Mar 212012

One of the drags about being an AppleTV owner is the dearth of content. Sure you can rent or buy from iTunes or watch Netflix, but all of the yummy apps available for the iPad from the pay cable networks like HBO and Showtime balk when you try to use AirPlay to watch their content on your television.

Fast forward to today. DirecTV released an update to their iPad app that allows you to *gasp* watch some of the content playing on these stations on your iPad and on your HDTV via AirPlay.

Suck it, HBO. And you're fucking with the wrong kid, Nazis.

No restrictions on location; you don’t have to be sitting in your living room on the same WiFi network to watch your (admittedly limited) content. You just need your iPad, the app, an AppleTV and a network connection. For those of you still bummed about Netflix dropping Starz content, DirecTV has some of their movies as well.

Now I realize this in itself is not groundbreaking, but it’s a definitive step in the right direction. It sucks that it had to come from my provider, but it’s better than a stick in the eye.

So what’s up pay stations? Get on the AirPlay bandwagon. No more excuses.

Update: Well what do we have here? Game of Thrones and other cable network series? Spartacus? What other treasures will reveal themselves?

Also lost in translation: why anyone thought this movie was good. /ducks

Did I mention you can now watch Game of Thrones?

  2 Responses to “HBO, Showtime et. al.: DirecTV is Showing You the Way”

  1. DirecTV now has a few channels to stream outside of the home, which is alright, but if that is all that they can offer, it really isn’t a great app. I have a Hopper at home with a Sling Adapter connected, as well as the DISH Remote Access app on my iPad. I like that I can stream live TV as well as anything that I have on my DVR to my iPad. Whether I’m at DISH where I work or at school waiting for class to start, anywhere I have a wifi or 3G connection, I can stream. I can’t find much to be impressed by with the DirecTV app… It really isn’t that exciting.

  2. I agree with your comment. There are a lot of options – better options than what DirecTV currently offers – that allow you to view content on your iPad. Where I think the DirecTV app has potential is that it has AirPlay enabled, which allows you to view the content on any HDTV connected to an AppleTV.

    I confess I’m not at all familiar with DISH’s offerings. What I have seen has impressed me in that they’re willing to allow a lot of streaming content anywhere. Do they permit AirPlay as well?

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