El Segundo, Calif. – DirecTV revealed this week that it has
released an app for Android devices that will allow on-the-go streaming of
certain video content. The service joins the iOS app version released last
Availability of the updated free app means that Android device
owners who subscribe to the satellite TV provider’s core direct-to-home service
can now take their devices on the road and view television shows and movies
wherever they can get Wi-Fi or cell service.
The streaming content made
available to mobile smartphones and tablets will be accessible through the app’s
Watch on Phone function.
Exactly how much of DirecTV’s content that is available through
the device, however, will be determined by the type of
package that viewer subscribes to
at home, and whether or not the channel provider has authorized its content be
made available for streaming.
Among the premium channels available through the app are HBO,
Cinemax, Starz and Encore.
Android devices with the app will be able to stream content over
both Wi-Fi and cellular networks.
The application includes a discovery tool that allows users to see
top shows and movies being discussed by other users.