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post #1 of 2 Old 08-29-2013, 11:45 PM - Thread Starter
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I've been involved with DVR's since the sat companies entered the game and have always wondered why, even though I've seen several professional reviews of the Genie and the Hopper, I've yet to see a serious head to head shoot out between these two machines. Not just features like commercial skip etc. How about why one company chose five tuners while the other chose three tuners. Or why "D" uses the ESATA connection and "E" uses a USB connection. Or why with "D" the inclusion of an external hard drive negates the Genie's internal hard drive while "E"s Hopper allows the EHD to work on conjunction with the EHD. Does "D" really have better PQ than "E"s supposed HD lite? Is the "Hopper" faster than the "Genie"? Who has the better guide? Who has the better remote? Is one easier to program? Does the "Hopper" compare to the newer "Genie "44 series with it's wireless connection? Answers to some of these questions might actually provide ammunition for folks trying to decide between providers.
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