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HBO GO and AppleTv

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by rsonnens, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. rsonnens

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    Apple release HBO Go for Apple TV today but you cannot activate it with DirectTV. Activation has to be done in a browser and not the TV itself using a code from the device. I am led to believe that this is DirectTV's decision as they activate on XBoxes.

    Very sad as the Apple TV UI is a million times better than DirectTv's on demand UI which is IMHO horrible.

    If this is not fixed then it could accelerate the move off DirectTv for whom I have been loyal to for almost 15 years.
     
  2. itzme

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    I just updated my AppleTV software and see what you mean. directtv is embarrassingly missing from the list of providers on the HBO app. Dish and Directv are missing on the ESPN app. Fortunately the iPad HBO app offers flawless airplay mirroring, complete with Dolby surround. I happen to think apps like that are the future of TV. I can understand why Directv doesn't want to participate in the AppleTV products, but its going to hurt them.
     
  3. grecorj

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    No different than on Roku: DirecTV doesn't allow you to verify your account in order to use it on that platform either.

    This is all about money, control and negotiation.

    Ironically, all costs for HBO GO verification are assumed by HBO (i.e. infrastructure), not the cable/satellite cos who do participate. So it wouldn't cost DirecTV a penny to let them do this for Apple TV or Roku.

    Of course as the previous poster stated, the iOS HBO GO app can be verified via your DirecTV account. Makes no sense to us subscribers.
     
  4. mccoady

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    Wow I was excited when I first installed the AppleTV update getting the WatchESPN and HBO GO apps but I should have guessed DirecTV would put a stop to that...sure I can AirPlay the HBO GO app from my iPad but it makes more sense to have it Native. Also I think it's a shame I can't have access to WatchESPN when I subscribe to ESPN through DirecTV (plus HBO).

    Yes just makes no sense as a DirecTV subscriber being handcuffed like this!
     
  5. TDockUSC

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    Myrtle...
    Is this a temporary issue or is this something DirecTV will not allow AppleTV users to take advantage of?

    Anyone know?
     
  6. peds48

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    Is this a temporary issue or is this something DirecTV will not allow AppleTV users to take advantage of?

    Anyone know?


    If the Roku story tells anything, it might be permanent
     
  7. trainman

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    Sherman...
    For HBOGo, at least.

    WatchESPN is a different situation, and I believe there's a definite possibility of DirecTV subscribers gaining access to it with DirecTV's next contract negotiation with ESPN.
     
  8. TDockUSC

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    Myrtle...
    I guess I just don't see the reasoning. If I can have HBO Go on my laptop, ipad and iphone...why won't they allow in on Apple TV? I still have the pay them for the ability to watch it. Why do they care HOW I watch it?
     
  9. peds48

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    I guess I just don't see the reasoning. If I can have HBO Go on my laptop, ipad and iphone...why won't they allow in on Apple TV? I still have the pay them for the ability to watch it. Why do they care HOW I watch it?


    My guess is that they want you to pay the extra TV fee
     
  10. pappasbike

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    Add me to the list and I'm not happy about it.
     
  11. TDockUSC

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    Myrtle...
    I see...they're afraid people will add another tv and instead of getting another box, they'll just throw an Apple TV on it. Makes sense, but it's not the way I use mine. My Apple TV is connected to the same tv as my DirecTV box.

    Either way, they seem to be in the vast minority on having that concern. Uverse, Dish, Time Warner and Verizon are all fine with it. Seems a silly battle for DirecTV to fight.
     
  12. donsullivan

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    This whole additional box theory doesn't hold up however, since I am able to activate the HBOGo App on my Samsung SmartTV and it works just fine.
     
  13. TDockUSC

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    Myrtle...
    Very good point. Plus, I can use Airplay from my iPad to Apple TV right now...

    So really, it makes no sense at all.
     
  14. peds48

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    Perhaps they dont want you to give your username and password to a friend and have them watch on the big screen TV without paying for HBO. just a guess
     
  15. davring

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    I use an old deactivated iPhone with AirPlay to the AppleTV, doesn't tie up my iPad for th duration of the show. The picture quality is surprisingly good. It would be nice if DirecTV would allow other devices.
     
  16. Satelliteracer

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    I think you guys might want to wait about 24 hours...just saying...actually less than that.


    :)
     
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  17. raott

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    Might this wait be for Roku as well?
     
  18. Go Beavs

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    Awesome! Thanks for the heads up. Patiently waiting... :)
     
  19. donsullivan

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    Based on the note above I just randomly decided to check and was able to activate one of my AppleTV with HBOGo from DirecTV.

    So it's working now!

    It appears DirecTV was either running behind on delivery, or the reaction all over the net yesterday pressed their hand. All in all, they handled this whole thing very badly.
     
  20. raott

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    Would love for all those who would lecture everyone else every time the HBO Go and Roku issue was brought up that "Directv would never do this because it is competition", that "Directv doesn't have to do it", etc. etc --- to chime in now.
     

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