12-29-2013 10:59 AM
Thinking about upgrading my two DVRs, & two HD receivers with a Genie and Genie Mini's.
The Directv web site states that the Genie remote is" optionally" back lighted, does anyone know if this is a user settable option? Whos option is it?
Any opinion about replacing my current eqipment with the Genie. The upgrade is at NO cost to me.
12-29-2013 11:09 AM
regarding the remote. the HR44 works only in RF with only the RC71 and it gets most of its programing codes via its 2 way communication from the HR44. This remote is not yet available in in the back lighted version. However, the HR44 can be use in IR only with either the RC65/66 and these two comes with a back lighted version that MUST be purchased through DirecTV or any third party reseller. The HR34 works in RF with the RC65/66
I would get just the Genie and replace one of your HD receivers and keep the rest of your receivers.
12-29-2013 11:30 AM
The backlit remotes have a "B" in the model number .... e.g. RC65RBX
12-29-2013 11:32 AM
Thanks for the reply;
Please see below about IR.RF and back light. This is from directv web page
Directv said I could keep my two HR23's and add the Genie to get the capability to record 9 shows. Not sure how that whole thing would work with play lists and whole house TV. Today I can see my playlist from all 4 TV's but I can only see my "TODO" list from each individual DVRs as they pertain to THAT DVR. Also I cannot select to record on DVR "A" from DVR "B" (or vice versa) I have to go to that particular DVR or one of my two non DVR TVs which allow me to select EITHER DVR to record on. Confusing, I know.
Thanks for any help. Hate to get less if I change.
12-29-2013 11:38 AM
That's describing the newer RC71 remote. But it's not yet available in a backlit version.
12-29-2013 11:40 AM
can you provide a link to where came from?
Yes, you can't record from DVR to DVR. if this is your goal the Genie and minis are for you. but keep in mind that now you have 6 tuners, if you replace all of your receivers with the Genie and minis, you would go down to 5 tuners to watch TV and record
12-29-2013 11:56 AM
For some reason I cannot insert the URL but here it is:
Do you have any idea how my play lists and TODO menus will work if I had the Genie and both HD DVR's?
12-29-2013 11:59 AM
one playlist and 3 to-do
12-29-2013 12:09 PM
AFAIK, the back lighted RC71 is not yet available
12-29-2013 12:10 PM
Sounds like you know your stuff.
If I keep my two DVRs and get the Genie can I record 9 shows at once if I want to 2+2+5?
12-29-2013 12:16 PM
As long as they are properly connected, absolutely
12-30-2013 6:49 AM
If you have children or other adults in the house, I'd definitely keep a HD DVR and "assign" it to them so they can keep their programming and recordings away from your Genie. If you have a Genie and all minis, if other folks are watching live TV it takes away one of the Genies tuners up to a maximum of three.
12-30-2013 7:29 AM
Thanks to all for your reply's. Things are starting to become clearer. The last thing I want to do is replace a system I am happy with, with one that I will not be. Can someone confirm the following assumptions for me? By the way it is only myself and my wife in the house, no visiting children and we usually watch TV together.
I am thinking of going with: One Genie, one of my current DVR's (HR23-700) and two Genie minis. My house is wired with two inputs in two rooms (great room and theater room) and one input in all the remaining rooms. Because of my wiring I believe putting a third DVR in a room with one input would only allow one addition recording capability. With the Genie and one DVR I will have the ability to record 7 shows. So based on the Genie, one DVR and two minis:
Assumptions & Questions
1) I can record 7 shows at the same time.
2) I have a total of 7 tuners and each mini would require a tuner if it was being used to watch live TV. If both mini's were being used I could only record 5 shows.
3) Question- Will I be able to pick which DVR to record to, from:
b) Either DVR. Can I choose to record to DVR "A" from DVR "B" and vice versa
4) On the Genie if I am recording 5 shows I cannot watch live TV
5) Question- If I am recording 5 shows on the Genie can I watch a recorded show on the Genie at the same time? ( on my current DVR if I am recording two I can watch a recorded show)
6) Question- If I am recording 5 shows on the Genie and one show on the second DVR:
a) Can I watch live TV on the Genie using the free tuner on the DVR or do I need to GO TO that particular DVR.
7) In the configuration I am thinking about can I:
a)see pay list and TODO from the minis for BOTH DVR's? ( I know I cannot see TODO for both DVR's on any one DVR. As previously stated I would have 2 TODO lists and 1 Play list from the DVR's. I am asking what will I see from the minis?
Thanks to anyone who cares to help me out. It is greatly appreciated. Happy New Year.
12-30-2013 8:53 AM
With the Genie you get a SWM system and with a SWM system all receivers, including DVRs require only one cable for dual tuner functionality
3. No. Minis record to genie and the DVR records to itself
6. No, need to go to the DVR
7. No. The minis only see the to-do list from the genie playlist is shared among all receivers/clients/DVRs
12-30-2013 9:25 AM
Thank you sooo much. You are a wealth of information. Much better than DTV support. Funny I was under the impression I already had a SWM with my current config of 2 DVRs and 2 HD receivers.I checked, I do indeed had a DTV SWIM module installed and still have 2 lines to each DVR on my whole house DVR. Any thoughts?