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DIRECTV HR34 Home Media Center DVR

3.6 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
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Overall, the DirecTV Genie (HR34) is a very good HD DVR and the five tuner feature makes it a must have for those who share a DVR and are willing to pay a premium. As a standalone DVR, it is a five star product. However, due to bugs and performance issues with the Whole-Home DVR feature (recording on one DVR and playing back on another), I can't give it five stars overall.

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[Updated: February 1, 2013]

I've been waiting for years for a DVR with more than two tuners and the HR34 has finally delivered. If you've shared a DVR, then you are probably familiar with the "Live TV Conflict" screen that appears when you want to watch something but all of the tuners are in use. I used to get this screen constantly with the two tuner HR24. I've had my HR34 for six months now and I can only remember seeing the conflict screen once. This alone makes up for the extra cost.

I ordered two upgraded units from WeaKnees.com. Technically, I believe the order is considered a lease, not a purchase. The upgraded model is the same as the regular HR34 except with a two terabyte hard drive, which is double the capacity of the standard model. The standard one terabyte model will record up to 200 hours of HD.

After getting the units, I had DirecTV send a couple of techs to do the install. Normally, I would install it myself, but to get the extra tuners to work, the wiring needed to be upgraded. I've read that you need to have a SWM dish and SWM power inserter, but that wasn't an issue because I already had those. I've also read that you may need to extend your contract with DirecTV for two years if you add this unit to your account.
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The pros: Can record 5 programs at once. Connects to whole home Directv service. I have 3 other DVRs, an HR24 and two HR22s and now I can record 11 programs at once and watch them on any of the 4 TVs. Only 1 room can watch the same recorded program. If someone is already watching a show, you can watch other shows but not the same one. Can access on demand shows via wifi internet connection. Larger capacity to record than other DVRs.

The cons: Its expensive. No optical output for audio. HDMI and Digital Audio Coax outputs only. Picture in Picture is hard to use but its there after all these years of no PIP. Need the SWM dish. This is a lease and not a purchase so you must return it to Directv is you discontinue service. Requires a 2 year service agreement and the penalty for early term is $20 for each month you leave before the 24 months is over. Youtube feature is primative compared to smart TVs (no fast forwarding, hard to search).

DTV can offer a credit if purchased from them. Whole home DVR connection needs an installer to come out which can be arranged by Directv.

LOWERING TO 2 STARS
SOMETIMES DOES NOT RECORED PROGRAMS FOR NO REASON; ESPECIALLY THIS WEEK WITH GEORGE CLINTONOPOLIS. HAD A REPAIRMAN COME OUT AND HE WILL REPLACE IT THOUGH IT SHOWS NO ERROR CODES. FAST FORWARDING THRU COMMERCIALS IS VERY DIFFICULT; IT EITHER GOES TOO SLOW OR TOO FAST.
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I had written a prior review talking about the HDMI issues etc but gave the Genie a generally good review because when it works it is good. The problem is it does not always work. If you do not believe me go online and read all of the consumer complaints.
This review is based on about 1 months worth of service.
This product is not ready to be used by consumers. I have been a DirecTV customer for 13 years and seen the good and the bad but this product really is not good. You have to continually reboot the unit, you can't connect the HDMI from the unit directly to many AV receivers (Including my Yamaha receiver) and it freezes a lot. If none of this bothers you then go ahead and buy it.
Like many DirecTV releases it is probably a year away from having the bugs worked out of it but until then I would just use their HD DVR which is very reliable.
I am trading mine in as we speak.
DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT UNLESS YOU WANT TO DEAL WITH A LOT OF TROUBLE. I am not an angry consumer but people need to know this stuff. DirecTV has admitted to me on more than two phone calls into tech support that the product has issues.
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Well it does record 5 channels at a time.. when it works at all. This device freezes up at least once a day, usually when you are taping something (of course). It takes about 10 minutes of reset time before your show comes on. Which means, you will NEVER know who Juan Pablo is taking on the home town date(just kidding). The "slave" genies go out all the time as well, and the little red button the side doesn't do anything. You have to reset the main box. Which makes all of the "slave" genies stop working. I have only used about 5% of the hard drive space, so I know that's not the problem. I sure am glad I had to sign up for 2 years in order to get the special benefits of having this "free upgrade".
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The genie isnt all that much better than a normal DVR but I think if you want more storage and like the fact it has 5 tuners then you should get it. As far as all the advertising you have probably seen from Direct TV about the Genie dont have your expectations high becuase its just a fancy DVR I like it but I think thats why people rate this one 3 out of 5 stars because of the complicated install and having high expectations. I feel like in the end I am happy with it though! The whole home DVR service is neat we have the Genie in the living room and a normal HD reciver in the bed room we have not purcased the genie client yet so we can only watch recored shows from the living room and we cant pause live tv or acccess on demand in the bed room. Still with everything said and done I would recommend getting the HR34 because the price isnt that much diffrent from the HR24 and you do end up with more! I hope that this helps!

Here are some Pros, and Cons

Pros:
5 Tuners
Better priced that the HR24 DVR
1 TB Hard Drive (Lots of Space!!)
Whole Home DVR (Can watch recorded shows in other rooms)

Cons:
Can't actualy own the DVR just like all Direct TV products
You may have to have your dish upgraded to accomodate for the 5 tuners
Still slow and sluggish sometimes when navigating menues
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