Do you turn your Genie/Minis off when you're done watching?

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  1. Sep 1, 2014 #1 of 18
    fudpucker

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    Just wondering - with my Dish setup, I never turned the DVRs off, just my TV and AVR. No reason, just didn't. When my installer set up my Directv system last week, he programmed the remotes such that the off button turns off the Genie/Mini and TV simultaneously.

    Is there a consensus on whether it is better to leave the Genie and Minis on or turn them off?
     
  2. Sep 1, 2014 #2 of 18
    sangs

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    I leave the main Genie on all the time - I've done that with every DVR I've owned. Just find that it reduces general sluggishness. However, I turn the Minis off so they don't attempt to seize a tuner.
     
  3. Sep 1, 2014 #3 of 18
    nuspieds

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    I used to power mine off... until I discovered that the Genie doesn't maintain the channel buffer while off. That feature is important to me, so now I leave it on.
     
  4. Sep 1, 2014 #4 of 18
    Laxguy

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    I turn mine off. If I really want a buffer in the morning, I set a recording, an SL of keep one show.
     
  5. Sep 1, 2014 #5 of 18
    jagrim

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    I turn mine off regularly.
     
  6. Sep 1, 2014 #6 of 18
    peds48

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    Minis are better to turn off, otherwise it will take a tuner that you may need to record a show.
     
  7. Sep 1, 2014 #7 of 18
    dennisj00

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    I leave the Genie on to hopefully keep the buffer. . . no minis.
     
  8. Sep 1, 2014 #8 of 18
    NR4P

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    I turn equipment off when not in use.

    FWIW the HR44 draws 17 watts on or off so you can make your own decision.
     
  9. Sep 1, 2014 #9 of 18
    fudpucker

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    I suppose you're not really turning the Genie "off", right? Since it still checks its scheduling and programming records scheduled programs even when "off".
     
  10. Laxguy

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    As President Clinton said, "Depends on your definition of 'off'"........
     
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  11. texasbrit

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    Leaving the Genie "on" still does not guarantee a buffer....!
     
  12. MysteryMan

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    I'm old school and always turn off equipment when not in use.
     
  13. damondlt

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    Always turn off, since when you hit the remotes Off button it turns tv and receiver off at same time.
    Why move remote switch to "TV" and press power when you can just press "OFF" in one step instead of 2?
     
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  14. Rich

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    I do that too, but when I came back from vacation in July, we had some terrible lightning storms near my house and I checked all the obvious things and found several problems which were quickly fixed. Then, in August, I found a dead 24-100. Rebooted it and it's fine now. Thought that was the end of it, but then I wanted to pick up two HRs in the master bedroom on my MRV and discovered one of them was dead too. Rebooted and it's fine.

    But, I'm still not gonna leave them all on.

    Rich
     
  15. Rich

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    Ah, always nice to see someone entering the world of laziness. I like being lazy. I've made it my life's work to do as little as possible.

    Rich
     
  16. Gordon Shumway

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    I turn everything off at the end of the day. Can't think of a reason why the buffer would mean anything to me.
     
  17. jdspencer

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    The only way to really turn off a DVR is to unplug it. :sure:
     
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  18. dpeters11

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    In the past, the boxes would do some "housekeeping" items when it knew it wasn't in use. I put them in standby.
     

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