Want to upgrade but I've been out of the loop

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by TomF, Sep 6, 2018.

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  1. Sep 16, 2018 #61 of 108
    b4pjoe

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    Well my installer showed up with a HR54 and C61K yesterday and spent 3 hours with no success to getting it activated. Turns out the AT&T activation center is closed on weekends. Well why did they schedule the install on a Saturday? Installer told me that was his last HR54 and there is a major shortage of them. Took the HR54 and C61K with him and told me I would have to reschedule it on a weekday. When I placed that order I was also given NFL ST for free this season. However I do not have it today. AT&T chat is useless and I've been on hold for an hour now on the phone. When I connected it told me my wait time would be one minute.
     
  2. Sep 16, 2018 #62 of 108
    carl robbins

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    My Dish installer just inputted some info on phone and I was activated, nobody on other end involved.
    I believe they are not making hr54 and when their all gone that will be it then hs17 for everybody.
     
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  3. Sep 16, 2018 #63 of 108
    Rich

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    Yup, I rarely had problem with the D* TiVos. But D*'s HR20-700 was the first D* HD DVR and that was a fine DVR. Then came the 20-100s and the whole Series 2 DVRs. Things went downhill quickly.

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  4. Sep 16, 2018 #64 of 108
    trh

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    No it isn't.
     
  5. Sep 16, 2018 #65 of 108
    carl6

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    Cannot be shut off. Do not appear as (and are not) access points to regular wifi clients, only to Genie clients.
     
  6. Sep 16, 2018 #66 of 108
    b4pjoe

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    If my account had not already been transferred to AT&T my installer could have done the same but AT&T is really screwing things up for people that have had their account transferred. The installer said they have problems with every call they go on that the customer has had their account switched to AT&T. He also told me the HS17 is a piece of crap with numerous problems but he didn't specify what those issues were as I wasn't really interested since I was supposed to be getting the HR54. Their is a shortage of HR54's he told me. He had two calls yesterday where the person was supposed to be getting an HR54 but he only has one on the truck. I suppose since he couldn't activate mine the other guy got his. No idea why they would schedule truck rolls to install more HR54's than the technician has available.

    Well no the HS17 is not the same as the HR54. You can still have other DVR's on the system with an HR54 while you can't with the HS17 so the max amount of tuners you can have is I believe 7 with the HS17. I'm not really concerned with a single point of failure as the dish on the roof is a single point of failure and so is power from the electric company.
     
  7. Sep 16, 2018 #67 of 108
    TomF

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    Why has this thread about me upgrading my Genie turned into a thread about Dish? carl robins, I don't care about your experiences with your new Dish installation. Start your own thread in the Dish forums!

    Half the responses in this thread are about Dish!

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  8. Sep 16, 2018 #68 of 108
    TomF

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    I remember those days. There was a guy who was really pretty infamous on the DirecTiVo forums years back in the "DirecTV DVR with TiVo" era when, for short, they were called a "DirecTiVo", and he started referring to them as a "DTV". That acronym had long before that already been claimed as the acronym for "Digital TV" and I pm-ed him begging him to stop using that acronym incorrectly. He just about took my head off with his reply. Lost all respect for him, and they ended up booting him a few months later when he started being kind of an a ******* on the forums.

    It would be a lot less confusing if we all just typed things out rather than making arbitrary abbreviations.

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  9. Sep 16, 2018 #69 of 108
    TomF

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    You replies have dominated this thread!

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  10. Sep 17, 2018 #70 of 108
    bmcleod

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    Ok ... since we’re talking abbreviations NF ... Netflix? AP ... ? (sorry, some of the jargon is new)

    I think the confusion was me using “DTV HD” to mean ‘the entire DirecTV system and equipment that yields the picture we see’, and not a specific piece of gear, like the C61K.

    As I use an iPad about 90% of the time, my abbreviations sometimes are based on what’s easier there, but D* is pretty easy so I’ll try to get used to that, three key touches for me: shift, D, slide-g, but I could also set d* to spell out DirecTV, so sometimes less is more.
     
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  11. Sep 17, 2018 #71 of 108
    P Smith

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    YOu must read dedicated thread "HS17-100" before make such funny posts.
     
