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DIRECTV2PC Discussion and Troubleshooting

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by Stuart Sweet, Oct 21, 2008.

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  1. AccidenT

    AccidenT AllStar

    Jun 9, 2007
    A couple of things:
    1) An "always on top" option would be terrific. I saw one mention of this in the thread, but thought there should be more voices asking for it.
    2) I've seen a couple of comments about wishing this could be used for live TV. One work-around I've found is to use the directv.com remote scheduler to record the program you want to watch "live." Then it will be available via DirecTV2PC without ever leaving your computer :)
  2. jdmaxell

    jdmaxell Mentor

    Dec 12, 2007
    What advantages does this have over just using a slingbox?
  3. DBSooner

    DBSooner Legend

    Sep 23, 2008
    Considering it's free is a plus.
  4. circadianswing

    circadianswing Cool Member

    Feb 16, 2007
    Where the heck is what people really want... PC 2 DIRECTV

    I want to be able to pay for the limited HBO/showtime originals, or new movies on itunes, stream them to my TV in HD, thus allowing me to cancel netflix, and the premium channels that play the same movies, I mean, why don't they just offer the "pirates of Caribbean channel" and get it over with!

    I've been waiting for this feature for a long time, the mediashare option, that was on there, but now it's gone, not like it worked anyway.

    Who's with me, revolt!
  5. cujo46

    cujo46 Cool Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    Anyone else having this problem? I've tried three different e-mail addresses (MSN and Gmail) over the past two days, but haven't received an activation code as yet.

    I can't see where I may be making a mistake.

    Thanks in advance.
  6. ejjames

    ejjames Icon

    Oct 2, 2006
    Main advantages are being able to watch a different program from the main box, and higher resolution, even with the new hd output on the slingbox. (I was a beta tester for the pro-hd.)
  7. mcdader

    mcdader New Member

    Aug 26, 2008
    I have the software installed. My HR21 is all updated, Networks is working. My Directv2pc just can't find any servers. Loads and just sits at server selection screen. any ideas. I have turned of all firewalls. I even tried using 2nd ethernet jack on back of hr21. Thanks

    ** This machine is a windows xp pro. I just installed program on another machine vista. and it works same network.
  8. Reggie3

    Reggie3 DBSTalk Club Member

    Feb 20, 2006
    Great work

    I got it up and running but I can not figure out how to get media sharing to work and play stuff on my TV from the PC(64bit vista). Windows Media Player shows Directv MediaShare when I click Libary>Media Sharing - But I do not see anything on my HR22-100 on Menu that shows up.

    Any suggestions where to get an answer?
  9. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    This is intended for LAN use only, and gives true HD on your PC monitor. The slingbox can be accessed locally or remotely, but typically has poorer video quality, and certainly can't push HD over the internet. With the DirecTV2PC, you don't have to purchase any hardware (i.e., slingbox). At this point in time it is free to use, but DirecTV has not announced if there will be a cost after beta is complete and it goes to full release.

  10. ehamilton

    ehamilton Cool Member

    Jun 8, 2007
    I am having the same issue. I am stuck on the Server Selection page, saying it is searching and 0 servers found.

    Please help . . .

  11. djfourmoney

    djfourmoney New Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    I'm still reading the thread, but thought why not...

    Okay this a robust home built Media Center PC, because I wanted to play a few games as well -

    AMD 64x2 (5000+ BE@2.91Ghz)
    3GB of 800Hz Memory Dual Channel
    Sapphire ATI HD 4670 512MB Video Card with UVD 2.0*
    *Enabling hardware decode acceleration of H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2

    The rest isn't all that important....

    I connect to my 24" monitor via VGA, but even if I did use DVI, this screen is HDCP compliant. I see in another post that won't be an issue.

    I run Vista Home Premium...

    So all I need is a HR-2* and a router because I connect to the home network only for internet only? I am connected to the net via a Buffalo Internet Converter (Bridge with 4 LAN ports), could I plug it into there and not need a router???

  12. bighaubs

    bighaubs Cool Member

    Sep 21, 2007
    I didn't have any issues but I can say that I'm really happy to see this work. For me, this is really going to come in handy on Saturday night. I want to watch the PSU/OSU game as well as the World Series game at 8PM. I'm going to hook my computer up to my TV. On the TV, I'll watch PSU/OSU and record the World Series. On the computer I'll be able to play the WS game and finally be able to use the Picture in Picture feature on my TV!! :D
  13. dkg

    dkg Cool Member

    May 14, 2008
    I tried running this on my dual monitor system. I can see the list of programs but when I try to play one I get a message "DIRECTV2PC does not support the use of more than one monitor at a time". Does this mean I have to uninstall my second monitor to see a program? That is ridiculous. I don't want to use both monitors to see the program but I don't see why I should be penalized for having a dual monitor system.

    Dave G.
  14. Michael D'Angelo

    Michael D'Angelo Lifetime Achiever

    Oct 20, 2006
    :welcome_s to DBSTalk!

    To be able to use DIRECTV2PC you do have to disable the 2nd monitor on dual monitor setups. You don't have to uninstall anything.
  15. smokey75

    smokey75 New Member

    Sep 2, 2008
    I think they've taken the servers down for activation as well as downloads. I had not received the email so I went back to the Directv site and tried to redownload/register. As of today, several of the graphics are missing and when you click the link to download Cyberlink Beta, it takes you to an error page.

    Does anyone else know how to re-register so can get the serial number in email? Also, anyone had any luck in the past 6-8 hours with activating it?
  16. imtired1959

    imtired1959 Cool Member

    Nov 4, 2007
    ... but on the bright side, I did receive the activation key!


    Oh well... maybe tomorrow...


    Started to download Directvtopc...

    Download hung at around 16Meg.

    Stopped download.

    Restarted download and got the message:


    This page cannot be displayed. To access information about DIRECTV2PC, please go to www.directv.com/directv2pc.

    Oh well...
  17. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Multi monitor systems are not supported. You have to go into display properties and disable all but first monitor (I've got 3 normally, have to disable 2 of them).

    I agree, that is a MAJOR disadvantage to using this software.

  18. dkg

    dkg Cool Member

    May 14, 2008
    Thanks but I don't see a way to disable my second monitor in the display settings (unless you are talking about the "Extend my Windows desktop check box?). If so, I will not do that since I'll lose my layout of the desktop that I need.

    I guess this software is going to be uninstalled since it has this arbitrary and unfortunate limitation.

    Dave G.
  19. dwcolvin

    dwcolvin Icon

    Oct 4, 2007
    Respectfully, then why not point us to an issue thread, then? The first look is kinda meaningless if the download link doesn't work. :mad:
  20. Grentz

    Grentz New Member

    Jan 10, 2007
    Why not look in the forum and see that there is an issues thread? :lol:


    It is stickied as well right above this thread.
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