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#101 OFFLINE   hdtvfan0001

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 10:47 AM

It appears that some folks are missing the primary mission of the GenieGo...to allow mobile viewing without any dependency/connectivity to WIFI.

 

The streaming aspect is secondary, and not the main intent of this technology...it just happened to become an added feature/capability.

 

As an owner of a Slingbox and GenieGo...the differences in what they are designed for are clear.


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#102 OFFLINE   Steve

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 08:49 AM

GGs are currently marketed (and supported) as being able to download or stream, and that's consistent with my recent experience. The hardware was designed to do both, even though the software may have been rolled-out in phases.

 

When I used the GG2, I had no issues streaming content to my iPhone while out of home, as long as I had a "steady" 700kbps (or better) wifi connection. I never used a Slingbox, so I don't know if it streams any better with a "spotty" internet connection.

 

Watch anywhere—without an Internet connection.

GenieGO lets you download and watch shows recorded on your HD DVR on up to five different devices, so everyone in your family can enjoy their favorites anytime, anywhere—all at the same time. No Internet connection required to watch, so you can watch without interruption.

 

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Stream shows instantly over Wi-Fi.

Whenever you’re joined to a Wi-Fi network—any Wi-Fi network, not just your home network—you can stream your recorded shows instantly, without having to download them to your device.

 

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Posted 21 June 2014 - 07:45 AM

I'm curious if anyone using iOS devices is happy with the Genio Go app? My beef isn't with the video quality or capability, it's with getting the content onto my iPad/phone. Let me explain..

For the short while I had an Andriod Nexus 7 tablet I had GG running and it worked well. When a show was done transcoding it would download in the background and be ready to watch whenever I wanted. This is not how iOS works. On both my pad and phone I have to babysit the downloads. It will not just start downloading, you have to open the app yourself to get it started. Once it's downloading the app needs to stay up front and active to keep downloading. If your device goes to sleep it stops downloading.

This really gets bothersome fast. If you open the app and it has 10 show to download it can take quite a bit of time... I just want it to work like the Nexus did.

I should add that iOS has settings to allow apps to update content in the background. You can turn this on/off in the settings menu on a per app basis. Genie Go does not even show up on this list implying it isn't even coded to try and download in the background....

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Posted 21 June 2014 - 07:58 AM

You're right; it doesn't have that ability. Downloading, however, is fairly fast, but really slows down if other material is being transcoded. I usually work on my laptop while downloading, and never more than a half dozen programs at a time, so it's less of a bother to me. 


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Posted 21 June 2014 - 08:12 AM

I wonder with IOS 8's multitasking function if a future update to the client will solve the background download issue?


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Posted 21 June 2014 - 09:21 AM

Just noticed another thing on GG, you can't transcode on-demand content.  I was hoping to get Game of Thrones on my pad.  I downloaded the on-demand content and it doesn't show on the GG.  I know I could stream it but I want to be able to watch without a network connection...



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Posted 21 June 2014 - 02:01 PM

Correct, VOD/PPV is not supported.  That has been known for a while.   

 

It would be nice if they were supported.



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Posted 21 June 2014 - 04:07 PM

I'm curious if anyone using iOS devices is happy with the Genio Go app? My beef isn't with the video quality or capability, it's with getting the content onto my iPad/phone. Let me explain..

 

If you iOS device is jailbroken, I have  solution for you, otherwise, never mind 


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Posted 24 June 2014 - 04:16 PM

What are my options with a Surface RT and Windows Phone 8.1? The last app update for DirecTV and Windows Phone was 2.5 years ago. The only thing I can do with the app is schedule a recording. I HATE that they plaster "Everywhere / *Any Device"  (*every device except what I own) on their advertising but its really only iOS and Droid that get the goodies.

 

If on home wifi, can the GG be accessed via browser (IP of GG) to stream?


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Posted 24 June 2014 - 04:42 PM

If on home wifi, can the GG be accessed via browser (IP of GG) to stream?

 

Just a browser won't work. You need a client to stream, as well as play back downloaded transcodes..


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Posted 24 June 2014 - 05:08 PM

Try downloading the windows 8.1 program from DTV and see if it will install.

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 05:10 PM

Duplicate post

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 07:22 PM

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 09:19 PM

Surfaca RF, 

 

What are my options with a Surface RT 

none.


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Posted 25 June 2014 - 09:56 PM

Just noticed another thing on GG, you can't transcode on-demand content. I was hoping to get Game of Thrones on my pad. I downloaded the on-demand content and it doesn't show on the GG. I know I could stream it but I want to be able to watch without a network connection...


You can download the hbogo app (along with a ton of other stations) for the on demand stuff.

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 10:37 PM

Quite so, and welcome to the forum!

 

Unfortunately, HBOGO does require an active (and decent!) internet feed. 


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 05:18 AM

I like my geniego. Only thing it is missing is the ability to stream over cell on an ios device. I don't understand why android has this only


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 01:30 PM

I like my geniego. Only thing it is missing is the ability to stream over cell on an ios device. I don't understand why android has this only


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 02:42 PM

So it is an ios restriction and not an app one?


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 04:27 PM

So it is an ios restriction and not an app one?


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Posted 30 June 2014 - 09:53 AM

I ordered a GenieGo last week and received the first version.  I'm returning it to hold out for the newer version.



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Posted 30 June 2014 - 11:46 AM

I ordered a GenieGo last week and received the first version.  I'm returning it to hold out for the newer version.

Did you order it from DIRECTV or a dealer like Solid Signal?


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Posted 30 June 2014 - 11:51 AM

Did you order it from DIRECTV or a dealer like Solid Signal?

Directv via phone.  Was about $25 cheaper with free shipping included than SolidSignal.



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Posted 30 June 2014 - 11:57 AM

You might want to call Solid Signal and see if they do have the GG 2 available if you really must have one. Remember, DIRECTV considers the GG and GG2 the same, just like a HR34 and HR44 are the same. Based on how much better the GG 2 works I'd just pay the extra $'s and not take chances with DIRECTV ordering.


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Posted 30 June 2014 - 02:51 PM

Yea, and I know that, but hoped it wasn't true for the GenioGo or I would get lucky.  No big deal. They credited and are sending a label.






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