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Genie "The Good Stuff" Discussion

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. Oct 12, 2012 #1 of 139
    Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    So by now we all know that the Genie DVR has picture-in-picture and five tuners. Does that make it worth the money for you guys? Personally I love never having to worry about recoding conflicts.
  2. Oct 12, 2012 #2 of 139
    Scott Kocourek

    Scott Kocourek Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2009
    The Genie makes the whole family happy, if this would have been available many years ago I wouldn't be running so many DVRs full time. Slowly I will start eliminating them. Now having a Genie Client I have trickplay ability in my kitchen and can completely hide the client behind the tv.
  3. Oct 12, 2012 #3 of 139

    Sixto DIRECTV A-Team

    Nov 18, 2005
    Best DVR on the planet earth. (and it sits next to a FiOS 7232 presently)

    5 tuners (totally independent)
    1TB (200+ HD)
    3 MRV streams

    Truly believe it's fabulous.

    Personally, I prefer H25's as MRV clients to allow the HR34 to truly excel (simultaneous 5 tuner recording), but some may prefer RVU.

    I now never need to worry about recording conflicts ever again, especially when multiple HR34's are allowed so that each family segment will be able to have one someday.

    His and Her's Genie's will be the perfect setup for this specific household someday.

    Love it.
  4. Oct 12, 2012 #4 of 139

    raott Hall Of Fame

    Nov 23, 2005
    Yes. The five tuners and large drive was well worth it. I find myself being much more "liberal" in what I record. PIP is too cumbersome and rarely use it.

    I also like the Genie feature and have found shows that I previously either hadn't heard of or hadn't thought to record.
  5. Oct 12, 2012 #5 of 139

    Steve DIRECTV A-Team

    Aug 22, 2006
    I'm enjoying it as a sensational recorder/server for my "whole home" set-up. Even with 98 series links, I no longer have to worry about recording conflicts, and 99.99% of my recordings are fully pre- and post-padded.

    I just checked, and I've got 508 recordings in HISTORY, ATM, dating back to 9/30. That's an average of 39 recordings per day... without a hiccup! What more can I say? :)
  6. Oct 12, 2012 #6 of 139


    Dec 11, 2006
    Long Island, NY
    My biggest plus with the Genie is the 5 tuners. Not having any conflicts is huge. As for PIP I have been using it for Football and MLB Playoffs. I don't know if I would use any other time but time will tell.
  7. Oct 12, 2012 #7 of 139
    Alan Gordon

    Alan Gordon Chancellor

    Jun 7, 2004
    Dawson, Georgia
    5 tuners!
    100 Series Links! (I need more, but it beats the heck out of 50)...
    1TB hard drive!

    Not too shabby... :)

  8. Oct 12, 2012 #8 of 139

    RunnerFL DIRECTV A-Team

    Jan 4, 2006
    It's worth it just for the 5 tuners and PIP but throw in the fact that you get 100 series links and can attach more storage space than you'll ever use it's awesome. They just need to iron out some "quirks" and squash some bugs.
  9. Oct 12, 2012 #9 of 139

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    Yes, totally worth it! Leaving recording conflicts behind is number one for me, (looking forward to Genie not interfering in the future, that is). And it may keep nomad from making recodings, too.:D
  10. Oct 12, 2012 #10 of 139
    Go Beavs

    Go Beavs Hall Of Fame

    Nov 18, 2008
    Like others... 5 tuners and a cavernous hard drive.

    PIP is pretty cool for football games too. :)

    EDIT: Yeah, it's worth it!
  11. Oct 12, 2012 #11 of 139
    P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    Would be all new models have own name instead of regular "H26" or "HR27" names ?
    Is it dish make it contagious after giving zoo's names to own new devices?
  12. Oct 12, 2012 #12 of 139

    carl6 Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Certainly like the 5 tuners. PIP is also nice, but would be better if it was a bit more convenient, and gave more flexibility/options on picture size and location on screen.
  13. Oct 12, 2012 #13 of 139

    Sixto DIRECTV A-Team

    Nov 18, 2005
    Carl, you raise an interesting point that I've wondered about. I struggle sometimes with where to put the PIP secondary screen ... side-by-side or lower right.

    I mostly use PIP for MLB or NFL games, and I've toyed with each option.

    The other night I also decided to try going with the Monday Night Football game on the big HD set and the baseball playoff game on the iPad sitting next to me, but that only worked well because I could stream TBS with the DirecTV iPad App. I also tried the MLB At Bat app with the iPad quad view and also the Slingplayer App, but the DirecTV iPad App was the highest quality, and I really wanted to see both games to the fullest. It worked out pretty well, though it did get a little confusing trying to watch every second of both games.

    I usually just use the lower right PIP option, but I have wondered if some bigger primary PIP and an overlap PIP for the secondary would be better.
  14. Oct 12, 2012 #14 of 139

    keebler21 Mentor

    Oct 22, 2011
    I love being able to manage all my shows from one box instead of making sure I had things recording on two separate DVR's.
  15. Oct 12, 2012 #15 of 139

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    A PIP on/off toggle would be nice. Any updates on this coming?
  16. Oct 12, 2012 #16 of 139

    Sixto DIRECTV A-Team

    Nov 18, 2005
    Not a peep, but surprises are always welcome.
  17. Oct 12, 2012 #17 of 139

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    Love having 5 tuners, but 8 would be better as I still occasionally have a conflict.

    Would also like to have the ability for more than 100 SL's, since I'm currenlty at 100 and have to delete one every time I add one.

    It's a very good box, and with the items above (at least the second one) and trick play working correctly, it would be basically a perfect box.
  18. Nov 17, 2012 #18 of 139

    lehozle AllStar

    Sep 4, 2007
    I must have missed something regarding PIP. How do you use /set it up. I don't see any reference in any of the menu option.

    Thanks in advance...
  19. Nov 17, 2012 #19 of 139

    RunnerFL DIRECTV A-Team

    Jan 4, 2006
    While watching TV press "info" on your remote. Go all the way to the right on the info banner and you'll see PIP. There you can turn it on and choose the options for PIP.
  20. Nov 17, 2012 #20 of 139

    mjwagner Icon

    Oct 8, 2005
    Which is, IMHO, rather unusable.

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