WORKS IN A PINCH: Use your tablet as an extra DIRECTV receiver

If you’re in the great white north, it may seem like you’ll never get the opportunity to have an outdoor barbeque again, but with spring here much of the country is gearing up for outdoor activities. Some of us are moving away from our cocoons in the bedroom or living room and daring to venture as far as the garage or even (gasp!) the outdoors! That doesn’t mean we want to be without our favorite programs of course, and that’s where your smartphone or tablet can be of use.

The key is DIRECTV’s app for smartphones and tablets. If you don’t have this app, I highly recommend you go out and get it. For one thing, it’s totally free and available from your device’s app store or play store. Second, it’s a great way to use your DIRECTV system because you can browse your guide, set recordings, search and even use your device as a remote control. Of course your DIRECTV receiver needs to be networked in order to take advantage of this stuff.

DIRECTV offers well over 100 channels of live TV to your smartphone or tablet, plus pay-per-view events and an on demand library that probably has most of the stuff you have recorded on your DVR anyway. With a GenieGO device attached to your home network you can even watch stuff recorded on your DVRs, and that really means you can stream any channel as long as you start it recording first.

Remember too that your smartphone or tablet may be able to feed a TV with the use of an adapter or streaming device, and there’s nothing stopping you from using it to feed a TV on the patio so everyone can see the big game. Of course, DIRECTV’s Wireless Genie Mini is even better for this purpose but that does have an extra monthly charge and if you’re not planning to use it all the time you’re not likely to keep it activated.

So what are you waiting for? If you’re one of the lucky ones who’s ready to enjoy the great outdoors, get to it, and take your DIRECTV programming with you!

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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 5,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.