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Multiple DVRs vs Genie

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by bhigh8, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. HarleyD

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    That works too, but once I drag my lazy self into the next room it's just as easy for me to watch it there as it is to start the recording in the Family Room and go back to the Living Room. In fact it's probably easier. :lol:

    And it's not like the Family Room is a bad spot. In fact the TV in the Family Room is a 58" plasma as opposed to the 40" LCD in the Living Room. I just happen to be a very "Newtonian" person. You know. An object at rest tends to remain at rest until acted upon by an outside force. That's me in a nutshell.
     
  2. RACJ2

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    To each his own, if it works for you, then no reason to switch.

    Even in your situation, if you happen to be recording 2 programs on your DVR in the living room and you want to watch a third program live, you can't. So that's one other advantage of the Genie. You can be recording 4 programs and still watch a live channel.

    Not to mention PIP, which I use to monitor a sporting event and then watch something else. Also, you have twice the recording capacity and series links you can set up in that one room. As I said, may not be for you, but just some other reasons to go with the Genie. We replaced a DVR with the Genie and kept our other DVR. We love it.
     
  3. n3vino

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    The genie would most likely replace an h25 leaving an h25, Hr24, and Genie for a total of, if I'm not mistaken, 8 tuners.
     
  4. Laxguy

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    I do believe your arithmetic is right on! ;)
     
  5. thommason

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    I switched 4 HR2Xs for a genie and 3 clients. Question is can I now drop whole home service and save $3 per month since I only have 1 dvr and nothing to share with?
     
  6. Prea

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    If you're a sports fan, one nice feature of the genie is the picture in picture option. You can watch 2 games at once - either split screen where both take up half the tv, of you can have one game up in the corner. You can do this with any television channels of course, but I see the main benefit being for sports fans.


    Well I'm pretty sure you need the whole home dvr service in order to use the mini-genies across the whole home.
     
  7. CCarncross

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    Technically the clients are sharing from the Genie....so I believe the answer is no you cannot drop the $3 MRV fee.
     
  8. peds48

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    Yes, the Genie requires the WHDVR fee
     
  9. alhurricane

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    I currently have 3 HD DVRs (2 HR24s and 1 HR22). I am thinking of replacing my slow HR22 with a Genie and keeping the other DVRs. That would bump me up from 6 tuners to 9 tuners. Would I need a SWIM upgrade for that? Does it matter what unit the inside SWIM box is connected ? Also, can I set up a recording on the Genie from one of the HR24s?
     
  10. peds48

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    I currently have 3 HD DVRs (2 HR24s and 1 HR22). I am thinking of replacing my slow HR22 with a Genie and keeping the other DVRs. That would bump me up from 6 tuners to 9 tuners. Would I need a SWIM upgrade for that? Does it matter what unit the inside SWIM box is connected ? Also, can I set up a recording on the Genie from one of the HR24s?


    Yes you need SWM Because the Genie only works on SWM and you would need a SWM16 switch. and no, you cannot set a recording from one DVR to another. The PI can go basically anywhere but is best when is connected to a dedicated port on the splitter
     
  11. alhurricane

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    So if I replaced one of the HR24s with a client, that would leave me with 7 tuners and I wouldn't need to upgrade the SWM? I assume I have a SWIM 8 currently. Is the Pl you are referring to the inside box that connects to a receiver and plugs into the electrical outlet? If so, can that be connected to a client?
     
  12. peds48

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    See link for a picture of the PI. If you already have SWM you already have one. It can be installed essentially anywhere indoors

    http://www.solidsignal.com/m/product.aspx?p=pi-21&d=directv-pi-21-21v-15a-power-inserter-for-swimline-dish-pi-21&mc=satellite-equipment&sc=multiswitch-power-supplies&s=185463000894
     
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    I have two televisions in the same room (which I prefer over using picture-in-picture). The two televisions are separately fed by two HR DVRs (HR 20-100 and HR 22-100) which are 10 inches apart from each other, and which use separate remote control codes.

    Apart from the larger memory (of some value to me), and the ability to record 5 simultaneous programs (of no value to me), do I gain any benefit from acquiring an HR 34 or HR 44 Genie? Why would I want to subject myself to the whole home DVR fee?

    Am I correct that I can acquire and make full use of the GenieGo with my current HR receivers without the need to upgrade to the HR 34 or HR 44?

    Are there any other factors I should consider?

    Thank you.
     
  15. peds48

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    I have two televisions in the same room (which I prefer over using picture-in-picture). The two televisions are separately fed by two HR DVRs (HR 20-100 and HR 22-100) which are 10 inches apart from each other, and which use separate remote control codes.

    Apart from the larger memory (of some value to me), and the ability to record 5 simultaneous programs (of no value to me), do I gain any benefit from acquiring an HR 34 or HR 44 Genie? Why would I want to subject myself to the whole home DVR fee?

    Am I correct that I can acquire and make full use of the GenieGo with my current HR receivers without the need to upgrade to the HR 34 or HR 44?

    Are there any other factors I should consider?

    Thank you.


    I guess the only thing you can gain by getting is speed and perhaps VOD with one single connection using the SWM network. The GenieGo works with any HDDVR that is connected to the internet
     
  16. Laxguy

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    Sounds like your set up is solid and suits you, so you'd gain a larger HD, quicker response via the Genie, but these don't sound real important to your setup.
     
  17. damondlt

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    Well I can tell you right now that is someone is watching a recording off my HR24, that means no one else in the house can watch anything else off that receiver at the same time. That IMO is a big Down fall.

    Which is why I have HR34,24,23,H25 on my account.

    And I don't need 5 receivers along with 4 additional receiver fees like I would have with 5 HD DVRs 10 tuner system.

    In your case you have 12 tuners, ok you can get 11-13 Tuners for less money if you had a Genie and dropped 1 or 2 of your HD DVrs, saving you $6-$12 per month, and you can still stream 6-7 rooms.
     
  18. Bill Broderick

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    That's not true. You can still watch programming on the HR24 using the TV that's connected to the HR24. The limit is that the HR24 can only act as a server to one other receiver.
     
  19. damondlt

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    What part is not true? If someone on my H25 is watching a recording off the Hr24,The Genie and my HR23 cannot watch anything from that HR 24 playlist.

    So whats not true?
     
  20. CCarncross

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    Looks like it was just a misunderstanding or semantics. YOu can still record 2 shows and watch a previous recording locally on that HR24. But no, no others can remote view recordings as an HR2x can only stream one at a time. Only the Genie's can stream up to 3.
     
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