Who Has Gotten A HR54?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by David Ortiz, Aug 6, 2015.

  1. Sep 6, 2015 #101 of 131
    bakers12

    bakers12 ΔS > 0

    1,972
    27
    May 29, 2007
    Chicago -...
    RedH doesn't show model numbers higher than HR54. Is it speculation that the next Genie will be a HR64 or have you heard something?
     
  2. Sep 6, 2015 #102 of 131
    inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    25,187
    1,606
    Nov 13, 2006
    Total speculation. I wouldn't be surprised if the next generation is at the very early stages of development but I bet we don't see another unit for two years since it'll likely be a new platform that does uverse as well as sat.
     
  3. Sep 6, 2015 #103 of 131
    P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    26,865
    623
    Jul 25, 2002
    E.Mdtrn Sea
    Sure, it was, but I'm more optimist and expecting new 4k dvr soon... development cycle is shortening nowadays.
     
  4. Sep 7, 2015 #104 of 131
    slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

    11,086
    1,684
    Feb 14, 2013
    Iowa
    Think about how Directv is going to view this from an operational perspective. We don't know if the HR54 was planned to be the last in the Genie line, but if we assume it was not, there would have been a successor in development for some time, presumably with 4K output. They aren't going to stop work on it when the AT&T deal is announced, because they don't know when or even if the FCC will approve it. I suppose they could cancel it when the FCC approval was received, but only if they had something else ready to go in much less than two years - I can't see them forcing people with 4K TVs to have an extra $6.50/month fee for a Genie that can't output 4K once they start actually offering live 4K channels which I'd expect in less than a year (the 2016 Summer Olympics is going to be the drop dead date for any MVPD that wants to be seen as a 4K leader)

    We also don't know if they were planning on doing a successor product line to the Genie, that would have a new hardware design and/or new interface. If they were, once the AT&T deal was announced they would have taken AT&T's needs into account in its design. It wouldn't cost much to do that and you'd be crazy not to make that investment because of how much further along you'd be if/when the merger is approved. They could always remove any unneeded hardware and software from it before release if the FCC denied the merger. Even if they weren't previously planning on it and had projected several more generations of Genie, they might have started at least planning such a combined device or new interface knowing that AT&T's needs wouldn't be met by what Directv has today.

    While I agree the talk about an 'HR64' is speculation (but a pretty obvious guess at the successor's name, though I might bet on 'HR64K') unless Directv had always planned that the HR54 was last in the Genie line, I think we'll see a 4K Genie, in plenty of time for the Summer Olympics.
     
  5. Sep 7, 2015 #105 of 131
    El Gabito

    El Gabito AllStar

    91
    0
    Apr 24, 2006
    So no one outside of CA has received an HR54 at this point? I'd love to free up an outlet by losing the power inserter. But, HR34 is on it's last leg, so I'll probably look for an HR44+ sooner than later. (yes I realize you can't specifically request a model)
     
  6. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    12,854
    1,120
    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Which is the other thread you think this one should be merged with?
     
  7. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    26,865
    623
    Jul 25, 2002
    E.Mdtrn Sea
    First look of HR54
     
  8. jclangston

    jclangston Cool Member

    149
    12
    Oct 19, 2010
    I noticed last night that you can now buy a HR54 on Amazon. ($299)
     
  9. Christopher Gould

    Christopher Gould Icon

    1,029
    18
    Jan 14, 2007
    Seller is weaknees
     
  10. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

    7,465
    746
    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    Fixed it for you.
     
  11. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    12,854
    1,120
    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Merged.
     
