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HR44s are here! (Was: HR44 delayed...again)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by kram, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. AMGPilot

    AMGPilot Cool Member

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    Yes they are here!! See my posts above :)
     
  2. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

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    As far as a CSR is concerned there is a Genie. It does not matter if it is an HR34 or an HR44, they are considered the same. That is also true of "HD DVR", it could be an HR20, HR21, HR22, etc. They are all considered equivalent.
     
  3. h_a_h_3

    h_a_h_3 New Member

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    HR44 + 1 client installed today in Boise, ID, replaced my HR21 for free (protection plan upgrade). Pretty cool stuff.

    Edits: HR44-500, C41-700 with IR remotes because that's what was on the truck. I'll take it! C41 did firmware upgrade while installer was still there, HR44 did a few hours later and I had to re-set-up the networking. Installer told me not to plug in my ethernet cable that I had on the HR21...I may just try that anyway at some point but it's all working fine for now. Can even get to my mythv box's recordings from the C41 - technically I have had client-server TV architecture since 2006 with mythtv but never could be bothered to run a cable upstairs and it didn't always work so well over wifi.
     
  4. Mick

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    Can people who are NOT in a test market but still get a HR44 post here? I'd like to see how many areas are now rolling these out. I'm in metro Detroit and have been waiting patiently to upgrade until I know I can get the HR44.
     
  5. rvanderwerf

    rvanderwerf New Member

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    Looking to signup for a hr44 in Austin, tx. Dallas is encouraging, anyone from Austin area get one yet?
     
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  6. lawr1000

    lawr1000 Cool Member

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    Got my HR44 in Austin last weekend. He said I was one of the first in the area and techs were in the process of training.

    The HR44 is really fast! When I switched the new remote to RF mode the guide scrolls unbelievably fast. Almost too fast!
     
  7. itzme

    itzme Hall Of Fame

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    Have there been any HR44s installed in northern Kentucky or Cincinnati?
     
  8. frpintheatl

    frpintheatl New Member

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    Are any HR44's showing up in the Atlanta market?
     
  9. TAnsley

    TAnsley AllStar

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    Cool...looking to pull the trigger soon. I already had this discussion last year but wanted to wait for the next gen version...always hate the "version 1.0" of something new :) With the 44 coming online here, I will probably make this a summer project!

    Thanks for the update!
     
  10. FarNorth

    FarNorth Godfather

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    I was told to call in on Tuesday, D will have them in stock and ready to ship. We'll see....
     
  11. prefabsprouter

    prefabsprouter Cool Member

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    I currently have 2 interconnected HR24s using WholeHome and I'm seriously considering upgrading to the HR44. Question to those of you who now have the new HR44 + C41 : will the HR44 play nice with one of my HR24s or should I get the C41 instead as the second device? If I keep the HR24 (in addition to the new HR44) does that mean I'll have a total of 7 tuners? Will the HR24 record on the HR44 (as would the C41) or will it still record independently? I like the idea of 7 tuners, but I would also like having all the recorded TV shows consolidated in one unit, not two.

    Also, for those of you using the C41 + HR 44, is the C41 responsive? Now, when I watch something from an HR24 that's recorded on the other HR24, the unit I'm watching on is not as responsive when I ff, etc, and I don't want to get the C41 if it's even less responsive than my current setup.

    In short do you recommend HR44 + HR24, or HR44 + C41?

    Thank you in advance!
     
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  12. lawr1000

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    A HR44 and HR24 will work just like your two HR24s work now, except you will have 7 tuners instead of 4. The C41 client is served by the HR44 as if it is another display (think VPN client). When you setup a new series to record on the C41 you are actually recording on the HR44. Thus the centralized recording you like. The disadvantage this way is fewer tuners total and if the HR44 dies all recordings are lost and the C41 clients stop working. If you had an HR44 and HR24 only the recordings on the HR44 would be lost and the HR24 would continue work.
    There is lag on the C41 but since I don't have one I can't say how bad it is. But I can give you my experience on my setup (HR44 + HR23). The HR44 is really fast and trick play on the HR23 when playing a recorded show from HR44 has some lag but I'm not having any trouble with it.
    I like the idea of having multiple DVRs for some failure redundancy and the only disadvantage is having to manage multiple record queues.
    The real treat is the UI on the HR44. For the first time I don't have to wait for button presses to take effect. If I press and hold the channel down button when in the guide mode it scrolls too fast (RF mode on the remote)! Its like the UI has just come out of beta testing and we finally see they meant to do!
     
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  13. rvanderwerf

    rvanderwerf New Member

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    Cool did you do anything special to get one like request it on order or do the reschedule trick?

    I have 5 tvs I. The house, one in kids room, anyone have recommendations on I initial setup?

    I have tw cable with a tivo premiere I. The family room, tivohd in master, tivo2 in kids mode in the kids(8yo) room, cable box I in rec room, and just analog cable in guest room. I'm so tired of tw cable not letting tivo watch non network shows in other rooms!

     
  14. harperhometheater

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    I'm not sure what you mean by this? I just tested the TiVo Premiere 4 with 2 tivo mini clients on time warner cable and had no issues receiving all channels that I paid for, even some that I wasn't supposed to get. It works almost the same as the Genie with C31/41 mini clients, using MoCA instead of DECA. Just make sure you have a valid cablecard and most likely a tuning adapter and you should be all set. I highly doubt it's "tw not letting TiVo watch non network shows in other rooms!"
     
  15. lawr1000

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    No just talked with tech about it. He had them on his truck. Initially he gave me a HR34 but after we talked a bit he realized I was interested in the HR44 and he asked if I wanted one.
     
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  16. rvanderwerf

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    I don't have the premiere 4, I have the original premiere and a tivo hd. Time Warner sets the copyright flags on all non major network shows so I cannot transfer then between tivos to watch. I don't think I am up for buying a new tivo setup at this point, if its included on dtv and service is cheaper there. Not gonna lie my wife will miss the ease of use on the tivo though.



     
  17. jstrossner

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    I had my 3 hr24 system updated to a genie yesterday, replacing one of the 24s. After the tech checked out the system, I asked if he had a 44 by chance. He said that all he had were 44s. I was pleasantly surprised! He updated the lnb and installed a 16 port swm. We seem to get everything last here in Arkansas--maybe not this time.

    Jeff
     
  18. inazsully

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    Yesterday at Costco I was told a couple of things by the "D"/Costco Rep I was unaware of. Perhaps someone here can confirm. The HR44 is USB compatible with a USB external hard drive hook up and not relegated to ESATA only. The HR44 will allow the external hard drive to work in conjunction with the HR44's internal hard drive making both usable at the same time (as opposed to using only one or the other). If you only have the HR44 installed and no clients there will be a $99 install fee even for new customers. Are all or any of these things true?
     
  19. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

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    USB for hard drive debunked, not true. Dual hard drive function, busted!
     
  20. Jacob Braun

    Jacob Braun King of Awesome

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    Hard drive is not true, it functions just like any other HD-DVR (eSATA only, and it takes over your internal drive).
    If you only have a Genie with no clients installed there should be a $99 fee for it, but even on DirecTV's website it's not trying to enforce that right now (I logged out, tried to set up a new account and got through to where it was asking for my info...Genie + no clients/no additional receivers it does show $0).
     

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