Never miss game play due to reception issues.
If you’re one of the many considering switching from traditional cable and satellite TV to streaming apps, DirecTV has a new feature that just might make you stick around. It’s called SignalSaver and it will help you keep watching your favorite shows, movies or sports, even during reception problems and interruptions.
There’s nothing worse than watching the final two-minute drive in an NFL playoff game and having receiving trouble. And if you’ve ever yelled swear words at your TV after missing a big play, you know what I’m talking about.
With DirecTV’s new SignalSaver feature, the satellite TV provider can fall back on a broadband transmission during storm interference or any interruption to their program. If DirecTV detects a problem, lag, or stutter, you’ll be prompted to switch from satellite to a broadband Internet-based connection, provided you have a set-top box connected to the Internet.
As you can see in the example above, users will receive a pop-up asking if they would like to switch to broadband to continue viewing. It sounds like DirecTV will need a few seconds to calibrate, and as long as you have an internet connection, you’ll get a 720p HD feed of whatever you’re watching.
More importantly, this is a free feature for all residential DirecTV subscribers. You don’t have to upgrade to a different plan or make any changes to take advantage of it.
However, there are some caveats here. For one thing, this isn’t available on all networks, but all the major ones will have support. The press release states that “SignalSaver is available to 83 national networks, including but not limited to CNN, ESPN, FOX News, and The Weather Channel,” to name a few. Unfortunately, it’s only for residential customers, so business accounts at a restaurant or sports bar won’t get this nifty new feature.
Popular options like DVR and others are missing for now, but DirecTV hopes to add them later. Your TV won’t quickly switch back to satellite once the connection issues are fixed, so you’ll have to switch it back yourself. However, it will revert after four hours to save your broadband data usage.
Either way, this clever feature makes a lot of sense and could help DirecTV keep customers from switching to competition from YouTube TV and Sling TV.
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