Sorry for not updating, but several times I couldn't sign in here. This is a rant followed by some questions. I appreciate any feedback on the questions and feel free to skip the rant.
I still haven't called, but did receive another email about a rec. upgrade. so I'm sure it's a Genie. About two weeks ago, our signal dropped by a large amount. One day fine, next day really spotty and some channels were hopeless. Due to recent storms, DTV was backed up. After a nightmarish time trying to get appt. (CSR entered wrong date, one time was a no-show), a guy finally shows up, sees the signal is low and the trees in the backyard, declares it hopeless and prepares to run away.
I told him that I've heard that before when it was first installed. After 3 incompetent techs and many hours couldn't get it installed right, a 4th visit by a tech who called himself the fixer, had it up and running in 15 mins. No problems for almost 4 years. Very minor fade in heavy storms.
After arguing that the trees didn't bush out enough overnight to kill most reception, and the fact he checked to see that we didn't report issues in the past, he scouted a new spot a few feet over, we stuck a pole in and mounted it lower. It works fine now (90s). I appreciate the work he eventually put in, but not the time that was wasted to convince him that service was possible, the way he seemed surprised that he could get a lock on a signal, or the fact that he strolled through the house like it was his (ripped booties that were worn outside don't really help my germaphobia any).
Sorry for the super long rant, but out of the various techs we've had here for various companies and services (10-15 approx.), only 2 would I want to return. This intensifies my opposition to having a tech come and install a Genie. Which leads to a few questions.
1) I understand that Dtv will require a tech install, but the email tip for unsupported MRV worked flawless. I know I can't be the only one on here to want to self install. Anybody successfully get one shipped? Even if they had to pay out of pocket?
2) I have a SWM8 and will have a total of 9 tuners. Can I deactivate one tuner on the HR24 and only use a total of 8 tuners? Is there any problem with that that I'm not seeing?
3) Does the Genie connect up the same as other HR? Plug in ps and connect the cables already in my HR24? (sorry if stupid ?, just want to verify it's a simple swap)
4) I found the HR34 for $150 on Amazon.
Is it worth it or should I spring for a HR44? (Assuming it's impossible to convince D to just let me install)