  12. Sep 18, 2018 #72 of 108
    TomF

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    The installer showed up this afternoon for my noon-4:00 PM window at 3:45 PM. But he had an HR54, a C61K client, and two C41 clients! I showed him my setup, told him that I wanted to put the HR54 and the C61K client in the same room on the same TV, with the client on a different HDMI port on the TV, and told him that I wanted to keep the HR34. No problem at all! He looked at my dish and upgraded the LNB to a reverse band LNB. He disconnected the HR34 and set it aside, then slide the HR54 into the same spot. Much smaller! There was plenty of room to put the C61K client on top. He had to install a 2-way splitter for the client. I told him that I would install the two C41 clients if that was OK with him, so I went upstairs, disconnected and removed the C31 clients, installed the C41 clients and went back downstairs. He had the HR54 set up and was installing the C61K client. He set up the HR54 on RF and the C61K client on IR. The upstairs clients connected right away. Everything was completely straightforward and done in record time. To avoid traffic going home, the installer hung around for awhile and we discussed BMWs.

    Everything was working great and within an hour I was watching 4K content! Since I have a Harmony remote, I switched the IR/RF on the HR54 and the C61K client so that the HR54 was on IR and the client was on RF. Everything works like it should with the Harmony. Initially, I plan on just using the HR54 directly and using the client just to watch 4K, but the response time is so good I may reconsider.

    Couldn't be happier, the install went just as I had hoped it would! Lots of learning to do with the new GUI on the HR54 though. I went through all the menus several times trying to figure out how to do things that are done differently now. Mostly I like the look, but it seems like there's a lot more key presses to get simple things done. I remember the shortcuts on the HR-250 and all of the DirecTiVos; I wish DirecTV/AT&T would implement direct ways to get to the To Do List and the Season Manager as those are the things I use most often.
     
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  13. Sep 18, 2018 #73 of 108
    trh

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    Why the 54 and 61K on the same TV? You can save yourself $7 per month by putting the 54 on another TV and eliminating a mini.

    Glad the install worked out so well.
     
  14. Sep 18, 2018 #74 of 108
    Rich

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    Got it, thanx,

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  15. Sep 18, 2018 #75 of 108
    Rich

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    Sorry, we've been using those for some time and I thought...NF is NetFlix, AP is Amazon Prime. ATV is Apple TV (a streaming box), FTV is Amazon's Fire TV streaming box. Anything else?

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  16. Sep 18, 2018 #76 of 108
    bmcleod

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    Thanks, hadn’t seen NF, AP, or FTV before, but makes sense, I’ll remember them. Very familiar with ATV as I have three and just started a thread on tvOS 12 and iOS 12 (just updated my ATVs to 12).
     
  17. Sep 18, 2018 #77 of 108
    Rich

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    I just did the upgrade too, let me check that thread. Last time I counted ATVs we had six, don't know if they reproduced.

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  18. Sep 18, 2018 #78 of 108
    TheRatPatrol

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    What do you feel takes longer?


    You can set macros on your Harmony to get to things faster. I did on mine, they work great.

    Glad the install went good.
     
  19. Sep 19, 2018 #79 of 108
    detroitlions

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    @TomF and @Rich - thanks for your all your insight so far. I am trying to decide how I'm going to proceed. After having a HR-34 for almost six years, it was time to move on. I was sent a replacement Genie (a HR-44 instead of a HR-54 which I expected). I could still go the HR-54 / HS-17 route for a two year commitment free of charge but I just have a hard time pulling the trigger for one dedicated 4K station (I have two 4K OLED tv's). I still have a plenty of content on my two HR-24's and hope I can still access the HR-34 content indefinitely once I pull the coaxial on it as they don't want it back. After reading through several threads, I'm thinking either take @Rich's advice and hold onto the HR-44 and wait it out but I still would love to have the 4K content as @TomF just had done. Any advice on how I should proceed if you were in my shoes would be appreciated.
     
  20. Sep 19, 2018 #80 of 108
    Rich

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    Do you use streaming video services (NF, AP, Hulu) for movies and series? Lots of 4K content there.

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