DirecTV has joined a small but growing group of pay TV providers to extend support to the Apple Watch, giving customers a way to control their HD-DVRs remotely via the new connected wearable.
DirecTV said an update to its TV Everywhere app for the iPhone has stitched in support for the Apple Watch. When paired up, customers can use the Apple Watch to play, pause and fast-forward TV programming, view program titles and episode details of shows and movies offered live as well as those that are recorded to the DVR. The revised app also lets Apple Watch users navigate DirecTV’s on-screen guide.
The company noted that no separate DirecTV app is needed for the Apple Watch, as customers only need to download the latest DirecTV App from the App Store for the iPhone (iPhone 5 or later). However, the updated app does require a “connected HD-DVR (HR20, H21 models and above).
“We are excited to give our customers an even easier and seamless way to engage with their favorite TV shows and movies,” said Tony Goncalves, senior vice president for DirecTV’s Digital Entertainment Products Group division. “We're planning even more new and innovative ways to use wearables and mobile devices to engage with our service and increase the depth of personalization.”
Among other MVPDs, Comcast recently released Xfinity TV app for its X1 platform optimized for the Apple device). Programmers that have developed Apple Watch apps include ABC News; ESPN, BET, CNN, Nick Jr. and CNBC, among others.