DirecTV is planning to put a stop to the support of their GenieGO device. This device allows users to transfer/sideload movies and shows recorded to the DVR to devices like smartphones, tablets, or computers, to watch later.
As per the latest reports, DirecTV has sent email messages to GenieGO users alerting them that the latest DirecTV app will replace the device and that DirecTV will not support the device after Nov 4, 2016.
“The DIRECTV App allows you to continue to view your DVR recordings, download DVR recordings, and stream live TV from your receiver to your mobile device. In order to use the full functionality of the DIRECTV App, you will need to upgrade your receiver,” the email explains.
The email message also includes offer for “complimentary upgrade,” but details were not offered. The complimentary upgrade could be a new Genie HD DVR that is capable of supporting the latest DirecTV app.
DirecTV has recently updated their TV Everywhere app and with the update, the app offers more than 315 live TV channels to the users. The users can also have access to the content that is recorded on the home DVR.
GenieGO, which was previously called Nomad, costs ninety nine dollars. The device was upgraded by DirecTV in 2013 to offer access whether the user was at at-home and on-the-go when it is connected to a compatible HD-DVR. The storage of the device was also limited to about twenty hours of video content.
Even as the DirecTV pulls back the strings on GenieGO, Dish Network is pushing ahead with HopperGO, which is a ninety-nine dollar portable DVR that allows users to take recorded DVR content offline wherever they go. The device can store about hundred hours of programming and is also compatible with Hopper 3 and Hopper 2 devices.
Dish Network’s HopperGO also supports a private Wi-Fi cloud that can connect up to five smartphones and tablets through the Dish Anywhere app.