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TV Apps: Webcams

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by RACJ2, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. RACJ2

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    I periodically check to see if they add an NHL TV App, but none so far. In case anyone is interested, I happened to notice an "EiffelTower" Webcam App that must be new, because I was download #10.
  2. RACJ2

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    They have now added several other live webcam feeds from Aruba to Yosemite.
  3. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    DIRECTV has enabled some new TV Apps with webcam views from around the world. Now is your opportunity to try them out.

    So, what are Webcam TV Apps?
    • A collection of webcam views from various places around the world
    • There are 24 hours worth of images available and you can move forward and backward in time.
    • When behind real time, the playback can be faster than realtime (set via options)
    • The Webcam TV Apps can be full screen

    To add them to your lineup, simply bring up the App Store in TV Apps
    or, you can also go to http://tvapps.directv.com and login with your DIRECTV credentials.

    They webcam apps should be under 'Just Added' and/or 'Cam Viewers'

  4. kw2957

    kw2957 Godfather

    Apr 4, 2008
    This sounds awesome! The future of TV Apps sounds promising!
  5. jeffshoaf

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    Jun 17, 2006
    Hmmm... I wonder if an app could be set up to show local traffic cams...
  6. Steve615

    Steve615 Hall Of Fame

    Feb 5, 2006
    Middle TN area
    Here is the current listing of webcams available from the App Store:

    Yosemite Turtleback Dome

    Yosemite National Park: Ahwahnee



    Egyptian Pyramids

    St. Peter Square

    Old Faithful

    Mount St. Helens

    Mount Rainier

    Monte Carlo
  7. tsduke

    tsduke Godfather

    Mar 20, 2007
    Like to try it, but TVApps have never worked for me.
  8. Greg Alsobrook

    Greg Alsobrook Lifetime Achiever

    Apr 1, 2007
    What happens when you press the right arrow on the remote?
  9. tsduke

    tsduke Godfather

    Mar 20, 2007
    Absolutely nothing. Edit: Power light on stb blinks.

    The only time it ever worked it is when I tried it under CE way back before it was called TVapps.
  10. uscboy

    uscboy Godfather

    Sep 5, 2006
    Same here, HR20-700.
  11. mfeinstein

    mfeinstein Godfather

    Sep 1, 2007
    I can add these TV Apps to my receivers, but the three Webcam apps I tried (Eiffel Tower, Washington DC, and Old Faithful) don't come up when I select them in the dock. The indicator on the screen spins for a while and then it says Not Available.

    Other TV Apps seem to be working OK.
  12. SteveHas

    SteveHas Hall of Fame

    Feb 6, 2007
    these are very cool
    traffic viewers would be great!
  13. cdizzy

    cdizzy Icon

    Jul 29, 2007
    Add me to the list of people that have never seen the apps pop up on either box. I have one wired and the other wireless connected to the same router. That router a DLINK DIR-655.
  14. jpx5

    jpx5 Legend

    Jul 24, 2007
    Central New...
    This is pretty cool, you can go into full screen mode as well.
  15. HCN3

    HCN3 Cool Member

    Feb 16, 2008
    Add me to the list of people frustrated about trying to get these to work. One of the main problems is that there is contradictory information in the forums on what is required or not and the LACK of official documentation on it from DirecTV is not helping.

    I have tried the manual settings, port forwarding etc to get "network services" to start but always get a 301 error on it. Then I find the postings that say you do NOT need this to work to get TV Apps to work. So, which is it? Does Network Services need to work for TV Apps to work?

    I have a wired connection to my receiver HR20-700 and can do any Video On Demand requests which work fine. The kids love getting Tom and Jerry when desired!

    Anyway, I think there needs to be a spot on the DirecTV site which would have the official guide to the TV Apps and how to set it up. Their site doesn't have exactly what is needed to make this work.
  16. sum_random_dork

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    Aug 21, 2008
    This is a really cool idea, traffic would be great just how do you figure out who's cams to add??? I'd like to see a cam in the Tahoe area added down the line, maybe the Squaw Valley Ubercam or something, but I would imagine you'd need to get approval for that. Maybe in the future we can add our own network cams???
  17. GerryC

    GerryC Mentor

    Aug 25, 2007

    I have a DIR-655 router and 3 HR22-100s and 1 HR20-700 (all with the latest update). TV Apps works on one of the HR22s but not on any of the other receivers. I receive the 301 error in Network Services on all 4 receivers. I tried all of the tricks, port forwarding, etc with no luck. The router currently does not forward any ports. I can change the IP address of the HR22 that works and the apps still work. I swapped the receivers around and the one that works still continues to get the apps regardless of where I put it. None of the other receivers work when placed where the one that gets the apps was (even after assigning the IP address of the one that works). I am far from being an expert on networking but I am really starting to think that it is the receivers themselves and not the router or the way the network is setup.
  18. HCN3

    HCN3 Cool Member

    Feb 16, 2008
    Well, I do know I have an extra layer of complication as I use Vonage and essentially have 2 router hops between the receiver and the Internet. However, I am pretty well versed in networking and configuring the devices so I am suprised that configuring the different pass through port requirements still does not seem to work.

    I am not asking DirecTV to support all setups, just provide some better information on the protocols and port requirements for the function to work. At least confirm for us if STB Services need to work or not to successfully use TV Apps. If STB Services are required, provide some better guidelines on general network setup needed, open ports, NAT issues, etc to help us that know networking what to do to get the functionality to work.
  19. hasan

    hasan Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Ogden, IA
    No, network services do not need to work. I have an HR20-700 and HR21-200 hardwired to my D-Link 825 eXtreme N router and TV Apps work as expected. I also have an HR20-100 at the other end of the house on a WET610N (N-Gaming Adapter), and just checked to see if TV Apps work there, and all is well.

    Needed or not, I do have port forwarding set up on every HR box, and I have each of them assigned a Static IP, as well. All pass the normal network test, as well as the internet test. (Connected to Network, Connected to Internet)

    I checked out the new Web-Cam apps and they work well here. They are an interesting novelty, but I'm not sure I see a functional use for them, unless they become more strategically located and widespread. I'm thinking of something like the Florida/Louisiana coast for hurricane season, a busy airport, etc. I'm sure there are many other "active" locations that could be sought out that are more interesting (to me), than watching grass grow or rocks sit, however pretty they might be.
  20. R0am3r

    R0am3r Legend

    Sep 20, 2008
    What ports are you forwarding?

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