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Should I upgrade my setup for free?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by jonny4, Jun 8, 2018.

  1. Jun 8, 2018 #1 of 18
    jonny4

    jonny4 Mentor

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    I currently have a HR54, HR24, C61 and two C51's. I need a wireless mini and when I called in I was offered a free upgrade to it and the Genie 2. What are the downside's and upside's of this upgrade? we have three 4KTV's in the house too. If I get the Genie 2 it is my understanding I will need three C61's, two C51's and a wireless Genie mini? How does this change the basic charge? I do believe they will need to upgrade my dish as well. I have AT&T Uverse Fiber so I shouldn't have any internet issues along with the setup. I have read through most of what I can find here and it seems half the people like their Genie 2 and half hate it.
     
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  2. Jun 8, 2018 #2 of 18
    MysteryMan

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    The HR54 works with DVRs, receivers and clients. The HS17 is a headless server and only works with clients. The HR54 works with one 4K client at a time. The HS17 works with two 4K clients at a time. The HS17 will work with your current HD dish but it would be wise to have the LNB upgraded to a reverse band LNB for future proofing.
     
  3. Jun 9, 2018 #3 of 18
    NR4P

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    If you had only one 4K TV, I would say wait before getting the HS17. Its the first generation of the headless server line. I don't know when the next one will come. But you have two 4K TV's so maybe you need two 4K full setups with C61Ks? That's your decision.

    Also the C61's are C61Ks. Be sure you get that model. Not the regular C61, which isn't 4K. The "K" matters for 4K service.

    And when you lose the HR24 which you can't have with the HS17 you lose the extra recording capability.

    Good luck with your decision.
     
  4. Jun 9, 2018 #4 of 18
    Abe Frohman

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    The HS-17 is the last receiver DTV is going to make...ohh they may have HS-17-200 or 300 but its the last one overall.
     
  5. Jun 9, 2018 #5 of 18
    MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    The last three digits identify the manufacturer (200 - Samsung, 300 - Philips). As for you stating the HS17 is the last server to be made is that your opinion or do you have facts to back up your statement?
     
  6. Jun 9, 2018 #6 of 18
    jonny4

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    Do we get a service charge for an extra box now that the server is headless and we will need a new box to take the old ones place? I would be going from a genie, a hd dvr receiver and 3 mini's to the server and three 4k mini's, two mini's and one wireless mini. To me it seems like the headless receiver is an excuse to also add on another mini fee. In my mind I am going from 5 device charges to 7 device charges even though we are only adding one new TV.
     
  7. P Smith

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    one HS17 no fee and each mini $7/m
    why you need seven clients when your number TV is less ?!
    Take so many mini as many TV you have, selecting that models what hae a letter - K - for UHD, W - for wireless
     
  8. inkahauts

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    Just know that you will have a total of 100’series links you can set wheels as right now you can set up to 150. If that’s not an issue then personally I’d probably take the upgrade especially if you have any 4k tvs...
     
  9. trh

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    Only 6 clients (for 6 TVs). He added in the HS17 when asking if he had to pay a $7 fee for that device.
     
  10. texasbrit

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    Yes, the fee is per television so there is no fee for the HS17.
     
  11. Rich

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    Per TV set that has an HR attached.

    Rich
     
  12. slice1900

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    There is already an HS27 and HS37 referred to in a couple different Directv docs, and given that the HS17 is limited to two 4K TVs at once it is obviously not a long term solution for when real 4K channels appear.

    There really isn't anything that can be improved upon in the HS17 except the number of 4K channels it supports, and I suppose hard drive size though so I wouldn't expect any difference other than those details.
     
  13. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Do we have any clue how many UHD streams the new models will support ?

    Really, when the 4k hype will come to fruits ?
     
  14. TheRatPatrol

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    And hopefully more tuners.
     
  15. jonny4

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    Okay guys. I took the free upgrade. No payment of any kind, just the 24 month agreement. A HS17, three c61k's, two c61's, and a c61w. Of course the LNB is being changed out too. Thanks for all your help. I know 4K content isn't readily available but it's nice to not have to worry about it down the road.
     
  16. jonny4

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    I have run in to a problem and I am hoping you can help. The installer didn't let me see my series manager on my hr24 before changing everything over. Is there a way to see it without it being hooked up to the satellite connection?
     
  17. trh

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    You still have the unit? You should be able to hook it up to a TV to see what you had on that unit's series manager.
     
  18. jonny4

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    It is hooked up and let's me see the playlist but not the series manager. I thought it was an option too.
     

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