TV Answer Man
You Need the Internet For DIRECTV's Genie?
Washington, D.C. (May 1, 2013)
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Q. The DIRECTV Genie
Whole Home service interests me because I want to have satellite
in more than one room without a bunch of receivers. But do you
need the Internet to install the Genie? --- Ann, New Haven,
For those not familiar, the DIRECTV Genie Whole Home HD DVR
allows you to record up to five shows at the same time -- and
watch live or recorded programming in up to four different rooms
with just one receiver. (Each TV can also display a different
show or recording at the same time.)
The first receiver is installed in room one and each additional room is
then connected via small (about the size of an oversized wallet)
Genie boxes, which are known as Clients. The Clients use RVU software technology to access the
receiver in room one so you don't need an Internet connection.
What's also appealing about the Genie is that because of the
Client's size, it can be easily hidden behind the television or
in some other location near your set so your living room looks
Note: Some Samsung and Sony LED TVs have RVU software installed
so you can access the Genie HD DVR without even using a mini Genie
Client. According to DIRECTV, the compatible Samsung models
D6000, D6400, D6420,
ES6100, 6150, 6500, 6550, 6580,
6900, 7100, 7150, 7500, 7550, 8000 and 9000.
The Sony models include the
Sony BRAVIA R550A and R520A series.
But either way, no Internet connection is required.
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