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iPhone based remote control for DirecTV DVR

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by waltz49, Nov 19, 2010.

  1. Nov 19, 2010 #1 of 279
    waltz49

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    Hi All,

    I have a web app (web page) that allows you to control your network connected DVR from an iPod Touch or iPhone (and probably other mobiles as well). It has the usual remote buttons but also a live list of what is on each channel. Click on the show title and the TV tunes to that channel. Right now it is customized to my personal viewing habits (favorite channels) but it shows all channels. If there is interest, I can customize it so that individuals can create favorite station lists.

    As I mentioned, it is pretty basic, and I've only tested it with R22, HR21 and HR24, from an iPod Touch w/ iOS 3.1 and 4 but it seems to work. Info and page at http://sillysot.com/dtv

    Things I might add if there is sufficient interest:
    • Personalized channel lists
    • Channel selection based on what directTV package and extras are selected
    • More robust program list to include what's coming up
    • Support for multiple DVRs
    • Macro support (for example, who can remember how to view upcoming episodes)
    • ...
    Things I probably can't add because it is just a web page:
    • Volume control (which is not a DVR function)
    • Listing and playing recorded programs.

    Anyway, though this is not the 1st such app in the world, comments are welcome.
     
  2. Nov 19, 2010 #2 of 279
    hilmar2k

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    Getting "A valid IP address is required".

    EDIT: On a BlackBerry, BTW.
     
  3. Nov 19, 2010 #3 of 279
    Hdhead

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    Nicely done!! Put it on my IPAD and works great! Keep up the good work, has lots of potential. Love the instantaneous channel recognition. Sure beats the regular remote for speed. :up::up:
     
  4. Nov 19, 2010 #4 of 279
    Xsabresx

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    Doesnt seem to work with my HR20
     
  5. Nov 19, 2010 #5 of 279
    Phil T

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    I get a Safari cannot download file message on my I pad. Could my modem be blocking the port?
     
  6. Nov 19, 2010 #6 of 279
    Hdhead

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    You guys that can't get it to work all have a wireless network? since this works via IP control. Won't work via 3G.
     
  7. Nov 19, 2010 #7 of 279
    hilmar2k

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    Yup.
     
  8. Nov 19, 2010 #8 of 279
    Hdhead

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    waltz - Love to see a way to personalize the channel list if it's not to difficult for you to set up. Thanks again and welcome to the forum.:welcome_s
     
  9. Nov 19, 2010 #9 of 279
    HoTat2

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    Nice so far, controlling my HR21-200 anyway;

    Trying it out on a PC using the Safari web browser, but many local channels missing in the list for the Los Angeles market.
     
  10. Nov 19, 2010 #10 of 279
    Kevin F

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    Works on my motorola droid and ipad. Have you considered making a native android and iphone app? That would be great.
     
  11. Nov 19, 2010 #11 of 279
    gteach26

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    Works well on my hr20-700...the interface looks and works nicely. Connecting was a snap! Nice job!

    Spooky how well this works...now that I put my ip address and zip code into the software, what would stop someone with time to kill from changing my channels at will just for " fun"?
     
  12. Nov 19, 2010 #12 of 279
    HoTat2

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    They have to be on your home network, as this app does not work remotely from outside your router on the public www.
     
  13. Nov 19, 2010 #13 of 279
    Xsabresx

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    Interesting that it works on yours but not on mine. Doesnt even work for me on Firefox.

    This part of the instructions DID work, however.

    Make sure you can connect to the DVR using a web browser on your PC or iPod/iPhone. Use http://<dvr's-address>:8080. For example, if your DVR is at 192.168.1.60, go to http://192.168.1.60:8080 and you should see the "DIRECTV HTTP Server" page.
     
  14. Nov 19, 2010 #14 of 279
    Doug Brott

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    This is not a release feature (port 8080) on the DVRs at this point. Anything you see or find may not be there if/when this feature gets released.
     
  15. Nov 19, 2010 #15 of 279
    Xsabresx

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    Even stranger. Works from the iPad but not the iPod

    Figured out the Firefox problem. It doesnt like NoScript running (even if you allow the site). Works like a charm on Chrome though!
     
  16. Nov 19, 2010 #16 of 279
    Phil T

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    I finally got it to work by going to: menu, setup, system setup, whole home, external device, external access, allow. This is on a HR24-500.
     
  17. Nov 19, 2010 #17 of 279
    lotbass

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    I have it working on my ipad, but not on my droid. On the droid I have tried both the default browser and Dolphin HD browser. Which browswer are you using on the droid?
     
  18. Nov 19, 2010 #18 of 279
    SledDog

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    Very Nice. Works like a champ.
     
  19. Nov 19, 2010 #19 of 279
    Kevin F

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    Just the stock one. But I forgot to mention that I set the UAString to iPhone from the default of Android.
     
  20. Nov 20, 2010 #20 of 279
    Go Beavs

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    Thanks waltz49. That's a pretty cool deal you've built there. Works like a charm on Safari!
     

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