Awesome! Glad you got a 44!
The tech came out last week and I told him about loosing 3-4 shows a week due to the "video freeze - audio continues" problem with live and recorded shows, and also told him the 34 would randomly jump from watching a recorded show right to channel 1.
He knew about the "freeze" issue and said he had one 44 left on the truck.
Besides installing the unit, he also told me all about the mini-genie's and the benefits of getting them. I had previously spoken with cust service about my "free 2 yr equipment upgrade" because I'm on the service plan. Other than saying the mini Genie's were smaller than the HR24's and that you could start recordings from them she knew nothing else about why I would want them.
I told her my 24's did the exact same things and she had nothing else to say. Between that and the 34 problems, I was ready to let my contract expire in June and go back to Comcast.
Thankfully the tech that installed the 44 told me all about the Mini's and how I would be able to get a 4th TV hooked up, in addition to my main TV, without running more coax lines to the dish (I was previously limited to the main 34 and 3 other TV's)
That alone sold me on them, not to mention that I could get on-demand through them, and web access (youtube, etc.) PLUS pause live TV which I couldn't do with the 24's.
The caveat is that each mini uses one of the 5 tuners on the 44, so if I'm recording 5 things (which has started happening more frequently if you can believe it) I won't be able to watch live TV on the mini's. A problem I can live with to get the other benefits.
Can't believe the size of the mini's either! Tiny!
Anyways, all my problems with the 34 are now gone, and the 44 interface is noticeably faster!
I did, of course, have to watch my old 94% full HR34 go out the door
I was luckily able to shoot a couple iPhone vids of the list of recordings so I could get the episode names and also my list of "season passes" or whatever they're called on DirecTV so now I can slowly use VOD to get much of this back.
(he wouldn't leave the old unit for 30 days like some have mentioned on here...said that's only true when they mail a new unit to you)
Oh, I had him set up all the mini's for RF so I no longer have to deal with the stray IR signals bouncing all over the place and messing with other units