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

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  1. mattgwyther

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    DirecTV2PC counts as the DVR's single stream (Same as NOMAD) that means either DirecTV2PC or nomad as the 6th program
     
  2. Alebob911

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    Yes only works in your home network. No remote viewing yet. There is nomad for that. :)
     
  3. quattro40v

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    Is this also coming to the iPhone?
     
  4. mattgwyther

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    No. The iPad and the HR2x need to be on the same LAN. So only inside you home.
     
  5. mattgwyther

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    Have when verified the IP address DAFI has for the receiver is the same as the in the receiver's network setup?

    You can change the name of the receiver on directv.com
     
  6. poppo

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    While this is pretty cool, I too am one of those rural people with BW limits. I wish there was an option to stream from a DVR (unused tuner). Seems like a waste of BW since you have to be on the network your receivers are on that are already receiving the same data. I will find streaming recordings to be more useful.

    One nice feature is the 30 minute buffer that you can go back in case you missed the beginning of a show. Provided it's a channel that is available
     
  7. kvchief

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    Nice addition. I noticed some pixelation, but it seemed to work itself out after a bit. I too would like to see access for recorded programs sitting on our DVRs. Overall, great progress! Good job DirecTV.
     
  8. DMG

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    I rarely watch live TV...that's why I have a DVR. Add me to the list of people who want to watch content recorded from my DVR on my iPad, even when I'm at home.
     
  9. Laxguy

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    Well, for ca. $150 you can get the nomad device and have that. No additonal bandwidth consumption, no buffering. etc.
     
  10. Laxguy

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    Just back from a quick trip to Yosemite, and find this sweet thing on iTunes' Update app list. Installe in a jiffy, opened right up, and it's streaming within seconds. VERY nice work, team, both DIRECTV® guys and DBSers.

    Thanks.
     
  11. cforrest

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    Tried this briefly on my wife's Ipad2 but can't get it to work since my DVRs are on another subnet (192.168.1.XXX) with my FIOS cable boxes & router, while my wireless (primary router) is on another subnet (192.168.0.XXX). So much for testing the live tv out since the app can't find the DVRs.
     
  12. markrogo

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    I'd rather not have this pissing contest here, because I use both Android and iOS devices daily, but that figure is based on shipments, not sell through. There is no reason to believe the actual sell through of Android tablets is anywhere near one quarter of the market.

    For more on this, I suggest this article: http://gigaom.com/mobile/1-in-4-tablets-from-last-quarter-run-on-android-hmmm/

    Google searches will yield more.

    Yes, Android tablets are making inroads, no they are not yet significant. And a good number of what has sold is currently Nook Colors, which would probably not even run the app if it was ported.

    I suspect that Android 4.0 will begin to address the fragmentation of the platform and that the next wave of tablets will make it more possible to write an app once and reasonably expect it to run with a decent experience on a lot of different hardware. Until then, it's not reasonable to expect DirecTV to support Android tablets.

    Apple "fanboy-ism" aside, this is a clear example of where the Apple model of one specific platform to write software for makes like better for consumers, even if it does so by limiting choice.
     
  13. markrogo

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    Yes, and for that $200-300 -- depending on model and how many apps you had to buy-- you get access to every single channel, you get access to every single recording, you get access on whatever smartphone you have, outside your home, over 3G/4G/Wifi, pretty much anywhere you can imagine.

    I'm not saying the app isn't nice. But it's not remotely comparable to what a Slingbox can do. And given that they are fighting for rights to send you the channels you already pay for inside your home, I kind of doubt we'll be getting Slingbox functionality anytime soon -- for any amount of money.

    The fact that Time Warner has started giving away Slingboxes to customers tells you how irrational the content providers can be.
     
