Q. The DIRECTV Genie Whole Home service interests me because I want to have satellite in more than one room without a bunch of receivers. But do you need the Internet to install the Genie? — Ann, New Haven, Connecticut.
The first receiver is installed in room one and each additional room is then connected via small (about the size of an oversized wallet) Genie boxes, which are known as Clients. The Clients use RVU software technology to access the receiver in room one so you don’t need an Internet connection.
What’s also appealing about the Genie is that because of the Client’s size, it can be easily hidden behind the television or in some other location near your set so your living room looks less cluttered.
Note: Some Sony, Samsung and LG TVs have RVU installed so you can access the Genie HD DVR without even using a mini Genie Client.
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