The DIRECTV HD DVR - Year 7
It's been another interesting year for for the DIRECTV HD DVR, most of the attention has been directed to the Genie platform and it appears this will be the norm and not the exception for the future. The Cutting Edge group at DBSTalk.com has been busy with field trials and has been a part of every major piece of residential equipment release since the HR20. I can't believe it's been 7 years since Earl Bonovich started the Cutting Edge program and it is still strong today. I am thankful to be a part of the program and would like to thank all of the members that keep it going, even though not every area is open for all eyes to see.
Since last year there have been two more releases of the Genie, the HR44-500 & the HR44-200, they are essentially the same to the end user with just a few differences on the inside. The Genie is the flagship of the DIRECTV line up and has 5 tuners that can serve live or recorded programming to clients and they can also be a part of the regular Whole Home setup.
The next part of the whole Genie setup that was released last year was the C41 Geine Client or "Mini" as some call it. Again, with multiple manufacturers the Genie client is planned to be the compliment to the Genie server for years to come. The C41 give you the ability to have a much smaller piece of equipment at each location but still have the control of a DVR at your fingertips.
Even more exciting than the new C41 clients was the release of the C41W, a wireless client that you can move around your home or into the back yard if you wish without having to drag a cable around. Ever wish you could set up another TV on Sunday at the same location as your main TV without having to mess with cables? The C41W and Wireless Video Bridge (WVB) make it easy to put TV almost anywhere you want it.
Last year the nomad was renamed GenieGo and some great new features were added as well, the ability for the user to stream directly to their mobile device or laptop while in home and then later the ability to stream out of home. These features changed the GenieGo from a limited feature device to a full feature necessity for the traveler.
For the sports lover a valuable new feature was recently added to the Genie, Sports Search. Click the icon and set your Genie up to record all of the Games from your favorite team, do it once and forget about it, no more worrying if you will be home in time for the beginning of the game, you will always be able to see it from the start.
This has been a big year for the DIRECTV Genie and I know there are more good things to come for next year. I would like to thank DIRECTV for early access to all of these products and allowing DBSTalk.com to participate in the testing process.
Stick around because I know that DIRECTV has a lot more in store for us and there are some great new things and features to look forward to.