DISH’s Hopper Sling Adaptor vs. DirecTV’s GenieGo – A Quick Comparison

2014-12-19_15-41-24It really fascinates me to see the latest and revolutionary technological advancements especially in the TV industry. Who would have thought that watching TV on the go while away from home would be possible? Well, today it is! Although this feature is really interesting but honestly a few months back it didn’t matter to me much until my favorite contestant from American Idol got eliminated. He didn’t get votes and neither did I vote for him as I was away from home and I had missed the show. Well, though one vote from my side wouldn’t have saved the contestant from elimination but I missed the show and his last performance. If only I had access to the show on my phone, I could have watched it live.

So, this is when I finally decided to switch to a satellite TV service that offered this benefit and was economical too. Well, I came across two renowned services Dish and DirecTV. Initially it was very difficult to choose, but when I researched thoroughly I was clear on my selection. Here is what I found. This information might help you if you are also looking to switch:

Dish- Sling Adapter
For TV addicts, Dish brings the most advanced and value added device of the year Sling Adapter. This is a ground breaking technology that takes TV viewing to a new level. Now I can watch TV from anywhere at any time. I love it because I don’t have to rush home and make it on time before my favorite TV show is aired live. I can easily watch the show while I am at work or in the car through my smartphone.

Sling Adapter-This is a sleek slim device offered by Dish that allows viewers to watch TV from anywhere. It offers the easiest way to watch both recorded and live TV shows even when I am not home.

How it Works?

To use Sling Adapter to its maximum functionality, all I had to do was to connect the Hopper HD DVR to my high speed internet service. And then I attached the Sling Adapter to the DVR using the USB port.

Once I installed the Hardware, then I logged on to from my PC and downloaded the Dish Anywhere app on my smartphone. As soon as the download was complete, I was able to watch all my favorite recorded and live TV shows on my smartphone. The app is available for free.

What makes Hopper with Sling great is that this is not limited to a single powered platform. In fact whether you have an iPhone or Android phone or a tablet you can watch your shows anywhere.

Smart Features and Functions
Ø  Record up to 6 Shows

Here are some smart features of installing Hopper with sling adapter. Hopper is a HD DVR that allows me to record 6 programs simultaneously. Its primetime anytime feature enables me to record primetime shows on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC.

Ø  TV Anywhere

With Sling Adapter connected to my Dish Hopper, I can in no time transform my personal computer, tablet and smartphone into a TV and watch my favorite shows from anywhere. Location does not matter anymore!

The TV anywhere features keeps me entertained all the time. Whether I am in the mood for music or sports or primetime drama I can watch any program I like on my smartphone with ease. Now there is no need to fight for the remote with other family members to watch the show of my choice.

Ø  Endless Choices

With Dish Sling, there are endless choices for viewers watching TV on smartphones. I can watch TV shows and movies from over 150 of the top rated channels without paying extra.

Ø  Manage DVR Content through Smartphone

I find this Sling function beneficial especially when I forget to set Hopper DVR on recording. Using the Sling technology connected to my DVR, now I can access live and recorded programming and also schedule recordings and edit DVR settings through my smartphone. So, even when I forget to set the DVR on recording, I can easily set it during the day without any hassle.

Ø  Hopper Transfers- Awesome for Offline Viewing

This feature supports offline viewing. It comes in handy when I lose my internet connection. With this feature, I can download, transfer and watch DVR recordings on my iPhone from anywhere. All I have to do is to select a recorded show to download on my phone. It takes around 30 minutes for the file to transcode and transfer.

DirecTV-Genie Go
With DirecTV Genie Go, TV goes mobile. It allows TV viewers to watch TV on the go at anytime and from anywhere. Location is not a barrier.

How it Works?

To install Genie Go app, first you need to connect DirecTV Genie HD DVR to your internet connection. Then install the Genie Go app on your device. Genie Go app copy and streams shows from DirecTV DVR to your smartphone.

Features and Functions
Ø  Copy Recorded Show and Watch Them Offline

With Genie Go you can download your recorded shows to your mobile phone and computer. You can watch the recorded shows on the go and keep yourself entertained even if you don’t have an internet connection.

Ø  Stream with Wi-Fi Connection without Downloading Shows

You can also stream shows from your HD DVR playlist on your cell phone or computer when you are home. You don’t need to download the shows.

Ø  Auto Download Series

This feature is really cool especially if you don’t want to miss your favorite TV show ever. This feature automatically prepares to sync a new episode of your favorite TV series on your computer or smartphone as soon as it is recorded on DirecTV HD DVR. All you need to do is set auto download series to “ON”. You can also see the progress of the content you are downloading.

Ø  Access up to 20 Hours of Recorded Programming

With Genie Go you can access up to 20 hours of recorded programming on your personal computer and mobile device.

DirecTV Genie Go vs. Dish Sling Adapter
Here are some differences between the two that I came across during my research:

Ø  Live Programming

With Dish Sling Adapter, you can watch both live and recorded shows even when you are away from home. However, this is not possible with DirecTV Genie Go. With Genie Go, you can only watch recorded shows on the go and only stream live shows when you are at home.

Ø  Channel Choices

Genie Go allows you to stream only 80 channels whereas with Sling Adapter, you can stream over 150 top rated channels. So if you are looking for a wide range of live streaming choices, then Dish Sling Adapter is definitely a better choice.

Ø  Browse the Guide and Schedule Recordings

Unlike DirecTV Genie Go, you can easily browse the guide and schedule recordings from your smartphone and tablet on Dish Hopper DVR using Sling. This is a fantastic feature especially if you have to change your daily routine unexpectedly and you can’t make it home to watch your favorite TV show live. Using Sling Dish Anywhere app, you can schedule a recording of the show from your mobile device and watch it without any commercials when you come back.

After comparing different features of both services Dish Sling and DirecTV Genie Go, I opted for Sling. Which one will you choose?