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A Genie "upgrade" - is there a downside to this?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by MadMac, Sep 28, 2013.

  1. MadMac

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    I had an idea.....

    Current setup - three HD DVRs and four HD receivers. Two of the receivers see minimal use, but I like the convenience of having them. Here's what I was thinking:

    Replace one of the DVRs with a Genie, replace the two little-used receivers with a client. Move the client between the two little-used locations as needed. Ideally, the Genie would be an HR-44 for wireless capability, but I know I can't specify that. Question is, would my bill go up even though I effectively go down by one box?
     
  2. Drucifer

    Drucifer New Member

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    Reads like a good plan.
     
  3. Supramom2000

    Supramom2000 In Loving Memory of Onyx-2/23/09

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    If you are already paying for whole home service, then your fees will not go up. But you will get re-upped for 2 more years of contract.
     
  4. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    Even if they have WHDS, the TS may be jumped from the separate fees (HD, DVR, WHDS) to the Advanced Receiver Fee that could represent a $2 monthly increase (along with the 24 month commitment).

    Having one less box will probably make up for any fee increase.
     
  5. Oct 2, 2013 #5 of 17
    PHL

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    A better idea:

    Keep the three HD DVR's and replace one of the receivers with a Genie. Then do what you want with the other three receivers.
     
  6. Oct 3, 2013 #6 of 17
    MadMac

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    Thanks to all for their responses. From what's being said, any increase would be marginal and more than offset by reducing the box total. I'm already on WH and understand that a fresh two year commitment would be triggered.

    PHL - I see your thinking, but I don't need the ability to record 11 shows at once :)

    Follow-up question: Am I correct in my thinking that the client effectively runs from one of the Genie tuners and as such, has all the pause/rewind/FF functionality of a DVR being used to watch live TV?
     
  7. Oct 3, 2013 #7 of 17
    Supramom2000

    Supramom2000 In Loving Memory of Onyx-2/23/09

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    Yes. The clients are "slaves" of the Genies. They use one tuner of the Genie and can do almost everything a Genie can do.

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  8. Oct 3, 2013 #8 of 17
    HoTat2

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    Everything at about a step behind the Genie itself that is, due to processing and two way communication delay between client and server.
     
  9. Oct 3, 2013 #9 of 17
    Diana C

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    If they already have HD, DVR and whole home as seperate fees, they will not be replaced with the "rolled up" fee. This is an equipment change only, no change to services.
     
  10. Bill Broderick

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    Since you're already on WH, your bill should be reduced by $6 per month with your proposed plan.
     
  11. inkahauts

    inkahauts DIRECTV A-Team

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    I had an idea.....

    Current setup - three HD DVRs and four HD receivers. Two of the receivers see minimal use, but I like the convenience of having them. Here's what I was thinking:

    Replace one of the DVRs with a Genie, replace the two little-used receivers with a client. Move the client between the two little-used locations as needed. Ideally, the Genie would be an HR-44 for wireless capability, but I know I can't specify that. Question is, would my bill go up even though I effectively go down by one box?
    do you record everything you watch?


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  12. WestDC

    WestDC DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Down Side your locked in for 2yrs - If That's not an Issue Then Upgrade
     
  13. AnonomissX

    AnonomissX Godfather

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    I recently upgraded to the Genie and Genie GO. Haven't used the "go" part of it, and now my sister got into ancient movies on TCM, and blew up my terrabyte drive with black and white oldies. Sheesh!

    Meanwhile, because I kept the 2 original HDDVRs and got the Genie in the living room, because that made more sense than having 1 genie and 2 clients. I can record 8 shows at once, because I was too nice to make the installer crawl through the fiberglass in the attic :)
     
  14. mdavej

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    Are you 100% certain of this? The rolled up fee increase is the only thing that's been holding me back. I'd already resigned myself to the fact I'd be stuck with my HR23 and H21 forever.
     
  15. Diana C

    Diana C Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

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    Yes...we have had all 3 charges on our account since DirecTV introduced whole home service. When we upgraded our original HR20 to a Genie last winter, we had NO increase in any fees. If you were to drop one of the services and then add it back in, then you MIGHT get the rolled up fee. But if you already are paying for HD, DVR and Whole Home as separate services simply adding/upgrading to a Genie will not force you to the rolled up fee.
     
  16. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

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    I replaced an HR 20 with a Genie HR44 in July. Still have my $10 DVR, $10 HD and $3 MRV. No changes on equipment or programming fees.
     
  17. mdavej

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    Awesome. Thanks to you both for the confirmation.
     

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