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DIRECTV for Android Updated, Stream Your Favorite Shows Right to Your Device

Customers of DIRECTV are in luck today, as the official Android application for the service has been updated and brings along a pretty nice live streaming feature. No matter where you go, you can now take your favorite shows with you and that even includes your favorite movies. As well as being able to stream sweet content, you can also see what shows people are buzzing about, which means no more feeling left out when everyone at the office is chirping away about some reality show you never knew existed. Sweet, right?

Now DIRECTV goes anywhere you go. Get instant access to hit entertainment from HBO®, Cinemax®, Starz®, and Encore®, plus the latest DIRECTV CINEMA movies and more, whenever and wherever you want-at home or on the go. Go to the “Watch on Phone” tab located on your home screen and select “Movies”, “TV Shows” or “Networks” to start watching now.

Being a Comcast subscriber myself, I can’t personally test the application out. Let us know how it goes for you down below.

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  • terrorpup

    Does not work on my ASUS TF101 table, I keep getting 5100 error. I have reached out to Directv and they don’t care. I was told by their support staff, my problem.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SZ37F5PI45CJW5GVHM6DE43ZQ4 DelenaM

    Can anyone please respond to the question about the “error in media player” on the xoom? I’ve rebooted but it doesn’t help. Do I need a special media player for this?

  • Rosie83

    Can anyone please respond to the question about the “error in media player” on the xoom? I’ve rebooted but it doesn’t help. Do I need a special media player for this?

  • shanklin07

    DirecTV Has treated me well for over 15 years. I won’t switch and never will. 

  • BillB14

    Doesn’t work on Droid 4.  Trailers play fine.  Shows don’t play.

  • Yeayah!

    Just got my bionic lapdock today!

    Tried it out, played some Beavis and Butthead do america. Works good !

  • http://www.facebook.com/Willyman1986 Josh Williams

    Horrid functionality…  Great if you’re one of those subscribers paying $150 a month for everything premium… All you can stream is HBO, Skinemax, and a few others.  I cant stream ESPN, Showtime (the one movie channel I actually have) and a number of other content…. Crap app.  Glad I still have Netflix on my phone…

  • Terrance Steiner

    Did anyone else notice that not of the “top movies” are actually real movies?  I’m guessing DirectTV did not want to pay for the rights to real movie posters for the Play Market listing images.

  • pappy53

    On my wi-fi Xoom, with official ICS, I can watch trailers but if I select “watch now”, I get this message: “sorry, but Directv has stopped working”>. What’s going on?

  • stinkybutt

    i have a swollen member that’s vein throbbing…..

  • stinkybutt

    i have a swollen member that’s vein throbbing…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001110770992 Tom Pajak

    this is BULL…my phone is better then the ones that are listed yet i can only play trailers..when i try to play a movie it says Media player  error..WTH HTC Rezound


    • Jackfaire

      Have you found a solution for this?

    • http://twitter.com/sirrich353 Sirrich

      I have the same problem with my HTC Vivid. WTF?

  • http://www.twitter.com/Ray_Zayas Raymond Zayas

    On my iPad I can get all my recorded content does this app do the same? If it does I’d love to carry it on my phone!

    • Good Mood

      I have the iPad too, and no it doesn’t do all that, but it does allow you to watch premium channels shows.

  • Good mood

    HTC Vivid keeps getting “Error in Mesia Player”. It plays the trailers just fine, and I downloaded other media players and set them as default and it still won’t work (run on sentence alert). Am I doing something wrong???

  • Courtneymhorne

    I dont need to wait for HBO GO for Galaxy Nexus 

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  • YaMuMzHoUsE

    ha ha about time directv, have been streaming all my channels on dish for like 2-3 yrs now…i still bet theres a catch, prob cant watch ALL CHANNELS….

    • http://www.facebook.com/nathanielnewmanmusic Nathaniel Newman

       I’ve had DirecTV. I have Charter now. Regardless they all offer the same. A Hulu type experience. Until these services can offer a Slingbox/Vulkano (streaming DVR to mobile device) application. I’ll stick to using my Hava Platinum HD. 

      • Diablo81588

        I do exactly what you just said with my dish dvr. I can stream live tv and recorded programs directly to my phone on 3g, 4g or wifi. Dish owns slingbox btw.

  • r.

    Verizon FiOS plz hurry and make an app!

  • HuskerHog

    It worked well on my RAZR Maxx.  If you don’t have a premium channel subscription with DirecTv you don’t have access to anything worth watching.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RXFWXDUWRRHCGFV6NP2SDZ7YLU Ray

    works on my gnex flawlessly however it doesnt stream on my xoom 

  • Joe Buck

    Love directv

  • Comcast sucks

    This is why Comcast sucks! Comcast is all about the money. I can schedule my dvr via app or internet but I can’t even watch my own recorded content from my own Comcast DVR. 

