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Genie Series Link Limit - Is 100 enough?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Steve, Jan 19, 2013.

How many Genie SLs are in your Series Manager? Check all that apply.

  1. 0-50

    14 vote(s)
  2. 50-75

    43 vote(s)
  3. 75-100

    34 vote(s)
  4. I wish I could add more than 100

    59 vote(s)
  5. I would never need more than 100

    41 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Reggie3

    Reggie3 DBSTalk Club Member

    Feb 20, 2006
    I put down 50-75 only because I just got my Genie and many programs are not yet in the cue because they are not yet being run on D* - i.e. Formula One. I know I was at my limit of 50 on my HR22 so I should surpass that with the HR34
  2. Sixto

    Sixto Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    My DVR has 38 series links, with space usually at least 50% available. I tend to delete after watching every recording.

    My wife's DVR has 58 series links, and never deletes recordings, thus always 100% full.

    The kids DVR is highly underutilized these days while away at school.

    Would never combine multiple family members on a DVR due to different show desires, different storage needs, different Playlist management styles, and the possibility of accidental deletion. Multiple DVRs with MRV is awesome.
  3. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    With my Boolean Recordings, it is currently a tight fit, but now with the addition of FiA (Far in Advance) scheduling, I now must remove shows that go on hiatus.
  4. fluffybear

    fluffybear Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 19, 2004
    We have 40 Series Links on the Family Genie and this unit is typically around 50% full. This is mostly because the wife and I started watching NCIS and are catching up on the early years.
    There is another 20 on the Kids Genie and that typically is around 75% full. We like to stock pile shows the littlest one likes and only tend to delete them as he gets away from them (I finally was able to delete over some 400+ Tom & Jerry's over the weekend).
  5. CliffV

    CliffV Legend

    Jan 24, 2006
    I hit 82 shows on the series list last week. This week I've shrunk that list a bit due to series finales. I'm sure there are probably 4 or 5 other shows that are outdated.

    My wife's HR24 has 50 shows on its series list.

    That combination works very well for our family and I don't forsee needing more than 100 shows on the Genie.
  6. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    Not everyone like to delete series that go on hiatus for a couple of months or more. Which is the norm for non-major networks series shows.
  7. Jerry_K

    Jerry_K Godfather

    Oct 21, 2006
    We had 239 on our two DirecTiVos. Had to really pare that down to get 150 combined on the 34 and 24. Now every time we want to add a show we have to pick some other show to cancel. Dumb really that a year 2000 DirecTV DVR has more capability than a year 2011 DirecTV DVR.
  8. lyradd

    lyradd Legend

    Mar 20, 2006
    3 DVR's and 125 Series Links.
  9. NR4P

    NR4P Dad

    Jan 15, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    I just deleted about 13 SL's for shows that are cancelled. Would be nice if they would auto delete. But then again, how would Genie know? Another wish list item I guess.
  10. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    Genie could know if the Tribune had a flag for such an event. Then again, would you want auto cancels based on that? Probably not!!

    Imagine the first time it caused a series to be deleted, and the next time it launches a new season...
  11. JimMariner

    JimMariner Just Another Ol'Salt

    Sep 19, 2007
    I am in the Greater than 100 group. I also have no wish for any kind of AUTO SL deleting either. I prefer to choose for myself what stays and what goes.
  12. ghfiii

    ghfiii Mentor

    Mar 25, 2005
    One person probably can't find the time, but...

    The main selling points are whole home for the family and to make sure you never have conflicts

    In our house we (wife and kids) don't watch the same shows and with seasons running in spring, summer, fall, winter on all the channels available you can run out of slots fast.

    For a family it's easy to get over 100, very easy.
  13. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    We've never exceeded 50 Series Links here, so 100 would seem to be another level we'll never hit. We also delete 95% of recordings once viewed.

    Assuming one would have 50 or 100 viable/active series links with corresponding added programming to view...the time required to view it all (in addition to live broadcast content) would greatly exceed the available time to see it all here....and we watch alot of TV. Over time, the backlog only grows.
  14. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 24, 2007
    Not that anyone has to justify their SLs but here is what I currently have. It’s of the top of my head so there are some things missing and doesn’t include anything from my daughter’s DVR.

    Making this list also reminded there a couple that need to be removed. :grin:

    There are 78 SLs in this list.

