DirecTV Launches New Gemini Device For Internet And Satellite Customers

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DirecTV has made a few changes today including the replacement of the DirecTV Stream service with a more simplified choice between an internet-based and satellite-based service. Another big change was the launch of a new ‘Gemini’ streaming player


Regardless of whether signing up to DirecTV Internet or DirecTV Satellite, the customer will now be able to make use of the new DirecTV Gemini box. Previously, DirecTV offered satellite customers a similarly-named Gemini device, while DirecTV Stream subscribers were offered an Osprey box. The differences between the two versions were minimal, and are non-existent with the newer device.

In reality, the new Gemini device is more or a refreshed version of the older Gemini/Osprey box, and not a complete overhaul. In spite of this, the company says that “this is the most significant hardware launch for DirecTV’s satellite customers in nearly a decade.”


Picture quality appears to be the main improvement, with the new Gemini device listed as a 4K player. This means that it can be used to watch 4K content through third-party apps that support 4K.

In terms of the price, DirecTV is offering the new Gemini device for $15 per month when signing up to one of its packages. This is the price existing subscribers will pay as well. As part of a limited time promotion, however, DirecTV is currently offering a DirecTV Gemini device for free to new DirecTV Satellite and DirecTV internet customers.

It is worth noting that an ‘Advanced Receiver Fee’ still applies, so consumers should still expect to pay a minimum of $15 per month on top of the cost of their live TV plan.


It is also worth pointing out that this is not the same device that effectively leaked earlier this week. In addition to this new Gemini box, DirecTV is also working on a Gemini Mini streaming player which is a dongle-based device that’s similar in design to the Chromecast with Google TV and Dish’s AirTV Mini.

While it currently remains to be seen when Gemini Mini will launch, or how much it will cost, it is understood to be in the process of shipping out to select users as part of a pilot program.

John Finn

By John Finn

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