Originally Posted by lorimcp
One problem I am afraid of is that a 'friend of a friend' with DTV said that on the satellite boxes with Genie, you can't pause live TV. I can't believe this can be true, but if it is, I really could not deal with that.
For DirecTV equipment, "pause live TV" requires that the tuner that you are using have a hard drive in the same box.
So, if you have a separate receiver (like an H25), you can use it to watch TV, watch recordings from any of your DVRs (with whole home DVR), but not pause live TV (since it doesn't have a hard drive).
Any DVR (HR24, HR34, TiVos, etc.) will allow you to watch recordings, watch TV, and pause live TV.
If you use the R
nit client (C31), then it uses the tuner from the HR34 (now stupidly called "the Genie", when "Genie" is really the DirecTV term for "record suggestions"), so you can do everything that you could do if you were using the DVR directly, including pause live TV.
With whole home DVR, you can watch recordings from any DVR using any other DirecTV device that isn't a TiVo...you don't need an HR34 for that.