DirecTV has a decent iOS app on the App Store which streams live television programming, supports DVR functionality and lets you browse and access on-demand streams of past television shows and movies.
The company previously promised to activate voice-enabled features and today it made good on that promise by updating DirectTV software to version 2.5.
The new version uses voice-activated navigation to enable users to find whatever they want to watch on their telly. It’s just like Siri: simply speak to the app just as you would to a person in order to find something to watch. In fact, DirectTV’s software gives us a good indication how a rumored Siri-enabled Apple television set could enhance the experience…
Voice search understands a bunch of meta data so you can search for programs by mentioning title, channel, keyword, actor, time frame, genre and more. And if you switch to TV mode, the app will instantly provide personalized content recommendations on the big screen.
And if you’re at home, you can also use your TV screen to display your dialogue and search results, though this feature requires an HD DVR (HR24+), which must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your iOS device.
DirecTV for iPhone is available free of charge.