DirecTV Updates iPhone App With Voice Commands

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    DirecTV today updated its iPhone app with the ability to search channels and discover new entertainment with voice commands. The app allows users to view search results on the TV (via a supported DirecTV DVR) or on the iPhone.

    Similar to how one would interact with Apple's Siri, the app allows DirecTV customers to ask questions like "what action movies are on tonight?" or to make requests like "record True Blood" or "show me comedy movies." The app also allows searches for programs by title, channel, actor, time frame, genre and more.

    DirecTV for iPhone is a free download on the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: DirecTV Updates iPhone App With Voice Commands
  2. Solowalker macrumors regular

    Feb 13, 2008
    And yet I still can't control my DVR from my phone beyond setting things to record! Somebody has their priorities out of whack.
  3. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    I've got some decent receivers and apparently their not new enough. Go figure.

    Not to mention the functionality is limited. I want to be able to say "put on ESPN" or "put on channel 299" or "pause tv". I don't think it has any capabilities beyond search.
  4. Deelron macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2009
    Which is funny since the iPad app does let you browse the guide and change channels, amongst other things.
  5. Asriel macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2012
    It's shameless how other companies copy features that people have guessed might appear at some point in the future on a device that Apple may or may not ever produce. Get your own ideas!
  6. Smartass macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2012
    yeah i completely agree, i cant believe somebody else made a touchscreen interface phone when i was thinking long before it came out how cool it would be to have it :rolleyes:
  7. JosephAW macrumors 65816


    May 14, 2012
    It's a shame that direct TV doesn't have the ability to create non admin accounts for use on iPhones. We have direct TV but the primary account holder won't give me their login so I can watch tv from my phone.
  8. iSRS macrumors 6502


    Mar 2, 2010
    I contacted them years ago because Verizon FiOS allows you control and manage space on your DVR.
  9. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Thank you! It is insane that they have so much (seemingly) sunk into this damn app but I cannot control my DVR. Weirdos.
    They have no problem raising prices of things like the insurance plan or other weird little charges they tack on.
  10. ifij775 macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2012
    Boston, MA
    Why didn't Apple offer a Siri API to do voice in any app last year?
  11. ArtOfWarfare macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    The list of APIs that Apple has created and kept to themselves is getting pretty annoyingly long.
    Siri, widgets, and lock screen apps are a few off the top of my head... I've come up with more extensive lists on this topic in prior posts.
  12. mdntcallr macrumors 65816


    Aug 1, 2000
    Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't really help me at all, Directv disabled their app on any phones or ipads which are Jailbroken.

    I really have some functions, ie settings and software which is perfectly legal and wont infringe on copyrights.... but Directv won't even allow me to set my dvr to record something if it is jailbroken.

    Crappy for directv to do that.
  13. Rocketman macrumors 603


    They are definitely trying to enforce localization of owned vs used content. When my recent DTV HD receiver was installed they added a wifi dongle rather than hard wiring it to the internet via Ethernet. I presume if I was able to hard wire through my router I would also be able to bypass the localization scheme and see my DVR and TV content from my other house as well.
  14. SockRolid macrumors 68000


    Jan 5, 2010
    Almost Rock Solid
    The iPad version of the DirecTV app is unbelievably good. You can control your DVR, watch live streaming TV, search for content, schedule recordings, view program guides, and tons of other things.

    Oh, and the DVR controls include a 2.5 minute skip-forward button.
    (In addition to the standard 30 second skip.)
  15. LlamaLarry macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2008
    Northern VA
    Works fine for me on my jb'd 6.1.2 iPhone 5. I don't even appear to have xCon installed anymore (which is actually what I was going to recommend). :)
  16. Solowalker macrumors regular

    Feb 13, 2008
    Okay, and how does this help me from my iPhone? This makes the omission from the iPhone app even more egregious. So they know iOS users want it but just limit it to the iPad for no apparent reason. And instead of addressing basic remote functionality on the iPhone first, they jump ahead to weird voice searches.

    Waste of time.
  17. SockRolid macrumors 68000


    Jan 5, 2010
    Almost Rock Solid
    Get. An. iPad.

  18. Solowalker macrumors regular

    Feb 13, 2008

    Okay, if paying $500 for a remote control isn't a big deal for you, how 'bout you spot me one? 'Cause I don't need it for anything else. Already got an iPhone and MBP.

    Obviously a more sane option would be to ditch DirecTV for a service that lets me do what I want. So here I go.
  19. SockRolid macrumors 68000


    Jan 5, 2010
    Almost Rock Solid
    Sorry. Should have added a :) after my iPad comment.

    But think of it this way. How much did you pay for that DirecTV iPhone app?
    Pretty close to $0.00, I'd guess. So how much of an outrage is it, really?

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