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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. IndyLions

    IndyLions Cool Member

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    I had roof work done and I need to have DirecTV come out and realign my dish. I thought this would be a great time to get an update to the HR44.

    I am a 15 year customer and haven't upgraded in a few years. I do not have the Protection Plan.

    What is the recommended process for calling/scheduling/arranging an upgrade? I'm thinking about an HR44, two C41s and a terrestrial tuner. I'm not looking for a free upgrade - but I'd really prefer not to pay full price either. And of course the last thing is I want to make sure I get HR44s and not HR34s.

    Any suggestions? I live in the greater Indianapolis area.

    Thanks.
     
  2. I WANT MORE

    I WANT MORE CowboySooner

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    How do you connect the AM 21 to the HR 44? I am replacing an HR 34 which has a different power supply. The jumper cable between the two doesn't (44 & 21) work.
     
  3. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

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    You just connect the USB cable between the AM21 and HR44 and then use two seperate AC connections. The problem is you'll need to dig up a power cord from somewhere for the AM21 since it normally would expect to be able to use the power cord that used to go to the STB you're connecting to. Since you're replacing a HR34 you can just use the power cord from that box.
     
  4. I WANT MORE

    I WANT MORE CowboySooner

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    Perfect thanks. Thought so, but didn't want to blow something up.
     
  5. taveanator

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    I actually did the same thing after I read about some bad tales of users having trouble forgetting to cancel the service once it auto-renews next season.
     
  6. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    The only sure way if getting the model HD DVR you want is by purchasing one from Solid Signal or WeaKnees. Otherwise you'll get what the tech has on his truck
     
  7. IndyLions

    IndyLions Cool Member

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    No luck. Global Sky showed up today, and they are not installing HR44's yet in the greater Indianapolis, IN area. So I had them cancel the upgrade and just re-align my dish to get my old slow HR20 back up and running again. Global Sky was professional and apologetic - so I'll check back with them periodically. Hopefully I can upgrade prior to football season.
     
  8. TAnsley

    TAnsley AllStar

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    So, placed my order on Friday! Install this coming Friday. Can't wait.

    Ordered Genie (indications are that the HR44 is now here in the Austin DMA) with 1x Genie "mini" (that is what they call them now). I am keeping my HR24 as "insurance" just in case the Genie goes down (don't like the single point of failure :nono2: )

    So, that drops out my two HR20 units, resulting in going from 6 tuners (3x HDDVRs) to 7 tuners (Genie + HR24)...sweet!

    With Install and CCK-Wired, I walked out for $99.

    Now I have a lot of TV to watch to clear out the two HR20s :grin:

    Thanks rvanderwerf for the update on HR44 availability in Austin!

    Also, purchased a new external RAID enclosure (Vantec NST-400MX) and 2x 2TB SATA drives (WD20EURS)...again, don't like the single point of failure of the single drive. Will provide impressions on this setup once it is installed.

    Looking forward to having PIP for this coming NFL season! :joy:
     
  9. iceturkee

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    question for those of you who have taken advantage of a free hd dvr upgrade because you have protection plan. what are they offering you and what are you taking? i'm thinking if they offered an hr 44 with client, i might take it to extend my contract.
     
  10. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    As posted before by others and myself the only sure way of getting the model HD DVR you want is by going through Solid Signal or WeaKnees. Otherwise you'll get what the tech has on his truck.
     
  11. kyleh

    kyleh New Member

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    That's why you should be sure to let the installer know that you want to delay your installation until the HR44 comes to your area. If you call DirecTV they can add a note that your tech should read before the installation.
     
  12. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    You can delay a service call till kingdom come. It will not guarantee you getting the model receiver you want. You'll get what the tech has on his truck. Again, the only "sure" way of getting the model HD DVR you want is by going through Solid Signal or WeaKnees.
     
  13. kyleh

    kyleh New Member

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    Actually if you delay the service until the model comes in then you will guarantee what you get...
     
  14. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    DirecTV "does not" guarantee model numbers regardless if they are available in your area. Go to DirecTV's website. Look up the Genie under equipment and receivers. Fine print under picture of Genie receiver clearly states "Model HR34 pictured above. Your actual HD DVR may vary". Now, what part of that don't you understand?
     
  15. tonyd79

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    DirecTV "does not" guarantee model numbers regardless if they are available in your area. Go to DirecTV's website. Look up the Genie under equipment and receivers. Fine print under picture of Genie receiver clearly states "Model HR34 pictured above. Your actual HD DVR may vary". Now, what part of that don't you understand?


    All true but in the case of the genie, it appears that the 34s are drying up and the 44 is taking over so delay appears to be a reasonable tactic this time around.

    You are correct in the general sense. The genie appears to have some special conditions surrounding it.
     
  16. kyleh

    kyleh New Member

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    Exactly, the "Genie" can refer to any iteration of their multi-room DVR but you can guarantee yourself a newer model by only letting the tech install when they have the new equipment. I think that's pretty clear.
     
  17. maerativo

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    Over four weeks ago I called my local installer (the one and only in my area) and inquired about the HR44 availability. He stated that he had not seen any, but would email D* to find out when he would be able to get some for installation. Called him back three days ago and he stated that he had not received a response from D*. Does anyone know if installers get any info on the availability of HR44's to their service area? Or is this another state secret that D* keeps to itself? BTW, I'm in N. California, east of Ukiah. Thanks.
     
  18. inkahauts

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    Exactly, the "Genie" can refer to any iteration of their multi-room DVR but you can guarantee yourself a newer model by only letting the tech install when they have the new equipment. I think that's pretty clear.


    You are assuming they will never be shipped any hr34s again, even refurbish ones that I fully expect to happen in some markets (all) over time... HR34 will always be a chance till they are removed from recovery. Yes, a small chance, but still a chance none the less.
     
  19. tonyd79

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    What are the numbers of 34s? Have to be pretty small. They hardly rolled out the Genie completely before they jumped to 44?

    Serious question. Dies anybody know?
     
  20. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    Well, that's why I said at least some markets, but who knows about all markets.... It has been out for more than a year though, so that's a lot of time... They could decide to only use refurb hr34s in markets near refurb centers to cut shipping costs from there. Wouldn't surprise me.
     

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