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Newbie Receiver Questions

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Arclight, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. Arclight

    Arclight New Member

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    First of all, thx to everyone who posted, gave insight and advice. I think, I will go with a Genie setup with this placement.

    1. Genie-Main in the media room where the modem and router are located.

    2. A Genie-mini in the master bedroom where my wife does most of her tv watching. She is also more likely to record than we would in the kitchen where there is just a small hd tv.

    3. Place a H25 HD box in the kitchen where the tv is not used often.


    Just one final question and then I am finished.

    I know I need internet service in the media room where the Genie-main will be located.

    Will I need internet service for the Genie-Mini and the 25 in the kitchen?

    Thx again
    Steve
     
  2. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Dunno if you'll need it, but it'll be available as part of the install. I think you'll be glad it's there.
     
  3. harperhometheater

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    I also think you may want to consider using a mini in the kitchen as well since you say you both watch news there in the mornings. This way if an important news story comes on and you want to rewind or review it again for clarity, the ability is there and the channel will be buffered from at least the time when you tuned into it, unlike the H25. What if one of you runs to the bathroom and misses something on the the news, well now you'd be able to replay it! I don't think the normal issue of using a Genie tuner really is a factor in your case.
     
  4. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    There's only one place that the Internet connects to the system, and then all locations will have Internet. So if you connect it to the genie in the media room, all locations will have Internet stuff.

    The h25 has less than a genie mini.

    I think you may be missing something. You can start a recording from a genie mini or a h25. You can also play back recordings from either one of those. The gain for the mini is the live tuner buffer while watching TV, and the ability to manage all your series recordings.

    A DVR will change how you watch TV. Set everything to record that you watch regularly other than news. You'll love skipping through comercials etc. you will maybe even watch a couple more shows a night and yet not spend any more time in front of the TV.

    One thing this does do it means you'd likely care less about a live buffer in rooms you will watch shows you record,like the bedroom, and you'll want a live buffer to pause or go back and catch something you may have missed in the kitchen since I'm guessing you watch the news in the morning and it will be live.


    Almost forgot, a mini can start on demand downloads as well. A h25 can't. But a h25 can play back any on demand content you have downloaded on your genie.
     
  5. harperhometheater

    harperhometheater Legend

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    (In my best Robert DeNiro voice....) "you talkin' to me???"
     
  6. Arclight

    Arclight New Member

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    OK guys thanks for reply on the internet connectivity question. My wife contacted Comcast today and received all the info re revamping our cable service and keeping their internet svc. She is currently in California visiting her family and etc. When she returns, we will review all the facts and make a decision re the switch to DTV. She likes the DTV Premier Package and I want all the extra sports channels so we are def' going for that package.

    Also, with Premier subscript' you get the HD25 box free--then we'll just add The Genie and minis.

    Steve
     
  7. rpiotro

    rpiotro Mentor

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    What he said. Such a no brainer. Why would you NOT want that capability? Unless you want the big box (H-25) to set the kitchen TV on top of it.
     
  8. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    The H25 is just a bit bigger than a Genie client.
    It's trivially easy to hit R from it, so nothing needs be missed. No confused buffers.

    It even makes more sense to set up a series link for whatever news show you like to watch in the morning. I have mine set up to keep but one news cast, so if I go away for a while, I won't be filling up my DVR with unwatched and unwatchable news casts.
     
  9. harperhometheater

    harperhometheater Legend

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    But why even add the extra steps involved??? It makes no sense whatsoever in their case NOT to use a mini.
     
  10. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    I do wish folks wouldn't push their own conclusions on others.

    There are reasons to support either way of going, plus several more. I am not going to argue it.
     
  11. harperhometheater

    harperhometheater Legend

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    Because you have no argument, in THIS case. The pluses far outweigh the minuses here.
     
  12. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    I just want to make sure he knows exactly the pluses and minuses so he can make an informed decision. Plus a little debate here may help point out all the reasons to Go with a mini or not.
     
  13. ticmxman

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    This
     
  14. Arclight

    Arclight New Member

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    Update:

    Called DTV and signed up. Actually spoke with an English speaking CSR. He was a trainee but we finally endured and placed the order. In all, it was easier than Comcast.

    Ordered Premier Package with Genie and three Mini-Genies. The deal with the HR 25 did not pan out. So, I'll be using the MGs in all rooms except the media room (Genie).

    Ran a new Cat6 Cable from my router to tv rear area in the media room. Want to hard-wire Genie even though I have WiFi --I think that will be best.

    Have an install date of 07-31-13, Weds. Supposed to get the newest Genie System--we'll see. Will let you guys kno how the install went.

    Arc
     
  15. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

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    Update:

    . Want to hard-wire Genie even though I have WiFi --I think that will be best.



    Arc


    Good choice!
     
  16. DornoDiosMio

    DornoDiosMio New Member

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    I just got the HR44 two days ago and I think you made the right choice. I've got the main unit in my upstairs bedroom and the 3 clients in a media room, kitchen, and master bedroom. Don't ask how I got the master of the house to give me the HR44 and not the client, hehe. I was pleasantly surprised how well the clients work though,

    Initially I was afraid the 'genie mini-lag' was going to be an issue and I might lose my precious HR44. I can't even detect the genie clients supposed lag! Coming from Comcast the DirecTV picture quality pretty much blew me away. I watched part of Prometheus on whatever premium channel it's on and the absence of macro blocking was an endorphin releasing moment.

    Also, make sure the installer has the HR44, if he doesn't you can tell him/her to come back another time. Personally, I was not going to accept an HR34 when setting up a new account with contract, but, thankfully in the Houston area they've been installing HR44 for a month or two now. I'm sure the HR34 is not a bad unit, but, there is rarely a down side to having the newest stuff.

    My final tip would be to do a little research on the installation process, so you can make sure the tech doesn't phone it in. Maybe say a little prayer to Jesus as well, asking for a good installer. :angel:
     
  17. Arclight

    Arclight New Member

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    Just a late DTV install update. Got the system installed and everything is working fine.

    I live in the Southeast and received the HR 44 and most recent clients. Put the main Genie in the tv room and the three Mini-Genies in the other rooms.

    The installer said they have been installing the 44's for quite sometime. He said his experience was the Genie 34 was ok but the clients were not so good.
    He said the clients caused him the most problems.

    So, just getting to know my way around the system and DTV. Thanks for all your help and input.


    Steve
     

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