DIRECTV NOW fixes iPad problem

Let me paint you a picture. This year you finally traded in that ancient iPad 2. It’s served you well so instead of upgrading to the low-end iPad, you went all the way to the iPad Pro. You may not need all that power, but you’re looking at something that will last you five years or more. That’s one of the things you liked about the iPad you just gave up.

You’ve been using your iPad for streaming video for a while, and as a cord cutter you love to use it for DIRECTV NOW. It gives you live TV in the kitchen, in the bedroom, and whenever you’re out and about.

There’s only one problem.

Since you got your iPad Pro, your DIRECTV NOW screen looks like this:

The DIRECTV NOW app didn’t fill the screen. That’s not the worst thing in the world but it’s annoying, right? After all, you’re loving that giant screen and you wanted to make use of it. The whole thing reminds you of those days when the iPad first came out and many apps didn’t fill the screen because they were just scaled-up iPhone apps.

It’s really the same problem as it was in the old days. The new iPad’s screen is configured differently. There’s no home button so there’s a small area at the bottom that can’t be used by apps. As a result, the whole app shrinks down a little bit. It’s not the biggest problem in the world, but it’s just a little annoying.

…and it’s also been fixed.

The latest version of the DIRECTV NOW app has been released and as you can see in these photos, the app now neatly fills the screen:

Ahhhh, that’s better. Now you can watch DIRECTV NOW as nature intended. If you have automatic updates turned on, you probably already got the update and you didn’t know it. If you don’t have automatic updates turned on, go to the App Store and choose Updates from the bottom. The DIRECTV NOW app should be listed and you can update it, as well as any other apps that need updating.

A few other features as well

According to the release notes, there are some other “under the hood” improvements as well as the ability to use True Cloud DVR (Beta) with HBO and Cinemax. That’s always nice but personally I just used on demand and didn’t bother filling up my DVR with HBO content. If you’d rather do it the old-school way though, you now have that option.

Don’t have DIRECTV NOW yet?

If you’ve been reading this article because you’re thinking about DIRECTV NOW, it’s time to get on board! DIRECTV NOW is a modern streaming service that gives you practically all the benefits of a traditional pay TV service at a fraction of the price. It’s perfect for one or two people who just want to enjoy live TV and watch all the top rated local programs.

When you’re ready to sign up, give the experts at Solid Signal a call at 877.312.4547!

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 6,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.