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DIRECTV App for iPad (1.5.x) with DIRECTV Everywhere - Issues and Discussion

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by Stuart Sweet, Mar 19, 2012.

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  1. Mar 22, 2012 #81 of 291
    Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever

    Nov 15, 2005
    Just to let you know, you won't be charged.

    It is a two part process to actually purchase one, where you have to enter your password again.

    So unless you went through the full process, and retyped in your password... you didn't purchase anything.
  2. Mar 22, 2012 #82 of 291

    NR4P Dad

    Jan 15, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Just had a chance to read this cover to cover since it was posted, thanks to Stuart and the contributors for a fine easy to read and understand document.

    The live TV playing on my iPad is great. Excellent quality. Maybe someday the traditional networks like ABC, CBS etc will allow their content to be viewed like the typical SAT channels.

    After watching 362 TWC the audio starting cutting out every other second. One sec on, one sec off. Video was fine. This occured after 15 mins of streaming. Closed app and reopened it and it cleared up.
  3. Mar 23, 2012 #83 of 291

    dennisj00 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2007
    Lake Norman, NC
    Nomad is primarily for the traveler (nomad). It allows you to take your DVR recordings with you.

    A directv2PC style of instant streaming would let you watch near live TV or a recording anywhere you don't have a TV in your home. . . deck, garage, etc.
  4. Mar 23, 2012 #84 of 291

    tunce Godfather

    Jan 19, 2006
    App is nice, but the meaning of "Everywhere" is not what they think. Everywhere does not mean localized it means wherever I roam about in the world. So this part of it is a BIG FAIL! What a joke Directv. Your marketing people are horrible!

    As a normal person would be led to believe you could watch Live TV outside of your home network. :(
  5. Mar 23, 2012 #85 of 291

    Drew2k New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    It is interesting to see how DISH describes their "TV Everywhere" service:


    I did not dig into footnotes to see what the limitations and restrictions are, but it does seem to require Sling.

    Regardless, "DIRECTV Everywhere" sounds a lot like "TV Everywhere", which is also used as a moniker for similar services from Comcast and Time Warner, so customers already have an expectation for the DIRECTV service...
  6. Mar 23, 2012 #86 of 291

    lugnutathome Hall Of Fame

    Apr 13, 2009
    Woodburn, OR
    Thanks for that update. Makes isolating them moot!

    I's obvious the team creating this app has been doing some amazing work! Make sure they know despite our critical commentary we appreciate the effort and look forward to its evolution.

    Don "still waiting for 'History of the World part 2'" Bolton
  7. Mar 23, 2012 #87 of 291

    Beerstalker Hall Of Fame

    Feb 9, 2009
    Peoria, IL
    I doubt we will ever see the ability to stream recordings from our DVRs to our portable devices. I think DirecTV2PC is just too data intensive and our internet speeds/portable devices won't be able to handle it.

    Really, I don't think it will be needed anyway. My guess is DirecTV is hoping to get everyone to create huge On-Demand libraries like HBO Go and Max Go. Once all the channels get stuff set up like that you won't need to stream recordings from your DVR, you could just stream the same program from it's respective channels On-Demand library. Or if you want live TV you will just stream the channel live (once all the channels sign on).

    Why not do it that way instead of trying to get our DVRs (which have enough going on in them already) to try to transcode and upload the files to the internet to stream it to you. Seems like it makes more sense for DirecTV or the channel providers just to make it available to you if you subscribe to their channel on DirecTV.

    And if you don't have internet service where you are going that is what Nomad is for.
  8. Mar 23, 2012 #88 of 291

    keith_benedict Godfather

    Jan 11, 2007
    Good point, Don.

    I'm a software engineer as well. I know how annoying it is when your efforts are seemingly brushed off by the user community.

    Good job team. I'm sure they want to include the features we're asking for. Directv problem either cannot let them, or will not let them.
  9. Mar 23, 2012 #89 of 291

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    Maybe they can figure out a way to get Nomad to do transcoding on they fly and stream to remote devices? But as you your homes upstream speeds and/or data caps might be a bigger problem for many folks.
  10. Mar 23, 2012 #90 of 291

    Beerstalker Hall Of Fame

    Feb 9, 2009
    Peoria, IL
    Maybe, but it would be a pain, and yes upstream speeds and caps would be a huge hurdle. Like I said though why bother. Makes more sense just to try to get all of the channels to create stuff like HBO and Max Go and sign a deal to let your subscribers use them, and then update the DirecTV app to access them directly so you don't have to have seperate apps for each channel.
  11. Mar 23, 2012 #91 of 291

