When choosing a TV provider, the DVR a company offers can play a big part in your decision. For satellite TV customers, this means comparing the DISH Hopper 3 with the DIRECTV Genie. Both are whole home systems that allow you to record live TV, watch On Demand programming and access apps across multiple TVs. When you become a DISH or DIRECTV customer, you can upgrade your basic receiver to a whole home DVR for little to no cost, depending on the provider’s current promotion.
The most important feature of your DVR is the hard drive, which saves the TV and movies you want to record. The DIRECTV Genie includes a 1 TB hard drive, as compared to the Hopper 3’s 2 TB hard drive. This means that the DISH Hopper can hold roughly twice the recorded programming, about 500 hours of HD video.
Your DVR will also record multiple channels at the same time, which is great for busy families who all have different interests. DISH’s Hopper records as many as 16 channels at once, while the DIRECTV Genie lets you record 5.
DISH also includes Primetime Anytime, automatically recording ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX every night during primetime. This only takes 1 tuner, leaving 15 others available for recording other shows. The recordings aren’t stored on your Hopper’s hard drive either (unless you opt to save them for an extended period of time). If you’d rather take advantage of all 16 tuners during primetime, simply turn off Primetime Anytime!
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