Bloomberg TV and DirecTV Debut New Live Streaming Services for iPad

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Financial media and data company Bloomberg today launched a new Bloomberg TV+ app for the iPad, offering free, ad-supported live streaming of the financial news channel.
    Bloomberg TV+ also allows users to download video content for offline viewing, view bonus content, set reminders for live shows, and share videos via social media and email.


    Meanwhile, satellite television provider DirecTV yesterday updated its iPad app to provide free live TV for subscribers. Like several other similar apps from cable companies such as Time Warner, DirecTV customers can only view live TV on their iPads while in their home and connected to the same Wi-Fi network as their DirecTV HD DVR.
    DirecTV is offering an initial batch of over three dozen channels for live streaming to the iPad, with additional channels presumably coming in the future. The DirecTV app also offers easy transitions from iPad to TV, allowing users watching a channel live on their iPad to simply swipe up on the video to have their DirecTV DVR automatically tune to the channel for viewing on their television set.

    Article Link: Bloomberg TV and DirecTV Debut New Live Streaming Services for iPad
  2. treyjustice macrumors 65816


    Jun 14, 2009
    the directv app won't work on JB ipad 2! WTF?
  3. MacMojo1 macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2006
    Cool but I want to be able to access content when I travel. When at home I watch tv on a big screen.
  4. macconservative macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2008
    Good so far

    I updated this app as soon as I saw it available and am so far pleased with it. I think where this will be best is not needing to have multiple receivers in the house. While this is a good start I hope that they add more channels such as locals and espn then I will be able to drop all but one receiver in my house.
  5. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Do they have subtitles (or closed captioning)?
  6. Stewie86 macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2009
    Houston, TX
  7. NameUndecided macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2011
    Wait -- so am I really able to play Charlie Rose on demand on the iPad now? This isn't me being sarcastic or cute, I'm serious, is this a thing that I can do?

    edit: Oh holy hell yes, I can. This is the most amazing thing in the world.
  8. deannnnn macrumors 68020


    Jun 4, 2007
    New York City & South Florida
    Meanwhile I got an email from Time Warner today saying that my rates are going up to "improve services" yet they still have the crappiest streaming app of all (with the most random selection of channels), no access to HBO Go or Showtime Anywhere, and some of the buggiest cable boxes in the industry (and that's saying something, I used to have Comcast).

    Sorry for the rant. I wish FiOS was available in this building.
  9. biggreydog macrumors member

    Aug 23, 2010
    I wonder if this is what Steve Jobs was referring to when he said he "finally cracked it"? I like the use of an iPad or iPhone as a remote. When using Airplay, I can port video to any TV connected to an AppleTV box.
  10. GorgonPhone macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2010
    ^^pure carp and that is how capitalism messes things up ...... just silly to limit it like that
  11. rrrahu1 macrumors member

    Oct 27, 2011
    New York
    CHARLIE ROSE ON IPAD ------ Absolutely AMAZING!!!!!!
  12. Paulyboy macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2007
    At least you have a streaming app. I have Bright House Networks and we get squat. There's a crappy web app for managing the DVR and no native IOS apps except for the ESPN one which is okay. Time Warner actually handles all the negotiations for Bright House so in a way they're kind of linked. So as long as Time Warner doesn't have HBO Go, for example, neither will Bright House Networks. It's really pretty pathetic.

    In my case, however, Verizon FIOS is available in my area and I'm getting closer and closer to switching to it because of stuff like this. I just wish I hadn't been using that Road Runner e-mail as my main e-mail address for so long but at this point it might be worth all the trouble of switching to Gmail or something like that and then switching TV/Internet services.

  13. steve2112 macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2009
    East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
    Exactly. Let's see, I can watch my DirecTV on my small iPad screen...or the nice, big TV in the living room. Or the TV in the bedroom. Seriously? I was excited about a decent DirecTV app until I read this part. FAIL.
  14. XvMMvX macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2010
    Cable companies need just just give it up and become ISP's. Let content be delivered via steam un-inhibited and charge for BANDWIDTH not data cap.

