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Genie Questions

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by notnufbw, May 9, 2013.

  1. May 9, 2013 #1 of 12
    notnufbw

    notnufbw Legend

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    Hey,

    We currently have 4 HD DVR's connected to 4 TV's via a SWM8. We also have HDMI switches attached to two of these DVR's which allows us to redirect the TV signal from one room to an adjacent room/TV. For example when my wife wants to watch TV in the bathroom she presses the button on the HDMI switch connected to the bedroom DVR and when she wants to switch back to the bedroom TV she presses the HDMI switch button again.

    I'm thinking about getting the Genie system and getting rid of our current DVR's. Could we still use our HDMI switches to redirect the signal to TV's in adjacent rooms as we can now? Does the gizmo("client"?) that's attached to the TV's in the Genie system allow for an HDMI switch to be attached?

    Thanks much in advance.

    VR

    PS What does DirecTV charge for the Genie system.....for 4 TV's...... approximately?
     
  2. May 9, 2013 #2 of 12
    dpeters11

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    Can't answer on the switchers, but DirecTV charges the same for the Genie. One per account HD and DVR fee, then the same for each additional TV. That is charged whether it's a Genie client, DVR or receiver.
     
  3. May 9, 2013 #3 of 12
    notnufbw

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    So, if I understand correctly, we would be paying the same amount as we do now........right?

    Thanks.
     
  4. May 9, 2013 #4 of 12
    notnufbw

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    ....perhaps someone can post a picture of the connections on the back of a Genie "client" box.......?

    Thanks.
     
  5. May 9, 2013 #5 of 12
    dpeters11

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    Well, forgot about one fee. Whole Home is required, so if you don't currently have that, there would be an additional $3 fee.

    The clients do have HDMI ports but since I've never used a switch on one, I'm not comfortable saying they will work.

    Here is the first look of the c31 with pictures.
    http://hr20.dbstalk.com/docs/C31%20First%20Look.pdf
     
  6. May 9, 2013 #6 of 12
    notnufbw

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    Wow, that's exactly what I needed to see about the "client" connections, thanks. Yes, you are right about the whole home fee.....don't have it now.....thanks again!
     
  7. May 9, 2013 #7 of 12
    notnufbw

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    Another question comes to mind......the Genie, I think, can record up to 5 programs at the same time......so, if I have the Genie main unit connected to the family room TV where I usually hang out in the evening......and my wife in the master bedroom at the other end of the house.....if I see 3 or 4 programs I want to see for recording and she sees 1 or 2 programs she wants to record.....the system would tell each of us if there is a conflict but we can actually record up to 5 programs at the same time from any of our TV's as long as they are connected to the system via the main Genie unit or through a so-called "Client" unit?

    Thanks,

    VR
     
  8. May 9, 2013 #8 of 12
    peds48

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    if nobody is watching TV, then yes you can record 5 shows. if you wife is one one channel on the client and you are watching another channel on the Genie, that will leave you 3 tuners to record 3 other different shows from the one you are currently watching.
     
  9. May 9, 2013 #9 of 12
    carl6

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    A Genie can handle five live shows/recordings at one time. It can stream a maximum of three shows/recordings to clients at one time. If a client is watching live TV, then that is using one of the five Genie tuners. If you are recording three programs, then you could only watch two different live shows at the same time (on the Genie itself, or on clients).

    You might want to consider a mix of Genie and HR2x DVR. Maybe get rid of one or two of your current DVRs, replacing them with a Genie and possibly one client. Keep the other two (or three) DVRs. They can be used in conjunction with the Genie, you can watch recordings from any of them on any other (with whole-home), and you have the advantage of additional tuners plus you can keep the recordings you currently have on that/those DVRs.
     
  10. PK6301

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    I Have a couple of questions to ask if you don't mind.
    1) I currenty have a HR23 in the Living Room, and a H25 in my son's room. I am thinking of upgrading to the Genie, I know I should keep the HR23, but there is NO Room in my son's room to put it.. Where his TV,H25,and DVD are is a very limited space.

    My question is, I know there are still growing pains with the genie, is it best to wait until some of those are still worked out, or to take the plunge?.. Of course everyone is waiting to see when the National roll out of the HR44 is going to take place. But speculation is running the gammut from weeks to months.

    I am eligable for an upgrade, and I have no qualms about signing up for another 2 years. The alternatives are unaccepteble, so I am not going anywhere.

    Everytime I think I have made up my mind one way or another I read posts changing my mind. Some say the Genie still has way too many bugs and glitchs, while others state it is the greatest thing since pre-sliced bread.. I am not lookiong for a diffinitive answer, I am just looking for a consensus.

    Thanks..
     
  11. MartyS

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    I finally upgraded last week. The CSR was honest with me and told me to keep my receivers rather than replacing them with clients. The only advantage for me using a client would be programming the Genie from one of the clients. You can't do that with the HR DVRs.

    Net net, I upgraded and how have a SWM 16, 4 older DVRs and 1 Genie. I was hesitant to make the switch, but glad that I did. Net net, my bill went up $8 for the additional receiver that I added.
     
  12. peds48

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    IMO go for it and keep the HDDVR
     

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