If your cable or satellite provider has an app, odds are it's pretty terrible. I mean, have you seen the Comcast app? The DIRECTV app used to fall into the same category, but no more. The 3.0 update is a complete redesign.

3 1 2

Here's the changelog for this update:

  • Completely redesigned look and navigation
  • New Menu to make browsing your content easier
  • New TV Shows section
  • New filter capabilities based on where you want to view your programming- on your phone or on your TV
  • Set your favorite channels in the guide
  • Redesigned Info Page for a more visual experience
  • New Watch Button that combines all the ways you can watch a program on your phone or TV into a single location

5 4

Basically, most of the points are different ways of saying the UI is new. Things are arranged more logically, and the slide out navigation panel, while not #HOLOYOLO, is pretty useful. A few screens from the old app are embedded below for comparison. The app also seems to be native now – not just a crappy web frame. DIRECTV customers should grab the update and be happy they're not Comcast customers.

u y

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • nxym


    • Mike Harris

      No, I'm with you. I love Holo, but despise the term YOLO. I've spent the last two summers down in Seaside Heights (made "popular" by Jersey Shore) and there are t-shirts everywhere with that nonsense.

  • http://mitchs.co Mitch Samuels

    Dear god, if you're going to take the time to do something, do it right. #HOLOYOLO.

    • http://mitchs.co Mitch Samuels

      Also, what the hell is my picture when I comment? Did I do that, or did you? I have never seen that in my life.

      • Mike Harris

        I don't think AP has any control over your picture. Disqus usually just pulls in the picture from the account you use to login. For example, I use Facebook, so it pulls in my Facebook profile pic.

        • http://mitchs.co Mitch Samuels

          Yeah, and I thought I had it connected to Facebook.

          Just so you know, I'm an american college student, not a middle eastern man with fancy wallpaper. I have never seen that photo in my life. Haha.

  • Mike Harris

    DIRECTV customers should grab the update and be happy they're not Comcast customers.

    As a Verizon FiOS customer, I'm even happier that I have neither. I'm also happy that I know someone who has DIRECTV and lets me use his login so I can still use the app.

    • Martin

      Can you ask your friend is he able to let me use his acc.. I will pay him every month for using it :-) Just to name the price :-)))

  • flosserelli

    An update was long overdue. The old Directv app was utterly craptastic.


    Does live TV work on 4.3 yet?

  • Ishimaru

    At least they didn't block root users this time. :) I'm much happier with this app than what it was before. It was pretty terrible before.

  • Greg

    Well the app is terrible. Does not work. No long are there channel numbers. When I try to stream I get....Due to bandwith issues only audio will play. The new update sucks. I like the old app better. Not sure why some of you did not like it. All you had to due was scroll to the channel, select the show record. Now scroll to the date...try to find a channel on the black screen w/o channel numbers then record and you cannot stream anything. This app sucks.

    • Stargell_Stars

      Totally agree, this new update is a worthless pile of garbage. Slower than death, no channel search and doesn't find things even when you take the half hour required to get anywhere on the search. Go back to the old one!