HR44-500 upgrade...?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by bosoxfan, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. bosoxfan

    bosoxfan Mentor

    Dec 15, 2011
    I have an HR44-500 downstairs and 2 clients upstairs. I'm eligible for my "every two year upgrade." Should I bother?
  2. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    If you have a 4K Ultra HDTV you should consider the upgrade.
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  3. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    The HR44 is as good a unit as the HR54, the only difference being the HR54 will give you 4K capability via a C61K client. The other possible upgrade is to an HS17, which would then require you to have three clients, one at each viewing location (the HS17 does not directly feed any TV), and can support two 4K TVs.

    Monthly cost will be the same no matter what option you choose. But short of getting 4K, I don't see any reason to change.
  4. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2013
    There are very few 4K programs available so far, so unless you are super excited about anything out there that's in 4K you might be better off waiting a bit to see how things develop before "using up" your upgrade.
  5. horace clark

    horace clark New Member

    Nov 22, 2007
    Jersey Shore
    Actually your bill will increase $7. When you have the HS17 you no longer get the first tv free. They charge you for every client. I love the HS17 but I’m annoyed by the billing.
  6. compnurd

    compnurd Hall Of Fame

    Apr 23, 2007
    Evans City PA
    That is not accurate. The HS17 does not count. If you have a HS17 your first client is still free Example. I have a HS17 with 6 clients. I pay for 5
  7. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2013
    It depends on what sort of pricing plan you have. Older customers paid either $22 or $25 "advanced receiver fee" or combo HD fee/DVR fee/WH fee. Newer customers pay $15 advanced receiver fee, but pay for the first receiver so if they have six clients they'll pay $42 in per TV fees.

    Other customers got in on a "2 TVs for free" or "4 TVs for free" deal on yet another pricing structure. You can't assume anything, other than that you don't pay a $7 fee for the HS17 - which makes sense since it doesn't connect to a TV.
  8. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    Red Sox fan, huh? Can you get every game in 4K? Can you get the majority of the games in 4K? I've had 4K sets since 2015. I can't get every game in 4k (notice my avatar?), nor can I get the majority of games in 4K. I don't see an "upgrade". When this changes I would consider the 54 and a C61K an upgrade. For now I'm happy with what I have. There's plenty of 4K content available streaming.

  9. Howie

    Howie Godfather

    Aug 16, 2006
    Channel 106 has 4k NBA games fairly often. They're pretty impressive compared to those in HD. Tonight my SA Spurs play the Oklahoma City Thunder in 4k. I'll have to record it, because Cowboys/Rams playing at the same time will have my full attention, though it's only in HD.

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