Archive for the ‘DirecTV’ Category

TiVo Phone Connections Have Ended

Posted on May 16th, 2019, by Michael
TiVo Wireless G Wifi Adapter

In the Spring of 2019, TiVo ended support for dial-in connections. TiVos for cable or antenna must use broadband internet to connect to TiVo’s servers from now on for guide updates and OS upgrades. So if your TiVo had been dialing in and is now complaining that it can’t get guide data, this is why.

Here’s a list of the impacts on TiVos that were dialing in, per TiVo generation, starting with non-DirecTV units:

Series1 (Philips HDR and Sony SVR-2000 models): These already haven’t been able to dial in for a few years, so they really aren’t impacted by this change.

Series2 (TiVo, Sony, Humax, Pioneer, and Toshiba models, some with DVD capabilities): If you have one of these and were using a phone line, you now need to switch to broadband. You have two options:

Series3 TiVo HD (TiVo brand): Series3 units all have ethernet built-in as well as the ability to use a separate Wifi adapter. If you were using a phone line, you need to change to an ethernet cable, or this G Wifi Adapter.

Series4 Premiere (TiVo brand): Series4 units were the first TiVos that didn’t ship with internal modems. If you were using these to dial-in, you would have had to have a TiVo USB Phone Line Adaptor connected (and this didn’t work with the four tuner Premieres). Now you either need to plug an ethernet cable into your unit (all Series4 units have ethernet ports) or add a G Wifi Adapter.

Series5 Roamio and Series6 Bolt units were never able to dial in, so this change doesn’t affect them.

DIRECTV TiVos

Series1 and Series2 DirecTiVos, and the HD DirecTV HR10-250: If you have one of these units up and running, it should continue to work fine for now. It may give you a ‘nag screen’ telling you to connect to a phone line (don’t bother) but it should continue to get guide data off the satellite dish. But if you redo Guided Setup, change your hard drive, or try to set up a previously unactivated unit, you won’t be able to. In these situations, the unit needs to dial-in to DirecTV, and that’s no longer possible.

DirecTV units cannot use the broadband wired or wireless adapters mentioned above.

DIRECTV Genie HR54 is in Stock!

Posted on September 2nd, 2015, by Michael

The newest Genie Server just hit our warehouse!

The HR54 is a the latest, newest, greatest DIRECTV Genie Server yet. And we’ve got them as stock units, and upgraded with tons of extra capacity.

We’ll have more info in the next few days, but if you’ve been waiting until this existed to get a Genie, it’s here!

You can find the HR54 on our site here:

DIRECTV HR54 Genie Server

First 4K Receiver in Stock! The DIRECTV C61K Genie 4K Mini is Here.

Posted on August 12th, 2015, by Michael

While there isn’t a lot of 4K content out there yet, it’s absolutely fantastic that DIRECTV already has hardware out to support it, when that content comes!

We now have the DIRECTV C61K 4K Genie Mini in stock.

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So far, the only 4K content available is via the DIRECTV streaming network.

But if you have a 4K TV and you are getting a new receiver for it, there’s really no reason not to get the 4K Mini now, so you’ll have some 4K content, and you’ll be ready as soon as more comes online.

Here’s a picture of the back of the C61K:

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It only has HDMI for video, but it does have audio via HDMI, coax, or Toslink (optical).

Like any Genie Mini/Client, this requires a Genie server of any variety, which are currently the HR34, HR44, and H44.

DIRECTV Genie Mini C51 is in Stock at WeaKnees

Posted on July 27th, 2015, by Michael

We just received stock today of the new DIRECTV Genie Mini C51. This is the latest of the wired Genie Mini clients.

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We don’t have the full info yet on what is new here, but it ships with the RC73 RF remote and has the same outputs as the C41 that preceded it.

DIRECTV H44 GenieLite Now In Stock

Posted on July 8th, 2015, by Jeff

We are now shipping DIRECTV’s new lower-cost H44 GenieLite. This is, in effect, a Genie (HR44) but without a hard drive built in. External hard drives will be sold separately, but we don’t yet know whether the H44 will accept drives larger than the DIRECTV-branded 1TB.

The main advantages of the H44 are its size and price. It can be mounted behind a TV and out of sight, and it also can be used in conjunction with other clients in other rooms (C31, C41, C41W). The H44, like the HR44, requires a SWM (single-wire multiswitch) setup, either via SWM LNB or a SWM8 or SWM16.

The H44 also has a PI21 built in, so it can power a SWM LNB without a separate power supply. It CANNOT power a SWM8 or SWM16, however. For a SWM8/SWM16 module, a separate PI29 is required. The H44 itself also requires a power supply.

The H44 supports wired and wireless clients, but without a hard drive (or HR2x on the network), it will not work with a GenieGO.

Our initial view is that there is minimal reason (aside from cost and space constraints) to get an H44 over an HR44, especially since (at least for now), DIRECTV will not permit an H44 and an HR44 to be one account. Given the flexibility and versatility of the Genie HR44, we think that is a far superior box and recommend it over the H44 for most users.

H44 Front  and Back