the Whole Home DVR service and CCK. I believe this is $199 (VOS knows this better than me).

    Though you can buy them all. You need the CCK which is the broadband deca. This connects an ethernet cable to your network and has a coax up to your directv network (switch/spliiter etc.). Then you need the DECA. The HR24 and HR34 and the H24/25 have them built in, for the others you need the White Decas. They have the coax in and then a coax out to your HR box and an ethernet to the rj45 on your box.

    Then call and activate it ($3 a month).

    You can just plug in the ethernet to the HR34 rj45 and call and ask for unsupported MRV, but these days the chances of them doing it are slim.

    In your case with all these changes, it might be better to go for the Whole Home Upgrade and tell them you have an HR34 (activate it first). They will send a tech out to replace your lnb with a SWiM LNB and set up the whole home too. Probably cheaper than you can buy all the components. As you are not getting a new receiver I dont believe you are in a 2 year commitment for this.
  8. wco81

    wco81 Legend

    Feb 23, 2008
    So how much are new customers having to pay for this?

    If it's less than long-time customers, maybe it's time to drop D* for a month or two and then come back as a new customer.
  9. azarby

    azarby Hall Of Fame

    Dec 15, 2006
    That won't work, you need to be gone for 2 years or more.:(
  10. docderwood

    docderwood Mentor

    Oct 27, 2006
    Completely Agree.
  11. David Ortiz

    David Ortiz Save the Clock Tower!!

    Aug 21, 2006
    Fresno, CA
    I recently deactivated an HR20-700. I was told they didn't want it back. I asked if it was considered owned, but was told it was still considered leased. I couldn't really do anything with it except hold on to it and possibly reactivate later on my own account.

    A couple of weeks later, a recovery kit showed up at my door. If I were you, I'd look out for one.
  12. LoweBoy

    LoweBoy Legend

    Sep 15, 2006
    I just canceled one HR20 and said they were sending a recovery kit.
  13. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    Stating they going to send and sending apparently are not the same thing at DirecTV. I'm still waiting for Recovery Kits for my two H21. The Recovery Kit for my First HR21 was here in two days. It been over a week for the two H21s.
  14. dirtyblueshirt

    dirtyblueshirt Under Suspicion

    Dec 6, 2008
    Anaheim, CA
    That's happened to me before when the installer refused to take a non-working unit back even though he brought in the replacement. After two weeks I called DirecTV and they didn't even know I still had the old box. I could have kept it and they'd never have known... but I returned it anyway. Karma is good.
  15. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    For anyone waiting on a shipment from Solid Signal, I got a straight answer. Contrary to what I'd been told before, and knew from here, they have fulfilled all orders through the 3rd and are expecting more this week. There were 7 orders on the 4th.
  16. texasmoose

    texasmoose Icon

    May 24, 2007
    Just in case anyone in North Texas is in the market for a "SmartTV RVU" compliant 3d HDTV give me a PM for the details.

    I WANT MORE CowboySooner

    Oct 3, 2006
    Northern plains
    I would like to take this opportunity to thank DirecTv for their outstanding HR34 DVR. Red Zone Channel in one window and whatever the hell I want in the other.
    Priceless. :hurah:
  18. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    I hear ya. Its funny when they are on the same game I have in the other window. My local station is delayed about 3 seconds from RZC.
  19. Jason Whiddon

    Jason Whiddon Hall Of Fame

    Aug 17, 2006
    Signing on, just got off the phone with Directv a few hours ago and on my way back to their service. Have the HR34 set to install, cost $104 up front, but I have to wait 1-3 days for the tech to schedule a visit. Guess maybe they are in short supply.

    Pretty excited to try the 5 tuners.
  20. jimlenz

    jimlenz Legend

    Aug 22, 2007
    Thanks for the update. Guess I am one of the 7.....

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