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What is Genie?


Genie, available only from DIRECTV, is a state-of-the-art HD DVR that lets you enjoy full HD DVR service in every room of your home--without needing a separate receiver in every room. In a Genie Whole-Home HD DVR setup, one of your TVs is directly connected to the Genie HD DVR and each of your additional TVs is connected to the Genie HD DVR using either a Genie Mini or Wireless Genie Mini. These are small, convenient boxes that are easy to hide behind your TV. You can enjoy DIRECTV service and full HD DVR functionality on every one of your TVs in this setup.

Other features of Genie include:

  • The ability to record any five shows at the same time, all in HD. So no more recording conflicts.
  • A full terabyte of recording capacity, so you don't have to keep deleting recorded shows you want to keep in order to make room for new ones.
  • Genie Recommends—this is a special feature that recommends shows based on what you already watch and even to record them for you, so you can watch instantly.
  • RVU technology—the Genie HD DVR features built-in RVU technology, which allows RVU-enabled TVs to be connected to the Genie HD DVR as additional TVs in your setup without a Genie Mini box. How do I know if my TV is RVU-enabled?

Compare Genie with our DIRECTV HD DVR:

Compare Genie HD DVR
Record 5 shows at once
Storage capacity 1TB
(up to 200 hours of HD content)
(Up to 100 hours of HD content)
HD DVR functionality
in multiple rooms

(requires Genie Mini or DIRECTV ready TV in additional rooms)

(requires HD receiver in additional rooms)
Acces to entire DIRECTV
On Demand library
Record and watch shows
in up to 1080p HD

To get the Genie HD DVR:

New Customers: To get a Genie HD DVR setup with your DIRECTV service, just select a Genie HD DVR and one Genie Mini for each additional TV when you place your DIRECTV order. Order DIRECTV

Existing Customers: Please call 1-800-531-5000

Watch this video to learn more about Genie:


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