DIRECTV Attacks Dish's Hopper With a Genie
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
-- highlights the differences between the Hopper and DIRECTV's
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,
“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:
The user can record up to five shows at the same time.
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.
- Double Play
You can watch, pause, rewind and fast-forward on two difference
channels at the same time.
You can start a program at the beginning if you tune in late.
One Terabyte of
You can record up to 200 hours of HD programming and 800 hours
of SD programming.