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DIRECTV iPad App (V1.1.5/1.1.7) - Issues/Discussion


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#1 OFFLINE   Doug Brott

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 12:25 PM

Systems in this software version
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Available starting:
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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New in this version
  • Performance enhancements
  • Connect with Facebook/Twitter to share what you are watching with friends
  • Select shows from Facebook/Twitter that your friends are watching and quickly launch the DIRECTV app to see more information and set recordings
  • What’s Hot module
  • New module customization screen
  • On Demand movie listings and remote scheduling
  • In Theaters movie category for a list of movies currently in theaters with the ability to set them to record for when they are released on DIRECTV.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 12:47 PM

Have they done or do they plan on doing any work to improve the Movies or Sports tabs? They still have significant issues with content.

Any word on when they will provide a unified playlist?

Also, they STILL have not fixed a specific bug that I reported a LONG time ago. To repeat - in Guide, List view, their is no way to dismiss the details once you have it displayed (unlike in the Grid view - it should at least be consistent).

This really does have the makings of a killer app. Unfortunately it's continuing idiosyncrasies cause me to use it very infrequently. ....and they don't seem to interested in fixing some of the problems.
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Posted 31 May 2011 - 01:28 PM

In Theaters movie category for a list of movies currently in theaters with the ability to set them to record for when they are released on DIRECTV.


Now that is a feature and a half! FB n Twitter, not so much, but then I'm not in the demographic they're shootin' for............
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Posted 31 May 2011 - 01:36 PM

Have they done or do they plan on doing any work to improve the Movies or Sports tabs? They still have significant issues with content.

Any word on when they will provide a unified playlist?

Also, they STILL have not fixed a specific bug that I reported a LONG time ago. To repeat - in Guide, List view, their is no way to dismiss the details once you have it displayed (unlike in the Grid view - it should at least be consistent).

This really does have the makings of a killer app. Unfortunately it's continuing idiosyncrasies cause me to use it very infrequently. ....and they don't seem to interested in fixing some of the problems.


Sports apparently has some work left to do, so look for continued improvement in that area. As for Movies .. What is the issue there?

unified playlist? it's coming, just not sure when.

I think the difference in Grid View vs. List View has more to do with how they've designed it. I don't think they are intended to work the same way.
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#5 OFFLINE   Alan Gordon

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 01:41 PM

Now that is a feature and a half! FB n Twitter, not so much, but then I'm not in the demographic they're shootin' for............


If I ordered PPV, that would be an AWESOME feature...

Since I don't, I actually prefer the Facebook/Twitter features.

The "What's Hot!" module would be great if it wasn't for the fact that I've lost faith in "What's Hot!"...

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 01:45 PM

The "What's Hot!" module would be great if it wasn't for the fact that I've lost faith in "What's Hot!"...


Maybe what you're really saying is that you've lost faith in what other people actually watch .. :D
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Posted 31 May 2011 - 01:48 PM

If I ordered PPV, that would be an AWESOME feature...

Since I don't, I actually prefer the Facebook/Twitter features.

The "What's Hot!" module would be great if it wasn't for the fact that I've lost faith in "What's Hot!"...

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You've got that right about "What's Hot!"!!

Anyway, as soon as I posted, I realized that the movies being featured would all be going to PPV- or they wouldn't be featured! So far a quick look-see confirms that.

I guess it'd be cool to see what friends may be interested in enough to watch, so I might try the FB thing.
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Posted 31 May 2011 - 01:59 PM

Update is fine! Via the 'Pad, it seemed to indicate I was getting v 1.0.8, but the new one loaded up fine and very quickly. [Still not used to d/l directly via the iPad; got used to doing it via Synch with the iPhone.]

I've already set to record one movie when it's released by DirecTV, if I can afford the price at the time.....;)
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Posted 31 May 2011 - 02:01 PM

Maybe what you're really saying is that you've lost faith in what other people actually watch .. :D


That goes without saying... ;) :nono2:

No, my comment was regarding issues discussed in the HD anticipation threads, which have led me to the conclusion that "What's Hot!" simply isn't very accurate.

