The direct tv NFL app sucks!!!

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by gsxr370, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. gsxr370 macrumors member

    Dec 10, 2007
    The video feed is horrible. I'm on wifi and I can barely tell I'm watching football!!
  2. FSUSem1noles macrumors 68000


    Feb 23, 2006
    Ft. Lauderdale
    It started out the same for me, then about a min later the reception cleared up..
  3. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
  4. tulanejosh macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2009
    could be a case of where you are too... i know that where i am, the feed started out bad on 3g but the longer i had it on the better looking it got. I'm pretty satisfied - it's a good 10 minute solution when i have to run to the store for beer.
  5. nateo200 macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    Northern District NY
    Its pretty hard to stream video over a bad connection. If your wifi is anything less than 2Mb/s download forget about it. And until AT&T and Verizon role out the LTE 4G networks we can only dream about 1Gb/s download speeds stationary and 100MB/s download speeds moving which IMO are pretty damn theoretical....
  6. logicalcuisine macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2008
    Why does MLB at Bat resolution look incredible compared to Directv's NFL app? I think the Directv feed has a problem. I have 5 bars of 3G and a 2.6M/sec Wifi connection and NFL suck and MLB looks like close to HD.
  7. BryanLyle macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2005
    The app also crashes every time I try to watch highlights.
  8. dthmtlgod macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2007
    Syracuse, NY
    Amen to that brother.
  9. C2x954 macrumors newbie


    Aug 31, 2009
    South FL
    I have to agree, it doesn't look nearly as good as MLB at bat, but it beats having to be stuck at work reading reloading mobile web pages for updates.
  10. severe macrumors 6502a

    May 23, 2007
    Sorry to hear it sucks.

    If it's that much of a concern to you guys, you may want to look into a Slingbox and SlingPlayer Mobile.

    Though I don't have Sunday Ticket, I do get to watch all of my DirecTV channels and it works very well.

    Drawback: the box and app will set you back roughly $150.

    Advantage: all of your programming whenever you like; on your iPhone (jailbreak for use with 3G), desktop or laptop (PC and Mac). Anywhere that has internet access.
  11. dread macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2009
    I don't have direct tv with the nfl package but my family members do. If I get their passwords can I use this app at no cost to them.
  12. LSUtigers03 macrumors 68020


    Apr 9, 2008
    Yes this is what I did yesterday. My dad has Sunday Ticket and superfan (superfan is required to watch live games) and he gave me his direct tv email and password and the app worked great. Although you will be subject to blackouts based on the subscribers address.
  13. GutBomb macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2002
    Outside Boston
    Superfan is required to watch in HD, not live games. You can watch live games without Superfan.
  14. Motorheadbanger macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2009
    I think he meant live games on the supercast app. Superfan subscription is needed to watch live games in the app.
  15. LSUtigers03 macrumors 68020


    Apr 9, 2008
    You can't in the app which is what my post and the entire topic is about.
  16. amann76 macrumors 6502


    Jun 16, 2009
    MacWorld USA
    i'm surprised the nfl didnt develop an app more along the lines of the mlb 2009 app. That has to be one of the best i apps i own.
  17. DamFu macrumors regular


    Jul 13, 2007
    That is because they have an exclusive agreement with Sprint.

    The app works great for me. Takes about 10 seconds to fully render the video but after that, the video quality is pretty good for me. I had expected some lag but was pleasantly surprised that there wasn't. If you have the Sunday Ticket but not Superfan, it is pretty easy to get it for free. Just call them up and tell them you pay to much for your bill or something like that and they will give it to you. I have gotten it the last 2 years without paying a cent and I know others that have done the same.
  18. Thrilledge macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2009
    Lets keep in mind it was the weekend. I expect it will get better. MLB was horrible the first couple times
  19. orrelse44 macrumors regular

    Nov 15, 2007
    Also, it was a free preview weekend. I'm sure that had to do with some of the shaky comm issues. Overall, I had a decent "picture" on my phone once the stream buffered a little bit. It was definitely better over wi-fi than 3G though.

    I'm gonna hold judgement until this weekend.
  20. Thrilledge macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2009
    Update just dropped. This is what I meant by it just being the first weekend.
    They probably have to workout the kinks
  21. LSUtigers03 macrumors 68020


    Apr 9, 2008
    Are games that are national games like the Bears/Packers last Sunday and MNF not supposed to be viewed on the app? Last week all the games I tried worked fine but I couldn't watch the Bears/Packers game or either MNF game.
  22. Motorheadbanger macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2009
    That's correct, no nationally televised games will be broadcast on Sunday ticket(ST), therefore they won't be available on the supercast(SC) app either. Also, if your local network is televising a game from your local market that game won't be available on ST or SC either. From DIRECTV's website, "Because of NFL and broadcast network requirements outside of DIRECTV's control, games broadcast by your local FOX or CBS station will not be available on channels in the 700s. You must tune to your local FOX or CBS station to watch those games. DIRECTV is required to enforce this rule to ALL of its customers, including customers in areas where DIRECTV does not offer local channels."
  23. Jordb2k10 macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2010
    Ok I have a question that I need help with and everyone at work is counting on me to help. I have the sunday ticket app through a friends direct tv login so I've not used it yet to vouch for quality. My question is does the app support video out to a tv at our work we don't have reception for games so they are hoping i can stream the game and av out to a tv. I should also say I only have 3G not wifi at work so if sling box is a better option then I might go that route...please advise! Thanks!!
  24. luvsoccer macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2010
    Last year was better for sure -- the quality was very good for me. This past Sunday the quality was horrible for me. I tried on both 3G and on a solid WiFi connection and the picture was still blocky and pixelated.
  25. severe macrumors 6502a

    May 23, 2007
    To the best of my knowledge the app doesn't support video out, though the latest news regarding AirPlay sounds promising.

    I do think Slingbox is the better option, in the long run. You're given many more options and the service has done me well since I joined a couple of years ago. It renders many other options nearly useless, as far as I'm concerned. I suggest looking into it.

    Good luck.

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