• Will DIRECTV receivers ever get faster?



    Well, I sure hope so. Although I'm personally not terribly unhappy with the speed I see from DIRECTV's products I know a lot of people who are. To be fair I usually only have the most recent stuff in my house, since I test a lot of new things. But even so, I think that the last several generations of hardware have been "pretty good" and of course they could be faster but I don't think that they lag terribly compared to the competition.

    Let's look at some common complaints and talk about whether things are going to get better or whether this is something you'll just have to deal with.

    Channel changes
    Slow channel changes have been a complaint from DIRECTV subscribers for years and I'm sad to say that it's probably not going to change in the coming years. If you're used to cable TV and its lightning fast channel changes then you probably cringe when you change the channel on DIRECTV. You've probably stopped flipping up and down just to see what's on because it can take 3-4 seconds for each channel change.

    The problem is the DIRECTV system itself. With over a dozen satellites in use, the dish and its hardware need to look in a lot of different places to find the channel you want, and changing over the entire receiving setup every time you press channel-up takes a second or two. Although DIRECTV is retiring at least one satellite in the next two years, that still leaves quite a few, and some of the channels you're looking for are going to be on completely different frequencies than they were before.

    This isn't going to change, unfortunately, although it could get a little better depending on how a system is set up. DIRECTV NOW, the internet-delivered TV service from AT&T, has pretty fast channel changes and a DIRECTV satellite system could potentially tune the internet-delivered channel first and then change to satellite delivery a few seconds later. However that might create lag or weird stutters when the changeover happens.

    Slow smart TVs
    Although the ability to use your TV as a DIRECTV Genie Client has been around since 2011, those first TVs were really, really slow at it. (Trust me, I've got one of them.) Later TVs got faster and faster but that trend has leveled out as the DIRECTV RVU process has been ported to ever-cheaper TVs.

    In order to really get the fastest DIRECTV experience from a smart TV you will need a top-line TV, and you're not going to get it for $699 at Costco. I mean a real top model here. And that's unfortunately only the half of it.

    Future smart TVs will use the MoCA 2.0 standard with the DIRECTV Genie 2, but the 2017 TVs don't use it yet. Expect to see that rolling out with future smart TVs, but things are only going to get faster if every device you use to watch TV is compatible with MoCA 2.0, meaning you'll need to upgrade older clients as well, and if you're using DECA adapters to power other network devices you'll need to upgrade those as well.

    So there is definitely a possibility that you'll see faster client boxes in the future, just not today.

    Slow DVRs
    OK, some of those old DVRs are really really slow. Those of you who are still out there rocking HR23s, I'm talking to you. If your DVR has "real buttons" instead of a touch panel, you're due for an upgrade. Moving up to a Genie is going to rock your world. The Genie DVRs aren't super speed demons but they'll feel like rockets compared to those old DVRs. Unfortunately you will need to watch all the old recordings on your DVRs because they won't transfer to the new hardware.

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    Comments 3 Comments
    1. rad's Avatar
      rad -
      What does TVís needing MOCA 2.0 have to do with anything? DIRECTV requires that you use one of their DECA adapters which then connect to the TVs Ethernet port, the TV never sees MOCA.
    1. Stuart Sweet's Avatar
      Stuart Sweet -
      Future RVU client stacks within the TV will use MoCA 2.0. Current RVU stacks use MoCA 1.0.
    1. rad's Avatar
      rad -
      OK, confused. What TV’s now allow for a direct connection of the coax on the DIRECTV network to access the Genie without the need for a DECA adapter?