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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Chris24, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. JosephB

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    And a Genie mini-client is, from a functional standpoint, a DVR. You get the ability to record and trick play from that TV location.
     
  2. inkahauts

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    Genies a world different than a regular DVR. You'll love it.

    Look at it this way, a genie and one mini genie can do everything two regular DVRs can do plus has one additional tuner as well. That's at a bare minimum. There's a lot of other things it does that are nicer as well.

    Can't believe I'm trying to "comfort" a Celtic fan in his choice of system. ;). Haha.




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  3. peds48

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    When the HR26 comes out, those who changed their DVRs for clients are going to regret it..... :grin:
     
  4. JosephB

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    What would this mythical HD DVR do that those of us with Genies can't?
     
  5. peds48

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    Dont know, but at least having an HDDVR will increase the chances of getting one FREE of charge if it dies. it will. Having a client means you have to upgrade.
     
  6. JosephB

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    I don't follow. A Genie or client failure would be handled just like any other receiver failure, depending on your protection plan membership, etc.
     
  7. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

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    Easy, if Genie fails, you get a Genie, if client fails, you get a...yup you guessed it, a client. if an HDDVR fails, you might get the "newer" HR26
     
  8. JosephB

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    And you might get an HR20.

    I'm perfectly fine with not getting an HR26 if I have a Genie and it fails. First, the chance of that happening is pretty slim anyway, but secondly, I would want a replacement of the functionality I have
     
  9. inkahauts

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    I'm not sure we will ever see another two tuner DVR.

    I sooner expect three tuner DVR. Call it the baby genie.


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  10. JosephB

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    I have a feeling they are going to push the Genie more and more. As the costs come down, eventually it will be competitive with the non-HMC DVRs. They're already giving them away for free to new customers. There's something to having fewer and fewer models. Obviously they have some things to work out (more than one Genie per account) but in 5 years I wouldn't be surprised if nothing except 5+ tuner Server/Client style systems were being built.
     
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    Agree, though I'd say three years or less.
     
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    That's gotta be one of the best understatements I've read.

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  13. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

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    And you might get an HR20.

    I'm perfectly fine with not getting an HR26 if I have a Genie and it fails. First, the chance of that happening is pretty slim anyway, but secondly, I would want a replacement of the functionality I have
    No HR20 have been scrapped long time ago. and if the Genie fails, you would get a Genie. is if the HR2x HDDVR you might get the purported HR26. I see an HDDVR as a "place holder" for what ever is to come in a 2 tuner model.


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  14. JosephB

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    Yes, if a Genie fails it follows you would get a Genie. If I had one, why would I want something with less functionality? And, you might get the purported HR26, but you might get an HR-20 or HR-23 or whatever. I still don't follow the logic that you'd want a less functional device if your Genie failed, and you're by no means guaranteed a brand new model if your HD DVR fails
     
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    I'd really hate to lose the flexibility of the 2 tuner DVRs. But that's just me, I guess.

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    Life's like a baseball game, you have to learn how to play. If you learn how to play D*, you'll have no worries. And you'll get what you want when you want it and it will be exactly what you want.

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  17. JosephB

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    It's just TV. I don't get the expectation that you would get something less functional just because it's newer. I guess I'm not a player.
     
  18. celticpride

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    I'm starting to calm down some,I guess i shoud do a little more research though. Thanks to you guys for your input,I didnt know the genie client was like a dvr, I thought i could only watch tv from the main genie so are you telling me i can also set up a recording from the client in the bedroom ? then i would just transfer the program i recorded from the GENIE? if so thats cool . inkahuats i've been reading your post for years ,wow! over 11,000 post and counting! you may be a lakers fan but i have a lot of respect for you and all you directv customers, to me when i was with directv it was like one big family fighting the dreaded cable companies. Can someone give me the price of the xtra package after the discounts are done for 1 genie dvr and 1 client?
     
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    nevermind on the question of pricing i'll just check directvs website and i'll probably call and talk to a csr anyway .
     
  20. Bill Broderick

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    You're not really transferring anything from the Genie to the client (or any other receiver/DVR for that matter). You'd be using DirecTV's Whole Home DVR service. With WHDVR, the box, be it a client, receiver or DVR, "talks" to the DVR that the program was recorded on, which then sends the program to the box, where it is decoded and displayed on the TV that is connected to that box.

    You don't need a Genie for this. WHDVR works with all HD-DVR's. The limitation with regular DVR's is that you can only view programming from a given DVR to one other "box" at a time, while the Genie can serve up to three other "boxes" simultaneously.

    The only advantage of a client over an HD receiver is that you can do "trickplay" on live TV with a Genie client and you can't do so with a receiver. The downside to a Genie client is that, when watching live TV, they use one of the Genie's tuners. So, if different people in the house are watching live TV using clients, you can only be recording things on two of the Genie's tuners. If you have receivers instead of clients, watching live TV doesn't diminish the Genie's ability to record 5 programs at once.
     
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