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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by y2k02c5, Aug 29, 2016.

  1. y2k02c5

    y2k02c5 Legend

    Sep 14, 2006
    So I've got 2 HR24-500 and one H25 receivers. I've been with D since 2004. My current agreement is expired. Debating if we should upgrade to the genie or stick with our current setup? Other than an extra tuner any other gains from going to a genie?

    Thanks for your feedback
  2. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

    Jan 10, 2008
    Change the 25 to the Genie, done!

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  3. camo

    camo Godfather

    Apr 15, 2010
    I had this very same dilemma but Directv never offered anything for a contract extension except free equipment so sticking with the 2-Hr-24's.
    Personally I like them even if they are going on 6 year old equipment now. Could be they will help make the decision for you as they did me, because without all the bells and whistles given to new customers I wasn't about to extend my contract. Plus now I can cut the cord painlessly if I decide after football season.
  4. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    If you're planning on staying with DIRECTV then upgrade to a Genie. It has a faster processor and a 1 terabyte hard drive. Keep the two HR24s and toss the H25.
  5. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    If you are happy with what you have, no reason to change. Are you using whole-home between your units now?

    Your upgrade path would be to a Genie (HR44). That is a 5 tuner unit as opposed to your HR24s which are 2 tuner. DirecTV will want to offer you the HR44 plus 3 mini clients to replace all of your existing equipment. Most people here would STRONGLY recommend that you keep one or both of your HR24s rather than get the mini clients, and I would agree to keeping at least one of them. So you can consider the following configurations:
    HR44 Genie + HR24 + Mini
    HR44 Genie + two HR24
    HR44 Genie + HR24 + H25
    HR44 Genie + two mini clients

    There are minor advantages and disadvantages to each of those configurations. The major disadvantage to the last option (HR44 + 2 minis) is if the HR44 dies, you have nothing. The major advantage of keeping one or both of your HR24s is additional recording tuners (you get 5 with the HR44 and keep 2 with each HR24, so you could record 9 shows simultaneously with an HR44 and two HR24). The major advantage to a mini client is you basically have full access to the HR44 menus and functions, and manage the HR44 recordings via the client.
  6. y2k02c5

    y2k02c5 Legend

    Sep 14, 2006
    Carl, yes we utilize the whole home feature all the time. Sounds like upgrading the H25 to the genie will give us the most bang for our buck. 9 tuners. We have had an instance where we had 5 shows in same time slot conflict. Lol.
  7. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    No need to 'lol' that here. This is a group that understands and appreciates more tuners, bigger hard drives and more series links.
  8. Delroy E Walleye

    Delroy E Walleye AllStar

    Jun 9, 2012
    The only thing you might "lose" by doing away with the H25 is the ability to set recordings to any of the whole home-connected DVRs from that location. Only receivers have this function. But I agree with the "most bang for the buck" statement, especially if you won't miss that feature.

    Many of us prefer keeping the DVRs to using mini clients (which can't have their own playlists or recording management, plus they still cost the $7.00/mo - same as the standalone DVRs).
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  9. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    That and autotune if used.
  10. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    I do too. I'd rather use a 24 than my 44 for viewing.

  11. Bill Broderick

    Bill Broderick Icon

    Aug 25, 2006
    Long Island
    The only reason that I wouldn't upgrade the H25 to a Genie right now is if you intend to upgrade one of your TV's to a 4K model in the foreseeable future. If that's the case, then I'd wait until I did that and then upgrade to 4K compatible equipment.
  12. y2k02c5

    y2k02c5 Legend

    Sep 14, 2006
    Will Whole home feature work between the hr24 and genie ? Didn't really see anything on D website alluding to this
  13. y2k02c5

    y2k02c5 Legend

    Sep 14, 2006
    I've got my directv app for that ;)
  14. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
  15. y2k02c5

    y2k02c5 Legend

    Sep 14, 2006
    Sweet. Time to call Customer service
  16. y2k02c5

    y2k02c5 Legend

    Sep 14, 2006
    Called D today. No hassle. Free genie upgrade, Sunday ticket max for free and $30 credit/month for 24 months. :)

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