Hey guys. Currently a dish subscriber with hopper and two joeys. Thinking of switching to directv but have some questions/concerns. I think directvs service is far superior to dish. But I like dishs hardware better. Anyway here's my questions.
1. Is the hr-44 widely available yet? If I'm gonna switch want the latest and greatest.
2. How's the reliability if the whole genie setup? My hopper and joeys have been bulletproof.
3. Are the remotes with the c-31 rf? I know the upcoming c-41 will be but if the c-31 is too I don't see any benefit to waiting til it is released
4. How do you manage tuners? Is there one screen that you can go to like the hopper/joeys to see what tuner is watching what and on what tv? Also, say I want to watch the same live program on all three tvs. Will that use three tuners or will they all use the same one?
5. Does directv offer something similar to sling?
Think that covers everything for now. If I think of something else will be sure to add to the thread. Thanks guys!
A. You're right. Two diff companies, two diff approaches to the same end. Have you experienced both services ("I like Dish's hardware better")? As with all changes, it requires a slight learning curve.
1. Not yet. Stay tuned, there is no ETA..
2. Don't have one, but have heard great things. Perhaps someone else can tell you.
4a. What does "manage tuners" mean?
4b. Don't think so, but I don't have one. Perhaps someone else can tell you.
4c. D*'s Genie does not have the same limitations as the Hopper, and is not hobbled by only 3 tuners.
4d. It should use 3 tuners, not 1. Unless someone says different, I don't think you can split 1 signal into 3 equal parts and then stream each of them. Plus, it might be against FCC regulations. Not sure. In any case, you still have 2 more tuners for viewing or recording.
5. No. However, there is the GenieGo and DirecTV Everywhere. (read part A above)
Hope this helps. Keep in mind, there is no magical service that provides all that someone could wish for. You go with the best you can get.