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Bradley Mitchell


By December 20, 2009

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Recently I've been looking at linking a DirecTV digital video recorder (DVR) to my home network so that my family can watch some satellite television programs from our home computers. Part of the DirecTV networking solution is DIRECTV2PC - a free software application that you install on a PC to play back the video stream.

DirecTV actually provides you two downloads to help with setting up a PC for TV viewing. The DirecTV2PC Playback Advisor is a small utility that tests a PC's processing speed, graphics, memory, and network. Run this first to ensure the computer hardware can support video streaming. Then install DIRECTV2PC itself. This application assumes you already have your DVR connected to your home network. When you run the application, it automatically finds the DVR over the LAN and starts a video session.

Unfortunately, DIRECTV2PC only works on Microsoft Windows computers.

See also - How to Connect a PC to a Television
March 6, 2011 at 11:42 pm
(1) Bryon says:

I appreciate that Direct TV is trying to compete with DISH Network and I think it is commendable, but live streaming TV is very useful, especially when watching TV on something more portable than a full laptop, like a phone. Even iPad doesn’t go with most people everywhere they go, but a cell phone does. I watch my DISH Network employee TV service on my iPhone all the time and I love the convenience.

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