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Chromecast and subscribed direct tv services? Get rid of box

BellaLuella 333 69 December 8, 2016 at 02:30 PM
I subscribe and am unfortunately in contract with direct tv ( moved from u verse) i want to get rid of my tv boxs I need the rooms to save money and cast through Chromecast from my iPod touch and iPhone. Is that possible? I tried doing it through the direct tv app but nothing Casted

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I subscribe and am unfortunately in contract with direct tv ( moved from u verse) i want to get rid of my tv boxs I need the rooms to save money and cast through Chromecast from my iPod touch and iPhone. Is that possible? I tried doing it through the direct tv app but nothing Casted

As far as I know, the only way to get DTV content on the phone is through the DTV app or through a browser on a pc\laptop (not sure whether it works on a mobile browser). Doubt you can then stream that to chromecast but I do not use Google\Chrome anything so I can't say for sure. Even if you could, it would likely be horribly slow imo but who knows.

DTV is the King of nickel and diming and getting you to pay for stuff like receiver\DVR fees so they have absolutely no incentive to make anything like that available or efficient as a means to avoiding their fees.
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I know dish specifically prevents your phone from casting the dish anywhere app because they want you to pay for the box. Laptop works though, but big picture of costs/convenience the box still wins out in a bedroom etc for me unfortunately.
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I subscribe and am unfortunately in contract with direct tv ( moved from u verse) i want to get rid of my tv boxs I need the rooms to save money and cast through Chromecast from my iPod touch and iPhone. Is that possible? I tried doing it through the direct tv app but nothing Casted
You can't really cast Directv with Chromecast. There are apps and how to guides but I've never gotten them to work. When I get home I can try to sideload the Directv app on my FireTv box and see if it will work. I've read it used to stream fine but DTv decided to block it for some reason.


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As far as I know, the only way to get DTV content on the phone is through the DTV app or through a browser on a pc\laptop (not sure whether it works on a mobile browser). Doubt you can then stream that to chromecast but I do not use Google\Chrome anything so I can't say for sure. Even if you could, it would likely be horribly slow imo but who knows.

DTV is the King of nickel and diming and getting you to pay for stuff like receiver\DVR fees so they have absolutely no incentive to make anything like that available or efficient as a means to avoiding their fees.
Not sure why you consider them the king of nickel and diming their customer's? All tv providers charge for receivers, dvr and HD fees (and now 4K). Where I live, Directv's fees are a lot cheaper than Fios and Time Warner and that's why I've never switched. I've comparison shopped over the last decade but those fees were always the nail in the coffin.

Once you've been a customer for a while, just call and tell them your bill is too high. They will eventually waive those fees. I haven't paid for my receiver, dvr or HD for the last 3 years.
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Not sure why you consider them the king of nickel and diming their customer's? All tv providers charge for receivers, dvr and HD fees (and now 4K). Where I live, Directv's fees are a lot cheaper than Fios and Time Warner and that's why I've never switched. I've comparison shopped over the last decade but those fees were always the nail in the coffin.

Once you've been a customer for a while, just call and tell them your bill is too high. They will eventually waive those fees. I haven't paid for my receiver, dvr or HD for the last 3 years.

They are the King because the price goes up a few bucks each year on most items...they tack on HD fees, DVR fees, Regional Sports fees, Equipment insurance fees and even have the nerve to charge you per box even if you own the equipment and are not leasing it. Then yes you have to play musical retention reps and threaten to leave to get them to waive some of the fees. I have done that so much over the past 10+ years that they no longer offer me anything worth squat when I call. Just the usual free HBO and Showtime for 3 months type drivel I do not want and never accept.

Then if heaven forbid you add a free receiver upgrade (which you are entitled to every 2 years) they try to lock you into another contract. They are so unscrupulous when it comes to gouging that when they were doing a free install of the last free DVR upgrade I had done, I asked the tech to setup whole home and I would pay the $3 a month fee. The guy was literally in my home and they wanted to charge me $150 to do it. I told them to shove it and called back a couple of weeks later and ripped them a new one. They put me in contact with tech support and the guy sent me the DECAs for free and told me how to do it (not that it was hard). They are such a bunch of asses that they literally wanted to get $150 out of me to install few $10 DECA and flip a setting on a few receivers while the tech was already present.

The other companies may play similar nickel and diming games, but DTV has it down to a science.

As to being cheaper, that is a matter of debate. With all the packages, deals and various nickel and diming fees they all do along with the bundling with the internet and phone lines the others offer, it is hard to compare apples to apples. In my experience, from what I have been able to gather, they actually might be a little more expensive, but I do not think there is a lot of price differential once you are off the signup package.
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I think all of these criticisms are obsolete.

AT&T bought DirecTV and now everything is different, at least from my perspective it is. Every device I have from AT&T streams data free and not just from DirecTV either, anything I can access via internet from our phones and tablets.
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They are doing this. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/...2016-11-29

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Where I live, there are no broadcast stations in range, no cable, so I have a choice of Directv or Dish. I was with Dish for 12 years, self installed all my own equipment, had no issues. Upgraded to HD around '11, better deal to switch to Direct, so I did. Had it 3-4 years, then I called in, they knocked off around $25 for one year and got me new equipment again. Yes, two year contract extension.

AT&T does not service my area, although they are moving in and the tower is only 30 miles away (hopefully they don't drive out the regional provider I get my home cell Internet from). I pay for Tracfone cell service, around $7/month for more than I use. I will not pay more for cell service. I do not stream content, as outside of the house I don't sit around. If I go to town, at least 30 miles away, I don't stop anywhere to pause, stuff to do, streaming is useless on the go and outside of the house (for me, don't really subscribe or do any streaming anyway, my home cell Internet is grandfathered on a higher cap, and will likely be kicked off of that and I won't be able to anyway). I will not connect my Directv receiver to Internet because it automatically downloads stuff through my capped Internet, so it reminds me daily that it's not connected to Internet (can't shut off the popups, or stop it from automatically adding things to download Queue when recording some AIRING movies, it thinks PPV on demand is better, even when pressing record on certain free movies).
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So basically I cannot get rid of my box to save money. I thought you could cast from your app since it has the buttons and I already pay so much for their service Frown. I have a Roku so I prob won't need the chromecast anyway. Thank you so much for your input. Will continue to read the comments so much information
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