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Directv II HD/4k

A short explanation of DirecTV equipment as of 5/6/16

There are 4 types of receivers

1. Receiver - outputs a signal, has a single tunet (H-25, H-25, ect)
2. DVR - outputs a signal, has at 2 tuners (HR-24, HR-21, ect are 2 tuner models)
3. Genie - a special DVR with 5 tuners (HR-34,HR-44, HR-54) also used to feed mini's
4. mini - client box, no tuners. it must have a genie in order to work. (directv actually calls this a mini genie, but i will just use mini)

Each Genie can have up to 8 minis attached to it, but can only feed 3 at a time.
when a mini connects to a genie it uses a tuner, reducing the count of tuners available
to record.

for 4k
an hr-44 can feed on demand 4k to a 4k mini(c61k)
an hr-54 can feed on demand and live 4k to a 4k mini(c61k)
note: A mini can be replaced by a Certified Directv Ready TV (an RVU client)
current rvu list
https://support.directv.com/equipment/4386
note: only 1 4k signal can be fed at a time

eventually a reverse band lnb will be needed for 4k (when is unknown at this time)

neither and hr-44 or hr-54 can output 4k via hdmi
the only unit that can is the c61k and it must have an hr-44 or hr-54 to feed it the signal

for 4k guide info

Open the Guide, LEFT arrow into the Channel ID (like "104 DTV4K") and press the Info button. You will get a list of all upcoming shows on that channel. Works for all channels on Directv -- always has. I hated the Guide compared to the TIVO guide when we first got Directv, so I went looking for improvement and came up with this.

Another option, use the Guide on Directv.com: https://www.directv.com/guide?lpos=Header:1
It's the same Guide, but it is MUCH faster than the tv version.

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Only ONE C61k or DTV supporting RVU 4k TV could be watching 4k content !
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Is this the only good source for a DirecTV 4K Baseball Schedule going forward (without checking the guide constantly)? Is there a chance they will do different MLB Network games?

http://m.mlb.com/network/shows/?id=mlbn_showcase

So every game in May is a New York team

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Unless I'm missing it, I don't see where it mentions these games as being broadcast in 4K.

The irony is that those who are probably most interested in the N.Y. games, can't watch them.
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So when are they going to have a real 4K DVR with HDR, HDMI 2.x and H.265?
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So when are they going to have a real 4K DVR with HDR, HDMI 2.x and H.265?
never!
slice1900 brought enough arguments against it; wait for ATT server-client new development
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Only ONE C61k or DTV supporting RVU 4k TV could be watching 4k content !
forgot about that one, thnaks
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Cancelled my order again. Received 2 phone messages from a person who claimed to be from Directv earlier in the week saying they were notified that I had some concerns about my upcoming install. (From my emails to Costco Customer relations no doubt} I checked the number and it wasn't from Directv, it was from a company called "Smart Circle". Apparently they have some big network that sells Directv at Costco, Sams Club, Walmart and more. Then I received another phone call today to confirm my appointment for tomorrow. Called Directv to cancel my install, and they couldn't do it because the order wasn't placed through them of course. The Directv agent told me they do in fact have their own installers, and he was well aware of the "Smart Circle" situation and their network of contractors. I'm going to contact AT&T to see what they can do since my Uverse bundle contract is up at the end of the month anyway. At least the I will be dealing with Directv instead of a 3rd, 4th, and 5th party companies/individuals. Had to call the Costco/Directv phone number to cancel.
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some third party are great, some not so great

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Not willing to gamble. If something goes wrong with the install or purchase transaction, DirecTV won't even be able to help.
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actually once its installed, i do believe directv does the warranty work

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actually once its installed, i do believe directv does the warranty work
Not if the problem is due to improper installation.
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Not if the problem is due to improper installation.
if you go direct with D*

I recommend you buy the protection plan (the basic plan for $7.99/month)
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if you go direct with D*

I recommend you buy the protection plan (the basic plan for $7.99/month)
What does the protection plan cover that wouldn't normally be covered? I'm not worried about the hardware-They will have to replace any failed hardware as long as I have service with them barring any damage from liquids or something of that nature.
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What does the protection plan cover that wouldn't normally be covered? I'm not worried about the hardware-They will have to replace any failed hardware as long as I have service with them barring any damage from liquids or something of that nature.
protection plan pays for shipping/tech visit to fix the issue
otherwise its @ $20 shipping and $50 per tech visit
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protection plan pays for shipping/tech visit to fix the issue
otherwise its @ $20 shipping and $50 per tech visit
They have a tech come out for a simple Geni swap and charge $50? Uverse just ships you the replacement no charge and then pays for the return too.
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They have a tech come out for a simple Geni swap and charge $50? Uverse just ships you the replacement no charge and then pays for the return too.
they have been known to wave the fee

genie usually requires a tech visit, people have talked them into getting the replacement mailed, i did once.
but again, they charge $20 for that

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What does the protection plan cover that wouldn't normally be covered? I'm not worried about the hardware-They will have to replace any failed hardware as long as I have service with them barring any damage from liquids or something of that nature.
they have more lawyers that write the fine print on what is covered or not: and they usually always have the final word...having the protection plan gives you a little more leverage, and a little more peace of mind dealing with what has become the worst bureaucracy you will ever have to deal with (yes worse than Comcast IMO)

based on what has happened to you so far, it may be a good investment...

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I just bought a new Sony 4k TV a few weeks ago and it's supposed to receive DirecTV 4k without a box (at least that's how I understand it). How does it work to get that programming? I currently have a HR-44 already on that TV and a mini in another room.
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I just bought a new Sony 4k TV a few weeks ago and it's supposed to receive DirecTV 4k without a box (at least that's how I understand it). How does it work to get that programming?
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I just bought a new Sony 4k TV a few weeks ago and it's supposed to receive DirecTV 4k without a box (at least that's how I understand it). How does it work to get that programming? I currently have a HR-44 already on that TV and a mini in another room.
You need to activate the RVU. Your TV and HR44 will need to be connected to the same network using a hard-wired connection, either through ethernet directly or via a Deca. You CAN activate it via chat/phone, but they may insist on a service call.
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I just bought a new Sony 4k TV a few weeks ago and it's supposed to receive DirecTV 4k without a box (at least that's how I understand it). How does it work to get that programming? I currently have a HR-44 already on that TV and a mini in another room.
make sure its on the certified list.
some newer models are not yet

also its a $7 per month fee
and with an hr44 you cant get live 4k, only ppv/on demand stuff

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It's a 2015 model (850C). I'll check with them on it.
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