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Existing DirecTV subscriber, how much would it be to upgrade to Genie?


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#1 OFFLINE   Nguyenning

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 11:28 AM

I've had DirecTV for several years now. My wife clogs our DVR with a bunch of trash that interrupts what I wanna watch, so I'd like to upgrade to Genie.

 

How much extra per month is it? And would I have to agree to a new 2 year contract just for upgrading to it?

 

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#2 OFFLINE   dpeters11

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 11:37 AM

If you simply are replacing an HD DVR with a Genie, there is no difference per month, except for the possible exception that the Whole Home service is required, which is $3 a month. However, if it's your only box, that is waived.

 

It would have a two year commitment.

 

What other equipment (if any) do you have?



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Posted 01 July 2013 - 11:44 AM

I have one DVR right now in the living room... forgot what model it is, but I can record 2 shows at once but have to be watching one live. Kind of a pain.

 

Blah, sucks that I'd have to agree to 2 years just for upgrading to the Genie! But I think I need it. Wife clogs the DVR up with Real Housewives and Kardashians... there's a new episode like 3 times per day it seems  :blackeye:



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Posted 01 July 2013 - 11:49 AM

If you record a lot, you can record 2 shows and watch one of the ones you have already recorded at the same time.

I do this every day on my DVR.


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Posted 01 July 2013 - 11:55 AM

called Directv last week to inquire about getting a replacement remote control. What I got instead was a Genie Whole Home upgrade for $3 a month extra without asking. Extremely happy with the speed and the PIP option.



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Posted 01 July 2013 - 11:55 AM

But your current DVR is HD? That's key to the monthly fees. If this is upgrading you to HD, there's a $10 HD fee per account.

 

I'd also make sure things are set up correctly, like are her shows set up to record both or repeats? Also some shows don't handle repeats correctly, and we have to do some special programming to get rid of those. I also generally setup network shows at a higher priority, as cable shows generally repeat more than the standard network show.



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Posted 01 July 2013 - 12:00 PM

Yes, it's HD. I'm going to call later today and see if I can just get an upgrade to Genie for that $3 to $5/month...

alc965 did you have to agree to 2 more years?

 

And yes I have checked her shows. They are all first run only, problem is there's so many!!! lol



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Posted 01 July 2013 - 12:43 PM

You won't have to pay the Whole Home fee if the Genie is the only box. I can guarantee alc965 got a contract with his Genie.



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Posted 01 July 2013 - 12:49 PM

2 year contract



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Posted 01 July 2013 - 01:35 PM

Well, I guess I'll see if I can squeeze a free NFL Sunday Ticket out of them if I'm gonna be agreeing to 2 more years! :)



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Posted 01 July 2013 - 01:45 PM

You might consider adding a box instead of replacing it. That way you can set it up so you never see listings for shows you eschew. More expensive, but worth the peace of mind. 


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Posted 01 July 2013 - 02:24 PM

Well, I guess I'll see if I can squeeze a free NFL Sunday Ticket out of them if I'm gonna be agreeing to 2 more years! :)

 

You could pay over $400 and own one and then not have a 2 year agreement.  Which is better for you?


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Posted 01 July 2013 - 03:12 PM

You could pay over $400 and own one and then not have a 2 year agreement. Which is better for you?


I think the current lease model means even if you leave directv, you have to send them back that $400 DVR you paid. Sounds like contract is a viable alternative to that.

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 03:29 PM

I think the current lease model means even if you leave directv, you have to send them back that $400 DVR you paid. Sounds like contract is a viable alternative to that.

I believe some have listed owned models from ebay and such.  If it is truly owned, it would not have the agreement.


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Posted 01 July 2013 - 04:40 PM

You won't have to pay the Whole Home fee if the Genie is the only box.

Going forward, even a single Plus HD DVR appears to be qualifying for a $25 Advanced Receiver Fee. I wonder if it has anything to do with when you signed up and/or upgraded.

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 04:59 PM

Going forward, even a single Plus HD DVR appears to be qualifying for a $25 Advanced Receiver Fee. I wonder if it has anything to do with when you signed up and/or upgraded.

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 07:15 AM

Check to see if you have an offer for the Genie, for example "Genie w/1, 2 or 3 Clients for $0" The installation is free and so is the box. As of May 16th DirecTv offered an every two year upgrade and you can take advantage of that. You will have to call and see if you are eligible for the every two year upgrade. After that it is only $3 per month for the whole home fee and $10 Dvr/HD fee if you if you already don't have HD or DVR's in your home.  The offer is based on your last upgrade, so if you don't have it until later, that could be why, but that's something to check on.


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Posted 02 July 2013 - 03:42 PM

Check to see if you have an offer for the Genie, for example "Genie w/1, 2 or 3 Clients for $0" The installation is free and so is the box. As of May 16th DirecTv offered an every two year upgrade and you can take advantage of that. You will have to call and see if you are eligible for the every two year upgrade. After that it is only $3 per month for the whole home fee and $10 Dvr/HD fee if you if you already don't have HD or DVR's in your home.  The offer is based on your last upgrade, so if you don't have it until later, that could be why, but that's something to check on.

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 08:04 PM

 As of May 16th DirecTv offered an every two year upgrade and you can take advantage of that. .

that is only true as long as you have he Protection plan


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Posted 02 July 2013 - 08:14 PM

Going forward, even a single Plus HD DVR appears to be qualifying for a $25 Advanced Receiver Fee. I wonder if it has anything to do with when you signed up and/or upgraded.

You are saying that even if you only have one dvr that you have to pay for whole home dvr service?






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