Rumor: DirecTV may integrate Kinect-like features into their boxes?

If a recent survey is to be believed, DirecTV, an American satellite company that provides television service to millions of households, may be looking to integrate Microsoft's Kinect into their set-top boxes. The survey asked various questions about motion/gesture control and asked participants to rate how important each feature was or how much it would help differentiate DirecTV from their competitors. It also touched upon voice activated commands that can be used to scroll through menus, search, and change channels.

Another interesting component was the idea that users could use voice commands to post updates on their favorite social media sites. However the questions mentioned an application that could be installed on your phone as opposed to the standard microphone built into Kinect.

In addition to the Kinect-like features, the questions also touched upon opinions about programming in 4K (which is 4,000 lines of resolution as opposed to the current HD standard of 1080 lines), as well as the ability to record programs on mobile devices so that programming can be viewed outside the home.

There's no indication whether any of these features are actually on a road map or if the survey was just gauging whether the company should start the R&D process. It's also possible that the Kinect-like functionality would be home-grown and not actually license Microsoft's technology.

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Here is a trick if your DTV receiver is lagging (in most cases its from the cache)
go to channel 1 wait about 15 seconds
then press
red button 2 times then
blue button 2 times then
yellow button 1 time then
green button once
a msg willl show up in bottom left corner tho its hard to read that states the cache has been cleared

Lol. DirecTV is the king of terrible interfaces. I've had them for years, and they have some of the laggiest DVRs and receivers out there. Kinect-like interface is not compatible with their POS quality standards that they currently have.

They seem like they have good hardware with terrible software.

DirecTV? I haven't had that in years! Brings back memories of stuff like Toon Disney & Noggin... (Specifically, when Noggin also had content for 10 year olds instead of just 5 year olds, as I was a kid then. Noggin & Toon Disney are long dead anyways, though I think this Disney XD thing replaced Toon Disney & Noggin along with The N got merged with Nickelodeon...) *sigh* I miss being a little kid...

"as well as the ability to record programs on mobile devices so that programming can be viewed outside the home."

Ditrectv already has this feature called the Nomad.
"Introducing DIRECTV nomad™. Now you have the freedom to watch your recorded shows and movies anywhere. The innovative DIRECTV nomad™ allows you to sync your HD DVR with your cell phone, tablet, PC, or Mac and take your recorded programs with you wherever you go. No Internet connection required to watch, so you can enjoy your favorites anywhere, anytime, without worrying about getting disconnected. "

rudedogs said,
"as well as the ability to record programs on mobile devices so that programming can be viewed outside the home."

Ditrectv already has this feature called the Nomad.
"Introducing DIRECTV nomad™. Now you have the freedom to watch your recorded shows and movies anywhere. The innovative DIRECTV nomad™ allows you to sync your HD DVR with your cell phone, tablet, PC, or Mac and take your recorded programs with you wherever you go. No Internet connection required to watch, so you can enjoy your favorites anywhere, anytime, without worrying about getting disconnected. "

The Nomad is just a conversion box and is rather slow. It also requires you to download the content while you are home to your device. There is no way to 'watch your content' without going home, and waiting several hours to convert and transfer each show.

I am guessing they are preparing an option to view content from your DVR or the online 'OnDemand' content from your mobile device even when you are away from the home.

This (after several years trying to get them to do this) would bring DirecTV to be in line with other technologies - even Windows Media Center has offered the 'download' to device and stream over the internet for several years, so it is a feature that has been requested of DirecTV for years.

FoxieFoxie said,
So is it Kinect or Kinect like?

Probably 'like'...

DirecTV has tight partnerships with some of the more active anti-Microsoft tech companies.

They also have a history of siding with their newly found friends when it suited them, like when they dropped TiVo to when they fully developed a Windows Media Center box for DirecTV and then punted it.

Samsung and others are using a Kinect like functionality but is far from Kinect despite their marketing. http://www.extremetech.com/ele...nveils-kinect-like-smart-tv

Samsung is a manufacturing partner of DirecTV.