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  • Last update: 1 year ago
  • Version: 4.9.602
  • Size: 58.45M
  • Compatibility: 4.1 and up
  • Author: DIRECTV, LLC
  • Content rating: Rated for 12+
  • Package name: com.directv.dvrscheduler
  • Last update: 1 year ago
  • Version: 4.9.603
  • Size: 152 MB
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Author: DIRECTV, Inc.
  • Content rating: Rated 4+
  • Languages: English
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DirecTV Review

DirecTV is a TV service active in the USA and Latin America so if you’re from elsewhere, you can skip the rest. It’s traditionally tied to IPTV and satellite broadcasting, but streaming via the Internet is also a part of DirecTV’s services. The official app by DirecTV is meant both for watching the channels directly on your digital devices and for assisting your satellite watching experience.

DirecTV offers a large variety of channels to watch; the cheapest plan includes 100+ channels, and premium all-inclusive plans offer 300+! But there is “one more thing”: while home TV plans start at $50/month, this price includes exclusive equipment rent. And while you use it on your smartphone, it gets much cheaper. DirecTV mobile is an integral part of the whole service.

Functionality  9/10

Find the DirecTV, install it and use as the main control for your home TV. If you use the app as a companion for your Smart TV, you can use it as a remote control device to switch channels, select shows and episodes, start and pause the playback and so on.

Find the DirecTV, install it and use as the main control for your home TV. If you use the app as a companion for your Smart TV, you can use it as a remote control device to switch channels, select shows and episodes, start and pause the playback and so on.

The built-in TV guide brings some balsam to the heart sores of those still underlining the time in paper guides. The schedule is easy to read and to select the shows you'd like to see; it also allows to set a reminder not to miss the start.

There’s nothing to do, though, if you dwell on some other continent and have no Residential Home DirecTV subscription. You won’t even get it directly from the app unless you ask some of your American friends for their data, but…

The app integrated DirecTV with AT&T services and it's no wonder, as DirecTV is a subsidiary of AT&T since 2014. So you can use both your DirecTV and AT&T login to reach the services. After you have activated your account, you can use the app wherever you’d like if your connection is good enough.

There are also parental control options, so you can restrict the channels or timetable for your kids. They won’t see the channels with content you find inappropriate or watch TV until too late. Of course, this requires full access to your account.

Design 9/10

The app has been made for TV watchers, so it should be as easy as clicking the remote or even easier. The designers have done their job well. Any section contains the list of content offered by DirecTV and the latest shows you have gone through. You can select whether you want to watch this episode on your phone, tablet or on your TV. Of course, your TV should be as well connected to Internet, and your DirecTV TV app should already have your credentials saved.

The way the app looks reminds us of what future used to look like in those 1980s movies. Inspired by hi-tech tendencies of late XX century, the app shines black and blue, with well-distinguishable white text. You can read a detailed description of any on-demand show or scheduled by TV guide program block. And yes, there’s also voice search you can use like you use Siri or Google Now.

Usability 9/10

American readers may disagree, as for them, DirecTV offers the best content selection and usability options. There’s even Spanish version for Latin or Hispanic users so numerous lately. Other languages are also supported at the content level, considering how many migrants are there in the US), but these are mostly local channels from other countries that DirecTV just rebroadcasts. There are special Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian or other packages rebroadcasted by DirecTV, but the app’s interface remains the same.

The power of the app unveils as you use it as a home DirecTV ‘s companion. In order to enjoy the TV power, you have to equip your TV sets with special DirecTV receivers you can buy or rent. These hardware pieces can be remotely controlled via the app if they are connected to the same network).

The app allows to record the stream to watch it later if you have enough built-in memory in your receiver to store it all, but this feature still requires a home receiver. We understand it’s all in DirecTV’s policy that means users have to rent specific equipment to enjoy broadcasting. Some features, like recording up to 5 shows or controlling up to 8 TV sets through one receiver simultaneously, are connected to specific models like Genie. And yes, the shows you have recorded can be stored on your mobile device as well, so you can watch them later even when you’re offline. This may be one of the most frequent use cases of this app.
And if you’re ready to put up with a small screen, you need no additional fees to bring DirecTV wherever you get on your phone or tablet. The only requirement is a fast connection via Wi-Fi or 4G, but even a 3G connection will do with no dramatic quality loss. And if your phone and a nearby TV both support DLNA or Miracast, you can broadcast your DirecTV Android or iOS stream onto any TV using generic technologies.

Cross-platform use 8/10

Mainstream platforms are fully supported; there are not only conventional DirecTV for Android and iOS apps, but also a special app for Amazon market, though Amazon devices are, in fact, Android-based as well. But BlackBerry and Windows Phone users

Mainstream platforms are fully supported; there are not only conventional DirecTV for Android and iOS apps, but also a special app for Amazon market, though Amazon devices are, in fact, Android-based as well. But BlackBerry and Windows Phone users are left overboard again. However, if you search the markets through, you can find unofficial apps like DirecTV Buddy.

DirecTV download section offers you links to official market pages.

In-app purchases

Yes, you can subscribe to DirecTV directly from the app. The price still depends on the package you select, but there’s good news also. If mobile usage is primary for you, you don’t have to pay for it separately.
But though the app cost you nothing, it doesn’t make DirecTV free. It just gives you another way to use your subscription.

Conclusion

A must-have app for DirecTV users. Especially if you make full use of advanced broadcasting features like recording shows, parental control, streaming the picture out to multiple TV sets and so on. The app makes a great companion for a DirecTV receiver and eases the control processes. Otherwise, DirecTV download makes no sense.

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Conclusion

Another America-oriented service has made a great app for its customers; being useless outside US or Latin America, it will bring much fun into your life if you dwell in the right place and watch TV often enough.


Pros : Various content available;
Different local channels from all over the world rebroadcasted;
Stable subscription price;
Good design;
Enriched home TV experience.

Cons : Unavailable in countries outside American continent;
Too few languages supported;
The app is too tied up to your Residential Home DirecTV account.


Functionality 4.5

Design 4.5

Usability 4.5

Cross-platform use 4.0


Average : 4.4



DIRECTV Version History


  • DIRECTV v.4.7.203 for Android 4.0+ Oct. 11, 2016
  • DIRECTV v.4.7.017 for Android 4.0+ Sep. 07, 2016
  • DIRECTV v.4.6.101 for Android 4.0+ Aug. 23, 2016
  • DIRECTV v.4.6.008 for Android 4.0+ Jul. 24, 2016
  • DIRECTV v.4.5.011 for Android 4.0+ Jun. 05, 2016
  • DIRECTV v.4.4.104 for Android 4.0+ May. 03, 2016
  • DIRECTV v.4.4.012 for Android 4.0+ Mar. 23, 2016
  • DIRECTV v.4.3.107 for Android 4.0+ Dec. 29, 2015
  • DIRECTV v.4.3.008 for Android 4.0+ Nov. 11, 2015
  • DIRECTV v.4.2.107 for Android 4.0+ Sep. 10, 2015
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