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GenieGO for Android now available! Issues/Discussion

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by Scott Kocourek, May 31, 2013.

  1. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

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    You can't copy a transcoded show to a client while away from home, at least with the current hardware and software.

    The GenieGo device holds the transcoded shows in its memory, so you only have to convert a show once for multiple devices, but each playback device you want to copy it to must be on the home network.

    Video quality is equal to a standard DVD, IMHO. About 720x480.
     
  2. VABlitz

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    But you can bring the Go with you and download shows to it while away from home, correct? I thought I read that somewhere.
    DVD quality is better than nothing, but I sure wish they would let us copy in full HD. Not to mention it would be nice if the Go had an HDMI port on it so you could hook it straight up to an HDTV.
     
  3. peds48

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    But you can bring the Go with you and download shows to it while away from home, correct? I thought I read that somewhere.
    DVD quality is better than nothing, but I sure wish they would let us copy in full HD. Not to mention it would be nice if the Go had an HDMI port on it so you could hook it straight up to an HDTV.


    No you can't. The GenieGo needs to be able to "see" your DVRs in order to be able to get the content from them.
     
  4. Milkman

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    Yeah I don't know why they don't even allow it to work with a VPN connection. Kind of disappointing.
     
  5. VABlitz

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    So, you've tried it with a VPN. Have you tried leaving the Go at home and VPN with a laptop to the Go? Well, it still is nice when I have a long trip lined up. For transferring while away from home I will still use my Vulkano setup.
     
  6. peds48

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    it was rumored that the GenieGo was going to be able to stream DVR recordings outside the home. hopefully DirecTV works this out sooner then later.
     
  7. ProfLonghair

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    They are converted to sd, and you can't stream outside of the home, you have to download it to your device first. It will work with an HR20 or later model receiver.
     
  8. kpfleming

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    Well, after a week of using GenieGO on Android, I find it to be acceptable, but full of annoyances (no surprise, it's from DirecTV).

    • The app does not understand landscape mode; it always displays in portrait mode, both on an Asus TF700T and on a Samsung Galaxy S3. Thankfully, the video playback does understand landscape mode.
    • On a phone, which has a constant Internet connection, starting the app away from home takes *forever*, because it spends a bunch of time trying to contact the GenieGO box.
    • Marking series for auto-download doesn't seem to accomplish much, although it does appear to get the shows 'prepared' on the GenieGO; if the Android app is not running in the foreground on the device, the shows don't download, but when you click 'download' they download fairly quickly.
    • There's no way to see what content is currently living on the GenieGO itself (for download to 2nd/3rd devices), and it's not clear what causes them to get deleted.
     
  9. dennisj00

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    I don't have an Android device, but on the IOS, PC and MAC clients, there's a 'Ready for Download' filter that shows what programs have been prepared.

    Programs are deleted when deleted on the DVR or on a FIFO basis when space is needed. There is no direct GUI into GenieGo.
     
  10. peds48

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    [*]Marking series for auto-download doesn't seem to accomplish much, although it does appear to get the shows 'prepared' on the GenieGO; if the Android app is not running in the foreground on the device, the shows don't download, but when you click 'download' they download fairly quickly.


    Not sure how Androids, but on iOS devices background downloading is not permitted by Apple.
     
  11. Steve

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    Not sure how Androids, but on iOS devices background downloading is not permitted by Apple.
    The good news is iOS 7 will allow app developers to add background capability. It's due out this fall.


    Sent from my iPhone using DBSTalk mobile app
     
  12. peds48

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    The good news is iOS 7 will allow app developers to add background capability. It's due out this fall.


    Sent from my iPhone using DBSTalk mobile app


    Multitasking will be a little be weird on iOS7. It has something to do with the system learning how and how often you use an app. I right now use Background Manager on my JB'en iPhone 5. It basically lets me keep alive any app I want regardless where I am on the OS. I set up the Nomad app to download a show I then can use Chrome or pretty much do anything and the show will download in the background, pretty neat!
     
  13. kpfleming

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    Yeah, I suspect the Android app is a 'port' of the iOS app, and doesn't yet take advantage of any Android features. It also refers to the device it's installed on as an 'Android' :)
     
  14. Steve

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    Could be, because the iOS app GUI is portrait-only as well, landscape for the player.
     
  15. brako

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    Surprised I am not seeing discussion on this yet:

    [From the GenieGo Manual]

    Out-of-Home Access
    You can stream your recorded shows to your mobile device outside your home by setting your
    wireless router to port forwarding. This allows your GenieGO app to connect to your router from
    outside your home Wi-Fi network. Most popular router models can be automatically setup for port
    forwarding using your PC or Mac computer, but some models require you to turn it on manually.
    • For automatic setup:
    - Open the GenieGO App on your computer. Go to Settings section located in the top right
    of your app, select “GenieGO Out-of-Home Access” and follow the on-screen instructions.
    - Once complete, you’ll see “Congratulations! Your router is set up for GenieGO Out-of-
    Home Access.”
    - You’ll need to confirm “Out-of-Home Access” on each device you want to stream shows on
    outside the home.
    • For manual set up:
    - Proceed to directv.com/geniego/routersupport for instructions to manually setup your router

    anyone have this working ?

    Bill
     
  16. Steve

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    Unfortunately, the manual's ahead of the software. OOH streaming is not available for Macs or Android devices at this time. Only PCs and iOS devices. Hopefully soon!
     
  17. brako

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    Thanks Steve. I am trying to connect OOH from a PC. Have the ports forwarded and I'm comfortable with router configs. My question is, how does the client on my OOH pc know how to get back to my home router? I seem to be missing how / where that happens.

    Bill
     
  18. Steve

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    Gotcha. You had me there for a second, because the of fhread we're in. :p

    There's a GenieGo authentication server the clients check in with to get the home IP. The home GenieGo device updates it.
     
  19. VABlitz

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    I thought I read this was possible somewhere. Everyone else is saying you can not download shows away from home (perhaps they mean through an android device). The manual clearly states it is possible with a PC (which is what I would use). I guess you need the genie go with you to stream shows from your receivers. Port forwarding is not that hard to do. I was thinking I would have to setup a VPN to get this working, but it looks like it is a feature of the genie go.
     
  20. Steve

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    While away from home, you can schedule a new transcode, so it's available for copying once you're back on your home network. You can currently only stream shows to Windows laptops and iOS devices while OOH, however; you can't remotely copy a transcoded file for local playback.
     

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