DIRECTV’s app for tablets and phones is like a free receiver

Who doesn’t want a free receiver? It’s even more awesome if there’s no monthly fee! The good news is that you probably have everything you need ito get live and recorded DIRECTV programming on any TV, whether in your home r outside. All it takes is the free DIRECTV app, available on the app store or play store of your choice.

How does this magic happen? DIRECTV has literally thousands of on-demand programs. They probably have the stuff that’s on your DVR right now. And you know what? All those on demand programs are available on your smartphone or tablet, no matter where you are.

What about live TV? DIRECTV has over 100 channels of live TV available through its apps and it’s starting to roll out local channels as well. I’m talking about real, live streaming right from your mobile device and it’s 100% free with your DIRECTV subscription.

Here’s the coolest part — most devices have some way to output to a television. Whether it’s a wired dongle or a wireless “cast” capability, you may already have everything you need to actually watch TV in a room without a DIRECTV receiver in it. If you don’t, get an adapter of some kind for your phone. I’ll tell you what, you’re going to be the hit of the party when you walk up to a friend’s TV and put NFL Sunday Ticket programming on his TV for him!! He’ll be thanking you for livening up a boring Sunday, that’s for sure.

Of course you don’t have to share, either. With a pair of earbuds, you can amuse yourself with real live TV when you’re at the doctor’s office, the DMV, or anywhere! Just be sure you’re in a free Wi-Fi zone or you have a data plan that’s up to the challenge. Like all HD video, DIRECTV streaming can eat through those bits pretty fast.

While you’re in the DIRECTV app, use the interactive guide to schedule recordings on your home DVR (after all, that’s what it was originally designed for) or even watch pay-per-view content. Start it on the phone and then come home and finish it on the TV, it’s that easy.

You know, when you look at all the entertainment value you get from DIRECTV, and all the different ways to watch, it’s hard to believe that it was just a decade ago that most of us simply watched standard definition, sometimes without local channels, on a small tube TV. I’ll say this, DIRECTV has done an excellent job of building a whole lot of value into their service. Don’t you agree?

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Stuart Sweet
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