Why do you want to replace hd equipment with the mini's? You are then going from 5 tuners (2 from the HD DVR and 1 from each of the 3 HD receivers) to the same 5 tuners. Unless you want to pause live TV in a room then changing from an hd receiver to a mini is more of a downgrade. Also I would never suggest getting rid of an HD DVR when upgrading to the genie. You should probably rethink this upgrade.
I am not all that knowledgeable about the capabilities of the different equipment so I'm not saying I made the best choice. I just looked on the DTV web site and it looked like the Genie had more features than any other piece of equipment and had twice the storage space. I assumed the mini-Genies were acceptable substitutes for the equipment I have now but I could be wrong. Please correct any of these assumptions as I have until Monday evening to back out or make changes.
The Genie itself is a DVR right? What wouldn't I want the Genie over the HD DVR? Don't they do the same thing really? I don't really need 2 DVRs. I don't watch that much TV!
Do the mini-Genies support HD video? If so, I don't see why they wouldn't be acceptable replacements for a generic HD receiver. What am I missing on this? I do like the idea of having full DVR capability in each room too.
It was explained to me that I can use 3 Genies at a time which is plenty for our house. We usually only have 2 TVs on at a time and only once in a great while have 3 TVs turned on.
Sorry I am not more informed. I just watch TV and as long as it works I am happy. My post was not to suggest that I got the most awesome deal ever but just to inform as to what was offered to me. I felt happy with my options but keep in mind that I am a pretty basic TV user.