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Genie vs The Hopper: Which One Can Record The Most Channels?
Washington, D.C. (January 29, 2013) --
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Q. I've been hearing
a lot of commercials for Dish's Hopper HD DVR and DIRECTV's
Genie HD DVR. The both say they can record more channels at the
same time than anyone else. How can that be true? --
Bobbi, Nashville, Tennessee.
Bobbi, good question. Let me
DIRECTV's Genie HD DVR can record five channels at the same time
-- all in High-Definition. (It also allows you to watch two
channels at the same time using Picture-in-Picture, if you like
that sort of thing.)
Dish's Hopper HD DVR, however, allows you to record six channels
at the same time -- again all in High-Definition. However, there
is a catch. You can't choose all six channels; you can only
choose two. The other four channels are chosen for you and they
are the four broadcast networks -- ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC. They
record automatically in primetime and each recorded show will stay on
your Hopper HD DVR for eight days.
So while Dish is right to say that you can record six channels
at the same time -- which is one more than DIRECTV -- you only
get to pick two of those channels. Plus, your set-top can only
record six channels in primetime. In non-primetime hours, you
can only record three channels at the same time.
Bottom line: You could make a case that are both are right when
they say their HD DVR can record more channels at the same time
than anyone else. But Dish's Hopper comes with so many
restrictions that, in my view, DIRECTV's Genie actually gives
you more options in multi-channel, simultaneous recording.
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