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DIRECTV Android App v2.2.0 - Issues and Discussion


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#1 OFFLINE   BubblePuppy

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 01:48 AM

The DIRECTV App for Android was bumped to version 2.2.0 on April 26, 2012 and includes the following new features:

  • Now DIRECTV goes anywhere you go. Get instant access to hit entertainment from HBO®, Cinemax®, Starz®, and Encore®, plus the latest DIRECTV CINEMA movies and more, whenever and wherever you want-at home or on the go. Go to the “Watch on Phone” tab located on your home screen and select “Movies”, “TV Shows” or “Networks” to start watching now.
  • Discover the top shows and movies that people are currently talking about.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 03:48 AM

Well that worked, sort of doubt I'll ever use it though.
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:03 AM

Yep, it's there...and seems to work on my new Android phone. Finally some love for the Androiders among us.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 08:15 AM

That's odd... I still see 2.1.1 as the latest version for both platforms.
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 08:21 AM

The Directv app has been updated with "Watch On Phone" capability. It allows viewing of Directv Cinema, HBO, STARZ, SHOWTIME, ENCORE, and network shows on your smartphone.
Available on Google Play.

Addendum: The sources are slim if you don't have subscriptions to the movie channels. Regular tv networks aren't available. Hopefully that availability is in the future.
The app does have pause which will allow resuming viewing later on.


Yep, it's there...and seems to work on my new Android phone. Finally some love for the Androiders among us.


That's odd... I still see 2.1.1 as the latest version for both platforms.

Got the notice for the update this morning on the Android tablet here....just checked - it's version 2.2.0...the app added the items in the OP.
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 08:28 AM

I would have had a ton of use for this 3 years ago. Since I work from home now I just have the actual channel on. For most people that have lives and actually leave the house, this could be kind of cool.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 08:56 AM

By "networks", it should be noted...this does NOT include CBS, ABC, Fox or NBC. Only the Audience Network.
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:37 AM

By "networks", it should be noted...this does NOT include CBS, ABC, Fox or NBC. Only the Audience Network.


It also includes HBO, Cinemax, Starz and something else if you subscribe to those channels.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:41 AM

It also includes HBO, Cinemax, Starz and something else if you subscribe to those channels.

Correct, and BubblePuppy's post states that...but may lead some (myself) to believe that his inclusion of the word "networks" implies the four major broadcast networks.
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:48 AM

Will have to pull this down to my tablet tonight :)

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 10:29 AM

Got it on my Samsung Galaxy S2! Haven't used it yet, but it's nice that they are finally thinking about Android.
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 11:07 AM

This is a wonderful addition by Directv, especially by moving forward on the Android front. Maybe one day they will include the networks. And some live news feeds would be even more fantastic especially if mobile.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 11:26 AM

I installed the update to my Nook Color (running CM9/ICS), but when I try to play a video it says, "Unfortunately, DIRECTV has stopped".

Edit: It does play on my Bravo smartphone.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 11:35 AM

I installed the update to my Nook Color (running CM9/ICS), but when I try to play a video it says, "Unfortunately, DIRECTV has stopped".


Same with my HP Touchpad on CM9. It does work on my Droid-X, but the VzW 3G network in my area is not enough for it to be watchable. Probably better on WiFi.
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 12:11 PM

Just checked for updates on my iPhone. Nothing new :(

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 12:49 PM

It's not available for iphone yet.

http://m.engadget.co...ssic&postPage=1


Which is a great sign imho as it shows DIRECTV is starting to give the Android line a little more attention than before! :)

Now we just need to get the nomad app and/or live streaming rolled out to Android...:D

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 02:51 PM

Just tried it out on my Samsung Galaxy and it worked great yeah for the Android love!

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 06:40 PM

Sorry, but this was pretty worthless. If you don't subscribe to any premium channels all you get is the Audience network. Can they add something useful like live steaming? The IPad app is 100 times better, but I love my Android tablet too much to get an IPad.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:40 PM

I started an Issues thread for the Android version and added a few issues already.

On my Nexus I was able to use watch content with no problem, but on my Xoom tablet I just got an error. Would definitely rather watch on my tablet ...

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 04:42 AM

I noticed the "Watch On Phone" option, after the app updated on my Android phone last night. The picture quality is quite good over the wifi at the hotel I'm at. Hopefully they will add more content, since I don't subscribe to any premiums. I can only watch the ones listed for the Audience network.
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 06:59 AM

Finally! Over 50% of the phone market share and finally seeing some love.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 07:11 AM

Starting a issues thread for this app is a good idea. However, and not to come across too condescending, the app description explicitly states "Watch On Phone", not on "Android Mobile Device". I'm sure the word "phone is used for a reason, it's only for Android phones. The fact that this feature doesn't work on tablets is not a issue.
I suggest changing the issue thread title to include "phones only" or some such indicator.
Perhaps tablet use will be another update once phone use bugs get ironed out, then a tablet issues thread can be started.

Why should we limit discussion to phone usage only, when DIRECTV is not limiting installation of the upated app to only phones?

The compatibility check indicates the app is compatible with my Xoom tablet as well as others I previously used. If DIRECTV didn't want tablet owners to install it they could update the Google Play Store to prevent tablet installations. There are some issues with using it on tablets, and DIRECTV allows it to be used on tablets, so those issues should be reported.

By the way, here's what my Play store compatibility shows - with three tablets listed as compatible (the bottom Vizio is a 7" tablet):

http://www.dbstalk.c...=1&d=1335532237

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 07:12 AM

Hide SD Channels works as intended. A SD channel will be hidden only if there is a corresponding HD channel.


I know how it's supposed to work, but as I reported in the issues thread, it's not working. I see the SD and HD listing for the same channel.

Here's the screen capture from my Samsung Galaxy Nexus, in Browse by Date and Time, with Hide SD Channels selected.

It clearly shows WCBS SD and HD, WNBC SD and HD, WNYW SD and HD, but it should be hiding the SD channels. If I scroll through the listings it's not hiding ANY of the SD channels that have HD counterparts. (It's only working to hide SD channels in the "Browse by Channel" listing.)

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 08:11 AM

The Watch on Phone is the only feature of this app that is not intended to work on tablets yet.

DIRECTV should clarify that in the app description to eliminate ANY confusion. Other apps have done this by pointing out feature differences between devices and it woudl server DIRECTV's customers to do the same here.

The emphasis is on Phone. But if you think a phone only feature not working on tablets is a issue then so be it. There are apps that have tablet only features that aren't intended to work on phones, I don't see that as a issue as I understand the intended uses.

I'm reporting based on the "release notes" as provided by DIRECTV in the app description. It does say "compatible with phones with 2.2 and above", but it also says it's compatible with my device. DIRECTV can take care of this with an enhanced description and/or provisioning the Google Play Store deployment to deny permission for tablet users to install the updated app.

The show only HD Channel feature works just fine on my Galaxy SGII, and has worked on the other 3 Android phones I've used it on.


Cool. I'm sure it works just fine on many other phones and maybe other devices as well, but as we all know there are a lot of devices in the Android ecosystem. Now DIRECTV can try to identify why it's not working on the Galaxy Nexus and the Xoom, both Google Experience devices, when using Browse by Date and Time.

I would like discussions in this thread limited to Android phone use.

If it can be installed, it can be used, and DIRECTV customers can contact DIRECTV about it. We should let the DIRECTV customers smart enough to visit DBSTalk discuss it here.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:46 AM

This app is working just fine on my Samsung 10.1 wifi tab and my Droid Charge.

Thanks Directv!!!

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