Hello everyone! Long time DirecTV customer here. I've only just retired my beloved GXCEBOT and still have two more DirecTiVos running in the house. I've recently decided to get HD everywhere now that every TV in the house is an HD capable LED or LCD and I finally feel like I'm missing out.
So I got this flyer from DTV offering me a free Genie. And then I look at the fine print....
Genie - Free (awesome...I'm assuming this is an HR44)
Remote viewing requires a C31 Client (Genie Mini) I'll need 4 of those
SWiM Network ($25 a month)
Advanced Receiver Service Fee ($25 a month)
Advanced REciever DVR Fee ($10 a month)
Advance REceiver HD Fee ($10 a month)
First Two receivers - $6 a month
Each additional $6 each a month ($12)
So...doing that math...monthly cost for a genie is... 88 dollars a month in fees
Take away the 10 bucks I'm apying now for the "HD fee" it's an additional 78 a month...
REALLY? or am I wrong?
As mentioned above, the pricing would be thus (if qualified for new customer offer)
Programming package + monthly charge per TV (not per receiver) + AVS (advanced receiver service) - promo discount - Paperless/ABP(email billing and auto bill pay)
Let's say your account history is excellent (4 or 5 hearts), and you qualify for same promo as new customers..(dream the impossible dream)..remember to add your local/state taxes..
Example (1st 12 months of new 24 month agreement -- yes, you can expect that to be a requirement):
Entertainment ($54.99/mth) + 5 tvs ($24/mth) + AVS ($25/mth) - Promo (-$25/mth instant rebate for 12 months only) - Paperless/ABP (-$10/mth for 24 months only)
= $68.99 + tax
**All programming packages include the 1st TV (no $6/mth fee).
For 2nd year (months 13-24): $68.99 + $25 = $93.99 + tax
For comparison, other package pricing included below (you'll notice promo discounts from full retail are not the same):
Add $5/mth for Choice package:
1st year (months 1-12): $73.99 (includes $30 instant rebate)
2nd year (months 13-24): $93.99 (includes $10 instant rebate)
Add $10/mth for Xtra package:
1st year (months 1-12): $78.99 (includes $31 instant rebate)
2nd year (months 13-24): $99.99 (includes $10 instant rebate)
Add $15/mth for Ultimate package:
1st year (months 1-12): $83.99 (includes $33 instant rebate)
2nd year (months 13-24): $106.99 (includes $10 instant rebate)
(*Pricing for Premier package not included at this time--it causes headaches when explained)
(**add $3/mth for regional sports fee, if applicable--depends on zip code, and cannot be removed)
(***all pricing above presumes promo discounts--please confirm with customer service agent when upgrading***)
Additionally, you may want to consider replacing one of the Genie Minis (either model #C31 or C41) with a HD receiver or HD-DVR. As you know, they contain built-in tuners, while the Genie Minis do not (Minis are remote/slave units of the Genie). That allows all 5 tvs to watch live or recorded programming simultaneously--since the Genie can only stream to 3 Genie minis at once.
If so, there is a one-time up front charge ($99 for HD receiver or $199 for HD-DVR). Model numbers are never guaranteed, even if promised--just FYI. If you go this route, Whole Home DVR will work for all 5 tvs. The HD receiver will not be able to pause/rewind live tv like the Genie Minis can (unless you begin recording via Whole Home on the Genie, then press play).
Hope this helps..
PS: the Genie comes in 2 flavors (model HR34 or HR44)..as with other equipment, the model # is not guarantied.
PPS: if retiring the Tivo receivers, note that you will not be able to transfer saved programming from their hard drives to the Genie or any other DirecTV DVRs.