08-05-2018 6:52 PM
I have a Direct TV [Satellite] DVR [HR54-500] + a Genie 4K [C61K-700].
Are there newer receivers now? If so, how do they differ to the above. Is it worth upgrading equipment?
TY in advance!
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08-05-2018 7:01 PM
The newest receiver is the HS17 Genie2, it is a mini/client only system with a lot of bugs at this time. It has 7 tuners that are hard cap as the account doesn't allow any other DTV receivers.
08-05-2018 7:24 PM
The Genie-2 (HS17) is newer than the HR54, but is a restrictive design as it forbids other HDDVRs. It is a server tower that sits by itself not on any TV. It then feeds Clients only to each TV.
A 3 TV setup of a Genie (HR54 is the 3rd generation and most recent) and 2 HDDVRs (latest model HR24) provides 9 tuners which is above the hard cap of the Genie-2's 7 tuners. Plus unlike Clients, HDDVRs work independently so are not locked to the HR54.
The C61K (Mini Genie Client) is the only model that can output the couple 4K channels.
If you only have 2 TVs, the only upgrade to consider is replacing the Client with an HDDVR to get 2 more tuners, a 500GB hard drive, and independent processing. If you value the couple 4K channels more, keep your setup as is.
08-05-2018 7:39 PM
08-05-2018 7:56 PM
Glad to help.
If they were ever to fix the bugs of the Genie-2, or a better design with a later model, an upgrade might be considered if both your TVs are compatible with Directv's 4K service. This is because the Genie-2 supports up to 2 TVs using a 4K channel at the same time (via the C61Ks) as opposed to just 1 with the HR54. So once fixed/improved they could be ok for a 2 TV setup.
Personally I like the freedom of dedicated HDDVRs. Experienced when my Genie went down (turned out to be loose power cord causing it to reset), the other 2 HDDVRs had no interruption. If I had Clients all TVs would have been down.
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