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DBSTalk Exclusive First Look: DIRECTV Application for iPad

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    Seriously?! I haven't even used the app as a remote control once. My real remote control works much better for that. I used the app for getting information and scores mostly .. It helps to quickly find channels. I may use the "Watch Now" button, but that's not the remote control emulator. I consider that to be more of a "because we can" feature than something I'd put at the top of the list. :scratchin
     
  2. Sparky Scott

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    Cool!
    Gotta love all that new stuff that the test teams our working on!!
    Never seen that one coming.
    Again, thanks to all who have been involved in this!
     
  3. Mike Bertelson

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    As someone already pointed analysis from Strategy Analytics used in that article is misleading so my original post is not accurate.

    However, for the same reasons that the Android smart phones have done so well, the tablets will eventually make up a significant share of the market. I'm not a big fan of tablets but it seems inevitable.

    Mike
     
  4. bodosom

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    I missed the update to the guide pages. It's much better but ... not being able to close an expanded channel on the iPad is an annoyance but losing all your state after clicking MORE on the web site is pretty irksome.

    I said "descriptions in the playlist" (which is mentioned in the first-look) not descriptions in the guide.
     
  5. Herdfan

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    Teays...
    My H25-500 is not showing up in the list for receiver control. I checked and it is now set to allow external devices. My H21-200 showed up, but I had to manually enter the IP address.

    Anyone else with an H25 able to see it?
     
  6. Alan Gordon

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    !rolling:bowdown:

    ~Alan
     
  7. Rich

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    After having a Droid X for a few months I'm kinda leery of tablets too. Don't really see much use for them. I do like the Droid phone. And I do use apps on it, but not that many. But, I might take a shot at one, I've been wrong about a lot of things I didn't think I'd like and maybe a tablet would be interesting.

    Rich
     
  8. MartyS

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    If you're using MRV, yes.. it will control the DVR that you have selected, just as if you were using the remote. If you want to have some fun, set the app to another TV in the house and keep changing channels on your kids or spouse... they won't know what's going on!:hurah:
     
  9. MartyS

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    Actually, in many cases it enhances viewing. If you tried it, you'd find you no longer have to disrupt viewing to see what's on other channels, or what the score is of the game you wish you were watching. not having to minimize a window is a definite plus for the viewing experience.

    So, while you might not think it does more than record and search, as has been the case in the past, you're a bit off.
     
  10. MartyS

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    THe operative words. If you watch the interview, the interviewer didn't care about anything that Mike was saying. She was focused on streaming, which he answered directly.

    Never trust the producer putting graphics on the screen... it's no better than sound bites... they are rarely taken in context.
     
  11. MartyS

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    Hmm...


    • it's FREE
    • it enhances the current viewing experience

    why wait if you already have an iPad and Whole Home? :confused:
     
  12. Doug Brott

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  13. justinkwaugh

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    Well I can see how people might like these features, but it doesn't personally suit my style of tv watching. I never channel surf or look at the guide. I only watch shows that I have set up season passes for, and I don't have any need to manage the season passes all that often. I just sit down, bring up the list, watch a show till it's done, pick a new one, watch it, etc.

    Only rarely do I want to look up a show and record it, and it is inevitably when I'm at work or somewhere, and then the iphone app is perfectly acceptable for that.

    Now on the other hand I use directv2pc avidly, and I'm really sad that they have no love for that app. I like watching shows remotely. Here's hoping they add streaming soon.

    But I'm glad to see that they are finally putting some effort into applications for handheld devices.
     
  14. DodgerKing

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    I can get scores quicker with other APPs and/or using the red button on the remote when on a sports channel.

    This is why I stated in the other thread that this is just a fancy remote and souped up version of the iPhone APP. I don't see any real use for it as it is at this moment. That is just my personal take for my own personal use.

    Once streaming is included, then this APP will become one of the most valuable ones I have.

    This is not meant to take away from any of the hard work put into this. And I can see why many others may find this of use. It is not not that important to me at this moment.
     
  15. tonyd79

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    Another reason for me to buy an iPad. I think the Apple announcement for iPad 2 is this week. Hoping that will drop prices on iPad 1.
     
  16. crawdad62

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    Mine will probably go on ebay. Probably. If the next iteration only gains a camera(s) then I'm waiting but if there's significant upgrades then I'm in. I held out for a couple of months before I bought one thinking "It's just a big iPhone" which is exactly what it is and I love this thing. It's always at my side while watching TV and the new Directv app is just icing on the cake.
     
  17. Richard

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    Sucks that they require iOS 4.2+, I haven't downgraded because my iPad has been flawless on the stock iOS and because I use the screen orientation lock switch on a daily basis.
     
  18. Canis Lupus

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    Great job on the First Look guys. I used it for the first time last night, and it's awesome already. I LOVE being able to control other DVRs without having to go to that TV on that floor of the house. When the 2 year old asks for another "Diego" - blip and it's done.

    I also used the remote a ton last night and it's just as fast, if not faster, than the remote. You also get zero key bounces.

    Really nice work on this App.

    As an aside, there's also a simple plain ole IP Remote App in the iTunes store for .99. It also works very well just as a remote. Not nearly as feature-rich as iPad, but it works nicely:

    (iTunes store link): http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dtv-iremote/id420380268?mt=8
     
  19. Valve1138

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    This app is sweet!

    Can't wait for recording management built right in.
     
  20. Beerstalker

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    Screen orientation lock is supposedly coming back in iOS 4.3 (you can configure in the settings if you want the switch to be mute or orientation lock).
     

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