  12. Aug 9, 2016 #112 of 131
    TimC

    TimC Member

    42
    1
    Jun 27, 2016
    I just had HR54-500 installed today. Previous setup was HR34-700 with three C41 wireless minis and WVB. Internet run by DECAII adapter through coax. It took me many phone calls, the last to retention to get a 54. I kept getting told all genies are the same until I threw the mobile dvr flag at them. They finally approved an upgrade for me. I told them I didn't need 4k. They assured me that I can still get a 54 but had to add the C61 client which I could refuse when the tech arrived.
    Well the Tech showed up today and asked if I was ready for 4K install, I told him I didn't need 4k now, he said no problem he will just install the 54 and delete the 4k order and the C61. I can always add it later on if I get 4K.
    Anyway he got me hooked up, Hr54 to WVB feeding three C41wireless minis. Gave me all new remotes. Kept internet via MOCA / DECAII adapter. Couldn't be happier, this thing is blazing fast. Even the minis are quick. I hope they swap everyones 34's with a 44 or 54 soon. I couldn't believe what I was missing.
     
    1 person likes this.
  13. RACJ2

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    3,899
    9
    Aug 2, 2008
    The HR54 may not be capable of 4K, but I just couldn't live with the speed of my HR34 & HR22 any longer. The speed of the HR54 is incredible, compared to my old DVRs. Some day when there are more 4K channels & content available and I purchase a second 4K TV. Then I'll worry about getting the "HR64" or whatever the latest and greatest 4k DVR is called.

    To be honest, I won a 50" 4K TV at my company Christmas party and that's the only reason I have a 4k TV right now. And by having one, it gave me an opportunity to call DIRECTV and ask for a free upgrade to an HR54 and C61 4K client upgrade, since they tell you that you have to have a 4K TV to get it. Of course it came with a 2 year commitment, but the $20/mo credit for 12 mo's helped offset that concern.

    With my grandfathered Choice Xtra Classic, I'm told that I don't even get a single 4K channel, just on demand content. I read that you have to Ultimate to get the single 4K channel. but to me its not worth the $6.50/mo. Just to to get the one 4k channel? Although, I'm wondering if I do have that channel, since when I select channel 106 I do hear the sound, just have a blank screen. So it may be in included in my grandfathered package, I just don't have a 4k HDMI cable right now to view it. Does anyone know if channel 106 is included in the grandfather Choice Xtra Classic?

    So if anyone else is in the position I was in, living with 2 slow DVR's frustrating you. And you have a 4K TV, now. I would recommend that you call for a free upgrade to the HR54 & C61 client today. You will appreciate the speed!
     
  14. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    26,865
    623
    Jul 25, 2002
    E.Mdtrn Sea
    I would try your regular HDMI cable to connect C61k and the 4k TV
     
  15. ttubbiola

    ttubbiola Mentor

    48
    1
    Jan 22, 2007
    Having an HR-54 installed as we speak. Keeping one HD-DVR and swapping three others for the HR-54 and three clients. Definitely looking forward to faster response from the new boxes.
     
  16. cygnusloop

    cygnusloop Hall Of Fame

    2,282
    1
    Jan 26, 2007
    Coming back to DIRECTV after a near 3 year absence. (HR20, HR21 and HR22 when I left.) Install is happening Monday morning. I have a Genie and 2 Genie minis being installed. Is the HR-54 the standard install now?
     
  17. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

    7,465
    746
    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    Only standard (actually mandatory) if you're getting a 4K installation.

    HR44 is the 'standard', but it will depend on what the installer has on their truck. There have been a few reports that subscribers got HR54 w/o 4K because that was all the installer had available.

    EDIT: If they try to install an HR34, politely say 'no' and reschedule the installation. You do not want the 34. No matter what DIRECTV or the installer might say.
     
  18. cygnusloop

    cygnusloop Hall Of Fame

    2,282
    1
    Jan 26, 2007
    Thanks, trh!
    And hello to everyone else. Good to see a lot of the same old names kicking around the forum.

    It's been a while. I'm doing some reading trying to get my head around the "state" of things.
     
  19. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    16,344
    505
    May 30, 2007
    Cincinnati
    If the installer knows that, but then always possible I just got one that hadn't gone through training on 4k installs.
     
  20. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

    7,465
    746
    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    Are you saying they had both 44s and 54s on their truck and you got the 54 without 4K?
     

Share This Page

spam firewall

Advertisements