    • Sporttster

      Had Comcast. Talked to two reps, neither wanted to move on price much so I told them I was DCing. They set up the DC date. Third rep willing to price move but it was too late…went with Dish. The remote app made the difference for me. Just love accessing any of my content remotely….

  • LiterofCola

    Hell no Directv, never again

    • Neeno

      Not DirecTV issue, never again will I purchase an HTC device!

  • Sporttster

    Dish has a ‘try me’ type deal for the Dish app. It gives you access to a set of channels remotely for a 24hr period to try the app out. That’s what got me. I was able to test it before I even went with Dish. Having that is what sold me on getting Dish. Remote access to ANY content I’ve got? Sign me up!

  • Sporttster

    Dish Network does have it. Called the Dish Remote Access app. I just got Dish this last week and have used it quite a bit. It’s still pretty buggy but when you finally figure out its quirks, man it’s great! It’s got the program guide just like the actual box has and I can access any programming I have plus the DVR content remoted via my RAZR or my Sammy 8.9 Tablet. Its by Sling.

  • http://twitter.com/lonndoggie Lonnie Brownell

    Doesn’t play on my Rezound.  I get “Media Player – Error in media player” and that’s all.

    • Felipe Ortiz

      it plays fine in my 

      • sugaman

        It wont work on the HTC EVO 4G LTE either. They are working n the problem. Worked fine on the HTC EVO 4G prior.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001110770992 Tom Pajak

       Same here..won’t play on my Rezound over wifi

    • Joedirt2217

      Same on my Rezound too!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/shehippie ♥CrazyOldBroad♥

      Same here :/

    • http://www.facebook.com/mark.schleupner Mark Schleupner

      Same here…

    • haf2beme

      Same here.

  • longhairbilly

    While a great start, it’s only a few channels (the six shown in the photo above) I’ll never use this in its current form. 

  • Harryeballs1234

    Love it! Works great on my RAZR!

  • http://twitter.com/jcardona1 Jose Cardona

    F#$k yeah little doggie!

  • TrivialTweeter

    Not available on the Galaxy Nexus :-( Can install on a Nexus S. This really sucks! I can’t get HBO Go, or this new DireTV app on my Galaxy Nexus, which is my daily driver….sigh

    • KevinC

      I installed it on my Gnex just fine.  Streams video great too.

      • NemaCystX

        Same here, installed on all my devices running AOKP

        OG DROID Incredible
        HTC ThunderBolt
        Galaxy Nexus
        GalaxyTab 10

        • http://www.naskaras.com/ Thanassi Karageorgiou

          why are you using 3 phones?

          • NemaCystX

            I’m not, I only have 1 functional, the others are my “toys” I don’t sell my retired handsets, I use them for testing and other purposes. (ie: being able to use apps that aren’t available on all handsets)

          • http://www.naskaras.com/ Thanassi Karageorgiou

            ahhh gotcha. Yea I havent sold my Droid 1 or Droid 2, but I got rid of the D3 as soon as my GNex arrived. That thing was horrible.

          • NemaCystX

            I did the same with the DROID X, I had it for a week. I traded my DROID Incredible to a friend to help him with an upgrade, hated the DROID X so I gave him that and he ended up liking it less than the DROID Incredible but liked the larger screen, he had tons of issues with it and more recently before he got the Galaxy Nexus, the USB port shorted out on him, one time he woke up to a dead phone, tried to turn it on and it was stuck at the bootloader.  it was a mess

            I also had an Asus Transformer, sold it and got a GalaxyTab 10 (I would never go back to the Transformer)  I’m ready to upgrade my Gtab10 though, I hope Samsung does put a quad core in the Tab 2 10.1 or i’m going with the Transformer Infinity

      • TrivialTweeter

        Update: My bad. I was trying to install it through the market link on my desktop. My Galaxy Nexus was not showing up as an available device, and when I went to the Play Store on my G-Nex it showed the app as installed, but no update available. I didn’t open the app…I should have. My G-Nex already has the latest version of the app. It must have auto-updated, but I didn’t receive a notification of it.

        TLDR: My G-Nex already had the latest version installed, and I didn’t know it.

        Now if we could just get HBO Go to work on the G-Nex.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Darius-M-Clark/1420215236 Darius M. Clark

    makes me miss directv! got Time Warner and I hate it!