    666 Park Avenue
    Body of Proof
    Last Resort
    Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
    Grey's Anatomy
    The Neighbors
    Last Man Standing
    Zero Hour
    Once Upon a Time
    General Hospital
    The Big Bang Theory
    Made in Jersey
    Blue Bloods
    Amazing Race
    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
    The Good Wife
    Hawaii Five-0
    How I Met Your Mother
    Mike & Molly
    NCIS: Los Angeles
    Person of Interest
    Two and a Half Men
    The Following
    The Mob Doctor
    People's Court
    Being Human
    Warehouse 13
    Lost Girl
    Good Eats
    Modern Marvels
    Pawn Stars
    American Restoration
    Brad Meltzer's Decoded
    How the States Got Their Shapes
    The Universe
    White Collar
    Covert Affairs
    Top Chef
    Burn Notice
    Royal Pains
    Necessary Roughness
    Falling Skies
    Rizzoli & Isles
    True Blood
    Game of Thrones
    Boardwalk Empire
    Top Gear (UK)
    Hell On Wheels
    Walking Dead
    Doctor Who
    Build It Bigger
    Dark Matters: Twisted But True
    How It's Made
    How Do They Do It?
    Factory Made
    How the Universe Works
  15. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    We're currently around 75 SLs, including 4-5 shows for the grandkids, but we're empty-nesters, so just the two of us here. Hearing what my son and daughter are watching in their homes, if they were still living here, I'd probably need up to 125 SLs.
  16. JimMariner

    JimMariner Just Another Ol'Salt

    Sep 19, 2007
    I ran out of SL space (Max 50) on my RV DVR (HR22-100), and this DVR is not set up for any of the big 5 networks. Since it is always on the go with me.

    Mike, I can see I can visit at your place with no problem. Most of your shows are the same as the ones I record. So even if we don't talk, we can make man noises and Watch some Quaility tv. :p
  17. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    Why would you assume they need to be active? One of the main constraints of SL limits is the fact that you have to delete shows when the season ends and re-add them when they start back up.

    You're also assuming it will all be viewed. I record several series each year (via SL) that I never end up watching for one reason or another (I watch the first episode and hate it, they build up and I find it's been canceled so I get rid of them, etc.), not to mention that my kids will never watch all of the shows they record, but I/they like having the option of selecting any of a number of kids shows to watch at any given time.
  18. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Active as in programs still on the air.
  19. Jerry_K

    Jerry_K Godfather

    Oct 21, 2006
    We probably watch less than 10% of what we record. The reason for a DVR is to have a choice when nothing else is on live that appeals to you. Or to catch that one special program or guest that is on a talk show. The rest are just junk. We never ever watch live anyway because it is a time waster. A normal hour series program is only 37 minutes of what you want to watch. A football game can be seen in under fifteen minutes. We don't watch anything but the Stupor Bowl, and the gameplay is only fifteen minutes. Hours and hours of jabber and palaver in between along with commercials. In fact even the supposedly fantastic Stupor Bowl commercials have really gone downhill in the last few years. Now we don't even watch half of those.

    Then there is the difference in viewing taste between my lovely wife and myself. I let her fill up anything she wants on series links and then try to squeeze in a few I like. We probably like about 20 shows in common. I have about 10 of my own and the other 130 are my lovely wifes choice.
  20. OilItRight

    OilItRight New Member

    Feb 18, 2013
    I came across this thread as I am going to be getting a Genie tomorrow. After I ordered it occured to be to wonder how many Series Links were available. Naturally I couldn't find any 411 at directv.com so I bit the bullet and called directb. After the usual aggravation of voice response I got a semi literate person and tried my best to explain my question to her. After a while on ignore she came back and proudly announced that I could record 200 hours of HD programming. In my most patient I explained that wasn't the information I needed. And I again explained my query. A few more minutes on hold and she advised me that the number of series recordings was "unlimited".

    Of course by this time I'd found this forum and the information that the limit is 100. So I said thank you and got off the phone. I then called back and had a brainstorm and told voice recognition I was interested in 'equipment upgrade'. Miracle of miracles I got someone who knew from the start exactly what I wanted to know and confirmed the 100 number.

    I then paraphrased one of the thread posts from here and shared the logic that since 50 was too little for a single viewer then 100 for 4 viewers or 8 depending on how you count was definitely short of the mark.

    So I asked her where the suggestion box for DirecTV could be found. She both offered to convey my suggestion to the proper technical group and suggested I also use the contact us link on directv.com which I did.

    May I suggest if you have not done so previously you follow suit and let DirecTV know that the 100 limit is not enough.

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