DirecTV’s new Genie DVR will keep potatoes glued to their couch

I’ve been a DirecTV customer for well over 15 years or longer. I can’t remember not having a satellite dish, so it’s been a long time. My 2yr old DVR allows for 2 shows to be recorded while playing back a previously recorded show.  With all the new Fall TV shows, I sometimes have conflicts and can’t record everything I’d like to. DirecTV has just upped the ante with their new Genie DVR which allows 5 HD programs to be recorded at one time. This DVR features a 1TB drive that can store 200 hours of HD programming or 800 hours of SD programs. That is a LOT of episodes of Big Bang Theory! The Genie serves your entire home, so you can enjoy DVR service on every TV, except without needing a separate DVR connected to each TV. Pricing isn’t mentioned except that the Genie will only be available to new subscribers. That’s disappointing as I want one. Now. Read more about the Genie DVR at DirecTV.

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, News

12 comments… add one

  • J.R. October 12, 2012, 10:10 am

    If you want this new DVR like I do, it’s easy. Call them up and tell them you want to cancel service. When they ask you why, explain that you have a two year old DVR and you want the latest technology and if you can’t get it from DirecTV you will get it elsewhere. They will oblige you with a new DVR.

    • Julie October 12, 2012, 10:22 am

      @J.R. I might just do that!

  • Chris Jones October 12, 2012, 11:27 am

    You don’t even have to threaten to quit if you are a current subscriber. I called them and simply asked if I qualified. I have 2 TV’s, so I need the Genie and a Genie mini. They quoted a cost of $447 for the 2 units, with a $250 credit, so it would cost me about $200 to get the Genie set-up for 2 TV’s. I already have 2 HD-DVR’s with the Whole Home set-up, so the way I see it, the only thing I would be gaining is the ability to set up recordings on either TV.

  • Stephen Schmidt October 12, 2012, 9:08 pm

    I have the one in the picture. I got it cause my old set top box failed. No charge.

  • javi October 18, 2012, 1:15 pm

    You could just call up DISH and get the Hopper for free! I got one set up a few weeks ago, and this thing is freaking amazing. I used to have DTV, and would have gotten the Genie, but when a DISH coworker told me about Hopper I was having a hard time believing anything from any other provider would top it. Genie looks cool, but if you like recording, the Hopper has twice the recording space of Genie (2,000 hours). It also has PrimeTime Anytime, so if your favorite shows are on ABC, CBS, NBC or FOX, it will automatically record every prime time show on all four! I can record up to 6 live HD programs at once, and nothing beats being able to skip commercials. It’s free for you, and gives you a lot more functionality.

    • Julie October 18, 2012, 2:58 pm

      @javi You sound like a DISH employee… I don’t have any desire to switch to DISH. I’m perfectly happy with my DTV lineup and service.

  • javi October 22, 2012, 9:17 am

    Lol…..VERY Well done….if you look to lines 3 and 4 of my post, you will see I referred to my DISH “COWORKER”. Nice. My apologies though, I read your post and you didn’t exactly SOUND perfectly happy….lol…my mistake.

    • Julie October 22, 2012, 9:39 am

      @javi we get a LOT of DISH Network related spam. If you’re not spamming then thank you.

  • Al December 8, 2012, 8:09 am

    @javi…it’s a shame that you and your co-workers weren’t this helpful 2 weeks ago…I ended up canceling and switching to DirecTV…because Dish shows no love for current subscribers…

  • Rick March 14, 2013, 12:24 am

    I have two DirecTV Tivos, and I am sending them back because they stink. DirecTV is giving me the Genie for free if i sign for two more years even though I still have a year on my current contract. My old Philips DirecTV Tivo that I had years ago was awesome, but the new one is just DirecTV’s standard box with Tivo software which is not a winning combination.

  • Robert Baker March 14, 2013, 5:16 pm

    I signed up for hd from directv and they are installing the Genie
    tomorrow morning for a total of 26 bucks. Yes, I signed a two year contract. A no brainer!

    • Julie March 14, 2013, 5:26 pm

      @Robert let us know how you like it. I have been thinking about upgrading too.

Leave a Comment