You either missed my point or you are being obtuse. You can get a Genie without any other receiver/dvr/client.
I did miss your point. My point is that, regardless of whether someone gets a Genie with or without additional receivers, the product that DirecTV is selling is a Whole Home Server and they charge for it accordingly. Whether someone chooses to use the full capabilty of the Whole Home Server is up to you. But, not using all of the capabilities of the Whole Home Server doesn't excempt someone from the costs associated with having the product chosen.
If someone chose to have an HD DVR, but didn't have and HD TV, should they expect DirecTV to not charge them for HD service because they can't take advantage of it?
Right or wrong, DirecTV is not viewing the Genie as a single TV unit. That's what 2 tuner DVR's are for. There is a very small minority of people who want to be able to record more than two programs at a time for viewing in a single TV household. That's not DirecTV's target consumer for a Genie.
Let me ask a question. I think that you would agree that a Genie provides added value to a customer with a single TV as opposed to an HD DVR. In the past, in order to record more than 2 programs at at time, a customer needed to have 2 DVR's (3 DVR's if they wanted to record 5 programs), even if they only had a single TV. That cost an additional $7 (or $14) per month. If DirecTV's policy was that there is a monthly $3 "Additional Tuner Genie Fee" that gets waived if a customer has Whole Home DVR Service, would you have the same strenuous objections?
What if "Genie DVR Service" cost everyone $13 per month, but included Whole Home DVR service? Same money. Same objection?
Edit: I edited my "small minority" statement so that it more clearly says what I was attempting to convey.
Edited by Bill Broderick, 06 April 2014 - 02:47 PM.