you might be having issues with your HR20's, mine is really pretty zippy. I would suspect that you may have failing hdd's or something. I have long since replaced the original hdd with a big external.
A Genie (HR34/HMC) plus two HR20 equal 9 tuners. Which means you'll also get a SWiM16.gopherhockey said:I just got off the phone with DTV and am having one of my ancient HR20s replaced with the Genie.
They would not provide me C31s, however, because I have 2 other HR20s in the hous. . . .
You have been with DTV since 1994 and couldn't negotiate a free HR34? That's disconcerting - I was an early adopter (Sept. 1994) and have a current configuration similar to yours. I'm preparing to upgrade my system this fall. I haven't called them for anything since 2007, so I'm hoping for a low cost conversion. We'll see.gopherhockey said:I had held off on upgrading because I kept hearing the HR20s were still a decent box, but after the last update they really do seem to have slowed down. The drives are all original, so quite old.
After reading this I'm wondering if I'd be better off just upgrading the drives in these vs. buying the 34.
My main goal is to have a snappy receiver. There is nothing more frustrating than pushing buttons and having to wait... the features of the 34 are nice, but is it worth another 2 years of DirecTV and a few hundred $. (they would not give me a free one)
I'd rather have the fastest receiver available in our 2 main viewing locations and don't care if other areas in the home are slower.