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An HD DVR so advanced, your every TV wish is granted.

Genie, the Most Advanced HD DVR Ever

DIRECTV Genie HD DVRWe are proud to introduce Genie from DIRECTV, an HD DVR so advanced your every TV wish is granted. Genie, only from DIRECTV, is one HD DVR receiver that serves your entire home, enabling you to enjoy a full HD DVR experience on every TV in your home without seeing a box in each and every room. Avoid recording conflicts with DIRECTV Genie, which lets you record any five shows you want, all at the same time, all in HD. Genie also offers up to three times more HD recording capacity than cable, giving you enough room that you'll never have to delete your favorite pre-recorded shows again.

Based on one Genie HD DVR setup (model HR34 Advanced Whole-Home DVR only). Requires a C31 Client or an RVU-enabled TV/device for each additional room. Additional fees apply. Access to programming based on package selection. Blackout restrictions apply to sports programming. Program must air in HD to record in HD.

Mid-America Satellite Founder John Mancini, about Genie: "I've been providing DIRECTV service to Midwest customers for more than a decade, and in my more than ten years of experience, I've never seen anything like Genie from DIRECTV."



Advantages provided by Genie from DIRECTV

  • One HD DVR for Your Home – Genie brings you a full HD DVR experience on every TV in your home, allowing you to record, pause, fast-forward, rewind and delete pre-recorded shows from any room. You can start watching a show in one room and finish in any other. You can even watch the same pre-recorded show simultaneously in up to 4 rooms. ¹
  • Eliminate Recording Conflicts – Record any five shows you want all at the same time in HD from one central HD DVR. ²
  • Store All of Your Favorites – Genie comes with 1 terabyte of HD DVR storage, giving you three times more HD recording capacity than cable. ³
  • Eliminate Inconvenient Boxes – Genie serves the entire home, eliminating the need for a box in every room. ¹
  • Get Recommendations – Genie recommends shows based on the ones you typically watch, exposing you to new favorites!
  • Get Ahead on Your Recordings – Search and schedule recordings up to two weeks in advance.
  • Catch Up on Your Favorite Shows – Catch up on past episodes from up to five weeks in the past.
  • Restart Programs – You can even start programs at the beginning if you tune in late.

¹ Requires C31 Client or an RVU-enabled TV/device for each additional room. Additional fees apply. ² Access to programming based on package selection. Blackout restrictions apply to sports programming. Program must air in HD to record in HD. ³ Based on one Genie HD DVR setup (model HR34 Advanced
Whole-Home DVR only). Actual recording capacity varies based on type of programming being recorded. Program must air in HD to record in HD. Remote viewing requires a model C31 Client, H25 HD Receiver(s) or RVU-enabled TV/device in each additional room, a SWiM network and Advanced Receiver Service ($20/mo.).

Visit directv.com/genie for complete details. To access HD programming, HD television equipment also required. Number of HD channels varies by package. Limit three remote viewings per Genie HD DVR (model HR34 Advanced Whole-Home DVR) at a time. See additional disclaimers on page three.


DIRECTV Genie Frequently Asked Questions

Genie only records 5 shows at once. DISH Network claims Hopper can record up to 6. Is that true?
The Hopper from DISH Network actually only has three tuners, so outside of Primetime hours you can only record 3 shows at once. They are able to say that they can record six shows at once because of their Primetime Anytime feature, but even with that they are forcing you to record the channels they want you to record. Genie is better because it gives you the freedom and power to record any five shows you want at once, anytime you want, all in HD.

Is DISH Network's Hopper compatible with RVU-TVs and game consoles?
No, only DIRECTV's Genie is RVU-enabled. Genie works with RVU-TVs and game consoles, enabling you to enjoy total receiver-less TV. If you are unfamiliar with RVU, visit our RVU page [link to RVU Page] to see how RVU-TVs work with DIRECTV.

