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12-08-2012, 11:01 AM #1
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Added a Genie DirecTV DVR
I finally got around to adding a DirecTV Genie (HR34) DVR. It has five tuners which can record five shows at once. Also the DVR has a TB disk for lots of room to record.
The Genie is a server if you want to add clients. I chose to avoid clients and have three HR24 DVR on the system. The HR24s are not a load on the HR34 as clients would be. The HR34 reboots faster than existing DirecTV boxes.
I've been using mine for about three weeks and couldn't be happier.Richard
12-08-2012, 11:12 AM #2
Nice Richard, what did that bad boy set you back? Can you use existing DVRs to act as clients, meaning can I transfer shows from the HR34 to my old HD DVRs?
12-08-2012, 11:37 AM #3
Unfortunately, no you can't move shows from one DVR to another. The DVRs are really standalone except their lists showup on the Genie which can play them..
The Genie as a server will support clients which are small boxes with no tuner capabilty. The clients use the server and require the same rental fees as a DVR which turned me off. I guess if you really needed a small box the client might be an option.
I'm a 14 year plus client of DirecTV. DirecTV knocked $250 off the $300 cost for the Genie. I still had to pay for the $50 installation which required a followup to fix the poor original installation.
Previously I had two HR-24s in the media room which gave me four tuners but required switching from one box to another which required time.
Older DVRs are not compatible with the Genie. I turned in three HR-21s for the Genie.Richard
12-08-2012, 02:27 PM #4
I may have to check into the HR34 after the first of the year. I have the first generation HD DVR. It's nice but there are times where we have to pick up shows on the west coast feed because of scheduling conflicts.
12-09-2012, 04:21 AM #5
I am completely happy with the Genie. Its initial price was $600 which was just too much for me to stomach. The price has dropped to $300 and is discounted depending on how long you have had DirecTV and your packages.Richard
12-09-2012, 10:00 AM #6
Oh I've been with DirecTV for a L-O-N-G time. I don't have the big premium packages, but I have been with them for 15 or more years.
12-10-2012, 11:53 AM #7
You should get a good discount on the Genie due to your years of DirecTV service. You will be happy when the Genie is installed.Richard
12-10-2012, 11:59 AM #8
What kind of installation did they have to do, does it not use the existing dish?
12-10-2012, 12:05 PM #9
It's a simple installation. The problem they had with my installation is they installed an Internet connections which caused all kinds of trouble and the 2nd installer remove the Internet connection and everything worked correctly. Poor training I guess. The box is a little taller than existing DVRs but it still fits in a half size equipment rack. Same remote.Richard