AT&T’s DIRECTV NOW service has just released a new update for beta testers containing the latest updates, enhancements and fixes for the highly anticipated Cloud DVR functionality.
The release is identified as “DTVN Release (3) 1.0 (420) (422) (444 as of 1/9/2018)” and has been made available to beta testers using both iOS and tvOS devices (Apple TV, iPhones and iPads).
I’ve included visuals below to illustrate the key screens that have been updated or enhanced with new functionality. There appear to be some significant updates with this release. Most notably:
- Missing local broadcast networks are now present
- The grid guide adds a screen that displays a single channel’s upcoming programming as well as a “Jump to Day” option that allows viewing a custom grid guide for “Today”, “Tomorrow” and a specific day up to 12 days into the future
- Long press is enabled for the Siri remote swipe pad as a shortcut for deleting recordings and scheduled recordings in one click
- Playback of recorded episodes can now be activated by simply clicking the Siri trackpad
- You can now view and manage scheduled recordings with a dedicated screen
Many users are reporting that previously missing local broadcast networks are now showing in the guide. For example, prior releases did not include NBC locals (and possibly others). Additionally, you can now activate playback of a recorded episode by simply clicking the Siri remote. Previous builds required you to hit the play/pause button to activate playback.
The guide now has a channel details screen that is displayed when clicking on a specific channel logo from the guide listing. This screen highlights a selected channel to isolate the view in a vertical listing of upcoming programming. Its a neat and handy feature as the grid guide can get a bit busy. However, we found that some thumbnail episode art is missing currently:
Sadly, the guide still does not remember to display favorites by default if you last selected to view the guide filtered by favorites. Additionally, I found that attempting to fast forward through recorded content is still hit and miss. You can fast forward in small increments using the 15 second FF shortcut (for a bit), but after trying to use the FF advance button to move forward more than a minute or so in a recording, the playback exits out to the beginning.
Finally, it appears that the UI engineers are starting to implement some Siri remote shortcuts. For example, you can now delete entire series of recordings while viewing the “My Library” thumbnail screen by simply using long press on the Siri remote. After long press, the dialog screen appears with delete options:
The release indicates a 90 day expiration. Here are some key updated screens from the release:
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