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DIRECTV Android App v2.2.0 - Issues and Discussion

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by BubblePuppy, Apr 26, 2012.

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  1. lincolnnellie

    lincolnnellie Cool Member

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    Finally! Over 50% of the phone market share and finally seeing some love.
     
  2. Drew2k

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    Why should we limit discussion to phone usage only, when DIRECTV is not limiting installation of the upated app to only phones?

    The compatibility check indicates the app is compatible with my Xoom tablet as well as others I previously used. If DIRECTV didn't want tablet owners to install it they could update the Google Play Store to prevent tablet installations. There are some issues with using it on tablets, and DIRECTV allows it to be used on tablets, so those issues should be reported.

    By the way, here's what my Play store compatibility shows - with three tablets listed as compatible (the bottom Vizio is a 7" tablet):

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  3. Drew2k

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    I know how it's supposed to work, but as I reported in the issues thread, it's not working. I see the SD and HD listing for the same channel.

    Here's the screen capture from my Samsung Galaxy Nexus, in Browse by Date and Time, with Hide SD Channels selected.

    It clearly shows WCBS SD and HD, WNBC SD and HD, WNYW SD and HD, but it should be hiding the SD channels. If I scroll through the listings it's not hiding ANY of the SD channels that have HD counterparts. (It's only working to hide SD channels in the "Browse by Channel" listing.)

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  4. Drew2k

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    DIRECTV should clarify that in the app description to eliminate ANY confusion. Other apps have done this by pointing out feature differences between devices and it woudl server DIRECTV's customers to do the same here.

    I'm reporting based on the "release notes" as provided by DIRECTV in the app description. It does say "compatible with phones with 2.2 and above", but it also says it's compatible with my device. DIRECTV can take care of this with an enhanced description and/or provisioning the Google Play Store deployment to deny permission for tablet users to install the updated app.

    Cool. I'm sure it works just fine on many other phones and maybe other devices as well, but as we all know there are a lot of devices in the Android ecosystem. Now DIRECTV can try to identify why it's not working on the Galaxy Nexus and the Xoom, both Google Experience devices, when using Browse by Date and Time.
    If it can be installed, it can be used, and DIRECTV customers can contact DIRECTV about it. We should let the DIRECTV customers smart enough to visit DBSTalk discuss it here.
     
  5. HDSC

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    This app is working just fine on my Samsung 10.1 wifi tab and my Droid Charge.

    Thanks Directv!!!

    :D:hurah:
     
  6. hdtvfan0001

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    Working just fine on the ASUS Transformer tablet here (Android version 4.0.3 - aka Ice Cream Sandwich).

    This app already gets plenty of use when traveling for scheduling, so this also increases the value to have it installed.
     
  7. litzdog911

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    I don't think the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablet has ICS yet.

    I'll have to try this on the wife's Galaxy 10.1.
     
  8. Sgt. Slaughter

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    ehh not really. wouldn't make sense why 4.0 is req for tablets while it works on phones with 2.3...If it req 4.0 to work on tablets then it would req it for phones too...Now I could see it being restrictive on things like the kindlefire as it runs an OS thats very different than any other android as its missing a lot of the guts of it...

    Also you have others noting running the CM9(ICS) on tablet didn't get it to work, while others said it did...

    some conflicting, odd reports overall b/w the two things. having it run on a tablet should not be an issue at all given it works fine on the phone. so likely something just needs to be tweaked in next release to smooth the issues some are reporting on tablets...


    Now that thats said:
    I would LOVE to see an option to be able to filter by "free" and "$$" content to watch through the player...currently selecting movies and having to sift through all the paid content is a hassle right now...
     
  9. HDSC

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    FYI: My Tablet "Samsung 10.1" is running Honeycomb 3.2 and my "Droid Charge" is running Gingerbread 2.3.6.

    Edited to clarify software
     
  10. Drew2k

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    For the tablet guys, when you say it "runs fine", are you including playing content via the "watch phone" menu option?
     
