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GenieGO 2 First Look


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#1 ONLINE   Scott Kocourek

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Posted 16 March 2014 - 01:05 PM

DBSTalk is proud to release our First Look of the DIRECTV GenieGO 2

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GenieGO 2 First Look

 

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 08:55 AM

Solid Signal also has a hands on review of the GenieGO2, you can check that out here: http://forums.solids...RECTV-GenieGO-2


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Posted 02 April 2014 - 09:01 AM

Great review, team!

I would like to stress that this product is still in pre-release status and we don't know when DIRECTV or your favorite third party retailer would have them.
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Posted 02 April 2014 - 09:54 AM

Or at least the "official" First Look.  ;)

 

http://www.dbstalk.c...go#entry3211609

 

But serious, good work anyway guys by the DBS team....   


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Posted 02 April 2014 - 10:32 AM

Other than size, how does this compare to the GG1 (or whatever it is called now)?



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Posted 02 April 2014 - 10:55 AM

This looks great.  It says transcoding speed improves. so something better than 1hr - 1hr like current GenieGo?



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Posted 02 April 2014 - 10:56 AM

Other than size, how does this compare to the GG1 (or whatever it is called now)?

 

From an app standpoint, it's functionally identical. It does transcode 2x-3x quicker, however. So if you're waiting for a transcode, a better experience. If you normally transcode overnight, pretty much the same experience.

 

Also easier to hook-up, because it can be connected co-ax or CAT5. The GG1 was CAT5 only.


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Posted 02 April 2014 - 10:58 AM

This looks great.  It says transcoding speed improves. so something better than 1hr - 1hr like current GenieGo?

 

Correct, no more one to one transcoding time. Actual speed difference can vary, but still a significant improvement.



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Posted 02 April 2014 - 11:14 AM

very good news.  Invariably my wife is going on a trip and wants to download a show or movie an hour or so before the flight...typically she only ends up with one or two hour long shows.



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Posted 02 April 2014 - 11:35 AM

Also easier to hook-up, because it can be connected co-ax

as long as the customer has SWM, that is


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Posted 02 April 2014 - 11:42 AM

I'm biting the bullet and going with genie as my HR-700's appear to becoming unstable (experience tells me i'm about to lose one of them); been with Directv since 96 so this will be no cost to me. Everything I watch is recorded except a few live sports events. Should i wait on this or do with the existing Genie. I have cat 5 and multiple RG 6's at each tv (3). Like the whole house but it is much slower to FF thru commercials. Is Genie better at this? Any help/advice would be appreciated.



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Posted 02 April 2014 - 11:54 AM

You are talking about the Genie DVR where this review is of GenieGO which is a different thing.
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Posted 02 April 2014 - 12:18 PM

Shot in the dark, and I assume the answer is no, but: Does it bridge the Ethernet and SWiM connections? IE: could one use this as both a CCK and a Genie Go?

 

If not, that is a missed opportunity. 


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Posted 02 April 2014 - 12:22 PM

No mention anywhere on Video Quality.

Same as I found out hard time with Genie2go that quality is barely 480i.

Is it only just me that it's been years now, I refuse to watch anything that not HD quality?


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Posted 02 April 2014 - 12:24 PM

Nice review folks. You have convinced me to purchase one once they are available.


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Posted 02 April 2014 - 12:25 PM

No mention anywhere on Video Quality.
Same as I found out hard time with Genie2go that quality is barely 480i.
Is it only just me that it's been years now, I refuse to watch anything that not HD quality?


I have the same question. If video quality of new GG2 isn't improved significantly, it's not a compelling update for me. 720p minimum.

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 12:33 PM

Why isn't this just a feature of the Genie DVRs?  TiVo was doing this on their standard DVR over a decade ago.

 

EDIT:  TivoToGo was released in January of 2005, so technically not "over a decade ago".


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Posted 02 April 2014 - 12:39 PM

Shot in the dark, and I assume the answer is no, but: Does it bridge the Ethernet and SWiM connections? IE: could one use this as both a CCK and a Genie Go?

If not, that is a missed opportunity.


While it seems at this time that is not going to be a supported hookup method, mine is working just fine doing just that right now. ;)
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Posted 02 April 2014 - 12:40 PM

No mention anywhere on Video Quality.
Same as I found out hard time with Genie2go that quality is barely 480i.
Is it only just me that it's been years now, I refuse to watch anything that not HD quality?


While it looks fine on an iPhone and ok on an iPad, I agree I wish we'd have better quality options. With the obviously better horsepower in his unit I wonder if we might get it someday, but who knows.

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 01:32 PM

No mention anywhere on Video Quality.

Same as I found out hard time with Genie2go that quality is barely 480i.

Is it only just me that it's been years now, I refuse to watch anything that not HD quality?

 

Video quality is exactly the same at the moment... about 1200 kbps. IMHO, that's fine for a phone or a 1024x768 iPad 2 or iPad Mini, e.g., but not optimal for a retina resolution 9" iPad 3 or higher resolution tablet at that size or larger.

 

With every new release of client software, I'm hoping there will be an option to transcode at higher quality, even if it will take a little longer and result in larger files. 2200 kbps for in-home streaming to my iPad Air would be welcome. Maybe someday! :P


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