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DIRECTV App for Android Tablets v1.1.3: Initial Release Discussion

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by Stuart Sweet, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. Mar 11, 2013 #81 of 169
    spartanstew

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    How? I sideloaded the app on my wife's Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, and while I could get to the streaming section, I couldn't find where to access the playlist and play something from it (only watch on TV).
     
  2. Mar 11, 2013 #82 of 169
    mrdobolina

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    I don't think this app allows the viewing of DVR recordings on your tablet, spartanstew. This app is the android equivalent of the DirecTV app for iPad and I know you can't play recordings on that.

    For that feature, you need to have a nomad, which does not have a compatible android app yet. That app is supposedly coming soon.
     
  3. Mar 11, 2013 #83 of 169
    spartanstew

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    Thanks, that's what I thought.
     
  4. Mar 11, 2013 #84 of 169
    mrdobolina

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    Is the Android app not compatible with the Galaxy Tab 2?? What size is the GT2? That seems crazy that you had to sideload it considering the Galaxy Tabs are considered "premium" android tablets. (Aren't they???)
     
  5. Mar 11, 2013 #85 of 169
    Grydlok

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    Nope and it's two GT2, a 10" and a 7". Chances are it was a 7" he had to sideload.
     
  6. Mar 12, 2013 #86 of 169
    crkeehn

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    The tablet app doesn't seem to work if you don't have a connected home. Consequently, I can't even use the app to set recordings. I like the guide but I can't go beyond looking up programs as the app doesn't see either of my receivers.

    The phone app is more user friendly for my purposes. I can set recordings for both of my receivers. I can also stream video with DirecTV Everywhere
     
  7. Mar 12, 2013 #87 of 169
    Racer88

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    Installed via the linked file on a Nexus 7 and haven't noticed a single problem so far...

    Though I guess it's intended, the remote being in landscape mode is pretty dumb. Would be much better in portrait mode.
     
  8. Mar 12, 2013 #88 of 169
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    You are right. I can't watch recorded shows on my tablet, I can only select them to watch on TV. Sorry!:nono2:
     
  9. Mar 13, 2013 #89 of 169
    Holydoc

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    Thank you so much Senior!

    I love, love, love this app! I side-loaded it onto my Kindle HD 8.9 and it works like a dream. It is very cool to be able to use my tablet as a remote, view my dvr lists from any dvr in the house, and set up recordings all in one place. Of course this means I will have to remember to keep my tablet charged! LOL

    Here comes the wishlist part... I do hope that Directv will eventually allow us to stream our dvr recordings to the tablet. Now that would be the PERFECT app.
     
  10. Mar 13, 2013 #90 of 169
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    My wife does this with the nomad and her ipad... Android is supposed to be coming soon... can't wait, but it's been over 1 year and I guess soon is more than 1 year... :)
     
  11. Mar 13, 2013 #91 of 169
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    I'm another Nexus 7 users that side-loaded. Found another interesting tidbit that isn't quite right.

    When selecting a program from the playlist, the buttons at the bottom-right that allow you to delete the program (among other things) are cut off on the left and right.

    THIS is probably why only 10" tablets are supported right now. The UI design was probably done for larger format screens only. It certainly isn't the underlying functionality as that's (more or less) consistent across devices thanks to the underlying Android OS.
     
  12. Mar 13, 2013 #92 of 169
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    never had those issues on my 4 inch galaxy player. maybe if you change the nexus 7 dpi to 160 your issue might be fixed.
     
  13. Mar 14, 2013 #93 of 169
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    Working great on my ATT Note2 after a bit of fiddling. Very impressed.
     
  14. Mar 15, 2013 #94 of 169
    ke3ju

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    To me, that makes this app junk.
     
  15. Mar 15, 2013 #95 of 169
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    Maybe
     
  16. Mar 15, 2013 #96 of 169
    spartanstew

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    To elaborate on "maybe". nomads main purpose is to allow you to take your shows with you (when you travel, etc.), and while you can certainly watch recorded shows via tablet in your own house with nomads, it's not really the main purpose.

    It would be nice if the DIRECTV app allowed you to watch recorded shows while on your own home network, for times when you aren't near a TV (occasional project in the garage, when the wife is getting ready in the morning, out on the deck/patio, etc.). Most of these instances don't always lend themselves to preparing in advance and stocking shows on your tablet via Nomad.

    So, while the two things may serve different purposes, it would still be very convenient if this app allowed you to watch your recorded shows while at home.

    As it is, since most already have a remote (and I already had one on my tablet and phone too), and don't necessarily have issues seeing their playlists and scheduling shows, the app has limited appeal - although cool.

    Adding the ability to watch shows (if possible) would give it universal appeal.
     
  17. Mar 15, 2013 #97 of 169
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    No doubt it would be appealing...but it's much more dependent on the bandwidth of Internet speed at an out-of-the-home location than the app itself. Many hotels, airports, and other remote WIFI sites fail miserably with delivering reliable and sufficient speed for streaming.

    In contrast, the nomad has no such dependencies in that you can take your recorded content with you and view anywhere/anytime. For that main reason, I prefer it over any streaming-based solution.
     
  18. Mar 15, 2013 #98 of 169
    spartanstew

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    I agree, but that wasn't my point.

    Allowing the app to stream recorded shows would not be dependent on bandwidth or internet speeds at an out-of-the-home location, because it would be used for doing so IN-HOME.

    nomad - watch shows when you travel.
    Directv App - watch any show on your tablet when home.

    I never suggested the app should replace nomad, it should just be improved - but they'd still be two different things.
     
  19. Mar 15, 2013 #99 of 169
    ke3ju

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    Exactly...Like DirecTV2PC, but DirecTV2Tablet...it would be perfect...
     
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    Love this app on my Note 10.1! Sweet!
     

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