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Genie "The Good Stuff" Discussion


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#26 OFFLINE   dennisj00

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 07:47 AM

I actually had three games going at the same time yesterday with PIP on the HR34 and a HR20 sharing Picture and Picture. The TV P&P allows sizing of the two windows - enlarges one / reduces the other where unfortunately the 34 PIP is fixed and always in the wrong spot for scores or stats on the different networks.

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#27 OFFLINE   hdtvfan0001

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 08:11 AM

The 5 tuners definitely is a big plus during NFL (Sunday Ticket) season.

It also seems the networks are regularly competing at similar "prime" time slots for their top shows or special broadcasts...so the HR34 Genie's ability to record a group of concurrent shows is used regularly here.
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#28 OFFLINE   Laxguy

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 10:11 AM

If you record four live shows, you can almost watch them all simultaneously, via PIP and trickplay in both windows. At least I did so a month ago. It borders on becoming work, though! Works for FB and Baseball, perhaps cricket, shuffleboard and quoits. :P
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Posted 18 November 2012 - 10:34 AM

I wouldn't say unusable, it's just a big pain to turn PIP on and off.

Wasn't there talk one time in the chat room of a "fix" coming soon, possibly a one button on/off toggle? It sure would be nice.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 10:51 AM

If you record four live shows, you can almost watch them all simultaneously, via PIP and trickplay in both windows. At least I did so a month ago. It borders on becoming work, though! Works for FB and Baseball, perhaps cricket, shuffleboard and quoits. :P


Think that might be why PIP died out years ago?

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 11:35 AM

Think that might be why PIP died out years ago?

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Probably. When PIP was built into TVs it was too complicated for the average user to use because you had to have two receivers and multiple remotes in order to use it. TV manufactures realized this and stop putting it in their TVs. Its easier to have PIP built into the receiver using only one remote.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 03:17 PM

How are the menus and overall navigation? The My HR20 & HR24 are driving me nuts with the paging up and down in the guide, and deleting shows? Prepare yourself for a 30 second delay sometimes. Delete a whole folder of 100 episodes? Better go make some coffee while you wait.

Will I need a different dish, or do anything different with my current wiring? How much do they cost? Any extra fees each month?

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 12:24 AM

I've been looking into a HR34 (Genie...OK) myself. The cost is a bit steep. Since its a lease especially. But the features you all describe would sure help my DVR dilemma. I have the following ; HR24, HR21, R22-100 AND R22-200. They are all networked via a DECA or Cinema Connection Kit. So they all see each other. However as one user pointed out. Since the units can't share SL (series links) then I end up having CSI:NY on 2 DVRs at the same time. I also read that the HR34 can stream to more than 1 client (H25, HRxx) at a time. Currently with my setup If a show is being watched on what I designate my "Network DVR " which is an R22-200 to another R22-100 then if I want to watch on my HR24 I have to wait. That seems like a nice feature. The 5 tuners sounds nice too. Again as it is now I can record 8 shows at once but they are split between 4 DVRs that is a pain. As far as PIP. I use it for watching NASCAR and NFL/SEC Football at the same time. My Vizio luckily has it built in. My HR24 AND R22-200 are in the same room so I can PIP that way. I guess it would be cool to have a DirecTV receiver that could do it too. I called DirecTV not to long ago. The best they could do on price was $99. When you don't have alot of money that is a lot. I will just wait however til I can afford one. But I'd buy one in a NY minute if I had the funds ! Sounds like one awesome unit.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 11:39 AM

Probably. When PIP was built into TVs it was too complicated for the average user to use because you had to have two receivers and multiple remotes in order to use it. TV manufactures realized this and stop putting it in their TVs. Its easier to have PIP built into the receiver using only one remote.


The "average user" is really that dumb? Geez, it's kinda hard to think that something so obvious would be hard to use. I even had a $100 gizmo that I used to get PIP on one of my TVs that didn't have PIP.

Now that I think about it, I gave that gizmo to my brother and he never figured out how to use it, so you might have a point. I have a bad habit of thinking everyone is of equal intelligence.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 03:05 PM

The "average user" is really that dumb? Geez, it's kinda hard to think that something so obvious would be hard to use. I even had a $100 gizmo that I used to get PIP on one of my TVs that didn't have PIP.

Now that I think about it, I gave that gizmo to my brother and he never figured out how to use it, so you might have a point. I have a bad habit of thinking everyone is of equal intelligence.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 07:21 PM

Simply put, the 5 tuners has nearly eliminated tuner conflicts that crop up due to padding. But with OTA it is still limited to two.

It has been very reliable for me.

So in summary.
Very easy to use. Little worry about conflicts. And hasn't missed a recording in nearly a year that I obtained one.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 12:57 AM

I like being able to record two or three shows and still have Double Play available.
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 06:17 AM

Which is, IMHO, rather unusable.

It's definitely awkward. But, it only takes a couple of seconds to be in PIP mode so I wouldn't say it’s unusable.

Of course in my case I’ve got it programmed as a macro on my remote, upper right. :grin:

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 11:33 AM

Well not everyone is like us on here. ;)


I know, still amazes me.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 06:38 PM

Just installed mine today. What a great device. First DVR I've added in years. Still have two HR20-700s going strong. Nine tuners to record on will make the entire family very happy.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:10 PM

Put simply, i wouldn't have switched from TWC to directv if not for the HR34. When people ask me for satellite vs cable comparisons, the 5 tuners and 1TB drive are the first things i mention.

I guess i'm in the minority, but i also really like PIP. I put sports in the small window and watch regular programming in the bigger window. I rarely need to hear the announcers during sports.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 01:35 PM

A couple of quick questions about this receiver: 1) Is it 3D capable? (I think it is) and 2) Does a 3D capable HDMI cable come in the box?
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Posted 22 November 2012 - 01:38 PM

Yes.

No HDMI Cable included.

I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.

 
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:50 AM

How many HDMI outputs does the HR34 have?
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:53 AM

One HDMI port.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:12 AM

Just one? That's terrible. My receiver doesn't support 3D so I have to run 3D directly to the TV but I need to run an HDMI to the receiver for my sound system. Looks like I can't do that with the HR34.

Having just one HDMI output sucks!
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:17 AM

Does your equipment support ARC?

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:19 AM

Ok, it's also got a digital (coax) or an optitcal (s/pdif) hookup. Which is better?
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:20 AM

Does your equipment support ARC?


What's ARC?
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:33 AM

I run an optical from my Sammy back to my AVR (Denon) with fine results. The Denon will support 3D, but I choose to do it this way mostly because there are times I don't want or need big sound, and can keep the AVR off.
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