PROS / The DirecTV Genie supports 4K playback.
CONS / It doesn’t have built-in Wi-Fi.
VERDICT / Though it only has a 1TB hard drive, the DirecTV Genie can record a lot of content and connect to many different devices, making it a great option, especially if you’re already a DirecTV customer.
The DirecTV Genie is a powerful and versatile DVR. With this device, the members of your household can watch or record up to five programs simultaneously, eliminating scheduling conflicts. It only has 1TB of internal storage, but you can easily expand that by connecting an external hard drive so you never miss a show, and you can even watch 4K content. Its port selection lets you control what the DVR connects to, making it an easy choice for families and avid TV lovers.
The Genie’s 1TB internal hard drive can record 800 hours of standard-definition content or 200 hours of HD content, and you can rewatch the recordings at any time. Although it doesn’t have built-in Wi-Fi, you can still stream to additional rooms if you purchase at least one Genie Mini, which receives signals from your DVR and plays recorded shows on TVs throughout your house. It has parental controls, you can set to keep your kids from viewing inappropriate content, and you can skip through commercials in recorded shows. You can even create your own schedule to record a single episode or recurring series.
This digital video recorder isn’t limited in the sources it can access, so if you want to record a show sourced from an antenna, another from satellite and something else from HBO on-demand, you can do so. The DVR can also connect with audio streaming services like Pandora. A companion app for the product is set to release soon, and it will let you use the service on the go.
This DVR recorder has more inputs and outputs than any other DVR we reviewed. You have access to must-haves like HDMI, Ethernet and USB ports, as well as standard ports like coax, component video and composite video. Additionally, the Genie is futureproof, since it supports 4K. Whether you just bought a new 4K TV or are still using an old tube TV, this DVR works with your equipment.
DirecTV’s customer service representatives are available to talk to you via phone or live chat, the latter of which is convenient since it leaves you with a transcript of your conversation. There are also a few informational resources available on the company’s website, including a FAQs section. The Genie is 13.1 inches wide, 9.69 long and 1.9 inches tall.
With its five tuners and artillery of functionality, content access options and port availability, the DirecTV Genie can be a versatile entertainment tool in your home. It is slightly limited with its 1TB hard drive, though you can connect an external hard drive. Its supports 4K, making it a good choice for families and early technology adapters.