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How can i get my direcTV at work?

Uniman45
11-02-2016, 11:35 AM
Hi folks, I run a store and like to have TV in the background. I have DirecTV at home, but don't want to pay to have it in 2 places. Also live pretty far away so antenna doesn't help me much.

So, this new DirecTV app has me thinking. Can i just go buy an apple TV thing, then download the app to that and away we go? Seems to simple.

I don't have an IPHONE currently, but am due for an upgrade so I guess I could go that route if needbe. Hate to tie up my phone all day to be streaming television tho.

IF anyone knows how the best way I could do this, it would be GREATLY appreciated! THank you!

Uniman45
11-02-2016, 11:59 AM
Also, I do have a ROKU there, if that helps any?

Uniman45
11-03-2016, 02:55 PM
nothing?

isszguy
11-03-2016, 11:24 PM
Don't know anything about the ROKU. To access your DTV home account at another location, you will need a good WiFi signal (I've seen reports as low as 6Mpbs, but faster would be bettter.)

If you would be happy using an iPad which new costs $600 for the 9.7" and $800 for the 12.9", you could then view with ALL your Directv channels with the Directv App. I assume the DTV app will also support Android devices as well.

With the above setup, you won't have to buy an Apple TV. Still, costly unless you already have an iPad. You can do the same thing with an iPhone. If you do buy the new Apple TV unit, there are several Directv channels that you can watch on a monitor, but no locals.

Directv has announced a steaming service that reportedly will cost $35 a month and won't have all the channels you probably get at home. Once again, a good wifi signal would be needed.

I would suggest you see if your present phone device has the Directv app. If it does, check it out. There's almost no documentation so you'll just have to feel your way with it. Be advised that you can run up a big bill if you stream via data verses wifi. If you have an ATT wireless phone AND Directv, there is NO charge for streaming Directv via data. But go somewhere else like "Sling" and there is a charge (at least with ATT). Read the fine print to make sure of this rule. AFAIK, you can only stream Directv in the US.



There are a lot of other streaming services to look into. In addition to my DTV account, I subscribe to "Slingtv" which has several channels of sports and movies, but no local news. SlingTV.com has a free tryout for 7 days.

757cableguy
01-11-2017, 11:57 AM
if u want to mirror the app cheapest way is to buy a chromecast then u will be able to mirror the screen of tablet phone etc

isszguy
01-15-2017, 01:11 AM
IF you don't mind committing to the new Directv Now service for 3 months, the Apple TV 4 unit is free. It's normally around $150 and with the DTV charge for $35 monthly, you're getting the $150 ATV for only $115 plus maybe some extra fees.

rbinck
01-15-2017, 12:41 PM
Another thought would be to use a slingbox on your home Directv DVR. That will allow you to stream video and audio from your DVR either live or recorded to anywhere in the world where internet service is present.

In order to get the streamed content displayed on your HDTV in your store, you could buy a cheap Windows 10 tablet PC with a HDMI output.

The simplest slingbox to use is the Slingbox 500 which will take the HDMI output from your Directv DVR. It has an HDMI output to attach to your home HDTV. See: https://www.amazon.com/Sling-Media-SB500-100-Slingbox-500/dp/B009FU8BR0/ref=sr_1_3?s=tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1484504717&sr=1-3&keywords=slingbox

I went another way using the Slingbox M1: https://www.amazon.com/Sling-Media-SB370-100-Slingbox-M1/dp/B00LIP10KK/ref=sr_1_4?s=tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1484504876&sr=1-4&keywords=slingbox
Now with that unit it needs component video and analog audio connections. It is still HD but would need a HDMI to component and analog audio converter. The unit Slingbox recommends is this one: http://www.gang-hu.com/gh_shop/index.aspx
It features HDMI input and output to place in line with your home TV and the necessary component and audio outputs for the M1.

The M1 route is somewhat less expensive, but requires more components.

The Windows 10 PC tablet I used when I went on vacation worked very well attached to HDTV with HDMI inputs: https://www.amazon.com/Cambio-Windows-Touchscreen-Computer-Bluetooth/dp/B0188MSALC/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1484505464&sr=8-4&keywords=RCA+windows+10+tablet+pc
At $120.00 is a cheap way to stream video. You will also need a mini HDMI to HDMI cable to attach the tablet to the HDTV: https://www.amazon.com/Mini-Cable-Rankie-High-Speed-Mini-HDMI/dp/B01KRKO4MM/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1484505596&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=mini+hdmi+to+hdmi+cable&psc=1

Lastly a word of caution. Some internet plans have a data usage limit. Streamed HD video has a data usage of approximately 6 GB per hour. My internet plan has a 1 terabyte per month limit, for example. When you are streaming video either end may push up against the limit (if your plan has one) that is to say your home plan or you office plan. If you are going to use a phone at the office you would either need to watch on the phone or get a phone that can output to your HDTV.

Comlite31
04-20-2017, 03:11 AM
I came across the same problem.

Lasmiller
04-23-2017, 07:44 PM
Do you have other way to do ?

tonyquart
05-25-2017, 06:03 AM
Yeah, thanks. This is the problem that I am facing now. I have an iPad, so maybe I will do isszguy's suggestion. Thank you!

isszguy
05-26-2017, 08:42 PM
Yeah, thanks. This is the problem that I am facing now. I have an iPad, so maybe I will do isszguy's suggestion. Thank you!

Since I wrote my post(s) above, I picked up Roku to feed a tv in my office and I'm impressed with it. Streams fine. However, most of the good channels require a subscription from another provider. I use my DTV account. The good thing about the Roku is that you don't need an iPad to airplay. And no, there is no live CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX service available from the Ruku. There is a host of other channels (read cable) including ESPN.