What is meant by Clients in the description of the Genie?
Clients are devices that can be seamlessly connected to the Genie, the best HD DVR from DIRECTV yet. The clients can be DIRECTV clients or other devices such as RVU-enabled TVs, Blu-ray players and gaming consoles.

What is RVU and how does it work?
RVU, a software technology, is built into the Genie and enables it to act as a server for smaller Clients (DIRECTV clients, Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, Smart TVs, etc.). RVU allows clients to access all live and recorded content from the Genie, as well as broadband internet based services and User Interface features. Visit our RVU page [link to RVU Page] to learn more about RVU technology.

What do the clients do?
Clients do not contain tuners of their own, and connect to the Genie to access programming. One client is needed for each additional TV unless the TV is RVU enabled (a Smart TV).

Can I use a client without the Genie?
Because clients do not have tuners themselves, they cannot be used without the Genie. They must be connected to the Genie in order to access its programming, recorded content, and DVR. One client is needed for each TV unless the TV is a Smart TV (RVU enabled).

How many TVs does the DIRECTV Genie provide for?
The Genie can be connected in up to 8 rooms, bringing DIRECTV programming and full DVR capabilities to each connected TV.

How many shows can I watch and record at one time?
The Genie enables you to record up to five programs of your choice at one time with five tuners. If you are recording a show on the Genie, you can watch it at the same time in up to three other rooms. The show can be played later in multiple rooms simultaneously as well.

Does the Genie allow you to pause, rewind and play live TV with the clients?
Yes. In any room with a client, you can pause, play and rewind live TV with the DIRECTV Genie.

Can all of the TVs connected to the Genie record shows?
You can schedule to record a show on the Genie from any of the connected TVs. DIRECTV clients have full and independent DVR capabilities. You will not be able to record content from a connected HD receiver.

Can the Genie system be combined with other DIRECTV HD DVRs and receivers?
Yes, the Genie will work with any other DIRECTV HD DVRs and HD receivers that are compatible with the Whole-Home DIVR service, allowing you to play, pause, rewind and delete recorded content on the Genie from any room in the house. Note: You will not be able to record content to the Genie from a connected HD Receiver or HD DVR.

Can I get On Demand programming with the clients?
If the Genie is connected to the Internet, you can access On Demand programming via the clients.

Are DIRECTV clients able to skip commercials automatically during pre-recorded content?
DIRECTV clients function like any other HD DVR, allowing you to fast forward on recorded shows, but it does not skip them automatically.

How many hours of programming does the Genie hold?
The Genie, with a 1TB (one terabyte) hard drive, holds up to 800 hours of standard-definition programming or 200 hours of HD programming. Actual recording capacity varies, based on the types of programs being recorded.

Is PiP (Picture in Picture) available on the Genie? Is it available on clients?
PiP is available on the Genie; it is not available on the individual clients.

Can I access DIRECTV apps on the Genie?
DIRECTV Apps can be accessed on the Genie. These apps include:

  • Pandora
  • ScoreGuide
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • News
  • Sports
  • Weather
  • And more…

The Hi-Def Guide is where to find these apps, which can be easily accessed through the menu. Some apps may require an Internet connection.

Can I set parental controls with the Genie?
You can set up parental controls for both the Genie and the clients and set access restrictions on your entire system.

Do I need an Internet connection for the Genie to work?
An Internet connection is not necessary, but it is recommended as it adds functionality to the Genie and the clients.

Are clients assessed a monthly charge as an additional receiver?
Yes. All TVs beyond the primary TV will be assessed a $6 monthly additional TV fee.

Can I hide the DIRECTV client out of sight?
The client does not require a direct line of sight when using a Radio Frequency (RF) capable remote control, and can be hidden behind the TV or in a cabinet.

Genie Size Specifications

Genie Dimensions:
Height: 3.25 inches, Width: 15.75 inches, Depth: 11.85 inches

Client Dimensions:
Height: 1.024 inches, Width: 5.906 inches, Depth: 11.85 inches

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