I guess it'd be cool to see what friends may be interested in enough to watch, so I might try the FB thing.


I've posted about a show I was watching on Facebook a couple of times, but I use it sparingly, so as to not annoy people. I do however have a Twitter account DEDICATED solely to my TV viewing... ;) :lol:


My iPad's at home, and I doubt I'll be home anytime soon, but I'll check the update out when I can...

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 04:01 PM

Sports apparently has some work left to do, so look for continued improvement in that area. As for Movies .. What is the issue there?

unified playlist? it's coming, just not sure when.

I think the difference in Grid View vs. List View has more to do with how they've designed it. I don't think they are intended to work the same way.


Thanks for the update Doug!

The issue that I found with Movies (don't know if it is the only issue but it is one that I have found) is that when you select Movies, What's On Now, it does not show all the movies currently playing.

As to the problem with List View, while I can accept that Grid View and List View may not work exactly the same their should be some way of dismissing the details of a specific show once you have selected it. Currently when you fist display list view no specific show details are displayed. As soon as you select a show the details for that show are displayed in a gray box. At that point their is no way that I have found to dismiss the gray box and just go back to the plain list. IMO, their should be a way to dismiss the details and basic good interface design says that the method used to dismiss, while it doesn't have to be identical, should at least be similar/consistent with how it works in the other views.
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Posted 31 May 2011 - 04:35 PM

Just kicked the tires on it, and it's still the most elegantly programmed app I've seen from DirecTV to date. Smooth as silk, with gorgeous graphics and a very intuitive UI, IMHO.

We're an MRV household, tho, so without access to a unified playlist, when we sit down to watch TV, it's still not instinctive for us to grab the iPad and fire it up. Fingers-crossed that functionality will be added soon.
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Posted 31 May 2011 - 07:49 PM

I would like to be able to schedule the download of other shows as well. It would be handy to have them ready for viewing at home when I arrive.

It would also be helpful to know what is on the To Do list, but I understand that's not available outside of my local network. I've scheduled remote recordings, but I'm never sure they will record until I get home.

I travel for a living, so remote access is high on my priority list.

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 05:51 AM

I wish there was a way to delete recorded content on the playlist, otherwise this is a very nice app.
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Posted 01 June 2011 - 09:20 AM

I wish there was a way to delete recorded content on the playlist, otherwise this is a very nice app.


That's probably one of the last things we'll see on a remote app: Too much room for mischief, or accidental erasure by others, kids included. Viewing and managing the To Do list would be nice, even without deleting capabilities!
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Posted 01 June 2011 - 03:51 PM

I'm still unable to use the app. All three of our receivers show up in the app, but I'm unable to validate them when I enter the IP addresses.

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 03:54 PM

I'm still unable to use the app. All three of our receivers show up in the app, but I'm unable to validate them when I enter the IP addresses.

Did you check the receivers' "external device" settings are set to "allow".
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Posted 01 June 2011 - 04:04 PM

Yes, set to allow. I enter the IP address, hit validate, and get the spinning wheel for about 30 seconds. Then nothing happens.

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 04:12 PM

Are your receivers connected to the Internet?

Press & hold {INFO} .. Choose "More System Info" and scroll to "Network" and "Internet"

What do those two lines say?
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Posted 01 June 2011 - 07:11 PM

Are your receivers connected to the Internet?

Press & hold {INFO} .. Choose "More System Info" and scroll to "Network" and "Internet"

What do those two lines say?


Network says "not connected (9)"

Internet says the same with a yellow triangle in front of it.

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 07:54 PM

Network says "not connected (9)"

Internet says the same with a yellow triangle in front of it.


Well, that kinda isolates the problem! Check the connections between the router and the DECA Broadband adaptor. If no joy, power cycle the modem/router.
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