TVApps - WebSite? AppStore? Other?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by Earl Bonovich, Jul 20, 2010.

TVApps: How to do YOU add/configure them

  1. I use the TVApps website

    0 vote(s)
  2. I use the AppStore

  3. I don't use TVApps

  4. I would use a secure 3rd party site

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  1. Jul 21, 2010 #81 of 126

    NewView AllStar

    Jan 15, 2007
    I use the website to look for new apps cause it IS faster than the onscreen AppStore, but use the AppStore most of the time. I never even knew there was a website until recently.

    It's a pain in the ass to have to log in AGAIN to the app website even after you logged in to the DirecTV site. :(

    I would not be inclined to use a 3rd party site to access my apps cause they always seem to want to send you spam after registering. :(
  2. Jul 21, 2010 #82 of 126

    smoelheim AllStar

    Dec 22, 2007
    As with everyone else... when I tried them, they were slow and buggy.

    Quite honestly, they don't offer me anything I can't get a million other places. I have a laptop next to my chair where I watch TV. I have internet access on my blackberry. I can get weather and sports scores in a MILLION different places.. there just isn't any benefit to getting it on my TV screen.
  3. Jul 21, 2010 #83 of 126

    Thaedron Hall Of Fame

    Jun 29, 2007
    Being blunt and honest, I personally have very little desire / use for apps on my DVR. I have other devices in the home to serve that purpose.

    I would much rather have a very robust media share (forgetting the new name for it atm "Music Photos and more"?)
    • Solid support for multiple music codecs without the need for transcoding
    • viewing picutures that aren't distorted by current resolution / aspect ratio
    • solid video playback support without the "bitrate too high" errors

    Each of the above points have caused me to abandon hope that "media share" will be a useful tool.

    Also, as with others, I was never able to get TVApps working in the early beta (CE) days. I honestly haven't been back since or even attempted to use them.

    Sorry for the off-topic post, but you did ask for blunt and honest feedback.
  4. Jul 21, 2010 #84 of 126

    toofastgtp Mentor

    Nov 24, 2008
    After having to go through 2 routers to get the apps to work, i find they are a novelty. Slow to load, The only apps i used was the weather apps. Now that i have a ipod touch it is so much quicker to load and get to what i want to look at.

    In all honesty, i did not even know you could find apps on the website.
  5. Jul 21, 2010 #85 of 126

    Huskie_2009 Icon

    Jan 12, 2009
    This is beyond the control of the App programmer. All Apps will disappear whenever most buttons are pressed on the remote.

    This one bothers me. I have not confirmed this myself.
    Are you saying that for example, if the time is 12:01 and when it becomes 12:02 it's drawn on top of 12:01? That is not supposed to be the case. Once the image is sent to the receiver, the App does not continue to run. A new image is created every time the App is refreshed by the receiver. The default is 15 seconds.

    Earl? Is there now a cache problem on the receivers? Could it possibly be showing multiple images overlayed on top of the previous App image?
  6. Jul 21, 2010 #86 of 126

    ASG82 Mentor

    Jul 10, 2010
    Wish they had more than just a flikr app. All my pictures are on Picasa.
  7. Jul 21, 2010 #87 of 126

    ndole Problem Solver

    Aug 26, 2009
    Love TVapps. However my router isn't friendly to them, so they don't work. I'm curious about whether or not there is something that can be changed in the TVapps programming that would make it "universally friendly" behind any router/setup/configuration. I don't think that the majority of Directv customers are even aware that TVapps exist. But, when they become more used by more customers, I worry that these configuration problems (Everyone has a different router/ISP/Firewall) will prompt truck rolls.
  8. Jul 21, 2010 #88 of 126

    spanishannouncetable Icon

    Apr 23, 2002
    Then it would be nice of Directv to make it part of the main interface. This feature was one that TiVo has had since the beginning and is really the only one I miss having on the HR series. Something as simple as an on-screen clock should have been a no brainer.

    Yep, that's what it does. If you allow the clock to run long enough it becomes unreadable. It should clear the old numbers and replace them with new ones, but it doesn't.

