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The DirecTV app for iPad got a significant bump in capabilities today by adding live streaming to giving you essentially a portable TV you can take to any room of your house.
You have to be on the same network as your DirecTV receiver, and not all channels are available. I'm not seeing the pay movie channels, or the local channels, which are all a matter of rights with the owners of those channels. I counted 38 available channels for streaming, including CNN, Fox News, National Geographic, FX, History Channel, Discovery and many more. You can watch the video in a window hovering over the program guide, or watch full screen.
 With my multiple tuner DVR I could be watching one channel on the iPad while someone else could be watching another channel on that same receiver, which is pretty handy.
This new update also allows you to change start and end times of a recording if you think a program time needs adjusting. The app has also added an option to set parental controls on your receiver from the iPad.
Other TV providers, notably Comcast, have been working on streaming live TV to the iPad. The app is free and requires iOS 4.2 or later.


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  1. When I think of live TV streaming to iPad the first thing that comes to my mind is TV Everywhere and the ability to bring all my favorite live TV with me anywhere. Unfortunately that is not the case with DirecTV because you have to stay at home to watch live TV on your iPad, which I don't even have an iPad I have an Android. I guess it's a good thing that I subscribe and work with DISH Network then because with them and their DISH Remote Access app and Sling Adapter I can do all the things the DirecTV app can do except I can also watch live TV along with my recorded events anywhere on 3G or WiFi on several different devices. I definitely think it’s the better way to go and those DISH customers who purchase the $99 Adapter now for a limited time can get a gift card back after rebate making it practically free! Check it out at dish.com. :)

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