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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Andrew Sullivan, Mar 7, 2019.
The HS17 has been around for awhile now. Whats your verdict?
I used and tested the HS17 for a year working the bugs out. Was not impressed and terrible AT&T customer service drove me away after being a customer for 14 years. Current happy with Comcast and TiVO.
Had mine for 6 months with 6 clients. Love it. Speed on clients is fantastic
Going on two years with 2 C61Ks and 2 wireless minis. The wired stuff is great. No more issues there than I ever had with a bunch of individual DVRs.
The wireless are fine for what they're fine for...rooms that don't get heavy use. They can be a bit finicky but nothing I can't live with.
Dunno if it matters to you, but some things to consider:
1) HS17 is headless. Meaning it doesn't have a video output. Meaning you have to use up an outlet somewhere. If you have a TV at every outlet, yes, that means you need 2 boxes at one TV + a splitter.
2) Form factor sucks. It's a vertical tower. You can't lay it on its side. Won't fit into standard height shelving.
3) As with the Genie, WHDVR is required.
These 3 points made it get a thumbs down for me, but YMMV.
I like it just fine. It's nice to have all your season passes in one place instead of spread about amongst different DVRs.
The Form factor either works or it doesnt. For me my HS17 is in the basement near my ethernet switch and 8 port switch.. So it is perfect, out of the way and cool.. Which is the same spot i had my HR54 because i had my C61k on my main TV
Also the HS17 is newer and faster.
it has 7 Tuners, the HR54 has 5
It also has DOUBLE the Hard Drive size. Size matters for recording.
So basically You get Double HD, more Tunrers, faster CPU and all the bugs have been solved.
Only issue is with some WIFI Genie clients, WIFI is known to have interference in some houses.
So issues is not with the HS17 but with WIFI
If you can ask for Hard Wired agents, no issues there.
Say what? My HR54 has 7 tuners.
I give it a thumbs down because I don't like all of my eggs in one basket.
It only actually has 5. Those other 2 are for 4K reverse band when it goes live
And hence it has 7 not 5
But even so, I have a HR24 instead of a "dumb" client with 0 tuners, and thus have 7 usable tuners, and I don't have all of my eggs in one basket should one or the other crap out.
By That logic though the HS17 has 16 Tuners technically He was correct in his wording As current the HR54 has 5 Usable tuners and the HS17 7 and thats fine with you keeping a 10 year old DVR around in case something craps out.. Me if my HS17 goes I will read a book or venture outside for the 2 days it takes me to get a new one
Fine, if you count that way then the HS17 has 16 tuners, which is still superior to the HR54.
Fixed it for you.
RB has gone live on 99CR with a bunch of music channels
Reverse band has gone live, but not the use of bonded transponders on reverse band for 4K channels. Even when they start putting 4K channels on reverse band, I'll bet at first they don't use bonded transponders. They won't need to unless/until there are more than 36 4K channels. We might never have that many.
Just my opinion - I think we'll all be off satellite by the time there are 36+ 'channels' doing 4K.
That 10 year old HR24 with old GUI gives me less problems then the HR54 with the new GUI that can't remember the playlist sort order, keeps mucking up closed captions, along with a host of other things I hate about the new GUI.
But to each their own. I still give the HS17 a thumbs down.
I have had and used HR44, HR54 and HS17 (and before those most of the HR2x series). I was running an HR44 and HS17 at the same time, and finally decided to cut back to a single Genie and went with the HS17 and three clients. I'm totally happy with it. (I was one of a rare few that was allowed a second genie when testing the HS17, but now that I'm down to one, can never go back to more than one.)
As someone noted earlier in the thread, go with WIRED clients. For 4K you have to, the C61K is not available in wireless (at least not yet). However, the HS17 does have it's own built in wireless access point for clients and handles wireless clients fairly well if you must use a wireless client someplace.
And when RB bonded goes live, I’m screwed with my setup......
But to the point, HS17 is not even a possibility in my house with the Genie and client limit.