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JoeRockhead

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Can we have that on Apple 4k TV? Can you link me?

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Sorry, I haven't created an Apple mod (yet). I'm just looking at the Apple IPA for parameter references, so we can apply them to the Android APK mod. Some of these parameters are fake, so the developers attempt to send us on a goose-chase. ACHILLES R32 is testing my Shield root mod. That root parameter had some deliberate fake info. I'm guessing that is why people were struggling to bypass root.

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From what I read tv had the same issue, but I don't have one to test and Roku may Also have the same issue. I don't watch on demand often, mainly live and DVR. Also shield TV shouldn't have any problems decoding Dolby Digital as it does it for the channel's. I believe it's Directv now's approach to streaming those channels, they may be accessing them some weird way. There is a thread on Reddit where the fix for a fire TV 4k is to set volume to normalize so it could be something to do with the app being sideloaded for us ?*♂️

I ran a Wireshark on the live and VOD streams. The live stream appears to stream in Dolby 5.1, then the client can either accept or down-convert to PCM. The VOD stream appears to be PCM only. I don't know if a parameter is available to tell the VOD stream to send in Dolby 5.1.
 

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Sorry, I haven't created an Apple mod (yet). I'm just looking at the Apple IPA for parameter references, so we can apply them to the Android APK mod. Some of these parameters are fake, so the developers attempt to send us on a goose-chase. ACHILLES R32 is testing my Shield root mod. That root parameter had some deliberate fake info. I'm guessing that is why people were struggling to bypass root.

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I ran a Wireshark on the live and VOD streams. The live stream appears to stream in Dolby 5.1, then the client can either accept or down-convert to PCM. The VOD stream appears to be PCM only. I don't know if a parameter is available to tell the VOD stream to send in Dolby 5.1.
I got to find some root users willing to try it[emoji23][emoji23]
So if any root users are interested and they have a android tv box let me know ?. Quote or pm me.

I'll compile the apk in the next day or so.

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jinx8402

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FYI, if you have a Sony TV or a remote with numbers, you can use the number pad to skip to a letter in the alphabet in the guide like the beta box. Not sure how long that has been available or if known already. I am using the latest hbr app.
 

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I have a MiBox 3 and the modified versions were working flawlessly up to version DirecTVNow_2.0.15.02146_modified.apk. (<---- This is the last version that still works, but it comes up with the location error and you hit retry and it works flawless after that. The last modified version, the HBR version_modified you posted on someones post the other day and the latest amazon store ones do not work, give same location errors. Any ideas? I made sure permissions are on for location and file access in each remove/install.
 

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I have a MiBox 3 and the modified versions were working flawlessly up to version DirecTVNow_2.0.15.02146_modified.apk. (<---- This is the last version that still works, but it comes up with the location error and you hit retry and it works flawless after that. The last modified version, the HBR version_modified you posted on someones post the other day and the latest amazon store ones do not work, give same location errors. Any ideas? I made sure permissions are on for location and file access in each remove/install.

Not sure my some are having issues with the hbr files and the amazon ones.

I'll upload a modified file with just app store verification removed. I think it might be something that dtv now is changing. Many Sony TV users are having issues finding the location with the latest releases . Including me. So you may have to start spoofing your location.

here is the modified file
http://www.mediafire.com/file/q8fs8n8mwalwams/DirecTVNow_2.0.15.03111_modified.apk/file
 
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Not sure my some are having issues with the hbr files and the amazon ones.

I'll upload a modified file with just app store verification removed. I think it might be something that dtv now is changing. Many Sony TV users are having issues finding the location with the latest releases . Including me. So you may have to start spoofing your location.


Thank you.... I will try file in a few, wife is running warlord over the mibox right now lol. I will let you know.... As for location spoofing on the mibox, do you have any suggestions?... I tried Express VPN and it still gave the location error.
 
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Thank you.... I will try file in a few, wife is running warlord over the mibox right now lol. I will let you know.... As for location spoofing on the mibox, do you have any suggestions?... I tried Express VPN and it still gave the location error.
you'll have to use app cloner to spoof it costs 3.99 unfortunately vpn wont help. see the FAQ on the main page has all the steps for spoofing .
 
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High bit rate is working excellent, thank you... Is there a way to install this back on a fire stick?

Depending on which Fire device you install the modified apk, you will likely not get higher bitrate. The mod that I found changes the default bitrate, which is used since the device name does not match on non Fire devices. There are specific bitrate settings for each Fire device, and they have their own bitrate values. You could increase these settings for a specific Fire device as well but I suspect they are lower because the fire devices can not handle higher bitrate streams. Pretty much all Fire devices are set to a max of 6000000 except for "Fire TV Edition - Toshiba 4K (2018)" and "Fire TV Edition - Element 4K (2017)" which are set to the max of 20000000.
 
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Depending on which Fire device you install the modified apk, you will likely not get higher bitrate. The mod that I found changes the default bitrate, which is used since the device name does not match on non Fire devices. There are specific bitrate settings for each Fire device, and they have their own bitrate values. You could increase these settings for a specific Fire device as well but I suspect they are lower because the fire devices can not handle higher bitrate streams. Pretty much all Fire devices are set to a max of 6000000 except for "Fire TV Edition - Toshiba 4K (2018)" and "Fire TV Edition - Element 4K (2017)" which are set to the max of 20000000.

