DirecTV subscribers can now watch shows from the satellite operator’s exclusive Audience Network lineup -- including the finale of Damages on Wednesday night -- on their iPads over any broadband connection.
The out-of-home live TV streaming feature is available to all DirecTV customers, for no additional charge. The No. 1 satellite operator said the service will be available on the iPhone in October and on Android devices by the end of the year.
In addition to Damages, which stars Glenn Close, DirecTV’s Audience Network this fall will feature Something to Talk About, a series of documentaries premiering next month; late-night sports comedy show The Nick and Artie Show; and series including Call Me Fitz, starring Jason Priestly, which premieres on Sept. 25.
The DirecTV iPad app also provides on-demand video from HBO, Cinemax, Starz, Encore and the DirecTV Cinema pay-per-view movies.
In addition, last fall DirecTV upgraded the iPad app to let subscribers with high-definition DVRs watch live channels -- currently more than 50 networks -- over a home Wi-Fi connection. That feature is similar to live TV streaming apps from MSOs including Time Warner Cable, Cablevision Systems and Cox Communications.
"Our customers want access to their programming anytime and anywhere they can get it, which is why it was so important for us to take the first step toward offering live TV streaming outside of the home with our own network through our DirecTV iPad App," Tony Goncalves, DirecTV’s senior vice president of digital entertainment products, said in a statement.
Added Goncalves, "We hope our leadership will encourage more programmers to make content available for streaming live TV both in and out-of-home."
The app’s in-home live TV streaming features requires an HD DVR connected to the Internet (model R22, HR20 or higher) and must be on the same wireless home network as the HD DVR.
Other features of the iPad app include the ability to tune to channels on TV from the tablet and set DVR recordings from anywhere.
The upgraded app is available to download from Apple's iTunes Store here.