  9. Jul 21, 2010 #89 of 126

    snork Cool Member

    Sep 21, 2007
    I don't use the apps. For the last few months they haven't worked at all (error 301 I believe) and though I have fixed it in the past, I grew tired of jacking around with it and quit. The fact that when they did work they were so slow and uninteresting made them easy to blow off.
  10. Jul 21, 2010 #90 of 126

    Nighthawk68 Godfather

    Oct 14, 2004
    I use the AppStore mainly. I set up my H23 thru the app store, but remember that it was painfully slow. I used the website to copy to my HR22, not sure where I realized there was a website, possibly a link here or maybe on

    I dont seem to use the apps that often, speed being probably the main reason. FWIW I am on an 8meg/1meg connection.
  11. Jul 21, 2010 #91 of 126

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD

    BTW, they seem faster in the last few months.
  12. Jul 21, 2010 #92 of 126

    adamson Godfather

    Nov 9, 2007
    Houston, TX
    I do not use it, very slow and buggy. Would not use if it was fast either. I have a laptop in the livingroom so whats the need here.
  13. Jul 21, 2010 #93 of 126

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    I'm now getting the following error on my HR24-500:

    "TV Apps is currently unavailable. Please try again later (3)."

    This is great news for me. This is the first time I got an error on my HR24. Up until today, apps never loaded, never gave an error message.

    My HR20-700 working great with apps this very second. Both DVR's on the same network.
  14. Jul 22, 2010 #94 of 126

    MrSmartyA Mentor

    Aug 17, 2008

    same here, no need. Plus it looks like Internet anno 1999 and it's slow.

    I also have a Laptop + Netbook in the living room.

    PS: Also no need and desire for any type of sports tickers on TV (i.e. ESPN bottomline).
  15. Jul 22, 2010 #95 of 126

    tsbrady1 Legend

    Jan 6, 2006
    never knew the web site existed until today, it is pretty handy! I mainly intended to use apps for local weather radar but the NOAA radar is difficult to read, perhaps you need a degree in meterology to understand it. The web resident Weather Channel radar is much more descriptive than the NOAA image. OTOH maybe I am just stupid!
  16. Jul 22, 2010 #96 of 126

    joannel AllStar

    Sep 18, 2007
    I have used both the Directv website and the App Store. I don't really favor one over the other. I love the Apps and use them on a daily basis. I access the Red Sox and New England Patriots scores, game times, and standings. I also use the Weather radar often.

    I have an HR22/100.
  17. Jul 22, 2010 #97 of 126

    Holydoc Legend

    Feb 17, 2008
    Panhandle, FL
    I tried using the TV Apps but they were slow and mostly unappealing for my needs. I tape all my ball games to watch, so I do not need their scores. We already have "The Weather Channel" or the "Active" button on the remote for weather forcasts (I personally just look down at my Smart Phone that displays it instantly). There are never any crime reports or traffic reports for my area. I am an avid photographer but store my pictures on harddrives connected to my computer, so the Flickr app is useless. Finally staring at a webcam, getting my horoscope, or finding out what reruns everyone else is watching is definitely of no interest to me.

    Now if they would add an App to stream Netflix videos, browse the web, access my Itunes playlists, allow me to answer my phone, access/edit my outlook calendar on my computer, or allow me to establish/edit the scheduling of other recordings on other DVRs, then I would definitely use them!
  18. Jul 22, 2010 #98 of 126

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    I rebooted for fun, I no longer get the "TV Apps is currently unavailable. Please try again later (3)” error. It’s back to its old error. I hit the right arrow, I get the “loading apps please wait” message. After that, nothing. No apps, no errors. My HR24 passes all internet tests. DOD and MRV (non deca) work great. HR20 on same network, works great with apps. Never any issues. Just my New HR24. :rolleyes:
  19. Jul 22, 2010 #99 of 126

    ccr1958 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 29, 2007
    i don't use tv apps...did when first implemeted but not used in many months
  20. bananfish

    bananfish Mentor

    Aug 13, 2007
    TVApps? What the heck are TVApps? Never heard of them before.

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