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Need feedback on newest DTV Tivo Units

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by valgrom, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. valgrom

    valgrom Who Needs Live TV

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    So I'm in the market for new service and after a few years away from DTV I'm considering them again; however, probably the only reason I would go with them again is that they are once again in league with TiVo.

    My only concern is that as they have been trying to market their own (use to be $#!ttier receivers) for years now, they purposely use substandard components for their TiVo units.

    I'm speaking specifically about the new TiVo® HD DVR vs. their Genie offering.

    Forget the size difference in the drives, what I'm most concerned with is:

    1. Number of tuners for simultaneous recording

    2. Interface...Is it the true TiVo interface from the HR250/SD-DVR40 days or some mashup of TiVo/Cable stuff like they tried to do on those cable boxes a few years back?

    3. Is it fast enough to be useful?

    4. Same old features or does it have some of the newer features on the standalone TiVo units?


    Just for good measure, anyone that has the Genie chime in and let me know if it's worth it...

    Thanks,
    Mike
     
  2. litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

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    1. Two tuners, just like the HR22 HD DVR that the THR22 HD Tivo is based upon.
    2. It's just like the HR10-250 Tivo (Series 2) interface.
    3. Folks that have the THR22 don't complain about its speed.
    4. Same old features.
    5. No comparison with the Genie DVRs (HR34/HR44). Those have 1TB hard drive, 5 tuners, and support newer DirecTV services like RVU clients, Whole Home DVR sharing, and more.
     
  3. valgrom

    valgrom Who Needs Live TV

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    So then after having been away from the TiVo interface for a while I'm become accustomed to the crappier Dish/DTV DVR interfaces. Would anyone recommend the Genie over the DTV TiVo ?
     
  4. litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

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    I would certainly recommend the Genie DVR over the Tivos. But you'll find other opinions, too. Unless you're truly wed to the Tivo user interface, there are numerous benefits to the Genie DVR -- 1TB recording capacity, 5 satellite tuners, Whole Home DVR sharing, internet features (YouTube, Pandora, etc), and more.
     
  5. TonyTheTiger

    TonyTheTiger Pro Troll Magnet

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    Agreed.

    After living with the THR22 for 2.5 years, I got a Genie and couldn't be happier. Yes, on occasion, I miss the 'badoop, badoop badoop', but overall, considerably happier.
     
  6. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

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    I have both boxes - a THR22 for my wife and an HR44 Genie for me. The THR22 works fine as an HR10 experience. If that's ok with you, it's a good choice, though you'll pay $5/month extra for the privilege. I like the 5 tuners, better search and network features of the Genie.
     
  7. LBCABob

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    Returned to DirecTV on 9/26/2013 (was OTA with Premiere since January). Got their Genie but just could not get used to the UI and especially their guide display (yes, I am old and set in my ways). DirecTV swapped it for the THR22 for $0 and now am happy.
    Yes, it is the "old fashioned" TiVo interface but the box does exactly what I want/need (plus no cost downloads from SHO, HBO, etc. which I never had before) although slower than the Genie downloaded.

    I have just 1 HD TV thus no use for multi-room viewing feature. Found only 1 conflict when setting up my SP's (which my OTA Premiere w/Lifetime easily addressed). Got the $5/month TiVo fee waived (with some effort) since I had Lifetime with the original DirecTv-TiVo DVR's years ago. 1st year monthly bill is $25 (doubles for 2nd year but that's the way the system works).

    Have no interest in Pandora, youTube, etc. Search function (when used setting up SP's) works OK for me, sorta slow as mentioned above.

    My 2 cents.....
     
  8. litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

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    Well, not really "no cost". Does require subscription to those premium channels to use their OnDemand downloads.
     
  9. LBCABob

    LBCABob Member

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    As new/returning customer, got premium channels free for 3 months. So downloading back episodes of series that I missed when OTA. Seems this promotion is pretty standard with DirecTV (as is SOP with many subscription vendors, they hope you forget to call and cancel at 90 day point).

    Also got $100 off by using the Refer-a-Friend offer from another TCF member.
     

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