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Sun, Jun 12, 2022 2:03 PM

Do you need Genies if you have a Smart TV?

Do I just need one genie instead of the three I now have, if I have two smart tvs?

I also have the video bridge for WiFi on everything. 
I want to trim my expenses. 
thank you, Greg

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Juniper

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DirecTV charges $7 for each additional TV. Doesn't matter if you use a built-in RVU Client of a "smart" TV, you still pay for it.

What matters is how many TVs you have, regardless how it is connected.

You don't have wireless "everything". The WVB connects the Mini Genie Clients to the main Genie. The main Genie and WVB are still wired themselves.

To trim expenseses you reduce your programming package and/or number of TVs.

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detuch254

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@Gregs90vet I wish this was possible but unfortunately DIRECTV’s policy is that each TV should have a DIRECTV receiver and the customer must pay an access fee of $7 for each TV that they wish to have DIRECTV with in their home. Also, there is no such app on smart TVs or streaming devices to access DIRECTV satellite. You can, however, download each individual channel’s application and use the TV EVERYWHERE functionality to access their Live Tv and on-demand.

As a side note, you have a regular main Genie HD DVR and Genie clients. While a Genie HD DVR is self-sufficient (standalone), the Genie clients are dependent on the main Genie HD DVR. Therefore, they aren’t called just ‘Genies.’ Just thought I would tell you so you don’t get confused.

Also, the video bridge doesn’t provide WiFi at all. The role of the video bridge is to create it’s own network/server for Genie clients to wirelessly communicate with the main Genie HD DVR. So, you wouldn’t receive WiFi connectivity via a Wireless Video Bridge.

Ways to trim your expenses include deactivating unnecessary receivers/clients that you don’t need anymore, subscribing to a lower package with most of the channels you still like, removing add-ons, and calling DIRECTV (number in my greeting below) and asking for the retention department for a discount. However, as DIRECTV is losing customers by the day for cheaper streaming services, they may not be open to giving you discounts or offers.

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nabukl

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There's no DirecTV satellite app for tvs so yes you need the 2 mini genies, the wvb ONLY provides access to wireless minis NOT internet or wifi access

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After being a loyal DirecTV customer for over 22 Years, you'd think they could drop the $7.00 charge on other TV's. $3,696 DirecTV made of of us during that time! Come on DirecTV, too Greedy & no respect for long-term, loyal customers!

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After 22 years of being loyal DirecTV customers, you would think DirecTV could waive these extra TV charges. DirecTV made $3,696.00 from us for these TV's!!! Come on, seriously?

Juniper

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@paulyz 

Their billing model is a mirroring fee for each additional TV that gets the service. That licenses the programming for each one. If your account is grandfathered, the primary TV fee is waived.

You don't like it, then go somewhere else. It is up to you to manage your finances, not demand (in multiple posts and threads) that they change their billing model to suit you. That would be you being greedy instead of financially responsible.

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Basically DirecTV is a monopoly with NFL Sunday Ticket. They are the only one that has these games & I could not watch my favorite team otherwise I'd switch in a minute. B4 cable, we could watch for Free & even less commercials. Funny all the commercials when we Pay for cable.

shannon02

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The content providers send the same programs to all providers with the same commercials and to the local affiliates who can add their own commercials.

Juniper

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@paulyz 

You don't need to keep submitting the same post over and over. Just click once. Posting the same thing again and again is essentially spam.

Basically DirecTV is a monopoly with NFL Sunday Ticket.

Yes, DirecTV is the exclusive provider for the NFL Sunday Ticket. That is how you get your out-of-market games. Any in-market games are on your locals. This is the agreement between DirecTV and the NFL. Your complaint on this situation is not solely with DirecTV but the NFL as well.

B4 cable, we could watch for Free...

You can still watch for free. Just use a regular over-the-air (OTA) antenna like you did before cable. You make it sound like the option went away with cable. It still exists. The only change is that if you have an older TV, you need a digital converter box as the signal changed many years ago (they were available free during the transition year so now you make a small purchase).

Funny all the commercials when we Pay for cable.

The networks control the commercials, not the TV providers. If it weren't for commercials, our bills would be much higher. The networks sell as much advertising space as they can when they don't get as much revenue as they want from the TV providers (and by association us customers via our bills). We are paying for the networks/content we cannot get on locals. Anyone who thinks you go to pay TV to be free of commercials doesn't understand how it works.

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You need one main Genie that they charge like 26 a month. The others should be mini's. 

Here's the deal. If you have smart tv's you can watch non DTV content, say in a bedroom and not have the mini box at 7  a month. Ditto of RuKU Tv's you can watch non dtv programming aps without the box

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The Genie is the bigger box that controls the smaller Mini boxes which yes are 7 a month.

Note I have a RoKU TV in my bedroom and dont need a box but can only watch apps on Roku. You must have a mini box to watch dtv content so the question is do you need DTV content on all your tvs

Juniper

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You need one main Genie that they charge like 26 a month.

You pay $10 for HD service, $10 for DVR service, and $3 for Whole Home DVR service ($23, not $26). That is even if you don't have a Genie. As long as you have one box that uses a service, you pay for it.

The $7 you pay for each additional TV regardless of if Mini Genie Client, another type of box, or no box at all (built-in client of a TV).

So you DON'T need a Mini box on other TVs. Only if you have the Genie-2 (HS17) are you restricted to clients which can be Mini Genie or RVU TV.

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Sorry for the repeated comments, accidentally posted more than once. If I did get an antenna & convertor box, would I be able to watch NFL out of my area? Thanks. Appreciate any info on going about this...

Juniper

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If I did get an antenna & convertor box, would I be able to watch NFL out of my area?

Short answer: No.

A antenna is to get whatever locals are within range. Only your in-market NFL games would be on your locals. Out-of-market NFL games are on the NFL Sunday Ticket, which is the entire purpose of having that seasonal sport subscription.

The converter box is only if you have an extremely old TV that doesn't have the digital tuner built-in. The digital transition from analog went into effect in 2009. This only affects traditional over-the-air locals and has nothing to do with what you receive through DirecTV.

You cannot watch out-of-market/out-of-area NFL games for free.

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