I've experimented with the 20000000 bitrate setting on both Shield TV and Sony Bravia TV. The 20000000 rate did improve the video on both types of devices. I also experimented with settings > 20000000, but did not see any video quality improvement. 20000000 = 20Mbps. 20Mbps should be plenty for 1080p. Netflix runs h265 4k with only ~15-20Mbps. I've seen a couple bandwidth miscalculations on these forums. A couple of times I've seen people incorrectly use MBs instead of Mbps. 20000000=20Mbps or 20000000=~2.5MBs. Just FYI to those who are experimenting with this setting.
 
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you'll have to use app cloner to spoof it costs 3.99 unfortunately vpn wont help. see the FAQ on the main page has all the steps for spoofing .

OK, the good news is that the modified 311 version (the latest one you posted on your response to me) now works on the MiBox 3! It even removed the small bug where it could not find the location once you start the app for a few seconds on the DirecTVNow_2.0.15.02146_modified.apk! Thank you for all your help! So for now, no spoofing needed on the Mibox 3 with the modified version! (On mine anyway!)
 

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OK, the good news is that the modified 311 version (the latest one you posted on your response to me) now works on the MiBox 3! It even removed the small bug where it could not find the location once you start the app for a few seconds on the DirecTVNow_2.0.15.02146_modified.apk! Thank you for all your help! So for now, no spoofing needed on the Mibox 3 with the modified version! (On mine anyway!)
Good to hear that it works.
Looks like I'll start doing the non hbr Modified files again [emoji23]

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    Welcome to the most extensive AT&T TV (formerly DirecTV Now) and Fire TV repository thread.

    Over the last few years I have gathered various AT&T/DirecTV Now apks and other Fire TV apks.
    My plan is to continue uploading the latest AT&T TV apk files and various Fire TV apps until they are officially available on the Shield TV.

    Feel free to comment and request any Fire TV apks that I have not uploaded , I'll do my best to keep the apps up-to-date.
    Since it's time consuming I may not update the less popular apps frequently. Unless someone requests it.

    I want to thank anyone that contributed to the previous thread. Please continue to post any questions or issues you guys have .

    Please read the FAQ some of your questions may already be answered.


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    Just download the desired version and Enjoy!!

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    IMPORTANT

    I have decide to release multiple versions of each released, please pick the best one for your device and needs.

    *** Icon fix applied to HBR and Modified versions of app, untouched apps have zoomed icon. ***

    Original Amazon APKs
    : Apk file pulled from fire stick 4K , untouched.

    Modified APKs : Amazon app store verification removed.

    HBR (high bitrate video/audio ) : Higher Video and Audio bit rates resulting in the best possible quality.
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    Update !!

    @ACHILLES R32
    Released Today
    Version: 2.0.15.02146

    New Release is available, see FAQ if you have questions. I also included a poll on the first post . Trying to see which versions users use most , thank you for participating in the poll.

    DIRECTV NOW RELEASE NOTES:
    What's new in version 2.0.15.02146
    · Performance improvements and bug fixes

    Click Here to Download APKs

    IMPORTANT: Enable both storage and location permissions, also under location select use Wi-Fi to estimate location.
    Sometimes it may take multiple toggles for the new permissions to register and a device restart maybe required


    If you want to donate please see the donate button under my avatar . Thank You !
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    I also updated the AT&T Watch TV App new version is 2.0.15.02146 seems like the DTV Now and ATT Watch TV build numbers are the same now.

    See the above link for download info
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    New release....

    Latest Developer Update: June 15, 2020
    Done :D

    Latest ATT TV and ATT WATCH TV Apps have been updated, i uploaded the HBR version and the untouched apks.

    Please test the apk and report back, i no longer have a subscription to AT&T TV Now so i cant test it myself.
    Thank You!!


    Also if any user shares the modified apks with any other site please give us credit. I and numerous other people contributed to this thread over the years.


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    Hey everyone,

    Good news! I figured out how to get high bitrate steams for the DirecTV Now app.

    TLDR: I decompiled the modified apk, found Bitrate settings, increased them to match higher end devices, recompiled.

    ACHILLES R32, I can provide instructions if you want to start incorporating high bitrate versions of the DirecTV Now apk. Otherwise I'd be happy to compile new versions (but it will add a bit of delay if I'm not available).

    Download High Bitrate APKs Here

    Longer version:
    For the last ~2 months I've been using the DirecTV Now Beta streaming box (Osprey). I was lucky to receive and test one for free. The video quality on the beta box is noticeably better, but it's obvious the Shield is a more powerful streaming device. The Apple TV and higher end Fire devices also offer higher quality, so this got me thinking that there must be a way to enable the same quality on the shield. I decompiled the modified apk, which comes from the Fire TV. Inside the files, I noticed profiles for each of the Fire devices and each one had varying levels of Bitrate quality settings. Since we are installing this apk on non-Fire devices, the device name will not match up and it reverts to the Default Bitrate settings. The default bitrates are low (6000000 for live tv) while higher end devices use a setting of 20000000. I increased the default bitrates for live tv, DVR, and VOD. After recompiling and installing, the quality is much better!

    I'm not aware of any way to view video bitrate statistics on the Shield or in the DirecTV App. So my crude way of testing bitrate is to monitor network traffic for 1 minute in my router, for each device. I've linked screenshots for shield low bitrate, shield high bitrate, and the beta (Osprey) box for comparison. You can clearly see the amount of data used is closer to the Osprey.

    https://imgur.com/a/fUfKgpB
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