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Time for an Upgrade (2+ Years): Need Help/Advice

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by WinstonSmith, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. Jul 6, 2013 #1 of 12
    WinstonSmith

    WinstonSmith AllStar

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    Hello,

    I haven't had any upgrades/changes to my DirecTV service in several years, so I know I am far behind on the newest technology and installation methods. That's why I am asking for lots of help!

    My current set up:
    - HR24/500 receiver in my family room. Connected via Ethernet. This is our main TV viewing area.
    - HR20/700 receiver in TV room, no ethernet. This is the only other DirecTV we have in the house.

    My Bill:

    Total Choice Monthly, $66.49
    Advanced Receiver HD Monthly, $10
    Advanced Receiver DVR Monthly, $10
    Additional TV, $6


    What I'd like to do is add DirecTV service to our living room. Currently, I have a TV there that is connected to an OTA antenna.

    I'd also consider adding DirecTV service to our bedroom. Currently, I have a TV there that is connected to an OTA antenna.

    I know I have a slimline dish that has four wires coming into a multiswitch.


    The Genie seems attractive to me.

    One issue I have is that my house was wired with coax cable when it was built about 15 years ago. In most rooms I have a single coax cable in a wall plate in the wall. Unfortunately, in the bedroom and living room, it is not feasible to run a second line.

    I have done a little research on Single Line Multiswitches and how that may work now but I'm not sure if that will work for my situationAny . I love the idea of being able to watch shows at one location that were recorded at a different location.


    I am in the early process of figuring this out and I know I need a lot of help. Any is appreciated!

    Thanks!
     
  2. Jul 6, 2013 #2 of 12
    Laxguy

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    You'll need only one coax per location; it handles both the DIRECTV feed and internet*, on the whole home concept aka MRV.

    With professional installation, you should be golden. * Internet is fed to all locations through the coax, and is inserted either through the HR44 via ethernet cable, or else where with a separate Cinema Conection Kit (CCK)
     
  3. Jul 6, 2013 #3 of 12
    Drucifer

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    They'll swap out the multiswitch for a SWiM16 as the Genie with five tuners would give you 9 total. You'll be Single Wire to each DVR, so your existing coax cable may do if they're home runs.
     
  4. Jul 6, 2013 #4 of 12
    WinstonSmith

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    Thanks for the help so far!

    So, if I do get a Genie (and that seems to be the recommendation) I'm going to need a new dish and all new equipment? Will I keep either of the DVRs?

    Also, I would be looking at Genie clients in rooms other than where the Genie is.... correct? How much is each client?

    Thanks, again!
     
  5. Jul 6, 2013 #5 of 12
    dpeters11

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    If you keep your current equipment and add the Genie, nothing needs done at the dish.

    I personally would keep your current DVRs. They cost no more than a client per month.
     
  6. Jul 6, 2013 #6 of 12
    WinstonSmith

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    If I keep the current DVRs, will I be able to access content from the Genie from those DVRs?

    Also, will those DVRs still require 1 line or two?

    Thanks!
     
  7. Jul 6, 2013 #7 of 12
    trh

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    Yes, the Genie will be able to see and watch what you have. You have to get MRV activated for $3 per month.

    Genie requires SWM, so when that is installed, all your DVRs will only use one coax.
     
  8. Jul 6, 2013 #8 of 12
    WinstonSmith

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    Great. Just so I am 100% clear... the other DVRs will be able to see the Genie's content and the Genie will be able to see the content on the other DVRs?

    Thanks.
     
  9. Jul 6, 2013 #9 of 12
    Drucifer

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    Yep! That is Whole Home. It takes individual DVRs and turns 'em into a network.
     
  10. peds48

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    just a quick note, you wont be able to schedule or manage the DVRs from other DVRs. This must be done at the local DVR as you do it currently. adding a Genie Client will give you this ability to schedule to and manage the Genie from the clients, but I much prefer the HDDVRs
     
  11. WinstonSmith

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    Thanks to everyone for the help. I feel much better now.

    I just have to see what kind of a deal I can get from DirecTV and make sure the installers know what they're doing.
     
  12. peds48

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    Awesome. keep us posted
     

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