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Hello Old Friends

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Radio Enginerd, Jun 27, 2014.

  1. Radio Enginerd

    Radio Enginerd Active Member

    Oct 5, 2006
    First off, hello old friends. I've been out of the loop for some time now so be easy on me. Been with DirecTV since 2006. I'm starting to take a serious look at adding to my install of mainly HR20's, 21's and 22's (probably replace one) with one of these Genie's.

    Will a Genie play nicely in a world of all older HR series DVRs or am I opening a can of worms? Will I be able to watch items recorded on the Genie from my other HR DVR's on my network like I can today with the "Whole Home" service?

    Thanks for any and all advice.
  2. Leftcoastdave

    Leftcoastdave Legend

    Apr 2, 2004
    Yes and Yes.

    I installed a Genie earlier this year to accompany my HR20-700, HR20-100, HR24-500. I had zero problems integrating the Genie into my configuration. They all play well together.
  3. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    Hey stranger!
    You better be careful, as if you get an HR44, you'll start hating all the older DVRs. !rolling.
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  4. hasan

    hasan Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Ogden, IA
    Yes, they work great together. Keep in mind you can't go over 8 total tuners without adding a SWIM 16.

    Genie = 5 tunes
    HRxx = 2 tuners
    Hx = 1 tuner.

    So, without adding a 16, you can have a Genie, one HD-DVR, and one HD receiver (which how I'm set up)

    If you want to keep more than one HD-DVR in addition to the Genie, you will have to have a SWM 16 installed at the time of your appointment. No extra cost as far as I recall, but they do need to know what you are doing ahead of time, or they won't bring the right stuff!

    p.s., nice to see you again!
  5. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    A Genie is just like any other DVR. Just mo' tuners and mo' features.

    A SWiM-8 has an 8-tuner limit. To keep two of your DVRs, DirecTV will need to swap out your SWiM-8 for a SWiM-16.
  6. Radio Enginerd

    Radio Enginerd Active Member

    Oct 5, 2006
    Very helpful information, thank you all. It looks like my biggest issue is going to be my SWM8.

    I was going to jump on the Solid Signal deal they had the other day but I missed my opportunity. I'm not sure if I want to call DirecTV and start the process just yet. :) I assume they'll come out (or send) a SWM16 if they see my system is out of tuners. It's been 8+ years since DirecTV has been to my home so I don't even remember the process. :)
  7. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    How true....how true... :biggthump

    Welcome back R E
  8. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Yes...the SWiM16 will get you all sorts of expansion.

    You can likely get them to install one if you don't have enough tuners...yes....
  9. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

    Jan 10, 2008
    They will gladly install it but they def will not send it

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