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TV APPS almost worthless?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by T-Mac, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. Apr 5, 2012 #1 of 38

    T-Mac AllStar

    Feb 16, 2012
    I've had D* for a month now and have found the success rate of TV APPS to be less than 50%. Lots of service unavailable messages.

    The only thing I ever try to use is the weather app. Now it's become a (bad) habit just to push the right arrow to see if it works. Sometimes it does, most of the time it does not.

    Is this just a poorly executed feature or do I have less success than other users that needs to be looked into further.

    deca module connected by ethernet to router
  2. Apr 5, 2012 #2 of 38
    Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    TVApps is the wave of the past.... something else will eventually take its place.
  3. Apr 5, 2012 #3 of 38

    Crimson Legend

    Dec 9, 2006
    Was it ever even a wave? I've never used them, and I've never seen anyone else with DTV ever user them. Seems like a failure of the past that will hopefully be replaced by something that people want to use. :)
  4. Apr 5, 2012 #4 of 38

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    If there's any performance hit associated with TV Apps, I'd love an option to disable it, because I don't use it either, except when I accidentally hit 'right' on the wrong screen. Almost as bad as accidentally hitting ACTIVE! :p

    Same goes for Scoreguide. I'm a big sports fan, but I don't use it and if it would speed things up by disabling it, I'd love that option.
  5. Apr 5, 2012 #5 of 38
    Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    Apparently my comment was misconstrued. Let me be more clear. TVApps development has stopped. Something else will take its place.
  6. Apr 5, 2012 #6 of 38

    lparsons21 Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Mar 4, 2006
    Herrin, IL
    I would trade all the TV apps, Pandora and YouTube just to get single point of management of recording! Well that and consistent speed! :)
  7. Apr 5, 2012 #7 of 38

    T-Mac AllStar

    Feb 16, 2012
    Thanks guys. This is what I suspected.
  8. Apr 5, 2012 #8 of 38

    jedi34 New Member

    Oct 7, 2008
    I'm with the OP. I liked (but didn't love) TV app's. But, over the past several weeks, it's much more miss than hit. I like the weather option, and I have a couple NBA teams on it, to tell at a glance when a team that I like will be playing or the score of their game.

    I was glad to see this thread. I was thinking my problems with it were related to my internet access.
  9. Apr 5, 2012 #9 of 38
    Barry in Conyers

    Barry in Conyers Godfather

    Jan 14, 2008
    TVApps was a decent idea that was poorly implemented and never really supported. It has been "hit and miss" for a long time and seems to be getting worse. My impression is that DirecTV has reduced server capacity or assigned internet bandwidth, but the error messages make it difficult to be sure. Perhaps there are conflicts with the recent firmware releases.

    If TVApps is replaced by "something else", I hope DirecTV comes up with a better approach than using VPN to handle the data.

    Just my opinion, YMMV.
  10. allenn

    allenn Icon

    Nov 19, 2005
    TV Apps are like Media Share, never fully baked. Too bad! I am looking forward to what D* is cooking up next. Best wishes!
  11. Rtm

    Rtm Godfather

    Oct 18, 2011
    Same with nomad
  12. Racer88

    Racer88 Icon

    Sep 12, 2006
    The one thing DirecTV's code monkey department is best at...

    Half assing most everything they do...
  13. ts7

    ts7 Mentor

    Nov 1, 2011
  14. kvine24

    kvine24 Cool Member

    Apr 13, 2012
    Puppy of the day app... Makes tv apps worth it
  15. moghedien

    moghedien Legend

    Dec 3, 2007
    I was getting this error recently, and changing the DNS Server setting(under 'Network Setup' - Advanced Setup) to (Google) seems to have fixed it
  16. lacubs

    lacubs Godfather

    Sep 11, 2010
    mine with the scoreguide will disappeared and reappeared every 6 months, and i love the tv apps and the scoreguide, but unfortunately they are useless!
  17. unixguru

    unixguru Godfather

    Jul 9, 2007
    They are just the silly result of Product Managers aka bean counters trying to be "competitive". Everybody is doing it so it must be important, right?

    My new Sony "smart" tv is full of the same garbage. Software "updates" every few months - you can almost be certain they have nothing to do with video quality, just patching these garbage apps.

    I also have a Mac Mini connected. Gee, wonder which of the 3 devices I'm going to use to do "app" things? There is NO question.

    Really, D*, are there no other requested features that are more important????? :mad:
  18. Richierich

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    All of these Feature just Slowed Down my DVRs so I Quit Using Them as they were pretty useless.

    I get Weather on my PC every morning when I log on along with Music and I have Pandora, etc. on my DVD Player so just let me have a Fast DVR such as my HR24-500s and I Am Good To Go!!! :hurah:
  19. braven

    braven Hall Of Fame

    Apr 9, 2007
    They're not "almost" worthless. To me they're totally worthless. I get so ticked when I accidentally hit the right arrow and have to wait for that garbage to load.
  20. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    Nailed it.

    As everyone is expanding the use of the Internet, DirecTV TVapps have been stagnate for years.

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