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Hey, are you a DIRECTV customer? Do you own an Android tablet? Then I might have some good news for you: DIRECTV just released an app for tablets, and it does all sorts of awesome stuff. You can watch live TV (only some channels!) on your home network, and some (read: fewer) channels from anywhere with an internet connection. You can browse listings, set and control your DVR, and even change the channel on your set top box - this really is an app absolutely busting at the seams with great features.

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However, DIRECTV has thought it wise to make this app unavailable to 7" tablets (at least for now). So, if you happen to have, say, a Nexus 7, you can't use it... and that seems rather shortsighted on DIRECTV's part. We have checked compatibility for a few other devices, and it seems like the app supports the gamut of popular 10" slates - Nexus 10, XOOM, Galaxy Tab 10.1, and Transformer Prime / Pad Infinity all appear as compatible. If you have a 7" device, you can use DIRECTV's normal app, but that looks really, really terrible by comparison. Maybe it'll get an equivalent update soon, though.

The new tablet app also has the requisite hardware and various other requirements, so be sure to take a look at those.

You can head over to the Play Store to get the new tablet format app now.

via SolidSignal, Thanks Bill!

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Derek Duncan

    Just like their iPad app! Been waiting for this! Hoping it is on the Nexus 7 soon!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=775665643 Mark Coppock

      Not quite like the iPad app--doesn't look like there's a way yet to watch on-demand movies. Hopefully they'll add that soon.

  • Brian Doig

    And Erik Hardesty (aka dalingrin) currently has the first listed review. LOL. I love it.

  • FrillArtist

    Gotta sign that 2 year contract though. smh.

  • Jason Peckovitch

    That's not cool at all DirecTV, not cool.

  • Björn Lundén

    Did anyone try if the apk can be installed manually on a 7" tablet? If not, it can probably be patched to work.

    • http://twitter.com/TTgowings ttgowings

      Yes, and it does. forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=38889152#post38889152

  • michael sanchez

    Suck high praise for something that barely works.

  • GuidZilla

    This thing is frickin awesome on my TF300. All features i've tried work, can switch receivers easily, remote works, etc...

  • http://www.facebook.com/randyborth Randy Borth

    I was able to find the APK and side-load it onto my Nexus 7, it seems to work fine.

  • http://twitter.com/TTgowings ttgowings

    It does work on the Nexus 7, refer to XDA forums.

  • TomasHunter

    This sounds like a great update; I hope they get that Nexus thing worked out. It is a shame they still limit the channels that can be streamed outside the home. I travel a lot for my job at DISH, and I rely on their DISH Anywhere app to stream ALL of my live TV channels and DVR recordings when I am away from home. It really comes in handy because I like to watch my local news shows, even when I am on the other side of the country.

  • DEC

    App worked fine on Nexus 7--until the updated it--now it does not work on nexus 7 (4.3) but does work on HP Slate 7 (4.1.1)...APP NEEDS TO BE FIXED....