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Moving from Comcast to DirecTV. Need some guidance!

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by mahermusic, Jun 28, 2013.

  1. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TC Club

    Aug 23, 2000
    The THR22 can use the legacy style dish which is why there are two connections. It can also use SWM. The Genie is SWM only.

    I would keep the Genie. I have both.

    THR22 would need the CCK for wireless.
  2. litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

    Oct 18, 2002
    The Genie uses the newer "Single Wire Multiswitch" dish setup, so only one coax cable connects to the THR22's SAT1/SWM INPUT.
  3. LBCABob

    LBCABob New Member

    Apr 21, 2001
    Thanks for the info about the connection requirements of the THR-22. Seems it can be a simple change of 1 coax cable and power cord. If the THR-22 can accept a wired LAN connection then will go that route (although still not completely clear on uses of network connection - all to do with VOD it seems but some content may be unavailable to the THR-22 for whatever reasons - I rarely order PPV but access to old episodes of some series at n/c would be great - else just wait for DVD to be released).

    Have read that recent (08/24/2013) firmware to THR-22 solved a bug or two. Otherwise, understand software/feature upgrades are not likely to happen. Based on all the feature comparison lists I have found, Genie has a lot of new features but none of them (other than more than 2 tuners) are of interest to me.
  4. midas

    midas I heard that

    Jun 1, 2000
    I have never used the Genie, but I have some experience with the rest of the DTV DVRs. I've had Tivos since the early OTA only 14 hour model came out. I had the SD version of the DTV Tivo as well as the HR10-250, which was the first DTV HD Tivo. I finally gave that up when DTV started using mpeg 4 for all their HD channels. I had a couple HR21s and swapped those out later for the HR24s. I still have one of them left relegated to the bedroom. But my two main DVRs now are both THR-22s.

    I have some pangs about the Genie because extra tuners is appealing. But the reasons I like the Tivo better are just too compelling for me. One of those reasons is one most people hate, but I love the suggestions. When vacations or weekends come around it's common for me to run out of things to watch and the suggestions really work for me.

    The second big reason is that wishlists just work more reliably. The DTV DVRs have gotten better over the years in this aspect. But I still missed stuff way too often, mostly involving sporting events.

    And sporting events are the third reason I like the Tivo better. I just hate the PIP always being on with no way to turn it off. I hate watching something while a game is recording and having it ruined because I went back to my recording list and the sounds from what's recording tells me the score.

    With all that said, if you stick with the Genie, you will get used to the interface. It's not really that bad. And be aware, many of the features that you're accustomed to on the Premier aren't on the THR-22, including the interface graphics themselves. It does look crude in comparison.
  5. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TC Club

    Aug 23, 2000
    The THR22 has an Ethernet jack - that will work fine, though DirecTV discourages it. You get a couple of extra features with a network connection.

    If the TiVo UI is the most important thing to you, the THR22 is acceptable. My wife prefers it for that reason. But I love the five tuners, the speed and the network features of the Genie (I have an HR44.) I also think its keyword search is far superior to TiVo's.

    The Genie now does have a sort-of Suggestions feature, where it auto-records some shows it thinks you'll like. I don't use it (but I always had Suggestions off with TiVos.)

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