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Do You Need Internet to Watch DIRECTV?

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.

For those not familiar, the DIRECTV Genie Whole Home HD DVR allows you to record up to five shows at the same time — and watch live or recorded programming in up to four different rooms with just one receiver. (Each TV can also display a different show or recording at the same time.)

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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.

But either way, no Internet connection is required.

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1 Comment on Do You Need Internet to Watch DIRECTV?

  1. I have the Genie you described, But also have (2) HR24 additional Receivers, (2 Receivers in each) NO Clients which allow me to Watch and Record (9) Nine shows at the same time anywhere. With (Whole Home) Record a show on any receiver and watch it anywhere.
    Neat as lots of shows come on at the SAME time. 7-8 PM. I don’t miss anything.
    Also the are ALL “WIRED” NO wireless means NO Pixels, Freezing, Electronic interference, problems with Foil Insulation in walls, People walking thru signal, etc. ALWAYS perfect Picture.
    The receivers are Not so big as the Old ones, so they are Not a problem.
    The BIG Kicker is if “one goes Bad” you still have the others to watch TV on. With “ONE” Genie, if it goes OUT you are dead in the water till DirecTV sends you a Refurbished receiver.
    These ALL run off “ONE” DISH, unless you have out buildings on the SAME property.
    The additional Dish set up does NOT allow Whole Home with the Main set up. but you ONLY pay for the additional Receiver ($7.00) in the out building, NO extra programming fees.
    You can connect Internet to the Receivers to get MORE PAY PER VIEWS, if you are into higher fees and More Movies.

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