Question about RVU TVs & Genie HD DVR

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Question about RVU TVs & Genie HD DVR

Just ordered a new Genie HD DVR. I'm going to replace one of my HD receivers and keep my other DVR as the sales person told me this would give me ability to record 7-shows at once.

I currently don't have any RVU TVs but am thinking of buying one. I'll be putting it in a room that currently does NOT have a coax cable. Since it will be a wireless, smart TV, will it work with the genie via a wireless connection? Can't find any decent info on the DirecTV website. I have browsed through the forums and haven't been able to find much other than a few comments about issues.

Thanks in advance!

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ACE - Expert

Re: Question about RVU TVs & Genie HD DVR

If it is a Samsung smart TV, then no, it won't (yet) work wirelessly. I have seen posts that say the new Sony RVU-compatible TVs will work wirelessly but since I don't have one I can't confirm.

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Tutor

Re: Question about RVU TVs & Genie HD DVR

Was thinking Samsung since my other TVs are. Spent some time looking for info online on the compatible Sonys. No luck there either. DirecTV is doing a rotten job of covering this topic in my opinion.

Too bad, was hopeful that I didn't need to got through the hassle of running another coax cable up the wall.

So I take it you have an RVU Samsung hooked up to a Genie DVR? Is the $6 a month charge applicable for adding those TVs. When I called in yesterday, I was told no.

Message 3 of 24
Tutor

Re: Question about RVU TVs & Genie HD DVR

I found the compatible model numbers. Just couldn't find any info about a wireless connection to the Genie.

Message 4 of 24
ACE - Expert

Re: Question about RVU TVs & Genie HD DVR

yes, my Samsung TV is connected (wired) as an RVU.  And yes you pay the same $6 per month as every other receiver.

Don't remember which Sony was reported as allowing wireless but I will try to find it.

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Re: Question about RVU TVs & Genie HD DVR

bestred1 wrote:

So I take it you have an RVU Samsung hooked up to a Genie DVR? Is the $6 a month charge applicable for adding those TVs. When I called in yesterday, I was told no.

Yes, RVU TV will incur the same $6.00 a month fe as any other receiver

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Message 6 of 24
Expert

Re: Question about RVU TVs & Genie HD DVR

If you get a HR44 Genie you could also get a C41w wireless client.  They are in limited release as of right now, but by the time you get the new TV then the C41w will likely be available nation wide.  This is not the same as a RVU or wireless setup, but it would allow connection in that room without a coax cable being run.  And, the clients are tiny, will snuggle behind the TV so as to be out of sight.

Message 7 of 24
ACE - Expert

Re: Question about RVU TVs & Genie HD DVR

This article on the Sony web site seems to think it's possible...

SONY | eSupport - How to wirelessly connect the TV to a DIRECTV Genie Whole-Home HD DVR.

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Message 8 of 24
Tutor

Re: Question about RVU TVs & Genie HD DVR

So I bought a new 50 inch Sony Bravia R550A. Put it in a different room and went thru the drill of hooking it up wireless via the Genie. The wireless lag is sooooooooo bad its not worth having. Can't watch anything for more than a few seconds at a time.

What are my options? Will it work if I run a coax straight to the TV? I sure hope so as I don't want to hang a receiver on my wall.

I plan to call DirecTV tomorrow & ask them to send out an installer. I'm not going to spend another hour on the phone with them trying to do this myself.

I might add that this new TV works flawlessly via my wireless connection & Netflix. Yes, at hi-res as I know Netflix will downgrade based upon signal/connection speed. I have a top of the line Cisco wireless router that is about 1-year old. Its on the 2nd floor almost directly above the Genie DVR. The Genie has the wireless signal strength listed as fair which is crap in my opinion. They must have a horrible wireless device. I'll bet this is why I'm having lag problems.

Just to pile-on, my PS3 & Xbox-360 are both on the first floor and don't have any wireless lag problems whatsoever.

Trying to improve things myself, I moved my router about 10-feet. The signal strength improved to "good" on the genie. The lag is still very bad. Totally Unacceptable. Looks like DirecTV doesn't have this technology nailed yet. I hope running a coax will solve this.

Feedback anyone?

Message 9 of 24
Employee

Re: Question about RVU TVs & Genie HD DVR

If you run a coax you will need a powered DECA for the RVU TV as well. 

FYI, RVU is not DirecTV's technology. RVU is just a protocol that DirecTV is embracing and IMO, wireless is just not up to "snuff" when it comes to streaming live FULL RES video

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Message 10 of 24

Re: Question about RVU TVs & Genie HD DVR

RVU Alliance <- dunno if that might help

Message 11 of 24
Tutor

Re: Question about RVU TVs & Genie HD DVR

So I had a DirecTV technician come to my house to check this out.

Results:

No go, couldn't get it to work via the RVU interface. Wound up running a coax and connecting a Genie-Mini. It is quite small and will tuck behind the TV; however, I now have three wires running up the wall: power cords for TV & Genie mini along with the coax cable. Will have to run some conduit up the wall so it doesn't look like crap.

I'm very disappointed. Thought this technology would work in a completely wireless set-up based upon everything I read here as well as other places. So I understand this wasn't developed by DirecTV; however, I think its very sad that DirecTV & Sony are both offering this solution when it just doesn't work well, if at all. The DirecTV technician said he has tried to install wireless RVU sets many "dozens of times" (his words) over the past year and has only been successful 3-times.

Had I known this, I wouldn't have went out of my way to buy an RVU enabled TV.

Message 12 of 24
Employee

Re: Question about RVU TVs & Genie HD DVR

Wireless is  just not up to the task

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Message 13 of 24
ACE - Expert

Re: Question about RVU TVs & Genie HD DVR

So why did you not install it wired?

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Message 14 of 24
Tutor

Re: Question about RVU TVs & Genie HD DVR

Because the installer couldn't get the wireless set-up to work properly and told me that this was my only option.

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