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Old 09-26-2016, 10:57 PM   #1  
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Just saw the ad below that says a DTV subscriber gets free data to watch DTV IF they also have a Att wireless subscription. So, how do they this? It there something that automatically can tell I'm watching DTV outside my home on say ATT'S LTE network and not count it against my 6GB data plan?

And what does it mean about being on the same wifi network as my receiver? I assume that means my DTV receiver. I DON'T think my receiver is on my house wifi as I have it "plumbed" to my incoming ethernet cable.

Why do I see a limited number of channels for streaming?
DIRECTV can offer only certain channels which can be streamed when a receiver is not on the same network as the streaming device. DIRECT is always working with the programmers to increase the number...

Does this mean say my iPhone or iPad has to be the same wifi network. As above, my Genie is hard wired and my iPhone is on the home wifi.

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Ad below...

What do I need to do to access more live TV and recorded shows from the DIRECTV App?


Upon confirming you're on the appropriate receiver,
follow these 4 easy steps:

NOTE: The first device must be registered in-home.
Launch the DIRECTV App

Don't have the DIRECTV App? Download now.
Tap "Watch Your DVR" at the top of the app homepage
Tap the "My Downloads" tab
(if you are on the same Wi-Fi network as your receiver)
Tap "Get Started" and follow the prompts.
To register additional devices away from home, click here for details.

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Old 09-27-2016, 07:31 AM   #2  
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Seems like this is an app to allow you to watch your DVR content and perhaps live TV on your device via your wifi network. Since you are using your wifi network it won't count against your data usage. Since you don't have your DVR set up through a router with wifi, it really does not apply to you.

The only thing I see as useful for this is if you have kids that record shows that they can watch on their devices without tying up the main TV.
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Old 09-27-2016, 12:32 PM   #3  
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Seems like this is an app to allow you to watch your DVR content and perhaps live TV on your device via your wifi network. Since you are using your wifi network it won't count against your data usage. Since you don't have your DVR set up through a router with wifi, it really does not apply to you.

The only thing I see as useful for this is if you have kids that record shows that they can watch on their devices without tying up the main TV.
I really don't get the difference in regards to viewing outside the home just because my DTV DVR is plumbed to ethernet. Anyway, what you are saying is if I pull the ethernet out and go wifi, I'm good to go?
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Probably the same way that T Mobile lets me listen to certain music channels and watch certain video streams for free. They whitelist their names and it doesn't show up as data. I listen to Slacker Radio for 9 hours every work day and never see my data go up.
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I really don't get the difference in regards to viewing outside the home just because my DTV DVR is plumbed to ethernet. Anyway, what you are saying is if I pull the ethernet out and go wifi, I'm good to go?
Ok, the difference is using wifi does not get the cell service involved, thus no data charge. Using the cell device outside the home involves cell service and thus data usage.

You will need a wifi router to go wifi.

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Old 09-30-2016, 01:18 PM   #6  
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I guess I wasn't too clear about free data while watching DTV outside the home. The ad I saw seemed to imply that anyone with a DTV account AND a Att wireless plan, could watch DTV outside the home with free or rather "uncounted" data from the wireless account.

Later, I saw another ad that said in order to do this, I would have to have a 100 GB wireless account which would cost $100 + $40 for access. Presently I'm paying $50 for 5GB + $40 for access. The above disregarding the extra taxes. So I guess that leaves me out.

However, with the ability to switch Att plans on the fly, perhaps there may be a month while I'm traveling that I might consider bumping up to 100 GB.

It appears that the above post is wrong about the requirement for 100GB according to the link below. Reading between the lines, it appears that I can stream "data free" up to my plan's 5GB and after that, I would be throttled back to 256Kps which would be unwatchable. Also, in the link below it states that there is a block on my Att bill that shows the amount of data free streaming for the month.

https://support.directv.com/app/answ...obdvr-20160926

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Good to know.
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Old 10-09-2016, 05:26 PM   #8  
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Good to know.
It appears now that some of my previous remarks about free data were in error.

My Att setup is a 6GB shared service plan. Yesterday I did a test by turning off the wifi on my iphone and then streaming a video. After the test, I went onto att.com and viewed my current activity. It clearly showed a block of "off clock" data of around 800MB which agreed with my iPhone data counter which I zeroed before the test. The streaming was done while on LTE and was very sharp. I doubt any connection below 4G would work or be satisfactory.

The conclusion is that all other things being equal, a DTV subscriber should consider switching to ATT for wireless. However, I'm betting that Verizon and others will quickly fall in line to keep their subscribers.

Should note that apparently you can't use this method for a "hot spot" or get it outside the US. Still, a great option for outside the home. Wish I still had my data iPad. Another question is can it be airplayed to say a hotel TV if I had my ATV with me?
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