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· The Shadow Knows!
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So by now we all know that the Genie DVR has picture-in-picture and five tuners. Does that make it worth the money for you guys? Personally I love never having to worry about recoding conflicts.
 

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The Genie makes the whole family happy, if this would have been available many years ago I wouldn't be running so many DVRs full time. Slowly I will start eliminating them. Now having a Genie Client I have trickplay ability in my kitchen and can completely hide the client behind the tv.
 

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Best DVR on the planet earth. (and it sits next to a FiOS 7232 presently)

5 tuners (totally independent)
1TB (200+ HD)
PIP
3 MRV streams

Truly believe it's fabulous.

Personally, I prefer H25's as MRV clients to allow the HR34 to truly excel (simultaneous 5 tuner recording), but some may prefer RVU.

I now never need to worry about recording conflicts ever again, especially when multiple HR34's are allowed so that each family segment will be able to have one someday.

His and Her's Genie's will be the perfect setup for this specific household someday.

Love it.
 

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Stuart Sweet said:
So by now we all know that the Genie DVR has picture-in-picture and five tuners. Does that make it worth the money for you guys? Personally I love never having to worry about recoding conflicts.
Yes. The five tuners and large drive was well worth it. I find myself being much more "liberal" in what I record. PIP is too cumbersome and rarely use it.

I also like the Genie feature and have found shows that I previously either hadn't heard of or hadn't thought to record.
 

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I'm enjoying it as a sensational recorder/server for my "whole home" set-up. Even with 98 series links, I no longer have to worry about recording conflicts, and 99.99% of my recordings are fully pre- and post-padded.

I just checked, and I've got 508 recordings in HISTORY, ATM, dating back to 9/30. That's an average of 39 recordings per day... without a hiccup! What more can I say? :)
 

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My biggest plus with the Genie is the 5 tuners. Not having any conflicts is huge. As for PIP I have been using it for Football and MLB Playoffs. I don't know if I would use any other time but time will tell.
 

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It's worth it just for the 5 tuners and PIP but throw in the fact that you get 100 series links and can attach more storage space than you'll ever use it's awesome. They just need to iron out some "quirks" and squash some bugs.
 

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Stuart Sweet said:
So by now we all know that the Genie DVR has picture-in-picture and five tuners. Does that make it worth the money for you guys? Personally I love never having to worry about recoding conflicts.
Yes, totally worth it! Leaving recording conflicts behind is number one for me, (looking forward to Genie not interfering in the future, that is). And it may keep nomad from making recodings, too.:D
 

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carl6 said:
Certainly like the 5 tuners. PIP is also nice, but would be better if it was a bit more convenient, and gave more flexibility/options on picture size and location on screen.
Carl, you raise an interesting point that I've wondered about. I struggle sometimes with where to put the PIP secondary screen ... side-by-side or lower right.

I mostly use PIP for MLB or NFL games, and I've toyed with each option.

The other night I also decided to try going with the Monday Night Football game on the big HD set and the baseball playoff game on the iPad sitting next to me, but that only worked well because I could stream TBS with the DirecTV iPad App. I also tried the MLB At Bat app with the iPad quad view and also the Slingplayer App, but the DirecTV iPad App was the highest quality, and I really wanted to see both games to the fullest. It worked out pretty well, though it did get a little confusing trying to watch every second of both games.

I usually just use the lower right PIP option, but I have wondered if some bigger primary PIP and an overlap PIP for the secondary would be better.
 

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Love having 5 tuners, but 8 would be better as I still occasionally have a conflict.

Would also like to have the ability for more than 100 SL's, since I'm currenlty at 100 and have to delete one every time I add one.

It's a very good box, and with the items above (at least the second one) and trick play working correctly, it would be basically a perfect box.
 

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lehozle said:
I must have missed something regarding PIP. How do you use /set it up. I don't see any reference in any of the menu option.

Thanks in advance...
While watching TV press "info" on your remote. Go all the way to the right on the info banner and you'll see PIP. There you can turn it on and choose the options for PIP.
 

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RunnerFL said:
While watching TV press "info" on your remote. Go all the way to the right on the info banner and you'll see PIP. There you can turn it on and choose the options for PIP.
Which is, IMHO, rather unusable.
 
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