  11. Sgt. Slaughter

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    okay now we are getting somewhere....I could see the CM9 causing an issue with the player as CM builds in the past have been known to cause some app's to be a little quirky...hence Netflix not working initially and them actually adding support for it later on...

    So far ones that didn't work were running CM....except for Drew which I dont know if he was running stock/Rom/ or something else..


    would be interesting to see if someone else running a pure stock Android GB can run it...
     
  12. Drew2k

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    My Samsung Nexus phone is running stock ICS (4.0.2) and is unlocked but not rooted, and plays video perfectly.

    My Verizon Motorola Xoom with 4G/LTE upgrade is running stock Honeycomb (3.2.6) and is not unlocked and not rooted, but does not play video.
     
  13. Drew2k

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    Are you sure your Samsung 10.1 tablet is running Gingerbread? Out of the box, the 10.1 is running Honeycomb, the tablet-optimized version of Android.
     
  14. Sgt. Slaughter

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    yeah should be honeycomb actually there...interested in his response to that though...If hes loaded GB manually via a ROM then maybe something in Honeycomb borked the app, or thats how DIRECTV is limiting it from playing on tablets just excluding 3.1 devices from using the player, for whatever reason, maybe?....

    If hes running stock 3.1 honeycomb then there are even more questions as to the possibilities of whats going on here...

    some things could get answered if they rolled out that ICS update to your XOOM though soon...keep hearing that guy is supposed to get it any day and still never see it...If after ICS it works then its likely a 3.1 issue either via filtering on directv or something else...

    OR someone with a Prime could load the 3.1 honeycomb OS it came with and see if that works with the video player still...if it does then its something completely else causing the issue and not related to ICS or 3.1...
     
  15. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Why are we discussing tablets in a phone thread?
     
  16. Drew2k

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    DIRECTV only has one Android app and allows it to be installed on phones and tablets.
     
  17. Drew2k

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    The DIRECTV App for Android was bumped to version 2.2.0 on April 26, 2012 and includes the following new features:

    1. Now DIRECTV goes anywhere you go. Get instant access to hit entertainment from HBO®, Cinemax®, Starz®, and Encore®, plus the latest DIRECTV CINEMA movies and more, whenever and wherever you want-at home or on the go. Go to the “Watch on Phone” tab located on your home screen and select “Movies”, “TV Shows” or “Networks” to start watching now.
    2. Discover the top shows and movies that people are currently talking about.

    Feel free to discuss how the app works on your phones and tablets.
     
  18. Drew2k

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    I didn't realize you were the thread starter, and I still don't understand why you'd want to exclude tablet discussion when DIRECTV doesn't seem to care that the single app they provide can be installed on tablets, but as you wish...

    I've created a new thread for discussion of the Android DIRECTV App for Android and anyone with an Android device is welcome to post there.

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?p=3008012#post3008012

    Moderators: please feel free to move tablet discussion out of this thread to the above thread. Thanks.
     
  19. Drew2k

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    I have two Android devices: a Verizon Motorola Xoom with 4G/LTE upgade running stock Honeycomb, and a Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus running stock ICS.

    In the DIRECTV app on both devices I see a bug in the Browse By Date and Time list, where it shows SD channels even though I have it marked to hide them. (Ex: It shows CNN SD and CNN HD.)

    The video playback works great on my Nexus, but when I try to play video on my Xoom I get an error about the media player.

    In the Google Play Store Honeycomb tablets are listed as compatible, but there's been speculation elsewhere that you need to have ICS for media to play on the tablets, but who knows?
     
  20. Sgt. Slaughter

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    Does not make much sense to me.... as if it was meant to be this way then DIRECTV would of restricted the app from being installed on tablets all together.

    That is if you want this to be the discussion of the updated DIRECTV Android App thread....If you want to simply discuss the Watch on phone feature then i'm going to guess that the mod's would rather that be included in the app discussion thread anyway to keep things simple and more organized here...

    Edit:
    I see Drew made a thread anyway for it so likely discussion here will cease anyway or be merged with his thread if i had to guess...
     
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