DirecTV, the largest satellite TV provider in the U.S., has jumped on the Apple Watch bandwagon — releasing an update to its iPhone app that lets customers program their DVRs from their wrists, browse listings and use remote-control features.
The company, which has about 20 million U.S. subscribers, is in the midst of being acquired by AT&T. Comcast, the No. 1 pay-TV provider, last month announced a similar app for Apple Watch. The jury’s still out on whether Apple Watch will be a major new product, but for now DirecTV has felt compelled to join the arms race.
The update of the DirecTV app for iPhone, which now includes support for Apple Watch, lets users play, pause, rewind and fast-forward recorded content; view program title, channel and episode details of TV shows and movies; set DVR recordings; and navigate the on-screen guide.
“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, DirecTV’s senior VP of digital entertainment products.
The Apple Watch requires iPhone 5 or later models. Also, the DirecTV app that supports Apple Watch requires users to have an Internet-connected HD digital-video recorder (HR20 or later).