My installer mentioned the HR44 3 months ago when he tried to get me to change my mind with the HR34 and to keep my HR24. With all my problems I wished I listened. He did also mention the C31's would be replaced also with C34's all wireless.... Tonight I saw CES with the hopper now coming out with a sling box setup in it. DTV will fight back so now more than ever I believe in the HR44 or another unit to combat the hopper. Dish seems to really to be ramping up there level....While DTV is still having issues getting the 1 year old plus Genie to work right..... Perhaps a switch is in the near future. if the newest hopper would have 5 tuners in it, wow then DTV is history on my end.