DirecTV’s Wireless Genie Mini is now available in all US markets, providing wire-free installation of DirecTV service throughout your home. The Wireless Genie Mini (referred to as “WGM”), lets uses record, rewind, pause, and continue program play from any TV with a WGM. The device is basically the same as a Genie Mini (models C31 and C41) but adds the practicality of being wireless. In other words, you don’t have to run coaxial cable across the floor or inconspicuously behind walls.
The WGMs are not completely wireless, however, as they still require a power cord and HDMI cable to connect to an HDTV. But taking cable wire out of the equation certainly makes installation much easier.
In addition to DVR functions, if a customer’s main DIRECTV Genie HD DVR is connected to the internet the Wireless Genie Mini also offers access to On Demand services and other internet-based applications such as YouTube, Pandora, and Netflix. One might think of the Genie Minis as “minions” serving the main DIRECTV Genie DVR.
The only catch to getting the Wireless Genie Minis up and running in your home is that you’ll need a DirecTV professional to install a Wireless Video Bridge (or “WVB”) in your home. After that, however, you can install additional Genie Minis by yourself.
“Customers will love the simplicity of wirelessly connecting multiple TV’s to their DIRECTV Genie anywhere inside the home or even in their backyard,” said Romulo Pontual, executive vice president and CTO for DIRECTV.
The DirecTV Genie can record up to 200 hours of HD to its 1TB hard drive, and record 5 programs at the same time.
The Genie HD DVR will support up to eight Genie Minis in a home (wireless or wired), but only four of those connected TVs can show live or recorded TV at the same time. That includes the main TV connected to the Genie HD DVR.