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Genie "The Good Stuff" Discussion

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. Nov 17, 2012 #21 of 139

    jcwest Legend

    May 3, 2006
    The ability to record 5 channels and record about a "Million Hours" of HD programing is wonderful.

    Another plus that we enjoy is multiple MRV streams at once.
    Example: My wife can be half way through a recording like X Factor in the Rec. Room and I can start a new viewing from the beginning in the bedroom, smooth as silk.

    Regular DVR's can only stream one recording at a time.

    J C

    P.S. Well worth the upgrade and what few bugs are left to be worked out are far less of a problem than the improved performance of the box.
  2. Nov 17, 2012 #22 of 139

    Jerry_K Godfather

    Oct 21, 2006
    Five tuners is a good start. We run out of tuners often, and have to eliminate links to add one. We have two more tuners with the HR24 but without an integrated way to see all of the series links, we wind up with duplicates from time to time and we miss some things from time to time. We got the two new boxes after having DirecTiVo with unlimited Season Passes. We had to pare down 239 Season Passes to 150 Series link.

    2T drive so far has not totally maxed out, but I have to delete stuff daily to be sure we don't max out. Most days we have all five tuners recording at some point in time. The overflow goes to the HR24.

    I would say the Genie is better than the old Dishplayer or any Dish product, any of the cable DVRs, , but it is not as good as any TiVo we have used.

    A nice feature of the Whole Home system is that you can watch a program on another box as it records.

    A feature that would really improve the DTV DVRs would be progam copying to another box.

    Would I recommed the Genie (nee HR34) to a friend or family member? I would if they were not willing to pony up for an original Series 3 THX capable TiVo on cable.
  3. Nov 17, 2012 #23 of 139

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    I used to have an HD Sony 40" CRT set that had PIP and would allow for a small PIP screen or a split screen. Never used it. I am surprised that it is still something that people want.

  4. Nov 17, 2012 #24 of 139

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    I wouldn't say unusable, it's just a big pain to turn PIP on and off.
  5. Nov 18, 2012 #25 of 139

    lehozle AllStar

    Sep 4, 2007
    Got it - Thanks!
  6. Nov 18, 2012 #26 of 139

    dennisj00 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2007
    Lake Norman, NC
    I actually had three games going at the same time yesterday with PIP on the HR34 and a HR20 sharing Picture and Picture. The TV P&P allows sizing of the two windows - enlarges one / reduces the other where unfortunately the 34 PIP is fixed and always in the wrong spot for scores or stats on the different networks.

    But the 34 is a great box!
  7. Nov 18, 2012 #27 of 139

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    The 5 tuners definitely is a big plus during NFL (Sunday Ticket) season.

    It also seems the networks are regularly competing at similar "prime" time slots for their top shows or special broadcasts...so the HR34 Genie's ability to record a group of concurrent shows is used regularly here.
  8. Nov 18, 2012 #28 of 139

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    If you record four live shows, you can almost watch them all simultaneously, via PIP and trickplay in both windows. At least I did so a month ago. It borders on becoming work, though! Works for FB and Baseball, perhaps cricket, shuffleboard and quoits. :p
  9. Nov 18, 2012 #29 of 139

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Wasn't there talk one time in the chat room of a "fix" coming soon, possibly a one button on/off toggle? It sure would be nice.
  10. Nov 18, 2012 #30 of 139

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    Think that might be why PIP died out years ago?

  11. Nov 18, 2012 #31 of 139

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Probably. When PIP was built into TVs it was too complicated for the average user to use because you had to have two receivers and multiple remotes in order to use it. TV manufactures realized this and stop putting it in their TVs. Its easier to have PIP built into the receiver using only one remote.
  12. Nov 18, 2012 #32 of 139

    MrGibbage Mentor

    Jul 18, 2007
    How are the menus and overall navigation? The My HR20 & HR24 are driving me nuts with the paging up and down in the guide, and deleting shows? Prepare yourself for a 30 second delay sometimes. Delete a whole folder of 100 episodes? Better go make some coffee while you wait.

    Will I need a different dish, or do anything different with my current wiring? How much do they cost? Any extra fees each month?
  13. Nov 19, 2012 #33 of 139

    xmguy Active Member

    Mar 26, 2008
    Middle, TN
    I've been looking into a HR34 (Genie...OK) myself. The cost is a bit steep. Since its a lease especially. But the features you all describe would sure help my DVR dilemma. I have the following ; HR24, HR21, R22-100 AND R22-200. They are all networked via a DECA or Cinema Connection Kit. So they all see each other. However as one user pointed out. Since the units can't share SL (series links) then I end up having CSI:NY on 2 DVRs at the same time. I also read that the HR34 can stream to more than 1 client (H25, HRxx) at a time. Currently with my setup If a show is being watched on what I designate my "Network DVR " which is an R22-200 to another R22-100 then if I want to watch on my HR24 I have to wait. That seems like a nice feature. The 5 tuners sounds nice too. Again as it is now I can record 8 shows at once but they are split between 4 DVRs that is a pain. As far as PIP. I use it for watching NASCAR and NFL/SEC Football at the same time. My Vizio luckily has it built in. My HR24 AND R22-200 are in the same room so I can PIP that way. I guess it would be cool to have a DirecTV receiver that could do it too. I called DirecTV not to long ago. The best they could do on price was $99. When you don't have alot of money that is a lot. I will just wait however til I can afford one. But I'd buy one in a NY minute if I had the funds ! Sounds like one awesome unit.
  14. Nov 19, 2012 #34 of 139

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    The "average user" is really that dumb? Geez, it's kinda hard to think that something so obvious would be hard to use. I even had a $100 gizmo that I used to get PIP on one of my TVs that didn't have PIP.

    Now that I think about it, I gave that gizmo to my brother and he never figured out how to use it, so you might have a point. I have a bad habit of thinking everyone is of equal intelligence.

  15. Nov 19, 2012 #35 of 139

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Well not everyone is like us on here. ;)
  16. Nov 19, 2012 #36 of 139

    NR4P Dad

    Jan 15, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Simply put, the 5 tuners has nearly eliminated tuner conflicts that crop up due to padding. But with OTA it is still limited to two.

    It has been very reliable for me.

    So in summary.
    Very easy to use. Little worry about conflicts. And hasn't missed a recording in nearly a year that I obtained one.
  17. Nov 20, 2012 #37 of 139

    drpjr Icon

    Nov 23, 2007
    I like being able to record two or three shows and still have Double Play available.
  18. Nov 20, 2012 #38 of 139
    Mike Bertelson

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

    Jan 24, 2007
    It's definitely awkward. But, it only takes a couple of seconds to be in PIP mode so I wouldn't say it’s unusable.

    Of course in my case I’ve got it programmed as a macro on my remote, upper right. :grin:

  19. Nov 21, 2012 #39 of 139

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    I know, still amazes me.

  20. Nov 21, 2012 #40 of 139
    RD in Fla

    RD in Fla Icon

    Aug 26, 2007
    Just installed mine today. What a great device. First DVR I've added in years. Still have two HR20-700s going strong. Nine tuners to record on will make the entire family very happy.

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