  14. Sgt. Slaughter

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    I understand they want to protect content and that might be some of the reason they eliminated Jailbroken devices right now with streaming, but do iPads not have any kind of DRM onboard or is there no DRM built into the directv iPad app??
    I don't have an iPad here but this issue interests me some. Reminds me of when Netflix came to android and originally only worked with devices that had DRM onboard in the chipset but they have since made it available to all.
    My thought is that since netflix can get away with supporting rooted devices then the worry of content being stolen or recorded from streaming is no longer a valid one.

    Now i know nothing about the innards of the jailbreak process for iOS devices but if it does mess with files the app needed to use somewhat I would see the reason to go the route they have for them...
     
  15. leadout_kv

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    I'm just not getting the major advantage this app is CURRENTLY providing since the limitation is that you need to be on the same network. Lets see, watch a program on my iPad or watch a program on one of 4 wide screen TVs that I have in my home? Umm, I know, I can take the iPad into the bathroom with me and not come out for 30 minutes. Ok, still not really gettin it. :confused:

    When the limitation is removed that you need to be on the same network, then I'll get what the advantage is. I know I know, that would cause competition with Sling. Oh no.
     
  16. gio12

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    This is excuse and seems like an answer from someone with a vested interest. I have never had an app have issues because my iOS device is JB. ZERO, PERIOD! I have over 150 apps on my iPhone alone. Nothing is every effected by a JB. Any ideas what the JB does? The JB on my phone and most likely others are for very simple things like notifications, email enchantments, etc.

    Not that an issue can exist, but I have been JB and helping friends, coworkers, etc for years with JB on their phones. I would say over 100 people i know, ZERO have had issues with the JB effecting apps.

    The truth and the FCAT is, D* has to please content providers, if they want live streaming. But its MY device and even on a free app, they should be ZERO restrictions on MY HARDWARE. The HW is NOT altered in any way. I decent programer form D* can right code another way to prevent piracy and allowing a JB iOS device to run fine. They were lazy on getting the app written this way. Just look at the code. :nono2:
     
  17. LameLefty

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    Look, it's YOUR hardware sure. But by buying it and booting it up, whether you want to admit it or not you're subject to the license agreements of the OS you're running. Your JB is in effect a hack into an unpatched vulnerability of the system, causing the security features of the OS to crash and allowing you to tamper with it. That doesn't change the fact that the first time you booted that device you are implicitly agreeing to the TOS of the software already on it.

    Furthermore, you're also bound by the TOS of the apps you choose to download and run. This is the kicker in this instance: Directv says the app isn't allowed to be run on jailbroken devices. Period. You're stuck with that. It's far from the only app that has this restriction, and I expect more and more developers - especially ones displaying content subject to copyright restrictions - to start checking for JB status as well. You're pissing into the wind on this.
     
  18. gio12

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    A federal judge has already ruled tat JB is LEGAL and not a violation of any agreement with Apple and iOS. Apple has worked on my JB iPod Touch when it had issues. Not questions asked.

    I will use another iPad and will invest in a slingbox down the road.
    I am moving on. :D
     
  19. gio12

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    Fine and I agree with that. But to shut out ALL use when it was allowed and working on previous JB devices. I would be fine with that. I have 2 iPads. One can be for streaming and allow my JB device to use the app in its previous state. I have an old copy of the iPad app, that I will install on my JB ipad, just for remote uses.
     
  20. Sgt. Slaughter

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    Doubt you see more devs going this way. like i said in my previous post Netflix is actually going in the opposite direction. They first required onboard DRM in the chipset to run on android devices, and now have opened it up to many other devices. Dunno if its because they got more imbeded DRM in the app itself or what but i assume it is.
    Hell now they openly support rooted devices with the recent release supporting CyanogenMod7 ROM devices.
    I just dont get how Netflix who allows streaming of a boat load of movies and content can get around dealing with "open handsets" and DIRECTV, and others can't.

    I assume it will only be a matter of time before they remove the restriction. I just dont buy the whole "we do it b/c of pirating concerns" mumbo jumo as its evident other larger streaming apps handle this well now.
     
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