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Do You Need the Internet For DIRECTV's Genie?
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (May 1, 2013) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to

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, Connecticut.

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 less cluttered.

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 include:
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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