    JTDeel New Member

    Aug 20, 2008
    I would like to know also. On the first page of the review it says
    "Watch the same shows and movies you get at home from anywhere on your laptop,tablet or phone."
  12. Mar 23, 2012 #92 of 291
    Diana C

    Diana C Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Mar 30, 2007
    New Jersey
    Exactly, it's called "cloud computing." :)

    The integration and aggregation is key. Right now I have the following streaming apps on my iPad:

    HBO Go
    MAX Go
    DirecTV Nomad
    DirecTV iPad App
    Slingplayer for iPad

    And I have barely scratched the surface of what is available. Anything DirecTV can do to cut back on "app creep" would be welcome.
  13. Mar 23, 2012 #93 of 291

    lugnutathome Hall Of Fame

    Apr 13, 2009
    Woodburn, OR
    In reading your post I have been led to ponder. . . Is the term "app creep" a verb or a noun? :grin:

    Don "sometimes the voices just take over" Bolton

  14. Mar 23, 2012 #94 of 291

    VLaslow Active Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    I saw the app update in the iTunes app store. I got really excited; I can see Live TV Everywhere! Where's my wife, she needs to see this!

    Rushed to download and install it. Wait a minute. Why won't it stream? Oops, it's not going to stream anything of real value to me.

    I've been around a long time, I am technically competent, I am fairly cynical and I was totally "taken in" by the description of this update. I can only imagine what will happen to the mindset of someone without that background.

    Marketing hype all the way!
  15. Mar 23, 2012 #95 of 291

    stlmike Legend

    Aug 24, 2007
    Watching golf on 218, this happened to me as well. After about 10 minutes. Pressing done and restarting fixed it.
  16. Mar 23, 2012 #96 of 291

    VLaslow Active Member

    Aug 16, 2006

    Does this mean that only Whole Home enabled viewers can use this app to its potential?
  17. Mar 23, 2012 #97 of 291

    kvchief Mentor

    Dec 18, 2006
    Has anyone gotten this app to work outside of home wi-fi yet? If so, what features of the app did you use successfully?

    [I've been using an iPad 2 running iOS 5.1, and I do have whole-home service enabled on my connected DVRs. Still no luck outside of my home wi-fi.]

    Everywhere? To quote a line from the Princess Bride, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." :lol:
  18. Mar 23, 2012 #98 of 291

    lugnutathome Hall Of Fame

    Apr 13, 2009
    Woodburn, OR
    Yes I have but as I noted earlier on this page or the one prior certain network firewall settings will preclude successful operation. I've no clue as to what they are but I have several wifi networks here ate work to test from and the wide open works great! Actually its a Sprint hotspot that does the deed. Our corporate wireless precludes it from operating.

    When I can get it to work it does an instant demand view of movies and TV shows (and I would assume archived sports shows) but not stream live.

    My biggest issue is that when it cannot find network services it can leverage, it keeps "Loading". There may be a valid reason they have not chosen a reasonable timeout to trapped condition so as to inform the user there is no serviceable network services present in the current location.

    OR a stop Loading and report trap for when you are in home network and you toggle to a receiver that is MRV streaming which precludes the currently watching service from functioning. Again this reports "Loading" with an active spinner.

    If streaming is detected that is fine just report that and end the spinner/Loading displays. My impression is that a process is still attempting to connect and consuming processor time (and battery) in attempt to achieve success and I get the impression the app is using the same port as the streaming process so it cannot get a response from a port that is already engaged? Just speculations that.

    So far in my over developed Direct TV home infrastructure, for me the app's best use is as a centralized recording schedule and deployment vehicle. I would love to be able to drill into things like disk space, series records, and todo list someday.

    Right now its a bit too "geek centric" for "JSP" but pretty cool nonetheless.

    Don "rather impressive for only 16M of kibbles and bits if ya ask me" Bolton
  19. Mar 23, 2012 #99 of 291

    spidey Hall Of Fame

    Aug 31, 2006
    Just tried on a wifi net at bowling alley can't get it to anything but loading. Must be firewall issues
  20. spidey

    spidey Hall Of Fame

    Aug 31, 2006
    Ok just connected now however live streaming blocked since no hd DVR on network. Naturally I am not at home so far disappointing app for live tv streaming outside the home
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