In an Industry First, DIRECTV Streams Live Programming Outside the Home Through Its Own iPad App; Content includes Award-Winning Documentaries And Exclusive Series
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Sept. 12, 2012 - For the first time in the annals of live TV streaming, DIRECTV is offering its customers live programming through its own iPad® App, no matter where they are. Beginning today, the programming lineup from DIRECTV’s 24/7 exclusive Audience Network, including tonight’s series finale of the critically-acclaimed legal thriller Damages, can be live streamed either inside or outside the home.
In addition to Damages, DIRECTV’s exclusive Audience Network has a stellar fall lineup of exclusive series and award-winning documentaries, including the premiere of Something to Talk About, a series of socially and culturally relevant documentaries that will premiere in October, the late-night sports comedy show, The Nick and Artie Show, featuring comedians Nick DiPaolo and Artie Lange, and exclusive series like Call Me Fitz featuring Jason Priestly, which premieres on Sept. 25.
“Our customers want access to their programming anytime, anywhere and any way 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,” said Tony Goncalves, senior vice president of Digital Entertainment Products for DIRECTV. “And with the addition of the iPhone® and Android platforms coming soon there will be even more ways for them to experience the exclusive programming available on the Audience Network. We hope our leadership will encourage more programmers to make content available for streaming live TV both in and out-of-home.”
The out-of-home live TV streaming feature is available to all DIRECTV customers at no additional cost, through the DIRECTV™ iPad® App and does not any additional hardware. The service will be available on the iPhone® in October and Android devices by the end of the year.
DIRECTV broadband connected customers also have the ability to watch live TV channels on their iPad® from the convenience of anywhere inside their home. The in-home live TV streaming features more than 50 channels* from top-rated networks, turning the iPad® into a portable TV. 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. For more information on live TV streaming and The Audience Network please visit, http://www.directv.com.
*Available programming corresponds to package selection and is subject to change at any time.
DIRECTV (NASDAQ: DTV) is one of the world’s leading providers of digital television entertainment services delivering a premium video experience through state-of-the-art technology, unmatched programming and industry leading customer service to 33 million customers in the U.S. and Latin America. In the U.S., DIRECTV offers its 19.9 million customers access to more than 170 HD channels and Dolby-Digital® 5.1 theater-quality sound, access to exclusive sports programming such as NFL SUNDAY TICKET™, Emmy- award winning technology and higher customer satisfaction than the leading cable companies for 11 years running. DIRECTV Latin America, through its subsidiaries and affiliated companies in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, and other Latin American countries, leads the pay-TV category in technology, programming and service, delivering an unrivaled digital television experience to 12 million customers. DIRECTV sports and entertainment properties include three Regional Sports Networks (Northwest, Rocky Mountain and Pittsburgh) as well as a 60 percent interest in Game Show Network. For the most up-to-date information on DIRECTV, please visit www.directv.com.
About The Audience Network:
The Audience Network, DIRECTV’s exclusive entertainment channel, is a unique television experience available exclusively to DIRECTV subscribers. The channel first made its mark as in 2008 by partnering with NBC to produce and air three additional seasons of the Emmy Award-winning series Friday Night Lights and more recently becoming the exclusive home of the critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning drama Damages, with Glenn Close and Rose Byrne. As a result, Audience Network has become the premiere destination for diverse, quality and critically-acclaimed programming. Audience Network is a blend of daring, innovative series, hit programs from across the globe being discovered by US audiences for the first time, concert specials from A-list artists, and the annual DIRECTV Celebrity Beach Bowl.