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DIRECTV Attacks Dish's Hopper With a Genie
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (October 12, 2012) -- DIRECTV yesterday launched a new HD DVR called Genie that can automatically record programs based on your past viewing habits and record up to five HD programs at the same time.

The Genie will compete against Dish's new Hopper HD DVR, which can automatically eliminate commercials and record all primetime programs from the top broadcast networks. DIRECTV's web page for the Genie -- seen
here -- highlights the differences between the Hopper and DIRECTV's new set-top.

The web page also says the Genie is only available to new customers now and will not be offered to current customers until later in the year, probably next month.

Wired News reports that for new subscribers, the Genie is free, but there's an advanced receiver service fee of $20 per month. Current customers will eventually have to pay a one-time hardware charge for the Genie, which could be as much as $99, Wired writes.

“Prices will drop in November for the Genie across the board, but we actually haven’t decided how much everything will cost yet,” a DIRECTV spokesperson told Wired. “We’re going to wait to see what the demand is from customers. But the point is to wait until next month if you’re an existing customer.”

DIRECTV says the Genie's top features include:

Five Tuners
The user can record up to five shows at the same time.

Genie Recommends
DIRECTV customers can have the set-top recommend and store new shows that match their TV viewing preferences.

Whole House Technology
One receiver can serve the entire house so DVR features can be used on every TV without having a DVR in each room.

Picture-in-Picture - Double Play
You can watch, pause, rewind and fast-forward on two difference channels at the same time.

Start Over
You can start a program at the beginning if you tune in late.

One Terabyte of Storage
You can record up to 200 hours of HD programming and 800 hours of SD programming.


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