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Sat, Mar 24, 2018 10:09 PM

Directv with Windows 10

I want to be able to access my Directv DVR with my Windows 10 laptop for wireless use.  Can this be done?

 

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shannon02

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2 years ago

There is no DTV Mobile app for laptops/PCs but some have used an android emulator called Nox from bignox.com.

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trongod05

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2 years ago

The best answer is that this used to be possible, but for an unknown reason (AKA paranoia that content will be ripped and uploaded to the internet, but who are they kidding?), DirecTV decided to remove the app and all support.  Not for tiny screens the size of a pocket sized photo, but full PC's.  The forum moderators would lead you to believe that you can download an Android emulator to do this, but lets be real. It's a workaround at best and doesn't actually work.  The solution would be for DirecTV to build a desktop application that allows the same functionality that DirecTV2PC used to provide for years. I'm sure the development of this app would amount to a few weekends for a couple of smart developers, but we know that DirecTV doesn't care about innovation or their customer, or else this would have been addressed about 3 years ago.

 

Here's the real solution. Get a subscription to a VPN service and go to a torrent site that provides links to the torrent seed.  You will be able to download and watch just about any show or movie that exists. DirecTV seems to want to charge you for the content you've already paid for by watching ads during On Demand shows and not let you watch content that is recorded to your DVR, that is in your house, and on your own network. It boggles the mind why DirecTV would want to drive us to the solution I have proposed since any show or movie you can think of is going to end up on the Internet one way or another, but here we are.

shannon02

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2 years ago

DTV doesn't control the channels On Demand servers. DTV also pays the channel provides to carry their content.

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a year ago

So despite the ATT/DIRECTV ads, you CAN'T take DIRECTV anywhere on you "devices" such as a portable laptop.  Just a phone.

shannon02

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a year ago

You can stream some channels with your laptop web browser by logging into your DTV/AT&T account.  Once you leave your home network you can't stream from the DVR with a phone either as of March 4th.

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trongod05

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a year ago

They've already made it abundantly clear that they don't care about platforms other than mobile phones and tablets.  Again, they used to offer this functionality and then killed it with no reason given to this day. One day the apps were there, then Windows 10 came out and they immediately dropped support for them. Even though you could still install them, they no longer offered keys for either DirecTV2PC, then shortly after completely discontinued the GenieGo platform. You can ask them all you want, they're not going to tell you why and they show no signs of offering it again.

trongod05

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a year ago

Also, as you can tell from the last reply from the expert, they also appear to be getting rid of mobile DVR. Yet another option down the drain.  I don't get why they did this.  I have a suspicion why, but they'll never say it.

shannon02

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a year ago

DirecTV2PC never got out of beta testing.  Genietogo/Nomad where rolled into the mobile app.

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trongod05

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a year ago

Of course the website, when DirecTV2PC was available, never presented itself as a Beta or being in Beta. I never saw any announcement that stated "because this is in beta, we no longer support it." It sounds like a very canned answer and not a real answer. The fact that GenieGo and Nomad were rolled into the mobile app also doesn't address the reason why the functionality to stream from your DVR to your PC or Mac was suddenly killed. And those weren't in Beta either. It's a simple question and answer. The question being, why was support for streaming content recorded to your DVR to your PC or Mac dropped without providing a new app?

litzdog911

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a year ago


@trongod05 wrote:

Of course the website, when DirecTV2PC was available, never presented itself as a Beta or being in Beta. I never saw any announcement that stated "because this is in beta, we no longer support it." It sounds like a very canned answer and not a real answer. The fact that GenieGo and Nomad were rolled into the mobile app also doesn't address the reason why the functionality to stream from your DVR to your PC or Mac was suddenly killed. And those weren't in Beta either. It's a simple question and answer. The question being, why was support for streaming content recorded to your DVR to your PC or Mac dropped without providing a new app?


My opinion ...

It was dropped because they couldn't get it to work properly. And they focused their engineers on DirecTV Now for streaming instead of DirecTV Satellite.

 

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a year ago

DirecTV Satellite,maybe it worked well before,but not now.

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a year ago

IMO - DirecTV App (Android/FireOS) is pre-Beta; even 2nd tier tech support ... can't

And if you're thinking of transferring programming to portable device ... think again!

Last attempt - using a fast, capable router - ate up 5+ hours for 90-minute show.   

And, of course, App mandates using Wi-Fi, despite Genie ethernet jack

 

Invested in pricey convertible laptop with UHD display expressly for quality portable viewing,                                                                                    only to be repeatedly told "we don't support Windows ..."   ARGGGH!

 

IMO - AT&T/DirecTV greed & total disregard for customers' wishes/preferences are key to constraints

Which makes pushing everyone toward VPN/Torrent content both illogical and, from a business perspective, irrational!

shannon02

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a year ago

So how do you connect an Ethernet cable to your phone? That is why you need WiFI to download programs to the phone it doesn't matter how the Genie is connected to your internet.

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Juniper

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a year ago

@jerswing 

 

DirecTV app is for viewing on mobile (phone/tablet) only. A full computer (laptop counts) you use the browser to access the website for viewing. They do not allow the transferring of recordings to a large screen format as that cuts into their business model where you pay for each TV, and potentially could cut into the media sales (physical and digital) of the actual content from the channel or show owners.

 

So you can watch using windows. You just have to use the browser, not the app, as that is full screen viewing.

 

I agree that 1:1 transferring (i.e. 1hr show takes 1hr to format) needs to be improved so that way you don't spend too much time preparing to load the app before a trip.

 

Ethernet has nothing to do with this as the mobile devices the app is meant for don't have Ethernet ports. Doesn't matter how you connect your Genie to your home internet, be it WiFi, direct Ethernet, powerline adapter, or deca from coax to router as that doesn't change how your mobile device connects.

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trongod05

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a year ago

IMO - DirecTV App (Android/FireOS) is pre-Beta; even 2nd tier tech support ... can't

And if you're thinking of transferring programming to portable device ... think again!

Last attempt - using a fast, capable router - ate up 5+ hours for 90-minute show.   

And, of course, App mandates using Wi-Fi, despite Genie ethernet jack

 

Invested in pricey convertible laptop with UHD display expressly for quality portable viewing,                                                                                    only to be repeatedly told "we don't support Windows ..."   ARGGGH!

 

IMO - AT&T/DirecTV greed & total disregard for customers' wishes/preferences are key to constraints

Which makes pushing everyone toward VPN/Torrent content both illogical and, from a business perspective, irrational!

 

@jerswing Yep, I mean their tech is a joke at this point.  They just keep dwindling the support for platforms down.  I'm betting one day you'll only be able to view DirecTV shows on a 2" smart watch screen.  They are making it so hard to enjoy any content unless you're watching it live or recorded to your DVR.  There was a point where they were innovating, then they just dropped the ball completely when they pulled support.

 

So how do you connect an Ethernet cable to your phone? That is why you need WiFI to download programs to the phone it doesn't matter how the Genie is connected to your internet.

@shannon02 I think their point was that their Genie was hooked up directly to their router on their local network and their device is on Wifi (Probably 802.11ac), and even then the process to download a show from the Genie to the device is slow.  Of course I'm not surprised. I've stated this again and again, DirecTV and networking do not mix very well.  Unstable at best.  I've been a customer for about 15 years and owned about 3 different DirecTV boxes with networking and/or Internet connected capability. None of them every performed well, if they performed at all.  They are the only devices I've had on my networks that have never worked correctly.