3 Easy Ways to Watch DirecTV Online

Jan 4, 2013 android, directv, directv mobile, 3 Comments
Watch DirecTV Online

Wondering how to watch DirecTV online? There are three different ways to watch your DirecTV programming using the Internet and you don’t need a TV for any of them. The first method lets you watch it using your computer. The second method lets you watch on your iPhone or iPad. Finally, the third way lets you watch on your Android enabled portable device.

DirecTV Everywhere

DirecTV Everywhere is the DirecTV web application that allows you to watch DirecTV online over the web. When you log onto the website, you’ll be able to browse by movies and TV shows or browse programming by network. When you use the DirecTV Everywhere, you can also use it from an Internet-connected mobile device and it is platform non-specific, which means it doesn’t matter what type of mobile device you have.

Logging into the website, you’ll have access to almost everything that you subscribe to already with DirecTV. Due to licensing restrictions, there are some networks and programs that you won’t be able to watch, but with the selection of what is available, it doesn’t seem like you’ll really notice what’s missing.

A current list of what’s available for viewing includes shows, like “Boardwalk Empire,” with Steve Buscemi, Michael Shannon, and Kelly MacDonald, and “True Blood,” with Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, and dozens of great movies. You can also stream whatever happens to be on your DVR to your computer, iPhone, or other mobile device while connected to the site.

With DirectTV Everywhere, you can follow their instructions for streaming to your computer, iPad, or cell phone.

Watching DirecTV Using the iPad App

The DirecTV for iPad app becomes the next generation TV in your house. Just about everything that you can watch on your TV with a satellite decoder can be watched on your iPad, as long as you have you a High Speed Internet connection for the iPad.

Watch DirecTV Online - DirecTV iPad App

DirecTV subscribers with the DirecTV for IPad app also have access to DirecTV’s AUDIENCE network. If you subscribe to any of the premium networks like HBO, STARZ, and Showtime, you can watch those on your iPad also. You can even get access to the latest movies from DirecTV Cinema, another DirecTV exclusive channel.

The iPad app gives you access to almost every single network that your DirecTV regular TV subscription gives you access to. You can use your iPad like a handheld TV anywhere that you have an Internet connection that is capable of supporting video streaming.

If you’re not sure about a program on the programs listing, you can get a full description of the program using the app. This helps you decide whether you want to watch that show or look for something else to watch. With the iPad app, you’re not as chained to a schedule as you are while watching your TV, using your DirectTV TV satellite.

The iPad app gives you almost unlimited control over your content. Since the app is tabbed, you can create custom tabs for your favorite shows. These tabs can include a regular playlist, channel guide, sports channels, movie channels, etc., allowing you to choose what you want to watch fast and easy.

There’s also a fully customizable home screen that lets you create a list of your favorite channels/stations to keep right at your fingertips for easy access. You can also move channels up and down on the list to suit your tastes.

Watch TV on the Go with the DirecTV App

Everything you can do with the DirecTV iPad app, you can do with their Android app as well. The only real noticeable difference is the interface. Instead of having an Apple iOS interface, you’ll have the familiar Android interface.

You’ll still be able to program your DVR from your device, as long as it’s got an active Internet connection. You can also download what you’ve got recorded on your DVR to your mobile device so you can watch it.

The DirecTV Android app lets you watch almost every channel you have available in your programming package. Some networks don’t allow this, so there are a few limitations to this, but you will have access to the majority of what’s available in your programming package.

The app also lets you get social with what you watch. You can share your viewing habits with Facebook and Twitter networks at the touch of an icon. You can also use the app to see what others are watching and use their recommendations to set your DVR from the app.

There are some hardware requirements for what you need at home to make all of this work. The app has been tested on Android 2.2 through 4.0, so it should work well with any Android device. Although, a broadband Internet connection through Wi-Fi or a minimum of 3G is recommended for the best streaming video experience to watch DirecTV online.


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Mike is a certified low voltage installer with over 10 years of professional experience in the field, much of it working for Cable TV companies. He also has over a decade of experience in the computer field as a network engineer and support specialist. Mike's hobbies include installing high-end audio and video systems.

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