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Need advise on new equipment

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by joboo, Jul 22, 2018.

  1. joboo

    joboo New Member

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    Hey guys,

    I’ve been with DTV for 15 years and it’s been at least 5-7 years since I’ve gone through a significant equipment upgrade. I was hoping based on my requirements someone could recommend the best new hardware.

    Here is what I current have:
    3 HR24
    1 HR21
    1 R22
    2 H24

    For the most part things have been pretty stable, although painfully slow sometimes. Whatever hardware i get, I need to make sure
    1. all Receivers must be able to operate at the same time
    2. Can be used with the new Alexa skill(current devices are not supported)
    3. Support 1080p, 4K nice to have but I don’t have any 4K TVs yet.
    4. Must have DVR capability on all devices(can be centralized)
    5. Must be faster!!

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance
    John
     
  2. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

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    "Must be faster!!" All new DVRs will be faster than what you have...but...that's not gonna last. Software bloat will slowly eat away at that speed and you'll be back to "normal" before you know it. The rest of what you want on the list you can get. Speed you have to suffer with, but you'll see better performance than what you get with the HR21 and R22.

    Rich
     
  3. WestDC

    WestDC Well-Known Member

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    I would suggest you replece the R-22 with a HR-54 and move that to a location where you watch the most TV- Keep what you have and when you add a new 4K tv replace one of the H24's with a c61K if you go that direction.

    Then the only recordings you lose are any you have on the R22

    That's what I would do -your stuff your choice :)
     
  4. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

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    And when the installer shows up for the HR54 install, ask him if he can swap out your HR21 for an HR24.
     
  5. joboo

    joboo New Member

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    Thanks for all the responses! I really appreciate the help.

    1) Is the HR54 a genie 1 or genie 2? Does it really matter?
    2) Would this enable me to use Amazon skill on all devices even those that are not refreshed? Sounds like it would just be enabled for use on HR54 device

    I called Directv this morning and they said I would qualify to refresh 4 of my receivers at no cost(with a 2 year contract). I’m assuming I should also get 3 genie client devices?? I guess I could probably contact loyalty group to see if I could refresh all 7 devices.

    Sorry for all the questions. Just want to make sure I get the most bang for my contract extension.

    One more thing. Should I wait? Are there future products coming that would make more sense?

    Thanks again for all the help
    John
     
  6. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    The first Genie was the HR34. Next came the HR44. Then the HR54 and now the HS17. The HR54 and HS17 are needed for 4K service. The HR54 can be connected to a TV and will work with receivers, DVRs and clients. The HR54 can work with one 4K client at once. The HS17 (AKA Genie 2) is a headless server. It cannot be connected to a TV and will only work with clients. It can work with two 4K clients at once.
     
  7. joboo

    joboo New Member

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    Thanks,

    Is it possible that Directv will allow me to replace my DVRs with HR54s? Is this possible?
     
  8. compnurd

    compnurd Hall Of Fame

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    No You can only have 1 HR54 Per account
     
  9. joboo

    joboo New Member

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    AH ok. Thanks
     
  10. trh

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    I wouldn't be to fixated on the Amazon skill. As with most new things DIRECTV does, it really isn't fully operational yet. It is supposed to work on the HR44, HR54 and any associated clients. So unless you swap out every device you have, it won't work for you.
     
  11. joboo

    joboo New Member

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    Thanks, I figured that was the case. I'm actually a little disappointed with Directv's options for my particular setup. It sounds like all the new hardware options have limitations on how many active receivers I can have on at the same time.

    Fortunately for me, my R22 just crapped out today!! wooHoo! Probably the best thing that could happen since I have hardware insurance. So they are sending me a replacement which from what I understand from other posts should be an HR-24.

    Based on that I think I will:

    - Get an HR-54 to replace the HR-21 and make that the "Main" unit
    - replace the 2 H24 devices with Client devices connect to the HR-54 and place them in locations where I have Alexa devices.
     
  12. dtv757

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    HR54? wouldn't the HS17 be better?
    5 tuners vs 7 tuners?
    1TB vs 2TB storage ?
     
  13. WestDC

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    Hr54 -has 5 Tuners / using a Rb LNB for 4K it has 7 tuners (2) dedicated for 4K

    Reminder- When using a Client to view "LIVE TV" - That takes a recording Channel away from the Hr54 - Having a Second Cliect Viewing "LIVE TV" that takes a second recording tuner away from the HR54 - leaving you with only 3 tuners left.

    Using Clients may infringe on your recording Schedule -
     
  14. trh

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    He currently has 12 tuners (counting R22 as 2. Not 100% sure on that).
    With what he proposed, he'll end up 13 tuners; 8 from 4 HR24s and 5 from the HR54.
     
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  15. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

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    But he'll have 4 HR24s. He might have to adjust/move some shows off the 54 depending on usage of the clients, but certainly doable.
     
  16. joboo

    joboo New Member

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    Got it. So if 3 genie receivers are watching live TV I can record 2 additional channels at same time correct?
     
  17. joboo

    joboo New Member

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    Do I have a choice?
     
  18. trh

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    Yes.

    But from your first post, you appear to have 7 TVs.

    Can anyone comment whether the HS17 can support that many devices?
     
  19. joboo

    joboo New Member

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    I would still have 4 HR-24 devices. And would use genie to connect 3 additional. So it wouldn’t need to support 7 TVs
     
  20. trh

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    The HS17 only works with clients, no HR24s.

    Maybe, and one of the real techs could answer this, you could get 2 dishes, put the HS17 and clients on one and the HR24s on the other. They wouldn't talk to each other though.
     

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