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New contract. Gennie vs HD DVR

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by booboo, Jun 20, 2013.

  1. booboo

    booboo New Member

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    In a couple of months I will be in a position to get a fresh contract with DTV. I've had a rough go at it and had to cancel the service we had at the house for circumstances out of my control. My main thing is when I get finances back straight is it worth it to buy the GENNIE receiver or stick with the HDDVR? We record a good bit every fall. I've heard very little about the GENNIE. On the other hand I was very pleased with the HDDVR we had. It just didn't meet my or our recoding demands. Thanks in advance to any advice I receive.
     
  2. joshjr

    joshjr Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

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    I would get a Genie for sure. I have had mine since Feb 2012 and would not trade it for a regular HD DVR. Having the ability to record any 5 channels at the same time in HD works fantastic for me. Not to mention the Genie has 1 TB of storage space. That helps alot too.
     
  3. goinsleeper

    goinsleeper Godfather

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    Try going to the Directv HD DVR/Receiver Discussion area. There is loads of information and comparisons for you.

    But as Josh said, the Genie is better hands down.
     
  4. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Are you sure you have to buy anything? Like to save you bucks if possible. (Also, it's Genie for when you do a search. A Gennie is a type of jib on a sailboat.)
     
  5. Volatility

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    Maybe the OP knows about an upcoming receiver we don't lol.

    It is a better receiver but better is not always best depending on your needs ;)
     
  6. peds48

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    . On the other hand I was very pleased with the HDDVR we had. It just didn't meet my or our recoding demands. Thanks in advance to any advice I receive.


    Curious to know why
     
  7. ep1974

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    Must agree. I've had my HR34 for a couple of weeks now. Very satisified compared to my HR22/100. Faster and smoother. Would like to upgrade to the HR44 (with built in wifi) when it's available in my area.
     
  8. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Must agree. I've had my HR34 for a couple of weeks now. Very satisified compared to my HR22/100. Faster and smoother. Would like to upgrade to the HR44 (with built in wifi) when it's available in my area.


    So is the "built in" WiFi that is catching your attention? That would be the least of the features I would interested in
     
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  9. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Indeed. Indispensible when it's the only way, but wired is always preferable to wireless for most folks.
     
  10. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Indeed. Indispensible when it's the only way, but wired is always preferable to wireless for most folks.


    "when there is a will there is way". wireless is a poor alternative when it comes to Home Theater gear
     
  11. ep1974

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    Built in wifi is not the only reason, although one less piece of equipment is fine by me. I also like that the HR44 is smaller and faster (from what I've heard). Still, all in all, very happy with the 34.
     
  12. HarleyD

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    I don't have a Genie. I have built up a population of five HD DVRs over the years and have a WHDVR network so the ability to record everything I wish to record is not an issue for me. At worst, I may need to initiate a recording in a different room and honestly, that is so easy with the DirecTV app on my phone that it isn't an issue for me. I don't even have to get up to do that. I don't realtly find myself thinking that having a Genie would make my life better and easier

    Now having said that, I certainly would not refuse a Genie if it were offered to me. It appears to be a fine unit. It just doesn't really offer anything I want that I don't already have.

    However, one thing it does offer that I don't have is a single, consolidated device to record and store all of your recroding. But in my mind that feature is also a liability and it is actually something I don't want. There is a significant risk associated with that "feature" that I don't see getting a lot of discussion.

    If your setup consists of a Genie as your sole recording/storage device, and it is serving a remaining population of clients and/or H2X receivers you are effectively putting all of your eggs in one basket. If that Genie fails for any reason you will lose every single one of your recordings and every one of your series links. A distributed recording/storage environment like the one I have does not have that same risk. I can lose isolated receivers and the recordings that are saved on it, but the rest of my recordings and links remain.
     
  13. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Good point, and one that has been made from time to time. The only thing I have that I'd be upset about losing if my recorders all went down is time (mine), and possibly a few bucks. Virtually everything is replaceable for 98% of us.
     
  14. Rich

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    Yup, that's why I don't have a Genie. And, I think they charge another $25 a month just to have the one Genie, is that correct?

    Rich
     
  15. inkahauts

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    Yup, that's why I don't have a Genie. And, I think they charge another $25 a month just to have the one Genie, is that correct?

    Rich


    Rich, a genie has the exact same pricing structure as any hr2x. There is no difference.
     
  16. dpeters11

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    Though on older accounts, if there are multiple HD boxes, the Whole Home fee of $3 is required for the Genie.
     
  17. Rich

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    I could have sworn I saw a $25 charge posted somewhere on the forum. Wrong again, I guess. Happens all the time.

    Rich
     
  18. Rich

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    That, I knew. Haven't really followed the pricing of the Genies or much else about them. I've already got 24 tuners. And I'm quite satisfied with my 24s.

    Rich
     
  19. HarleyD

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    With all due respect Rich, your HD DVR population as I recall is one for the record books. I have five in my whole house. I think you have five in one room...and that's only one room.

    Not that there's anything wrong with that. :)
     
  20. dpeters11

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    New accounts have a $25 "Advanced DVR" fee that takes the DVR fee, HD fee and Whole Home fee, then rounds it up to $25. That might be the charge you're thinking of.
     

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