DIRECTV-Ready TV or Genie Client?

DIRECTV-Ready TV or Genie Client?

A few years ago, Samsung, Sony, and LG made “DIRECTV-Ready” TVs. The reasoning behind this move was to create a system that wouldn’t require a client box at the TV.  It sounded like a good idea, but how did it work in the marketplace?  Well, considering that these DIRECTV-ready TVs are no longer being made pretty much tells you all you need to know.  Right?  Well, not so fast.  There’s a lesson to be learned in all this, as well as an answer the question of whether you should get a DIRECTV-Ready TV or Genie client.  So sit back and let Signal Connect take you on a ride through the recent past of DIRECTV-ready TVs. 

How DIRECTV-Ready TVs Worked

DIRECTV-Ready technology was designed to duplicate the Genie client in software. That software is loaded into smart TVs as an app.  The idea was to have a smart TV with Netflix, Hulu, and DIRECTV built into it. The simple act of connecting all of this over Wi-Fi was supposed to eliminate the need for all cable except for the power cable.  (You’d still need to deliver electricity to the TV to make it work, obviously.)  As concepts go, this sure sounded like a really great idea…

… Except DIRECTV-Ready Technology Didn’t Work

DIRECTV satellite signal doesn’t buffer like Netflix and Hulu does.  It also doesn’t automatically drop the quality of the picture when the network gets congested.  Because of this, DIRECTV needs a really clean connection to work.  Running coaxial cable to the TV site then converting it to wired Ethernet is how this is typically accomplished.  These types of installations have as many cables as a regular Genie client system.

Wi-Fi was another problem with DIRECTV-Ready TVs.  More to the point, these devices didn’t work with Wi-Fi.  It turns out that most smart TVs disable the built-in Wi-Fi when the DIRECTV-Ready function was used.  This often resulted in techs diagnosing home Wi-Fi problems that had nothing to do with the TV experience.  Also, AT&T’s wireless clients use a form of Wi-Fi that those DIRECTV-ready TVs could have used but didn’t.  The assumption here was that it wasn’t cost effective for the TV manufacturers.

If the first two problems weren’t enough, there also was this one: streaming made things worse.  Using smart TV features while the TV was connected to coax had the potential to worsen the TV experience. As stated above, DIRECTV satellite signal needs to be very good.  If someone on the same line streams a show, it often led to slower and faster pockets of data that caused problems for anyone watching TV.


Sony, Samsung, and LG have quit adding DIRECTV-Ready functions to the TVs they made in 2018.  For those who really want this technology, they’ll have to find some 2017 and earlier TVs in the marketplace.  While we can’t say for sure that DIRECTV-Ready TVs are officially obsolete, we think these companies’ decision to quit adding this technology to their latest TV sets speaks volumes.  At the end of the day, there’s just no replacing the DIRECTV receiver, particularly the DIRECTV HS17 Genie 2.

The DIRECTV Genie 2 is unlike any Genie receiver that’s come before it.  First of all, it’s in a tower configuration instead of a horizontal deck design.  The differences don’t stop there. The Genie 2 is also a DVR, server, and wireless video bridge, as well as a power inserter and Wi-Fi adapter. The only thing it doesn’t do is show live TV.  (Your client box does that.)  Here are more of its features and benefits:

  • The Genie 2 provides DIRECTV for up to seven rooms of TV.
  • It provides two 4K streams.
  • It also allows wireless clients without having an external wireless adapter.
  • Those who have it are futureproofed against upcoming developments.

Perhaps the Genie 2’s most exciting feature is its ability to deliver DIRECTV live 4K programming.  (When used with a reverse-band LNB and the DIRECTV 4K Genie Mini Client.  4K is DIRECTV highest resolution level.  The video and audio are so crisp and lifelike, it almost feels like you can just walk right into the TV and join the action. 

Signal Connect’s DIRECTV Genie 2 Upgrade

The DIRECTV Genie 2 is great for new DIRECTV customers and others looking to upgrade to 4K programming.  To help you enjoy your DIRECTV to the fullest, Signal Connect has this Genie 2 receiver, the reverse-band LNB, and the DIRECTV 4K Genie Mini Client.  That’s everything you need to enjoy DIRECTV 4K except for a DIRECTV subscription and the TV to watch it on.  If you’re ready to enjoy 4K programming with the latest server and mini client, just fill out the form below then click “submit.” A Signal Connect representative will follow up with you and answer any question you might have.