  • marty jones

    Would like to know if this streams MLB Ticket

  • Blood

    Does it stream all directv channels? Or just the movie channels like hbo, cinemax, starz etc.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RXFWXDUWRRHCGFV6NP2SDZ7YLU Ray

      obviously you didnt read the article! smh

      • Blood

        “as the official Android application for the service has been updated and brings along a pretty nice live streaming feature. No matter where you go, you can now take your favorite shows with you and that even includes your favorite movies.”

        It doesn’t say anything about streaming the regular channels troll.

        • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RXFWXDUWRRHCGFV6NP2SDZ7YLU Ray

          Now DIRECTV goes anywhere you go. Get instant access to hit entertainment from HBO®, Cinemax®, Starz®, and Encore®, plus the latest DIRECTV CINEMA movies and more, whenever and wherever you want-at home or on the go. Go to the “Watch on Phone” tab located on your home screen and select “Movies”, “TV Shows” or “Networks” to start watching now. 

        • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RXFWXDUWRRHCGFV6NP2SDZ7YLU Ray

          reading is fundamental 

  • Benjamin Landwehr

    Ah, wish Dish Network had this.  Then again I don’t think I’d ever use it.  But still, awesome feature for you DirectTV users.

    • NemaCystX

      They do but you have to use the Sling app and have a sling adapter to get the functionality.  Only thing is, the Sling app has more capability than the DirecTV one because you can control your box on the mobile app as if you were in your living room and watch Live programming and see your guide/recordings.

      • Sporttster

        And the Sling adaptor is tiny. About 7″ by 6″, flat with a single USB out 8″ cable. It sits flat on top of my Hopper DVR. There are no controls on it. It all functions remotely via the App.

        • NemaCystX

          I’d get one for mine but I have to upgrade my current one to get the sling adapter.  I basically have access to both Dish and DirecTV

          Dish is my service here at home
          DirecTV is my service elsewhere

  • http://twitter.com/QSMinSD Q

    Most Premium Televisions Package indeed..

    • Bodhiballer

      I jumped out of it.  

      This is of very limited use without paying through the nose for all of their top tier channels.  

  • DaveTea

    It works very well for me but unfortunately we ditched HBO a few months ago so that cuts out most of the top shelf content. Now they just need to release a remote control app for the newer DVRs, they killed that functionality a few months back..bummed me out, I used a few different remote control apps quite a bit but they are now useless.

    • DavesTeaBag

      they killed that functionality a few months back”….huh? when was this. My remote still works quite well.

    • JustAnotherGuest

      A remote control app for a DVR to do what? I use the DirecTV app to set my DVR to record a certain game/show that I might have forgotten to set while I was at home. Unless you are using it for something else??

      • DaveTea

        With most of the newer networked DVRs and tuners it is possible to control them over the network (change chan, jump to a favorite chan, browse the list of recorded shows, etc) but a few months back DirecTV disabled most of the functions used by the remote control apps and made them mostly useless. I think you can still change the chan with them but all the advanced functions no longer work.

        • NemaCystX

          That’s odd, on our HR24 all the buttons work.  maybe its the app your using?

          • DaveTea

            The buttons may work but the ability to display the ‘now showing’ or your recorded programs in the software itself should not be a working option with a HR24. I am part of the DirecTV beta program so I am a few months ahead on DVR software releases but on my two HR22s and my HR23 displaying detailed info on the Android app has been disabled for probably 4 months. Just to be clear I am not talking about being able to hit the ‘list’ button on the app and have the TV display the recorded list, I am talking about having the app on the phone display your recorded program list and/or show ‘now playing’.

          • NemaCystX

            eh, those kind of functions aren’t needed in my opinion. The app is mostly for those of us that are too lazy to get up and grab the remote so instead we pull our smartphone out of our pocket (that is usually on us all the time) and change the channel, pull up the guide etc.

            Edit: those functions you listed are Pro features on the android app I use so I couldn’t begin to test them anyway, not worth $1.99 for an app that is free with basic features.

    • NemaCystX

      You can find an app on Google Play called “DirecTV Remote” its not official but it works quite well.  Just make sure you have your box connected to the same network as your device you want to use as a remote.  Surprisingly there is no lag or delay when using it.


      Its free, but it also has a Pro version

      Edit: make sure you enable external devices or it won’t work, after the major update to the DirecTV boxes that changed the UI a few months back this was disabled by default.

      • DaveTea

        Apps are available to work as a basic remote but DirecTV removed access to the playlist and guide info over IP ‘for legal reasons’ before the HD interface was rolled out. Many people that helped beta test the IP control functions were not very pleased about this. It certainly killed the functions that I used the remote software for.