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DIRECTV Application for iPad 1.3.1: First Look/Issues/Discussion

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by Stuart Sweet, Oct 17, 2011.

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  1. Oct 26, 2011 #81 of 228
    Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    There will come a time for that...
  2. Oct 26, 2011 #82 of 228
    Ed Campbell

    Ed Campbell Hall Of Fame

    Feb 17, 2006
    It rocks.

    Thought I was stuck with all sorts of problems because it wouldn't recognize my receiver - then, cripes, I forgot I got a refurb to replace my prev DVR a week ago and never had checked to see if my wifi dongle was recognized for Web access.

    It wasn't.

    Ran through the login at the DVR, again, and everything is working sweet as possible.

  3. Oct 26, 2011 #83 of 228

    lparsons21 Hall Of Fame

    Mar 4, 2006
    Herrin, IL
    Let me clarify this so there isn't confusion. With Dish the streaming was only with recorded stuff, no live streaming.

    I used to set a recording to start just before going to bed sometimes, and then watch the recording slightly delayed... Worked fine.

    I think I like the way D* is doing this a bit better even though there are only some programs/channels available. It gives a base to grow from...
  4. Oct 26, 2011 #84 of 228

    Garyunc Godfather

    Oct 7, 2006
    works great!!! But why so few channels? That deserves a big BOOOO!!!!
  5. Oct 26, 2011 #85 of 228
    General Custer

    General Custer AllStar

    Nov 5, 2007
    This worked. Thanks!

    How'd you figure this out?
  6. Oct 26, 2011 #86 of 228

    dualsub2006 Icon

    Aug 28, 2007
    Are you kidding me? DirecTV tosses out a major, FREE bone and you're not happy with it because the opening day channel selection is limited? You should show DirecTV your displeasure by uninstalling the app until more channels are made available.

    Me? I love it so far. It works great.
  7. Oct 26, 2011 #87 of 228

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    Don't own an iPad but that may change with this App. Nice review.
  8. Oct 26, 2011 #88 of 228

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    Well if it doesn't even launch if it detects a jailbroken ipad, I'm not even going to update.

    They should of at least let you run the remote control, look at the guide and playlist. Don't know what the big deal is about being jailbroken anyway. It has to be on your network for one, and 2, your logged in with your DirecTV username and password... so that's two factors of authentication proving what content you are allowed to watch.

    Sitting this one out until a crack is developed. If I get some time maybe I'll try to modify TWC's crack to work with it.
  9. Oct 26, 2011 #89 of 228

    markrogo Godfather

    Sep 18, 2007
    A free STB that isn't a DVR and that has only some of your channels. Not blaming DirecTV here -- it's all contractual nonsense -- but it's not really a set-top box equivalent.

    Still, it's a nice feature and if the programmers get their collective heads out of their collective asses and realize that these kinds of things are necessary to keep people's attention in a multi-screen world, hopefully more channels will be added over time. To the many of you that are complaining, you're all using common sense. Copyright holders sometimes do that ("why should they steal my movie and load it on the internet for people to download 100 copies of?") and often don't. This case is the latter. Time Warner, Cablevision, et al. have been fighting this battle for 2 years or more. The programmers have the temerity to ask for more money to allow the cable / satellite companies to send the same programs to the same customers over a different type of "set top box" -- in this case a tablet. It's quite frankly moronic; they should be begging to be included free. Why? Because attention spans are divided and even having 20% of the viewer's attention on that iPad is better than 0%. We'll see how this goes over time, but hopefully eventually more and more channels will be added.

    As for live transcoding of DVR stuff, the iPad has plenty of power to manage that. Slingbox does the equivalent in real time just fine and I promise you the iPad in its current incarnation has far more processing power at its disposal. It's obviously not in the current version, but I suspect it will come down the road. At that point, this kind of solution seems to get really compelling.

    (Everyone should see the current version of the app by now, just be aware there is a thing with the App Store that when new app versions are loaded, they take a while to propagate to everyone. That's why some of you upgraded early and didn't immediately get 1.3.1. The propagation typically completes in a couple of hours or less and seems to have done so by now.)
  10. Oct 26, 2011 #90 of 228

    stevesussman71 New Member

    Oct 26, 2011
    Didn't seem this was right at first but now it is talking to the internet intermittently. It seems to buffer quite a bit a la Netflix.

    Peaks at 15-20Mb/s for TNT HD... again about the same as Netflix.
  11. Oct 26, 2011 #91 of 228

    cskenney New Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    That could be a show stopper for me. I live in a rural area (one reason I use satellite TV) and my internet bandwidth is not good enough for Netflix or VOD. Why does my satellite provider need to consume bandwidth from another service?
  12. Oct 26, 2011 #92 of 228

    lparsons21 Hall Of Fame

    Mar 4, 2006
    Herrin, IL
    This is certainly a big update and will just get better over time.

    The next update I would like to see is a unified or viewable to-do list with the iPad app. Right now the consolidated and filterable by dvr playlist is very nice and was a much needed update.

    And after that (or before, I'm flexible) a HDDVR playback to the iPad would be very nice.
  13. Oct 26, 2011 #93 of 228

    gio12 Icon

    Jul 31, 2006
    NO ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPN U? FAIL. BUt keep going DIRECTV. Your getting there.
  14. Oct 26, 2011 #94 of 228

    ecamp02 Cool Member

    Nov 18, 2006
    Forgive me if I've missed this, but is it actually streaming from the reciever in my home over my own network or is it streaming from the Internet? I have satellite internet service with usage caps and that's the reason it's important to me. Thanks in advance for the help.
  15. Oct 26, 2011 #95 of 228

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2004
    Mill Creek, WA
    Not for you then. It's streaming from the internet.
  16. Oct 26, 2011 #96 of 228
    Go Beavs

    Go Beavs Hall Of Fame

    Nov 18, 2008
    It's not streaming from your receivers, it's streaming over the internet. It needs to see an HDDVR on your home network to enable streaming but, again, the video content comes over the internet.

    EDIT: yeah, like litzdog911 said. :)
  17. Oct 26, 2011 #97 of 228

    keith_benedict Godfather

    Jan 11, 2007
    I guess I should be more specific. With regard to being able to stream content, the iPhone is being left behind.

    While the iPhone app may be robust, it is really only good for one thing: recording shows remotely. That's a neat feature, but I'd really like to be able to stream shows to my iPhone.
  18. Oct 26, 2011 #98 of 228

    gio12 Icon

    Jul 31, 2006
    Warning! This will not install on a ios device that has been jailbroken!

    A hack is available!
  19. Oct 26, 2011 #99 of 228
    Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    The reason it won't install on a jailbroken device... is the same reason you can't install on jailbroken devices from other content providers. DIRECTV has to show in good faith that it's not allowing its programming to be pirated.
  20. TBoneit

    TBoneit Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    Thanks for the info. Sometimes I just like to know things.
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