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Upgrading to Genie questions?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by jcmwwe, May 31, 2013.

  1. jcmwwe

    jcmwwe Mentor

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    Hi i was told yesterday that i could upgrade to genie for free because i have the protection plan. What i was wondering is how much more a month does it cost to have genie then the then having a hd dvr plan? I am currently paying for choice xtra plus paying $10 for hd advanced receiver monthly and $10 for advanced receiver dvr monthly and $6 for additional tv receiver a month. What does it cost for genie plus 1 mini a month? Is it much more then i currently have to upgrade to genie a month? If anyone knows or having already upgraded please let me know. Thanks.
     
  2. The Merg

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    If you straight replace a DVR with a Genie there is no change in cost. Adding on a mini is the same as an additional receiver so it would be $6/month. You don't need a mini in order to have a Genie, so you could still use your current receivers/DVRs that you have. Also, if you don't have it now, you can also look at adding Whole Home to your plan so that you can watch recordings off of any receiver for $5/month. If you do opt to replace a receiver with a mini client, you will need Whole Home in order for you to delete recordings on the Genie from the mini client.

    - Merg
     
  3. jcmwwe

    jcmwwe Mentor

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    So how much more a month does it cost then?
     
  4. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

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    If the genie and client are replacing your current boxes, with no additions, there is no additional receiver/client fee. If you are adding a box, it's $6 per box. You would need to have Whole Home, which is $3 a month.
     
  5. jcmwwe

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    So would be $3 extra a month for whole home dvr then? Also do u have genie? Do u like it? Thanks.
     
  6. peds48

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  7. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    of course we our Genies, specially when they look like this....

    http://en.wikipedia....i/Hannah_Davis_(model)

    :rolling:
     
  8. dpeters11

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    Yes, Whole home is required, and since you have had a DirecTV account, it's not built into the Advanced DVR fee.

    I've had my Genie since December 2011. Wouldn't give it up.
     
  9. usnret

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    I have whole home, HR34, HR24 and HR22. Love the setup and my HR34. Add just the HR34 (or HR44 if your lucky) and whole home and you will be a happy camper me thinks...
     
  10. RACJ2

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    I was able to get a Genie for free and had it over a year as well and love it! Having 5 tuners, so you can record 4 programs and still have a tuner to watch something live is great. Double the storage of an HR DVR, double the series recordings and PIP also come in handy. Go for it!
     
  11. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Big plus, at least on my books!
     
  12. TermiNader

    TermiNader DIRECTV since 1997

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    I plan to do do a similar setup by replacing one of my HR20's with a Genie and keeping my HR24 and other HR20 connected.

    I called DIRECTV today and said 'cancel service'. I explained to the first person that talked to me why I was conisdering DISH even though I've had DIRECTV for 16 years. He explained all the limitations of the Hopper. Then he said I could get the Genie for free with just a $50 installation fee.

     
  13. HallOfPromise

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    I had the same question with a similar setup. Good to know there is now "advance Genie" fee or something. My contract is up this month, I believe.

    I get a $10 credit for HD since I signed for HD for Life two years ago. I hope "for life" doesn't mean anything other than for life. However, if I upgrade to the Genie will I lose the HD credit? I notice they have many different fees for different things and I am afraid if I get the Genie I will be paying for a different advanced tv/dvr fee which may eliminate the HD cradit. Do I get to keep my HD for free?
     
  14. peds48

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    No, the new fee structure is for new customers as of 2/2013
     

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