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Worth getting Genie?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by JohnF, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. yosoyellobo

    yosoyellobo Icon

    Nov 1, 2006
    Jacksonville Fl
    Don't have to worry about a program running over by a minute.
  2. JimAtTheRez

    JimAtTheRez Legend

    May 9, 2008
    I currently have 4 HD DVR's and an HD Receiver (9 tuners). In my family room, I have both an HD Projector and TV, and was leaning to move one of the other DVR's in there to stack them. I would like to have different programs on each. Right now, I have a switch and I can watch on either the TV or projector or both, but only the same program. I need some expert advice. Is stacking DVR's the answer, or adding the Genie (which I may do anyway since I am not under contract and don't plan on leaving D*), or simply adding some kind of HD splitter? I do have 2 coax cables coming to the family room (wired a few years ago), and of course, I am only using one. Give me some ideas, guys and gals. As always, thanks in advance.
  3. Jon J

    Jon J Grouch Extrordinaire

    Apr 22, 2002
    Music City, USA
    DirecTV's commercials for the Genie show the receiver and arrows to other rooms in the house graphic seeming to indicate the Genie will play directly to the TVs in the other rooms. But, actually, don't you still need some sort of receiver (for a monthly fee) at each TV?
  4. Mike Greer

    Mike Greer Hall Of Fame

    Jan 20, 2004
    Salt Lake...
    Yes - you would need the Genie 'client' or a TV with RVU built into it. Either way you still have to pay for each monthly....
  5. JimAtTheRez

    JimAtTheRez Legend

    May 9, 2008
    Wow, so the Genie does NOT work directly with the HD DVR's? Sad for me.
  6. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    You can play back a recording from the Genie on another DVR, and vice versa. What you can't do from a DVR is to set something to record on the Genie. Only from a C31 or RVU TV can you access the Genie's Todo list etc.
  7. JimAtTheRez

    JimAtTheRez Legend

    May 9, 2008
    Oh ok. So I can watch what is recorded on the Genie in another room where I have a DVR. IOW, the Genie's playlist will be a part of the whole home total playlist? Right/wrong?
  8. Diana C

    Diana C Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Mar 30, 2007
    New Jersey
    Our setup includes 4 HR2x DVRs, 2 H25 receivers and Genie (15 tuners total, 13 recordable and a total of 4.5TB of disk space). We schedule recordings from one of the H25's since you can pick which DVR to make a recording on from there. From a DVR you can only schedule a recording on THAT DVR.

    The software only provides a unified playlist - the recording management must still be done at the individual DVRs. That said, we schedule most things on the Genie, and have yet to have a conflict. You can, however, watch ANY recording from ANY DVR on ANY TV.

    The Genie was a great addition. We'd do it again in a heartbeat.
  9. JimAtTheRez

    JimAtTheRez Legend

    May 9, 2008
    Thanks so much for the help. I think I will add the Genie. Now to look for a solution to my separate picture feeds for my projector and TV (football season will here soon!).

    Again, thanks.
  10. Beerstalker

    Beerstalker Hall Of Fame

    Feb 9, 2009
    Peoria, IL
    What do you mean it doesn't work directly with the HD-DVRs? If you mean can they share recordings between the DVRs and Genie, then yes they can. But as far as being able to share to do lists, series manager, etc. that can only be done between the Genie and it's clients.

    Edit/sorry missed the other responses that covered this.

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