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. It’s the system that all future DIRECTV stuff is going to be based on, and if you’re not there, you need to start talking about getting there. Look at the advantages:


The HR44 Genie DVR is a lot smaller than the HR24 DVR. It may not seem like a big deal but it’s the difference between wall-mounting the DVR behind the TV and not wall mounting it. The C41 Genie Clients are tiny, too. They’re half the size of an H25 receiver. There’s no reason to have big bulky receivers anymore. With a Genie you’re looking at a cleaner installation.


I’m not talking about the power to record five things at once, although the Genie DVR has that. What I’m talking about is that a Genie and three 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!

“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 HR44 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 thinking that you want to wait until 4K takes off, don’t. It’s going to be quite a while before you see any live content from DIRECTV, and it’s pretty likely that you’ll need hardware that hasn’t even been invented yet. This tells me that you’re a year or two from really caring about 4K, if ever. That shouldn’t figure into your plans today in 2015.

If you’re interested, if I’ve piqued your desire, call the folks at Signal Connect at 877-312-4547 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!

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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 5,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.