I think anyone can find a "what if" case.
U-Verse has customers, but is limited to 3 or 4 channels.
The HR34 & C31 can share a tuner, which is nice, as the commercial for Whole Home DVR becomes a bit more of a reality, as you're not limited to recordings, but can do it with live TV.
Have you ever run out of tuners on the HR34 with a C31?
It pops up a screen where you select which recording to interrupt.
If Genie were "in my way", it would get stopped.
If the "couple of teenagers" end up putting more demand on the system, the customer can add/change them to a DVR.
You can't do this with U-Verse.
If I made a post about Uverse and how great it was (which I don't think it is) Uverse would get blasted about its limitation regarding the number of HD channels that can be used.
I've never run out of tuners on the HR34 with a C31 because it has not been released yet and I've never once (been a customer since 1997 and a member here for many, many years) been offered free equipment to test. I would suspect there are some here that have repeatedly been given free equipment to test.
Genie being in the way was the entire point of my initial post. Directv's initiatives are good ones (Genie and the C31), my point, and I was simply thinking out loud, was whether the HR34 had sufficient tuners so that a customer wasn't left with failed expectations when they run out of tuners. IMO, 8 would be a better number (I'm not the only one who has offered that opinion, I've seen a poster who is an installer and ardent Directv supporter offer the same).