Should you upgrade to a DIRECTV Genie?

If you’re still clutching onto that HR24 DVR I have news for you. It’s time. It’s time to talk about getting rid of that old hardware and moving up to something more modern. The Genie system from DIRECTV isn’t just the future, it’s what’s hot now. Now is the time to look at an upgrade that’s really going to enhance your pay TV experience for years to come.

Cut out extra wires.

The Genie 2 system is the latest and greatest from DIRECTV.  It’s designed to be an all-in-one entertainment hub that eliminates a lot of the clutter that you have now. This one box can eliminate the power inserter, DECA, wireless video bridge, and wireless access point. It sits quietly on a shelf doing its work and you never even have to think about it.


I’m not talking about the power to record seven things at once, although the Genie DVR has that. What I’m talking about is that a Genie and seven clients is going to save you real money on your electric bill because together the system uses less than half the electricity of four HR24 DVRs. That’s savings you can use to upgrade your DIRECTV package and enjoy even more!

The world of 4K

4K is here, and DIRECTV has more 4K content than any other pay-TV provider. The hitch? You’ll need to upgrade to a Genie system to get it. The HR24 DVR isn’t 4K-compatible, so you probably don’t even know what you’re missing. Movies, sports, and a world of entertainment away you with DIRECTV’s three live channels of 4K. That’s more than any other pay-TV provider. You’ll also get thousands of on-demand movies. And, DIRECTV’s 4K is better than streaming, because it always comes in at full quality.

“Mad skillz.”

No, I don’t like it when the kids butcher the English language either, but it’s a great way to talk about the benefits you’ll get from a Genie compared to older hardware. You get customized recommendations, tons of movies pre-downloaded and ready to watch, and full DVR function on every TV. Try that with older H25 or even standard definition hardware. Connect a smart TV without using a receiver. Go wireless and put a receiver anywhere, even on the patio (within reason, you know there are some limitations but come on.)


I’m telling you right now, if you think your HR24 DVR is fast you will be amazed at how fast the Genie is. It’s just a whole different experience and really you don’t wait for anything. It just blows you away. The clients are almost as fast, and they whole system will have you saying “this is the way it should have been from the beginning.”

Yes, the Genie system is SWM-only, meaning that if you haven’t made that jump you’re going to have to. But it’s time, really. Those old multi-wire dishes have been out of favor for years now, and if you really have a need for more than 8 tuners or you need to support older equipment, you can always keep the old HD dish and just add external multiswitches to your heart’s content. SWM is just the only technology DIRECTV cares about and that’s not going to change until something new comes along.

If you’re interested, if I’ve piqued your desire, call the folks at Signal Connect at 888-233-7563 and talk about an upgrade. They’re really experts and can walk you through what you’ll need and make sure you get the latest equipment! Or, just fill out the form below, and they’ll get back to you.

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.