The Genie supports 5 streams. Dish fudges the number by counting PTAT.
It isn't fudging if you can record everything you want to watch. Given the number of people that want multiple Genies, I'm not sure that there is any way to satisfy those who simply want more than there is.
I rarely watch live TV, but many others do.
I just wanted to confirm that this was a red herring. You made it sound like it was a show stopper but if it doesn't impact you...
The issue with units not seeing each others scheduled recordings is one we face now with the crap Time Warner DVR. Always ending up with duplicates or a wasted tuner because some one thought their show wasn't going to record when it was set on another unit.
As I said, you're asking for something that isn't yet supported by anyone. It has been suggested that the Hopper may include such a feature in the future but the Genie users won't know until they allow multiple Genies and at this point, the Genie doesn't appear to consider what other DVRs are recording.
The locals issue is mainly because sat companies won't provide us with significantly viewed locals here. I've checked with providers. They'll only provide one set based on zip code.
I don't argue that it could be important to have OTA (IFF you have reasonable reception). It is one of the reasons that I haven't seriously considered going to a Hopper system.
OTOH, the deal with cable is that they're not always very good with subchannels and you know
that they're not going to provide OTA support.