Alternatives to Genie

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I currently have a HR24-100 HDDVR located in my living room and H25-700 in my bedroom.  Both receivers can access the DVR.  My issues is that I can only record and/or watch up to 2 shows at once.  My requirement is to record 3 shows while watching 1.  i'd also like the option to access my DVR recordings through the laptop.

I talked to DirecTV today and it seems that the Genie + GenieGo would solve my issues but they want $299 for the Genie and an additional $99 for the GenieGo.  $400 is more than I am looking to shell out.  

Are there any alternative/cheaper options?  I'd be okay with 3rd party assuming it's not too difficult to setup.