Let me start by saying I've been a loyal customer of Direct TV since 2005 (8+ years). Maybe I've been lucky but I've always had very good service until I got a Genie System. In Dec 2012 I bought a new house and was given a Genie system for free(Or so I was told before the install) for being loyal for so long (Even though it seems even new customers get it...). Nonetheless I was happy to get the system until the day of the install when I was told I would have to pay $100. for one of the clients (I have 4 total TV's, All HD. 1 Server & 3 Clients). After an initial fight with a CSR my wife got a $50. credit to the $100. charge they were trying to get me for. I called in a week or 2 later and was able to get another $50. credit for the $100. charged for one of the clients, which wiped out the fee but even still required too much time fighting that I will never get back.
Within days of the install we noticed a very slow internet connection speed an almost constant banner saying signal dropped on the server TV. I called CSR and was told DirecTV was aware of these issues and were working on software to fix the problems. I said I understand thanks for being honest and upfront about it and I can wait for the new software. Well it never got better so I called back and was told at first there isn't any issue caused by DirecTv and it must all be somehow my fault. So I got used to living with a system that I had to restart almost daily, definitely every other day. So I got tired of it and called in again, figuring that some time has passed and the software update should have happened by now.
Well after another 1.5 hours of my life I will never get back of arguing with this "Genie Specialist" I was told I need to add the protection plan($8.99/mo on top of $160+/mo I already pay them) to fix the issue and she would schedule a service tech to come out to check out the problem (Remember there was no problem caused by DirecTV). The service tech came out and took one look at the setup(Dish location) and said here's you signal dropped problem right here. The dish was installed pointed right at a tree, No joke!
After moving the dish to a location that had a clear view of the sky he went into the genie box and the stand alone wireless modem on the side and said, "These stand alone modems have never worked correctly, everyone I see I replace. They are such an issue DirecTV has upgraded their Genie to have an internal wireless modem. I'll give you a new box and that should fix the internet connection problems."
To me DirecTv gave me a faulty install placing the dish behind a tree and also a faulty box that is known by the installer to have problems (All the problems I have experienced and relayed to the CSR and was old they were somehow my fault).
Those fixes seemed to fix both problems, for a few weeks. I no longer have the signal problem but now my genie will not download anything on demand. It says the internet connection speed is too slow, even though all my other wireless devices near the genie get an almost flawless connection to my wireless network (Avg Speed near the Genie is 10+ Mbs!) Even the Genie says he wireless connection is "Excellent" but it will not or very slowly download an on demand movie. I've even forwarded the ports on my router to the ports stated on the genie system, no help
I called CSR and was told it must be my Plasma TV interfering with the Genie system. and even though I have the protection plan I had to fight to get a tech to come out(Diagnostic codes 72-79-871). They gave me an appt that is a week and a half away!!!!! Said they have nothing sooner than that.
I like this system in theory and would be very happy with it, if it worked! I am a reasonable guy who expects reasonable service. I understand that things wont always work perfectly but this genie barely works. So now I have o wait for another week to see if this tech can do anything to help.
In my opinion I pay DirecTv very good money every month and have so far this year not received the level of service that I feel the right to expect for the money spent. I just want this ficed so I don't have to make a call to DirecTv when I would rather be spending time with my family. It is becoming ridiculous at this point. From reading other forums it seems that I am not alone with the issues this Genie system has. DirecTv please fix it and in the meantime at least be upfront and honest with your customer, don't tell us you've designed a box that doesn't work near Plasma TV's (Stupidest thing I ever heard, if true DirecTv pulled a real bonehead move there, I'm sure no one wants to use a Plasma TV with their DirecTv ...)