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Looking for advice on best DVR for DirecTV

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by dbassman, Aug 6, 2012.

  1. couchpotatojoe

    couchpotatojoe New Member

    Aug 12, 2012
    My experience has been faster response with HR 24 and sluggish with HR 23. I decided to get HR 34 for more than one room viewing at a time and for picture in picture. It's nice to be able to have extra storage with HR 34 without external device. Also a plus to be able to record more than two shows at same time and still be able to watch something else.

    Just my two cents..
  2. htroberts

    htroberts Cool Member

    Aug 28, 2009
    Not an issue per se, but a limitation you may want to be aware of is that the HR2x series is limited in software to 50 season passes. The HR34 is limited to 100. The THR-22 doesn't appear to have an arbitrary limit.

    Another poster suggested getting an older DirecTiVo if you only want SD, but I don't think DirecTV will let you activate one of those any more.
  3. Mike Greer

    Mike Greer Hall Of Fame

    Jan 20, 2004
    Salt Lake...
    Hey Rich - funny you ask - just this morning I called and told DirecTV I had no further use for the HR22s.... They disconnected those and are sending me the return kit for them.

    I also canceled Sunday Ticket and dropped the HD Extra pack or whatever it was called.

    So basically I'm at a minimum with DirecTV as I make the switch to using OTA, Hulu and Netflix.

    The worst part is that 3 or 4 times now I've had to restart 2 of my HR24-500s... After running a few weeks they start to become barley responsive or have other troubles. Hitting guide can take 45 seconds to respond - channel changes can be 30 or 40 seconds etc. One time I turned on my main HR24 and it was recording something. The recording was about 10 minutes in and I thought I'd just hit RWD and go back to the beginning... When I hit RWD I just got the 'bump' sound. I tried pause and stop, they also gave me the 'bump' sound. I then tried to just go to the list and start it from there.... Not even on the list! So... I waited for the recording to be finished, restarted and everything was back to normal.

    Getting pretty tired of DirecTV's engineering department!

    Hopefully it won't be too much longer before you guys don't have to hear by bitch and moan. Now that I canceled Sunday Ticket there really isn't anything other than convenience keeping me....

    Sad thing is that when I canceled Sunday she offered me $20 or $30 a month for 12 months to commit for another year. I said thanks but no thanks.

    Happy DVRing!
  4. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    I'll miss you when you're gone, Mike. I would have canceled too, but my wife and son and Sadie had a fit. The wife pays the bills and if she don't mind, why should I? I could live on NetFlix quite well.

    About the 500s and your problems, did you try flushing the Guide data by rebooting twice within 30 minutes? I have that problem with my 500s at times and flushing the Guide has always helped.

  5. dbassman

    dbassman Mentor

    Jul 27, 2007
    A few additional questions before I order:

    On the HR34 first look it says it can record up to 200 hours of HD programs on DirecTV it says up to 800 hours, I'm assuming there talking SD not HD?

    I noticed on a couple signatures some of you have a 2 TB hard drive and your HR34 is that something you get from DTV or did you manually change the hard drive? If you change it yourself doesn't that violate DirecTV's contract?

    On my friends HR20 we put a 1 TB external hard drive, when doing that it only uses that drive though not the internal one combined with the external is the HR34 the same?

    Can you watch shows recorded on the HR34 in another room with an HD receiver or do you need a DVR?

    Can you switch the HR34 from IR to RF remote?
  6. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Correct. SD takes much less space than HD.
    Many people with owned HR2x DVRs have changed their hard drives.
    Correct, one or the other, but not both. The material on the internal drive is still there, and you can access it if you disconnect the eSata, but you don't have access to both at the same time.
    Yes to both.
  7. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    If they are saying 800hrs that's definitely SD.

    A 2TB drive is not something you get from DirecTV. Any drives other than stock are purchased by the customer separately. Most people set them up as external drives because opening the unit to swap the internal drive does violate terms and conditions.


    Yes, you can watch them on an HD receiver as long as it's an H21 or newer.

  8. Mike Greer

    Mike Greer Hall Of Fame

    Jan 20, 2004
    Salt Lake...
    At least you'll miss me!

    DirecTV is easier than dealing with multiple other services but it's just not worth what it costs to us anymore.

    I did flush the guide a few times between the two giving me grief. Hard to know if it made any difference because they usually have to run for a week, two or three before they freak out.

    dbassman - I'd be careful jumping into the HR34 right now unless you can live with some troubles. A friend of mine got an HR34 and 2 HR24s and the HR24s are considerably quicker. As you can find here others have had some strange happenings. They'll likely get most of the troubles worked out although they don't seem too concerned with the speed or 'response' of their DVRs so I wouldn't count on that being fixed any time soon....
  9. dbassman

    dbassman Mentor

    Jul 27, 2007
    Sorry I didn't see this earlier, yes you are correct, I originally had service with a Sony SAT-T60, a little while afterwards I dropped DTV as I couldn't afford it any longer then moved in with a friend who had DTV and a HR20 which is what I put my in signature. I am now back on my own and getting ready to sign up again and I guess I forgot to remove the HR20 from my signature.a.

    I want to thank everybody here for all their advice and help from my early days till today and hopefully in the future! This is a great site and I'll always keep it bookmarked!
  10. dbassman

    dbassman Mentor

    Jul 27, 2007
    I'm ordering today but have one last question:

    I'm going to order a HR34 and an HD receiver, if I also order an additional HD DVR (hopefully an HR24) can I watch recordings from the HD DVR on the other two TVs connected to the HR34 and HD receiver?
  11. goofydisneydaddy

    goofydisneydaddy New Member

    Sep 25, 2011

    Note, you can't specify which HR2X you will get. Could be a HR24, but might not be. When the installer calls to say he is coming, ask him to bring an HR24.

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