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  • DirecTV App Now Allows Video Streaming On iPad – Doesn't Like Jailbreaks Though


    If you are a DirecTV user and own an iPad, it is time to rejoice! The DirecTV app for the iPad was updated recently and now provides improved features and mainly one important one in particular – the ability to live stream videos from homes to iPads.

    Version 1.3.1 of the app (iTunes) allow users to stream 40 channels of content as long as you are on the same network as your DirecTV receiver. CNN, Fox News, National Geographic, and FX are amongst the list of available channels. You are even given the option to watch the video in a window hovering over the guide or watch full screen. Furthermore, If you have a multiple tuner DVR, you can watch one channel on TV and another on the iPad, which can come in quite handy depending on the situation.

    There seems to be one caveat involved with the whole ordeal: DirecTV apparently doesn’t like jailbreakers and the app shuts down if it detects that it is being used on a Jailbroken device.



    According to a user by the name of KOTUCLN on Twitter, you can fix this issue by changing one check with iFile. Once you do so, you can work around DirecTV’s jailbreak check. It is a bit unexpected for DirecTV to take this stand and we wonder if other companies are going to start to do the same. If so, this might deter some users from jailbreaking or possibly even become an issue of legality in the future.



    Have you tried the app? What is your take on this “jailbreak check” DirecTV included in this update? Let us know in the comments below!

    Source: DirecTV, Twitter

    Update: The fix has been further clarified by fellow MMi user: MrBucket101:



    is found within com.directv.mobile.ipad.navigator.production.plist which is located most likely within the app directory, i use applinks in cydia to simplify the process of finding the right folder that belongs to the app

    anyways change true to false, problem solved :P
    This article was originally published in forum thread: DirecTV App Now Allows Video Streaming On iPad – Doesn't Like Jailbreaks Though started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. Lombardo Joe's Avatar
      Lombardo Joe -
      Quote Originally Posted by GellBrake'rrrr View Post
      He never said it was illegal. He clearly stated that it WAS /Legal/. And explained that there shouldn't be a reason for them to dislike jailbroken devices die to this fact.
      I never claimed I know how to read.
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Time Warner cable in my area offers something similar. The catch is it only works with the router you get from them so if you leave your home network it will not work. The first version worked on my jailbroken iPad just fine. Then came the second version. Upon first installing it there was a warning about it not working on jailbroken devices. Great, so I did a little searching and found a patch called something like "FUtimeWarner" appropriately enough. This worked like a charm. I have since installed the third and most stable version of the app and it is great. Too bad they try to exclude jailbroken devices. Does this mean it will not be offered on Android devices since they are "open" devices? if they do offer it then whats the big deal with an iPad thats jailbroken?
    1. syedsufyan's Avatar
      syedsufyan -
      Quote Originally Posted by iZangetsu View Post
      Skype tried that already. Got around that too. But man only iPad no luv for da iPhone/iPod
      you sure you want to watch directtv on your 3.5" ipohne/ipod touch?
      Also, I think it cares about jailbreaks because it probably has some kind of flaw or vulnerabilitiy when used on jailbroken devices and do not want people to find out about it.
    1. iZangetsu's Avatar
      iZangetsu -
      Quote Originally Posted by syedsufyan View Post
      you sure you want to watch directtv on your 3.5" ipohne/ipod touch?
      Also, I think it cares about jailbreaks because it probably has some kind of flaw or vulnerabilitiy when used on jailbroken devices and do not want people to find out about it.
      3.5 inches is all I need. I'm not blind. I watch more tv and movies on my ip4 than on my pc or tv. It's retina for a reason. But I can see that the reason is that they are concerned about pirating their programs and yada yada bla bla. As if it couldn't be done without a jailbroken device.