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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. dpeters11

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    Genies do have one difference, they accept more space on esata than hr2x
     
  2. inazsully

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    That's certainly disappointing. I guess it made sense to me that "D" would have seen the light but apparently not yet. I don't care about the fee but everything else is a road block.
     
  3. rvanderwerf

    rvanderwerf New Member

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    W00t sounds like its time to head to costco and place my dtv order!
    When they call if they don't have hr44
    I will to the reschedule trick until they do.


     
  4. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    How big a road block? Do you just need more recording time, or are there other factors?
     
  5. inazsully

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    I have the 722 now which has a 500GB hard drive and three tuners (one being a OTA only which I use everyday). I also has a 1.5TB WD hard drive giving me 2TB of anytime usable space. I like to record entire seasons of certain TV shows like Merlin, Dr. Who, Revolution, Client List, Grey's Anatomy, The Good Wife, Touched, The following, plus a few others, and watch the entire season back to back on a wekend during the summer. I also have every Star Trek movies recorded in HD as well as specific concerts and Nature shows like Planet Earth etc. These are all stored on my EHD to be watched at my leisure. My 1.5TB EHD has 460GB available at this time. I could live without it but it does provide a nice stash for my video library. When "D" designed the new Genie HR34/44 they should have simply designed the EHD piggy back feature into it. "E" has it so it couldn't have been too difficult. I have to wonder how some decesions are reached at both "D" and "E". For instance why did "E" only design in 3 tuners for the tne Hopper? How hard would it have been to match "D"'s 5 tuners. Why does one company use eSATA and the other uses USB? Just to screw with the customer? I think so.
     
  6. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Doubt it!

    I suspect there are factors that inhibit either company to do what we want in all instances. Mileage varies: Except for a dozen or two of excellent movies I'll re-watch someday, I do little archiving. Oh, wait, I have all the Aerial America series.... I'd love the ability to slap an external HD and have it both additive as well as swappable. Sounds like you need it!
     
  7. texasbrit

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    No, yet more misinformation. The people selling DirecTv at Costco don't work for DirecTV OR Costco, they are from an independent dealer. No, the HR44 won't accept a USB drive. No, the HR44 won't use both the internal and external drives at the same time. No, you don't necessarily get a $99 install fee. For many people, it has been zero.
     
  8. inazsully

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    Thank you for the info. I see that you joined here on my birthday (not 2006) so you must be a good guy. Because I spend so much time on this and other forums I was pretty sure that this guy was wrong but I had to check just in case.
     
  9. dpeters11

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    You can put as large of a esata drive or array as you want on the Genie, even if its 9TB. However, if the Genie goes bad and needs replaced, currently you lose your recordings.
     
  10. steelgtr

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    So, "IF" I could keep my HR-20-700 (deactivated), could I still watch the recorded shows?


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  11. carl6

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    If you disconnect it from the satellite feed before you deactivate it, yes at least for some period of time. If it is connected at the time of deactivation then not at all. If you have a lot of recordings that are important, keep it active for a month or two while you watch them. Also, if your HR20 is leased, it will have to be returned to DirecTV upon deactivation (or you will be charged a non-return fee).
     
  12. peds48

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    the HR20s are on DirecTV's "do not recover" list. but if a tech is doing the upgrade, he MUST take the receiver. This is one of those DirecTV policies that does not make sense
     
  13. acostapimps

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    Might as well let him take it off your hands since you can't sell it, and reactivate at all.
     
  14. steelgtr

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    Could I keep it active and pay the $5/mo until I was caught up?

    No way to transfer recordings, I suppose?


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  15. acostapimps

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    Yes you can, BTW is $6/month
    But once you deactivate and since the HR20 is on Directv's non recover list, it will become useless after that which is why I made the comment before, if the tech comes and install your upgrade he might deactivate from your request and take it with.
     
  16. cgking114

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    Is there anyone in the Charleston, SC area that knows if they are installing HR34's or HR44's here?
     
  17. hdwannabee

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    Also interested to know if anyone has received HR44's in the Houston/Katy area yet. Waiting for the 44's to pull the free updrade (hopefully) trigger.
     
  18. steelgtr

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    So, it's a No to transferring recordings? How bout taking out the drive before they confiscate it? :)


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  19. Bill Broderick

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    That won't work. The drive is logically tied to the DVR that it was in. It won't play on any other DVR.

    You can try a combination of the two methodologies that were previously mentioned. You can tell DirecTV that you want to keep the HR-20 on your account. That way, the installe won't take it. Later, you can tell DirecTV that you want to drop the HR-20. At that time, they will tell you that you don't need to send it back because it is non-recoverable. You would then have some time to watch the shows that were previously recorded on it (provided you don't lose power).
     
  20. gary245

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    I have a similar plan...
    I have an install scheduled for Sunday, I've asked to keep the old & new receivers for a month to start building up new recordings on the genie, while watching the recordings on the old unit.

    It's only an extra $6 for another month to retain the older unit...

    They were a little unhappy about my trying to keep an HR10-250 (in addition to my (2) HR-20s...).
     

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