I guess I'll just be armed with updated feature-sets next year when it's time to re-evaluate who deserves my hard earned cash. It was DirecTV for sure, but now that they don't have a working ipad app that puts them on the same playing field as my local cable operator. I had no question on sticking with DTV but now at least I'll be doing some research.
Talk about going to cable or Uverse over an iPad app makes me scratch my head.
Apps that block jailbroken devices: (I researched this in September)
1. Time Warner
4. Bright house
Apps that don't offer live streaming on iPad
1. Dish Network
3. Verizon FiOS
Dish stays on my non-streaming list because anything will stream live tv with a Sling or Vulkano hooked up.
If D* programming doesn't cut it for you, that's one thing. I personally, for me, I would never let a jailbroken iPad stand between me and an app if I really wanted the app. I would undo the jailbreak or find something that did work, but I wouldn't drop D* (or cable if I had that) based on jailbroken devices running remote control apps.
I wanted to use the Google Movie rental in Android Market on my rooted Thunderbolt, but Google blocks rooted devices. I had a choice, unroot to use it, side load a modified app or find an alternative. Though the modified app works, I chose to stick with Netflix. Then came HBO Go and MAX Go.
HBO and Netflix do work on jailbroken iOS devices (and rooted Android devices) because they cook their own encryption. They are both very concerned about protecting the content that they deliver and neither deals with live content. An encrypted file is a bit different than an encrypted live stream.
You gotta do what you gotta do. If D* doesn't work for you, D* doesn't work you.