The DirecTV Genie delivers in all the right ways, so much so that it provides a reason to switch providers. Of course, user experience isn't everything and there are many other reasons to choose a provider; price, local availability, service, support and picture quality to name a few.Read the full review →
While it's impossible to spend meaningful time with all the variations offered by cable companies nationwide, the Genie easily distinguishes itself from other DVRs we've tried. For starters, a whole-home DVR will always win our hearts over the alternative -- assuming you have more than one TV, of course. Add in unique features like DoublePlay and QuickTune and combine them with one of the best iPad companion apps we've used, and we'd have to say the Genie almost outshines every provider DVR we've ever used. The one exception would be the Hopper, which offers many killer unique features, including PrimeTime Anytime and fully integrated Slingbox capabilities. Deciding between the Genie and the Hopper would not be easy. So with Microsoft all but abandoning Windows Media Center and TiVo not yet releasing its whole-home DVR clients, the best whole-home DVR in the US really does come down to the two satellite providers.
The DirecTV Genie delivers in all the right ways, so much so that it provides a reason to switch providers. Of course, user experience isn't everything and there are many other reasons to choose a provider; price, local availability, service, support and picture quality to name a few. So while all those factors can vary greatly from market to market, the enjoyable user interface in every room of your house, full-featured guide and great companion apps should have you considering a switch.
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Other features (networking, etc.)
In the end, the Genie is worth the expense if you really care about not missing any of the newest shows. But if you’re more interested in the place-shifting features, or if you want to save an extra 10 bucks a month, the DISH Hopper with Sling has it beat.Read the full review →
For homes like mine with a lot of TVs, maybe a combination of the Genie with one or two separate HD DVRs makes the most sense, offering the best attributes of each. Those with fewer TVs will likely choose one or the other.Read the full review →
I have had this thing for about a day. I'm still learning my way around it, but I'm reasonably happy. We moved from a TiVo Series 2. Pros - 1 Huge technological jump for us. The interface is fast, smooth, and reasonably intuitive. 2 The Whole-Home feature is brilliant. Cons - 1 Genie...Read the full review →
I was a DVR holdout. I refused to pay endless monthly fees for a "service" that merely provided what I had already...a program guide. Plus, I had a DVD recorder...coupled with DVD-RW discs, I recorded shows to my heart's delight. Well, HD changed all that. We still recorded HD receiver content...Read the full review →
The Genie's ability to record 5 HD programs at the same time is amazing. The guide's speed and layout is decent. Their iPad app has become very useful. I replaced an older HD DVR with the Genie and moved the older DVR to a bedroom. Both DVRs combine their recorded content when you view the list...Read the full review →
Five tuners and no more conflicts. 200 hours of HD storage, more if you add an eSATA.Read the full review →