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Want to get an HR34 to replace a stock of older HR's and manage the recordings from one DVR.

1. Does anyone have an update of when the HR34 will be available to existing / current customers. Last update was early 2012. Well this is technically early 2012 now so what's the thought?

2. Any idea of the existing / current customer price? Retail stores are pricing at $399. New customers are priced at $99.

3. Any thoughts regarding buying from retail for $399 versus waiting for DirecTv to make available directly to existing / current customers?

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I spent some time on the phone today with DirecTV and the answer I got was that for existing / current customers "maybe" March. That's starting to get outside of "early 2012" but i'm sure they're also giving themselves a buffer in case Feb slips.

I might just grab one from a retailer at that point.
 

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I went ahead and ordered one from retail shop for full MSRP of $399. It's unlikely DirecTV will sell for less come Feb (or Mar) since my contract isn't up. Besides when it is up I'll want to swap out all of my HR2x and H2x units for the new RVU boxes whenever DirecTv ships them.

I've already got a SWIM set-up, as well and Whole Home Media and all the other bells and whistles. I should hopefully I should be able to just add the HR34 in the system and disable the extra tuners on the HR units as I'm adding the HR34 as a 4th receiver. Then hopefully DirecTV shouldn't give me any issues activating it as an existing customer.

Fingers Crossed.

shaddow22 said:
I've been dealing with case management over the last week trying to get my HR34 (purchased from VE) installed. Originally they said it couldn't be done. I called back later to upgrade to a WWDVR & SWM and asked again and this CSR had no problem scheduling it. Everything eventually got installed correctly on Monday, though I had to do some educating of the tech to get the system setup correctly. The only issue was that DirecTV couldn't add RVU to my account for the Samsung TV. They told the tech that a ticket was made and it was "elevated up the chain". I talked to the CSR from my original case management ticket and he said that it couldn't be activated until Feb 9, when existing customers will be able to purchase HR34's and add RVU. So, that must be the date. As mentioned elsewhere, they'll still need to do a truck roll to "activate RVU" even though the only thing that needs to be done is activate it on their computer and pair the HR34/Samsung (which I can do right now). He also checked into rebates and wasn't sure if the $300 rebate would be available to existing customers.
 

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trh said:
What do you mean by "disable the extra tuners on the HR units"?
From the 2 DVRs and receiver you're showing in your signature line plus the HR34, I count 10 tuners. Do you have a SWiM16 right now or do you plan on deactivating (and returning) at least one of your HR units?
I've got 5 tuners running now over two HR and one H. The plan was to disable one tuner on each of the existing HR and then insert the HR34 giving 8 tuners.

The thought was that I had a SWiM 8 and would be fine. Now you have me wondering if I have a SWiM 5 installed or now.

Can I tell from the TV without getting on the second story roof. Set up states Dish Type 17-Slimline-S3 (SWM) and switch type 01-SWM.
 

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trh said:
So to the OP ... Now that you have an HR34 on order, you might want to call in and see about upgrading. Seems a waste to have two DVRs with only one operational tuner.
In my case I don't know that it's really worth it. The main reason for adding the HR34 is because DirecTV can't pool the current HR's together.

The HR34 will allow me to manage the recordings on one box instead of multiple while not having to worry about not being able to watch live TV because I have 2-4 recording's at the same time.

The existing HR2x and H2x models are just acting as streamers until DirecTV releases the RVU boxes which will replace all the HR2x and H2x models.
 

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johnnytex said:
How do you "disable the extra tuners on the HR units"? I have a SWM8 and 4 tuners are enough on my HR34.
You go under setup and change your two HRs from dual to single tuners? At least on my HR2x. Should be same/similar on the HR34, but I don't have mine yet.
 

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johnnytex said:
Unfortunately, that option is not available on my HR34. Since I only have a SWM8 for now, had to cut one of my HR20's to a single tuner.
This is exactly what my plan is with my HR2x when my HR34 get's here, hence the whole discussion. I don't want any recording anywhere else besides the HR34 to keep everything centralized. Good to know though just in case I run into any issues when it gets here.
 
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