• Solid Signal's HANDS ON REVIEW: DIRECTV HS17 Genie 2 "Headless Server"



    It's time for a new generation to take over. The DIRECTV Genie 2 gives users 400 hours of HD recording space and the ability to watch TV in 7 rooms using wired and wireless clients. It also supports two 4K clients at the same time.

    AT&T's vision of the future is obvious with the HS17 Genie 2 (which might be renamed the "Genie Air" before it hits the market.) One box does it all. It has built-in wired and wireless networking, a wireless video bridge for connection to wireless clients, and it will even power the dish. The only thing it doesn't do: it doesn't output to a TV. Not directly, anyway. Unlike the HR54 Genie DVR, there's no live TV output on the main box. This is meant to be a box you set up and leave alone.

    Other key features include a new process for adding clients that's easier than ever, a new access card shaped like a SIM (although a regular SIM won't work), and a new, more powerful power adapter.

    While the HS17 Genie 2 looks unlike any other DIRECTV product, it acts just like the current-generation Genie meaning that it's going to be a comfortable experience for the millions of users who will upgrade to it. It's expected to be available late in the second quarter of 2017.

    If you're interested in the full, in-depth review, read our "Hands On" PDF which lays it all out, or watch this mini-review to get an idea of what you'll be drooling over for the next few months.



    If you're looking for a peek at the innards of the HS17, check out the review that those kooky cats over at iamanedgecutter.com did.

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    Comments 13 Comments
    1. nike5580's Avatar
      nike5580 -
      What will the monthly charges be like for this new set up? Will they charge for each tv/client, or will the first tv/client be free like with the HRxx/Hx models?
    1. Stuart Sweet's Avatar
      Stuart Sweet -
      You know, I've asked that question myself and I haven't gotten a good answer yet.
    1. tony520's Avatar
      tony520 -
      Does it have the same requirements from DTV as the HR54 , must have a 4k tv and must have at least 1 4k client (C61) for upgrade / install?
    1. Stuart Sweet's Avatar
      Stuart Sweet -
      You will be able to activate this DVR with all HD clients if you wish.
    1. tlarseth's Avatar
      tlarseth -
      Quote Originally Posted by tony520 View Post
      Does it have the same requirements from DTV as the HR54 , must have a 4k tv and must have at least 1 4k client (C61) for upgrade / install?
      There is no 4k requirement to get a hr54. I have one with only a 1080 tv. It is based on what the tech has on his truck. The area I live in, the techs only carry hr54 genies.
    1. Stuart Sweet's Avatar
      Stuart Sweet -
      In your area that may be true but other existing customers have had other experiences.
    1. tony520's Avatar
      tony520 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Sweet View Post
      In your area that may be true but other existing customers have had other experiences.
      yes I have an upgrade from my protection plan , they offered me a Hr54, but insisted a tech come out and install , I also had to get a 4k client and have 4k tv, so im going to wait and see if i can get a HS17 with my upgrade.
    1. Reaper252's Avatar
      Reaper252 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tony520 View Post
      yes I have an upgrade from my protection plan , they offered me a Hr54, but insisted a tech come out and install , I also had to get a 4k client and have 4k tv, so im going to wait and see if i can get a HS17 with my upgrade.
      As a tech in Texas I guarantee you do not need a 4K tv to be eligibile for an HR54. The only requirement as far as 4K is that a 4K Tv is required/highly recommended to receive a 4K client. I have activated a few 4K clients on regular HD TVs but there was a compatibility issue.
    1. rgray318's Avatar
      rgray318 -
      Is this HS17 available in central New Mexico, Between Chilili and Tijeras NM to be exact, which is near Albuquerque? My brother is moving out soon and taking his entire DTV system with him of course so for the first time in decades my Parents will be without Television, something they surely could not handle in life. They don't know how to do the research or who to contact, so I need to figure out what my parents need to continue using DirecTV. We have whole home recording, 3-4 rooms (3 now I guess), and MUST have a system capable of 4K and 1080p TV's. Very much hoping the new Genie is not slow like our current unit. It takes multiple seconds for every touch on the remote and we hate that. However, we do not care about it since my Brother is moving out on the 1st of September. So we MUST figure out what to do and I want the Genie 2 system right off the bat. I am an ex cable installer of 12 years and currently a computer tech who can install anything myself.

      How can I get this Genie 2 system within the next 2 weeks? Please let me know. Thanks
    1. Stuart Sweet's Avatar
      Stuart Sweet -
      Basically call Solid Signal at 877.312.4547 and we can help you figure out your upgrade eligibility.
    1. MichiganFan's Avatar
      MichiganFan -
      I have one of these being install later this week. What are people finding as far as heat and fan noise? I'm trying to figure out where to have it installed. I have an empty cabinet in my entertainment center. Can it go behind a closed door? I could also put it on the floor next to the cabinet (but would prefer it out of sight), or behind the bar in the basement, or in the closet with the router and other networking equipment. Since it's headless, it doesn't need to go near the TV. Where do people typically install them, since it won't fit in a space for a component? Does it make any noise?
    1. snorton's Avatar
      snorton -
      I have had this for 2 weeks. So far a "fail". The main TV, near the Genie 2 tower, loses audio or doesn't have audio until you fool around with it, change channels, turn on and off etc. The remote TV, one floor up, barely gets a signal (too far away according to DTV tech!!!) and stalls repeatedly, sometimes for a minute. If I could easily bring back my old Genie 1 I would. Tech is coming later this week to try once more to make it work. Two visits already have not succeeded.
    1. Stuart Sweet's Avatar
      Stuart Sweet -
      Do you have the client hooked through an audio/video receiver using HDMI? This seems to be a known issue with this configuration.