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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. Sep 5, 2013 #621 of 667
    Starrbuck

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    Don't feed the trolls!
     
  2. Sep 5, 2013 #622 of 667
    dtrell

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    because i used the HR34 for OVER a year and I have had the HR44 for over a month....ive USED them BOTH....nuff said.....and there was nothing WRONG with my HR34...it "worked"...nobody else's was better than mine...my HR34 had the exact same electronic components in it as everyone else's....it worked....it just didnt "work" anywhere near as well as the HR44...when it wasnt locked up of course or "thought" that its internal termperature was 1 degree above max....every time it thought it was overheated..when it really wasnt...period....
     
  3. Sep 5, 2013 #623 of 667
    dtrell

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    i am not a troll. i am the victim of a company that rolled out a unit that never should have been rolled out, then they refused to replace it with a real unit. thats all. its the only thing i have ever complained about D on here, an ive been on here for almost 6 years. everything else is fine with D except for this one thing. they built and sold a box that was rushed out, had missing features that should have been on it, had missing performance from a unit produced in 2012 and not 2002, and was finally corrected with a unit that they took their time with and did the right way. thats all. nothing trollish about that. theres LOTS of other people on here that bash D constantly...thats not me. i think a guy complaining about ONE thing on here is no where near as bad as fan boys that think that D can do no wrong on ANYTHING. will still take D over Time Warner cable any day. And I also have Uverse in my area and have no desire to go to them over D. So stop with the "troll" silliness because I have one issue with D in 6 years. I am hoping my posts on here will help OTHER who are on the fence about settlnig for an HR34 or waiting til their installers in their areas have HR44s...i WISH there had been a "troll" like me on here in June of last year posting about the HR34 like I am now. I could have lived with my HR21for another year until the real genie came out.
     
  4. Sep 5, 2013 #624 of 667
    The Merg

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    The HR34 is a solid unit. Mine is as speedy as I need it and I've never had a problem with it. I've used it side-by-side with a HR44 and while the HR44 is snappier, I have no problem using the HR34 in my main viewing area. In fact, due to the lack of ability to use a normal RF remote with the HR44 (you must use the RC71), I can't and won't use the HR44 in my main viewing area where a RF remote is required.

    - Merg
     
  5. Sep 5, 2013 #625 of 667
    dtrell

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    and thats the great thing about online forums...everyone can share their experiences and opinions and hopefully help others out in their decision making process.
     
  6. Sep 5, 2013 #626 of 667
    MysteryMan

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    +1 with the HR34 being a solid unit.
     
  7. Sep 5, 2013 #627 of 667
    RAD

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    Gee, I have a HR34 and a HR44 and both of them play a 1 hour program in 1 hour, neither of them play the program faster or slower then the other. :sure: Can I pair a RVU client with either model, from a C31 to a Samsung RVU TV to a C41W client and they all work the same.

    Yea, I understand the UI is faster on the HR44 then the HR34 but then again the HR34 was designed and spec'd out a long time before the HR44 was. I was an early tester on the HR34 and can't say how long we had been testing it before it went public but lets just say it was longer then you might think.

    We went through the same thing when the HR24 came out, it's UI was much faster then the previous HD DVR's that they had produced and people were upset at DIRECTV classifying a HR20/HR21/HR22/HR23 the same as the HR24. Do we wish that DIRECTV would have a way for a customer specify a particular model of a box when ordering, yes, but since DIRECTV's heard this wish for ages and hasn't made it possible to do I wouldn't hold my breath for them making that change happen.
     
  8. Sep 5, 2013 #628 of 667
    Laxguy

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    Agree!
    It's just that some use hyperbole to the max, and make assumptions that their badly performing unit is representative of all of that class.
    I have used both Genies extensively, and while the '44 is a tad faster than the '34, it's been - and is- a good unit.
     
  9. Sep 5, 2013 #629 of 667
    MysteryMan

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    I agree but there are those who feel speed and response are everything and all other features irrelevant.
     
  10. Sep 5, 2013 #630 of 667
    cypherx

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    What is the ratio of HR34's to HR44's being installed now? I'd imagine with multiple manufacturers of HR44's, there should be an easier time stocking them.

