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iPhone based remote control for DirecTV DVR


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#1 OFFLINE   waltz49

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 04:16 PM

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.

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#2 OFFLINE   hilmar2k

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 04:50 PM

Getting "A valid IP address is required".

EDIT: On a BlackBerry, BTW.

Edited by hilmar2k, 19 November 2010 - 05:32 PM.


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Posted 19 November 2010 - 05:00 PM

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:
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#4 OFFLINE   Xsabresx

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 05:06 PM

Doesnt seem to work with my HR20

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#5 OFFLINE   Phil T

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 05:26 PM

I get a Safari cannot download file message on my I pad. Could my modem be blocking the port?

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 05:33 PM

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.
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Posted 19 November 2010 - 05:40 PM

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.


Yup.

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 05:42 PM

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
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Posted 19 November 2010 - 06:11 PM

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.

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 06:18 PM

Works on my motorola droid and ipad. Have you considered making a native android and iphone app? That would be great.
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Posted 19 November 2010 - 06:33 PM

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"?

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 07:02 PM

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"?


They have to be on your home network, as this app does not work remotely from outside your router on the public www.

Edited by HoTat2, 20 November 2010 - 07:22 PM.


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Posted 19 November 2010 - 07:07 PM

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"?


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.

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 07:16 PM

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.
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Posted 19 November 2010 - 07:51 PM

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!

Edited by Xsabresx, 19 November 2010 - 08:07 PM.

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 08:23 PM

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.

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 10:14 PM

Works on my motorola droid and ipad. Have you considered making a native android and iphone app? That would be great.


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?

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 10:23 PM

Very Nice. Works like a champ.
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Posted 19 November 2010 - 10:58 PM

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?


Just the stock one. But I forgot to mention that I set the UAString to iPhone from the default of Android.
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Posted 19 November 2010 - 11:50 PM

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

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Posted 20 November 2010 - 01:11 PM

Works great for me! I would love to see a full app on iTunes :). One suggestion would be a stop button on the control page to stop viewing a recorded program.

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#22 OFFLINE   waltz49

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Posted 20 November 2010 - 05:48 PM

Thanks everyone for trying this out and for the comments.

First, I guess a short explanation of pre-reqs is required.

Control of the DVR is through the home TCP/IP network. That is the local network to which the DVR is connected. These networks usually have a 192.168.x.x address or a 10.x.x.x address depending on your home router. What is important to note here is that the iPhone (or whatever browser) needs to have an address on the same network. I don't have a 3G type of connection, but I gather that these get an IP address assigned by the phone company, not your home network so those types of connections won't work.

geek note: The outside network can not see inside your local network unless you specifically set your router up to do that, which most people will not do; If you want the outside world to see your DVR, open port 8080 to route to your DVR box, but be prepared for hacking attempts which the DVR might not handle gracefully.

2nd, the way that programming is determined is to go to the DirecTV site's "whats on" page. I've made an effort to hit the DirecTV server as little as possible (both for our benefit and theirs!) so listings only get updated if you make a new request for a given zip code after the clock goes past 0 or 30 minutes past the hour (or 15 minutes since the last request for a given zip). You might see shows listed as still showing that are not really still on if they didn't end at 0 or 30 past.

I've filtered out any channels that are showing titles of 'paid programming' or 'no programming' in the listings, so sometimes channels will appear to be missing but are simply filtered out because they are showing infomercials.

Finally, I'm a geek and, by definition, don't watch or even understand sports (heck, I even got my arm broken in 6th grade wrestling!), so for now the channels above 619 are not shown right now.

I'd like to understand the missing LA local channels so let me know the zip and I'll take a look. It is probably infomercial filtering though.

I'll have a look at personalizing channel lists. I know how I'd like it to look and it has great potential but I have some learning to do so this will be a little while yet. I'll study a bit over the holidays.

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Posted 20 November 2010 - 06:58 PM

Works on my motorola droid and ipad. Have you considered making a native android and iphone app? That would be great.


+1 on the droid app. Freaaked my wife out when I changed the channel. She had the remote.
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Posted 20 November 2010 - 08:03 PM

... I'd like to understand the missing LA local channels so let me know the zip and I'll take a look. It is probably infomercial filtering though.


Zip here is 90037, and the app is only displaying six local stations;

KNBC 4
KTLA 5
KTTV 11
KWHY 22
KCET 28
KOCE 50

Therefore quite a few from the DirecTV lineup in the LA market are missing. 21 to be exact;

KCBS 2
KABC 7
KCAL 9
KCOP 13
KSCI 18
KBBC 20
KVCR 24
KPXN 30
KVMD 31
KMEX 34
KXLA 44
KFTR 46
KVEA 52
KAZA 54
KDOC 56
KJLA 57
KLCS 58
KLCS 58-2
KRCA 62
KBEH 63
KHIZ 64

Otherwise good app though, thanks ...

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Posted 20 November 2010 - 08:16 PM

I like the app just for the fact I can mess with my son.
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