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TV Apps down??

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by gregftlaud, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever

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    TVApps is an open platform where anyone can create them and add them to the system. Typically we don't get notice from developers until they are submitting them for review.
     
  2. radiomandc

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    Maybe I am missing something, but why doesn't D* promote them more? Are they promoting to the 3rd party developers? Just seems like it came out with so much hype and then it died off.
     
  3. radiomandc

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    How long is the review process? I have seen posts on other sites where people have submitted for approval and have been waiting up to 2 weeks.
     
  4. BlueRidgePro

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    I'm a new customer. My internet apps have been "initializing" for a week now. How long does initializing take?

    Are internet apps of any value? (my TV has it's own Internet applications)
     
  5. Barry in Conyers

    Barry in Conyers Godfather

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    ON MY SYSTEM, L2TP (Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol) Passthrough must be enabled for TVApps to initialize. TVApps will work without L2TP, but will not initialize.

    In my WRT54G "router", L2TP Passthrough is a setting under Security / VPN.

    Value is a subjective question. IN MY OPINION, the weather apps and ScoreGuide are OK, most of the others not so much. It would help if the TVApps were not so slow.

    Just my experience, YMMV.
     
  6. Phil T

    Phil T Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    Apps did not work for me for a couple of weeks. I also could not download any VOD programs. Today I reset my Actiontec modem back to factory defaults and reset my HR receivers. Then I setup Network Services to automatic and everything is working fine now.
     
  7. BlueRidgePro

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    Thanks for taking the time to offer the suggestions. My router already had L2TP enabled. Trying to start network services on automatic failed. However setup says that I'm connected to the network.

    Calling DirecTV support was a total waste of my time. I had to go through 2 people to find one that even knew what I was talking about as a problem. Their suggestion was to "call my router manufacturer". (I'm sure that Linksys will jump at the chance to fix my TV! - LOL)

    I called the installer and have him coming back out to look at the problem. His first response was that I "really didn't need internet on my DirecTV", but he's coming out anyway. I'm sure that he regrets leaving his card!

    These internet apps had better be good!

    One should not need to be a network geek to watch TV!

    So far, my DirecTV experience has not been good.
     
  8. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

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    I have 6 HR2X receives and TVApps is working on all of them.


    If you have a setting for UPnP on your router you might want to set that to on to see if that helps. I have set them all up with static IP addressing and manual ports for network services and then set up port forwarding on my router.

    I've seen folks say you don't need UPnP and Network Services has nothing to do with TVApps and others that say it does. You might also want to check out forums.directv.com in the TVApps section to see if you find any help/hints there.

    And if you want to see what apps are available go to tvapps.directv.com
     
  9. Barry in Conyers

    Barry in Conyers Godfather

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    Offered as information only:

    My system (2 HR25-500's and 1 H24) works fine for MRV, D*oD and TVApps.

    UPnP is disabled in my router (WRT54G) settings. That setting does not prevent UPnP from working within the local network; it simply prevents UPnP activity between the LAN and WAN.

    No ports are forwarded.

    Network Services is configured as "Automatic" on all three boxes.
     
  10. BlueRidgePro

    BlueRidgePro Cool Member

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    Here's a follow-up.

    The installer returned and fixed the TV apps. After spending quite a bit of time on the phone, he got the apps working.

    Unfortunately, I have no idea what he did. Neither did he - when I asked him what he did to fix them, he said that he'd tried several suggestions & wasn't sure which one got them initialized.

    I do know for sure that he did not touch my router, as I have it password protected & he never asked about a password, or mentioned the router at all.

    Another odd thing is that he only worked with one DTV box, yet got the apps to work on all of my boxes. I see that network services remains set to "automatic".

    Sorry that I didn't discover much to help anyone else. Whatever was done seem to have happened on the DTV end, rather than on my network or router.

    That's the good news. The bad news is that I now see that TV apps are not very impressive. The internet apps of my Visio TV are much more useful.


    Thanks again to those that offered suggestions.
     

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