Thanks for the reply. I have a HR34, and I guess it is a Genie. Are there different versions of HR34? Apparently if you can do picture-in-picture (mine can), it's a Genie.
What is the difference between the HR24's and the mini-Genie's? When I got it installed, I wanted the DVR TV + 3 other TV's (4 total). But the installer said the most he could do was the HR34 + 2 x HR24 for a total of 3, without having an additional HR34.
I think that was before the "mini-genie". Has it changed now? Can I have my HR34 + 3 TV's with mini-genie and be OK?
The HR24 is a DVR and has two tuners in it. The Genie (HR34 and HR44) have 5 tuners in them. A Genie can have up to 3 clients attached to them. As mentioned before, the clients do not have their own tuner so they basically steal one from the Genie to which they are attached. A mini (client) needs a Genie to operate. The HR24 can operate on its own as it has its own tuners.
If you need another receiver for a TV, you can get a client and keep the other 2 HR24s. That will give you 9 tuners total for recording and a total of 2TB of recording space. You could replace the HR24s with minis, however, you'd be losing a lot of recording power and whenever the minis are on, they'd be using one of the Genie's tuners. I'm not sure why the installer would only install 2 other receivers for you. Even if the minis were not out yet when you had the Genie installed, he could have installed a regular HD receiver at that 4th TV.
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HR24-100 / Samsung HCM5525W HDTV / Component / Networked - DECA / Bedroom