DIRECTV Application for iPhone: Wish List

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by Stuart Sweet, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. terryfoster

    terryfoster Godfather

    Nov 14, 2006
    Another vote for being able to limit the channels displayed and seeing your series links and to do list.

    This interface certainly does eliminate the need to use the clumsy remote control interface when searching for shows.

    So, as soon as I can limit the channels and view my to do list, I can get rid of "What's On?"
  2. Inches

    Inches Godfather

    Jan 5, 2005
    I would like to see a couple of custom channel lists like on the DVR. OR the ability to get (or download/import) your custom channel list(s) from your DVR and ability to edit.
  3. rynning

    rynning Mentor

    Jan 29, 2007
    This is about the most that could be done without adding some software to the receiver.

    My top wishes, in order:
    1. Download of recorded video.
    2. Pair to receiver over wi-fi to use as a remote control. It would also encourage more users to connect their receivers to the Internet and buy VOD. (Listening, DirecTV?)
    3. Highlight shows already scheduled to record.
    4. Allow for recording minutes before/after
  4. raw121

    raw121 AllStar

    Jul 18, 2007
    When browsing by Channel or Date & Time it would be nice to find other airings of a show. Just a simple button below the record now button would be great. Now you have to go to search and enter the title in.
  5. dem

    dem Mentor

    Apr 5, 2008
    This is a great app. My wishes:

    • An option to hide SD duplicates of HD channels
    • The ability to save searches
  6. Dusty

    Dusty Icon

    Sep 21, 2006
    I'd like to see a way (e.g., two-finger tap, or some kind of stroke) to record a show without having to drill down into program information first.

    I also hope this will turn into a BlackBerry app in the future.

    BTW, I have to say I really underappreciate the value of this app before I actually tried it. But I was wrong. This app is great. It is faster and more convenient for me to find shows to record than using remote controllers and the guide data on screen. Plus, now I can start the recording of the sports program I forgot to schedule without interrupting my wife. Very high value indeed.
  7. TheMoose

    TheMoose Icon

    Jan 20, 2006
    From Gizmodo

    Sling For iPhone Doesn't Work on Old Slingboxes Because of Future High Quality Video and Features

    The good news is that Slingplayer, the TV streaming app, is coming to the iPhone soon. The bad news is that your old Slingbox doesn't work with it. Here's Sling's reasoning.

    As the product team was working on the future roadmap we realized that the hardware on the older boxes would not support the kind of high quality streaming video and advanced features across all platforms we want to offer moving forward.

    This is why it doesn't work with the Slingbox, Slingbox AV and the Slingbox Tuner, and only with the SOLO, the Pro or the Pro-HD. This seemed weird to us, since 640x480 of the original Slingbox was fine enough to watch on laptops even outside the local network, why wasn't it enough to watch on iPhones with even lesser resolution?

    Their answer: the decision was based on the entire roadmap, not just the iPhone. So, they've got some more interesting things coming up that they decided that NOW was the time to make the cutoff on old devices. It's true, the old devices are lacking in processing power, and no matter when they do the cutoff people will be upset. Might as well be now.
  8. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    As it is, DIRECTV is sending signals via satellite. They couldn't support even a few channel surfers using their phones to transmit remote commands.

    The receivers wouldn't appear to be set up to host telnet sessions for remote control via the LAN. It wouldn't be impossible to do, but someone would need to cobble up a program for the device and DIRECTV would have to turn up a telnet daemon and and tell the system to expect commands from the resulting TTY port (as opposed to the USB port).
  9. dennisj00

    dennisj00 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2007
    Lake Norman, NC
    No need to have the sat send remote control signals. . . just use your home network.

    Since you can already send serial commands through the USB, most of the application is already there. Just enable it from a net port.
  10. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    Exactly. That's what I'm thinking the mysterious "Network Services" feature may eventually be used for.

    Once you can reach through your firewall and directly address an HR, there's no end to what kind of control you can have over it, if DirecTV wanted to give it to you. Like my network enabled HP printer, e.g., D* could run a tiny web server on the HR that allows me to get to a configuration page for that unit that includes access to many of its functions, or even to low resolution audio/video content. /steve
  11. TheKnobber

    TheKnobber Cool Member

    Dec 28, 2006
    Really need the ability to add time to the end of the recording, especially for when recording sports that can run long with overtimes.
  12. dvrblogger

    dvrblogger Icon

    Jan 11, 2005
    older slings didnt support h264 they were designed for wmv.
  13. terryfoster

    terryfoster Godfather

    Nov 14, 2006
    Just to clarify, the Sling Pro doesn't support h264 and they continue to support that platform.
  14. TheKnobber

    TheKnobber Cool Member

    Dec 28, 2006
    Can we please stay on topic for iPhone DirecTV App wish list items?
  15. fgrogan

    fgrogan Cool Member

    Nov 19, 2005
    I ask DTV to support touchscreen phones besides Apple, mainly Blackberry Storm.
  16. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Don't hold your breath on the storm as it is Blackberry's only touch screen and as such, a whole different platform from a programming perspective.

    Then again, I can't think of what else the Storm might be useful for...
  17. crawdad62

    crawdad62 Godfather

    Jul 16, 2008
    Absolutely! Although the app is plenty fast and scrolling through hundreds of PPV, RSN etc. isn't horrible it would be great to only show my custom channel set.
  18. Soundteck

    Soundteck Mentor

    Aug 28, 2006
    I think you should be able to locate NEW release movies accross either several channels or even beter be able to select the channels you want to search accross. I find it hard to find NEW stuff to record. I have to go to the HBO or Showtime website FIND the movies and then go to this app to set up the recording.
  19. jmunick1

    jmunick1 Legend

    Jan 1, 2007
    I'd like the ability to hide the SD channels, just like on the receivers. Would make the browsing by channel less cluttered.
  20. Littledude

    Littledude Legend

    Aug 28, 2006
    Can I wish for another App. Something like the recent March Madness or The Masters applications, but for Sunday Ticket Super-Fan subscribers. Every game on the iPhone. If not the slingbox will have to do........

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