New installation: 4K mini for non 4K TVs

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magnumis

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I ordered DirecTv today with the following:

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1 DIRECTV® Genie
3 DIRECTV® 4K Genie Mini

Did I make the correct decision to request 4K minis? I do not have a 4K TV yet but I wanted to have equipment that would last me for the 2 year contract. Is there any reason to not use the 4K minis for non 4K TVs?

Please also let me know if you have any general advice to help make the installation go well.

Thanks!
 

AZ.

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IDK?......I would do the same thing, gives you flexibility....but a bit surprised you can do it, seeing that with setup you will only be able to stream on 4k feed at a time.....
 

Zashel

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Will D* even do a 4K install without a 4K TV already there ?

no. they're supposed to check if the TV is even 4k capable before they install the mini (not all 4k TV's have the HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 required port). if the mini does not display the "your TV is 4k capable" message while its looking for a server, the tech is supposed to install a regular mini instead.
 

Jvfan57

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Is the 4K mini being referred to here also known as the C61K?


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magnumis

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IDK?......I would do the same thing, gives you flexibility....but a bit surprised you can do it, seeing that with setup you will only be able to stream on 4k feed at a time.....

Will the 4k mini work with a non-4k tv?
 

Zashel

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the C61k works just fine with D* programming of all resolutions. it's simply the only one capable of displaying 4k as well.
 

twizt3dkitty

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I repeat myself... we are not permitted to install 4k on a non4k display.. your order will be modded at the time of install. Also no tech is going to have 3 on their truck. 1 is lucky and usually we need to drive around to get that. This order will either be modded or rescheduled by local to accomidate. I recommend you call customer service and request an "FSR be sent to the local operations distro" to contact you prior to install to clarify questions you have regarding the install. Do not accept any answer you are given from a 1 800 number. I'm telling you future proofing the way you want to is not allowed, and I wouldn't recommend it for a number of reasons already mentioned in posts above.

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I ordered DirecTv today with the following:

Qty Description
1 DIRECTV® Genie
3 DIRECTV® 4K Genie Mini


Did I make the correct decision to request 4K minis? I do not have a 4K TV yet but I wanted to have equipment that would last me for the 2 year contract. Is there any reason to not use the 4K minis for non 4K TVs?

Please also let me know if you have any general advice to help make the installation go well.

Thanks!


It can be done BUT
If that's what you want, you'll have to buy (lease to be exact) from an online vendor such as Solid Signal.
HR54 is $299.00 , C61k are $99.00 each

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Drucifer

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I ordered DirecTv today with the following:

Qty Description
1 DIRECTV® Genie
3 DIRECTV® 4K Genie Mini

Did I make the correct decision to request 4K minis? I do not have a 4K TV yet but I wanted to have equipment that would last me for the 2 year contract. Is there any reason to not use the 4K minis for non 4K TVs?

Please also let me know if you have any general advice to help make the installation go well.

Thanks!
And in two years when new and better equipment comes out, you will be stuck with two-year technology. Because no way in hell will AT&T let you upgrade the equipment.
 
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