Oh that sounds good! Does all new cable lines need to be run or can they tie into the cable lines I have?
So why would I need 5 tuners with one box then? There is the pic and pic. I could wathc one show while record another. So that would be a use of three tuners.
It depends on the cable, it may not be compatible.
You're thinking too small
You can record shows on all the networks at once, and then some. You can record 5 shows at once. Or it helps with the really irritating ones that end at 10:01. A two tuner DVR will see that tuner as busy and won't record a 10pm show on that tuner, unless you manually change the recording to end a minute earlier.
Also, a regular DVR can handle 50 series links, which is its list of series to record. The Genie can do 100. With this, I don't have to remove shows on hiatus to make room for something that is on in the summer for example.
If you can get a Genie free or cheap, there really is no reason to get a lower DVR instead, even if the Genie is more than you need since the monthly price is the same.
One other thing, not all DirecTV DVRs are created equal. They pretty much are features wise, but not in speed. The HR24 is fastest, but if you get a 24, and it goes bad down the line, you may not get a 24, you might get a slower 22.
Your best discounts are when you first sign up, so go for the best you can now.
The Genie is guaranteed to be replaced with a Genie. There may end up being more models down the road, but you would know that you could never get anything under an HR34 model (which is another name for the Genie.)
Edited by dpeters11, 22 December 2012 - 09:28 PM.