    I'm thinking of taking the "gamble" in the Reading Pennsylvania area but not sure if I should wait a little longer for better chances.


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  11. Sep 6, 2013 #631 of 667
    inkahauts

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    because i used the HR34 for OVER a year and I have had the HR44 for over a month....ive USED them BOTH....nuff said.....and there was nothing WRONG with my HR34...it "worked"...nobody else's was better than mine...my HR34 had the exact same electronic components in it as everyone else's....it worked....it just didnt "work" anywhere near as well as the HR44...when it wasnt locked up of course or "thought" that its internal termperature was 1 degree above max....every time it thought it was overheated..when it really wasnt...period....


    Your unit had issues, period, it seems obvious to me, and that means you did have issues others would never have had with an HR34. That's not to say the hr44 isn't better IMHO but the HR34 is great and solid for most people. Your particular one did suck though obviously. It happens unfortunately. I guarantee you someone has a bad hr44 somewhere too.


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  12. Sep 6, 2013 #632 of 667
    TheRatPatrol

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    You've just proven that two Genies can work together, and that you can pair clients to either one. I sure hope D* changes their policy on having more than one Genie on an account.
     
  13. Sep 6, 2013 #633 of 667
    RunnerFL

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    They don't work together 100%. If they allowed 2 Genies right now they'd face some serious call hold times because of customers calling to complain. Give them time, I'm sure multiple Genies on an account will be the "norm" someday.
     
  14. Sep 6, 2013 #634 of 667
    o7RAVENS

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    I thought Directv would only allow one genie per household. How could they be used side by side?, Am I wrong would someone explain it for me. thanks
     
  15. Sep 6, 2013 #635 of 667
    RAD

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    What I've proven is that I have two of them due to being part of the early testing group for the products. One of the things we've been told as part of this testing is that you shouldn't allow both Genie's to see each other, you are to put a BSF on one of them to prevent them from being visable on the network (which also means don't connect the ethernet cable or use the wireless support in the HR44 either). Will they hopefully do whatever they need to do so that multiple Genie's will work without any problems, I sure hope so. But IMHO they probably don't have it as a top priority since IIRC the typical DIRECTV customers STB needs are met with just one Genie and a few clients.
     
  16. Sep 6, 2013 #636 of 667
    astrohip

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    If all else is equal, why not wait for the newer unit?

    I'm a perfect example. I have an older DirecTV DVR and am out of contract. I want to upgrade, but it's not urgent. I'll wait until the 44 is available, then do it. Why would I want an older unit, when a newer unit is available? One never knows what future features might roll out, and only be offered on a newer unit.
     
  17. Sep 7, 2013 #637 of 667
    Soulweeper

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    Does anyone know if the HR44's have hit Northern California yet? Cotati, California is the hub where the installers in my area get their equipment, if that helps. Thanks!
     
  18. Sep 9, 2013 #638 of 667
    darinzook

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    I had my install done over the weekend (South Eastern Pennsylvania). Installer had only HR34s, and he said that the HR44 wasn't yet planned for our region. My client was a C31.

    Noticeable lag on C31, but not unbearable (tho that blue LED light is insanely bright). HR34 is pretty snappy. Occasionally it will lag a bit during animations on the guide, but very tolerable. Not like my HR21 box was a few years back.
     
  19. Sep 9, 2013 #639 of 667
    peds48

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    wow thats strange since the H34 and HR44 are VIRTUALLY "identical" boxes.......wonder why theyd want to get rid of all the HR34's first...........................................

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    they need to get rid of HR34s first because ALL receivers have a 14 "expiration" date before DirecTV starts to question where the receivers are. Unaccounted for receivers after 30 days gets charged back to the HSP or sub-partners.


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  20. Sep 9, 2013 #640 of 667
    pblhd

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    After 4 failed installation attempts, over the weekend I finally got a HR44 in the central MA area. The installer showed up with a HR34, when asked to talk to his bosses about potential arrival of the 44, he found out the warehouse got the 44s in on Friday night. Someone then drove out with a fresh new HR44 to my house, and its finally hooked up and running!
     

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