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DIRECTV App for iPad 1.3.x: Issues/Discussion only (No Jailbreak Talk)


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#1 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 10:58 AM

This is the official thread for issues and discussion of iPad App 1.3.x.

Please refrain from discussing philosophical issues, for example anything having to do with jailbreaking.

Keeping this thread on topic will help the developers improve the product.

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#2 ONLINE   lparsons21

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 11:01 AM

I've thoroughly tested this app with my network and iPad 1. Great!! It has worked nearly perfect every time I use it.

for info, my network is all wireless 802.11n and my internet speed is 12Mbit...

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 12:14 PM

Updated the app to 1.3.1 yesterday. No problems with the update itself.

Really nice job on the live TV streaming!

The following bugs/issues have still not been corrected (can we PLEASE fix #2):

Does not take advantage of iOS multitasking (starts from scratch whenever you leave the app and then return).
No way to dismiss the detail dialog in guide list view mode.
Data listed in the sports tab for many sports (golf and NASCAR in particular but I have honestly not checked them all) is incorrect/incomplete. Completed in particular seems to have issues.
In the movies tab, Browse Movies/What's on Now does not list all the movies currently playing "now".
Search results are inconsistent at best and just wrong many times.

Some of these problems are clearly issues with the back end data feeds and not the app itself but it still causes the app to be less than functional.
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Posted 27 October 2011 - 01:46 PM

App sure works nicely and the quality is great. Great little option for a second tv in the weight room.

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 02:16 PM

I was excited to see the new version.
But after playing with it a little bit yesterday, I realized that the live streaming is not something I will make much use of.

I rarely watch anything in real time. Even sporting events, I mostly watch 30 or 60 minutes or more into the game, and 30Skip through commercials, timeouts, catcher's visits to the mound and icing calls.

The broadcasts I do watch live are mostly local news, and the local channels aren't streaming yet.

Don't get me wrong--I think this is a great addition to the growing supply of DirecTV features and toys. It's just not filling a useful role for me, at this point.

Now, add all the "channels I get" and all the recordings on my various Playlists, and the feature would be a gem.

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 02:41 PM

I had mentioned earlier that I was having trouble with the app when I was not on my home network. Everything seems to be working fine today. Must have been some install glitch, or first day stress to the DirecTV servers.

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 03:48 PM

Since the other thread is closed, if you are having wifi vs. wired network problems, just shut off DHCP on your wireless router and plug in into the wired setup. Make it a passive AP instead of a router.

How? http://www.smallnetb...an-access-point is one guide. There's also one specific to Netgear http://vpncasestudy....ccess_point.pdf

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 04:48 PM

I had mentioned earlier that I was having trouble with the app when I was not on my home network. Everything seems to be working fine today. Must have been some install glitch, or first day stress to the DirecTV servers.


Are you saying the app works (including live streaming) when you are not on your home network?

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 04:52 PM

Love the app.

But, the volume is too low! I have the volume all the way up and with it right in front of me I can't here it if there is any kind of ambient noise around. Kitchen at dinner? Nope. Inches from my plate, propped up right in front of me I can't hear it.

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 05:50 PM

Are you saying the app works (including live streaming) when you are not on your home network?


Believe it's a matter of having two networks at home.

Wish it did work away from home. Maybe some day.

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 06:05 PM

I'm still banging my drum.

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 10:21 PM

Are you saying the app works (including live streaming) when you are not on your home network?


The app works, streaming does not. I use it when I travel to add shows to be recorded. I hear about things that sound interesting while I'm at work.

When I first installed, it was hanging on every screen.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 08:40 AM

The app works, streaming does not. I use it when I travel to add shows to be recorded. I hear about things that sound interesting while I'm at work.

When I first installed, it was hanging on every screen.



I know what you are talking about. I opened up the app to check the Guide to see when something was coming on and the app just hung on the first screen. It seems as if it is trying to connect to the receiver (which isn't going to happen at work) and there is no time out built in. It just sits there looking for them.

This was NOT an issue before the latest update as it would eventually time out and state that it could not locate my receivers.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 08:55 AM

I know what you are talking about. I opened up the app to check the Guide to see when something was coming on and the app just hung on the first screen. It seems as if it is trying to connect to the receiver (which isn't going to happen at work) and there is no time out built in. It just sits there looking for them.

This was NOT an issue before the latest update as it would eventually time out and state that it could not locate my receivers.


It still times out in about 15 seconds for me.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 09:58 AM

What prevents the LIL's from being available? I mean this is neat, and works great, but 80% of what we watch are LIL's.

I assume it is the networks restricting it but why does it matter if you watch their programming live on your TV set or live while sitting on the throne?

You can't leave the house with it so I don't understand the restriction.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 10:07 AM

I think that it has more to do with signing or modifying the contracts for thousands of local stations for carriage. That's a lot of time.
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Posted 28 October 2011 - 10:15 AM

It would take a lot of servers for DirecTV to be able to provide each local channel to their respective customers. And I don't think the local affiliates would care too much for you being able to stream the DNS stations. I don't know if we will ever see ABC, CBS, NBC, or Fox included in this.
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Posted 28 October 2011 - 11:49 AM

Don't know if this was mentioned in the earlier thread, but the new Bloomberg iPad app also streams a live version of their channel, and you can watch it everywhere - you don't have to be on your home network connected to your DVR. Video quality is quite good.
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Posted 28 October 2011 - 11:52 AM

Yes, CNN also streams live through their app. I know that it would be great to have the intra-LAN restriction lifted, and it's not completely off the table... but there's a lot of discussion that would need to be had first.
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Posted 28 October 2011 - 12:01 PM

It would take a lot of servers for DirecTV to be able to provide each local channel to their respective customers. And I don't think the local affiliates would care too much for you being able to stream the DNS stations. I don't know if we will ever see ABC, CBS, NBC, or Fox included in this.

I guess that makes sense when you think about it. For some reason my mind erroneously thought it came from my DirecTV connection so whatever I had on my TV I could stream. I should have known this is basically VOD but with current programming.

For me it's pretty useless as most of what we watch is LIL. It's "cool" for sure but mostly useless without LIL. Now if we could stream FROM a local playlist at least we could do the "record & watch" thing to get LIL's but if we could stream from a playlist we probably could just as easily stream from live TV.




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