    They are keeping the strangle hold on their inflated tv packages so this wont happen. Unfortunatly they are the ones that control both the internet and tv.

    I am long awaiting a day when i get my locals OTA in HD and everything else I want to watch I just purchase individually.

    For episodes of Boardwalk Empire are available sundays at 8pm CT. Charge a fair price for a season of the content you want to watch.

    I only want ESPN and a handful of other networks...but I have to buy the bloated overpriced package they are all in and several boxes so I can watch on multiple TVs.

    This is a good step but not quiet there yet.
  15. Stewie86 macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2009
    Houston, TX
    How about when you go drop off the kids at the pool? :p
  16. sonnyjames macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2008
    Closed Captions or Subtitles?

    Does anybody know if those two live streaming apps have closed captions or subtitles available?
  17. steve2112 macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2009
    East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
    Yeah. I remember seeing a quote by Steve Jobs saying something like he didn't want to make a tablet/ebook reader that people would read while in the bathroom. I guess the iPad became something you watch TV on while in the bathroom.
  18. iSRS macrumors 6502


    Mar 2, 2010
    Exactly. Thinking that same thing. Awesome.

    Though I wish it allowed us to watch our DVR. They allow it on Windows machines, with the indication that a Mac version is "not available at this time" but coming. I say skip it and give me DirecTV2iPad. Is it really THAT HARD?
  19. mikeb13 macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2009
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    ThunderSkunk macrumors 68030


    Dec 31, 2007
    Milwaukee Area
    Apple needs to have a TV app that works like Newsstand.

    Perhaps spiff up the castrated & useless "Video" app, with a "TV" tab. Instead of having 20 Apps, one for each studio & distributor, with your desired content scattered all over between them, a single App where you can access ABC, DirecTV, HBO, etc... basically, how a TV works now.

    ...& while they're at it, if captured vids & video podcasts could show up in the "Videos" app, instead of the "Photos" & "Music" apps, that'd be nice.

    ...And could we get videos to keep playing in a Picture-in-Picture display when we switch to other running apps...

    ...and get iMovie to reference the files inside...

    I love the iPad, but video on the iPad seems to be an afterthought.
  21. Felonyron macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2010
    Not Working

    So i updated the app on our iPad 1 and no channels show up in the new Column and after selecting 'Edit' there are 2 unselectable options. Weeee

    On another side note, the channels are only a couple dosen right now and several of them are the FOX/FX channels they are threating to drop come NOV 1st. FAIL
  22. Friscohoya macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2009
    Works great for me. Channels are limited at the moment, but they will add more (or so they say). Not sure how it can fail since it does what it says and is in addition to something that already works well? :confused:
  23. TonicAngel macrumors regular

    Jan 1, 2003
    So in order to get this - I have to buy that wireless $80 thing to plug into the receiver? :mad: When the heck are they going to just put a wireless signal in the damn receiver already? I want to be able to access my DVR content from the direct tv app (only have 1 HD receiver) and play on my ipad. Does this have the capability or is it just live TV?
  24. CalWizrd Suspended


    Jun 21, 2011
    NYC/Raleigh, NC
    You're right on about TimeWarnerCable. They have the worst technology I've ever seen for a supposed technology company. I recently sent an email to Glenn Britt, the CEO of TWC. Among other things, I told him if I was their CTO I would probably kill myself from shame or embarassment.

    I too anxiously await the availability of FIOS.
  25. donlphi macrumors 6502


    May 25, 2006
    Seattle (M$ Country)
    At first I agreed with you, but now that I've given it some more thought...

    It's not just another TV, it's much more portable. If you are outside, relaxing next to the pool or sitting by the fire pit and want to watch a movie under the stars (not under the sun for obvious reasons) with your significant other, it's probably easier to bring out your iPad than haul out your TV and cable connections.

    If you want to go less romantic... Bathroom. Does it need any other explanation?

    I'm not a DirectTV guy (other than my PS3 Sunday Ticket), but I'm sure cable companies will be forced to offer live content anywhere to stay competitive with media on demand.

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