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ACHILLES R32

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Achilles: any chance you can extract the updated version of NBC Sports? Seems like they merged both NBC Sports and NBC Sports Gold into a new NBC Sports app, latest version of the NBC Sports app is 4.0 as per the Amazon app store.
While I'm at it, on either NBC Sports or NBC Sports Gold I can't seem to even reach 720p from their streams which is odd, I wonder if they're manually setting a max bitrate value on the Fire TV app for some reason. Has someone experienced the same thing?
I'll update it over the weekend

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I have a Sony Bravia and I cannot get anything to work :(

The only option that seems to work is loading the Amazon Store app (Amazon App Store.apk) and the older Beta app (DirecTVNow_beta_amazon_2.0.11.02115.apk).

When I load the App Store, Then Beta, I'm able to Login, I do get the prompt about login to amazon store, clicking OK to that and letting it load seems to work. I simply hit "back" and I'm free to browse/use the app.


All other modified apps just crash and or ask for location services (which I have enabled).
 

ACHILLES R32

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I have a Sony Bravia and I cannot get anything to work :(

The only option that seems to work is loading the Amazon Store app (Amazon App Store.apk) and the older Beta app (DirecTVNow_beta_amazon_2.0.11.02115.apk).

When I load the App Store, Then Beta, I'm able to Login, I do get the prompt about login to amazon store, clicking OK to that and letting it load seems to work. I simply hit "back" and I'm free to browse/use the app.


All other modified apps just crash and or ask for location services (which I have enabled).
Did you try spoofing the location.or app . What model is your Sony Bravia?

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Did you try spoofing the location.or app . What model is your Sony Bravia?

Sent from my Pixel 2

I did not spoof the location.

I am running a Bravia XBR-55X800E with Android 8.0.0 . I should mention, I'm installing the APK's directly onto the Sony TV and not through a external device.

However, I'm about to just pick up a Firestick and call it a day (likely an easier option overall). I wanted to checkin with my results as they didn't seem to work with recent releases directly on to Android 8 installed onto Sony TV. Some installations with location issues regardless of enablement (no spoofing however) and others with crashing/restarting in a loop.

I moved to the older beta version which gets me in and able to watch live TV.
 

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Yes I have the same problem regarding the resolution

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I had a look through the nbc sports app decompiled and I can confirm they're enforcing a max bitrate value in a file called "VideoABRConfig.smali". I do not have the knowledge to either write smali code or debug live to see how exactly is it used though.
 

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I did not spoof the location.

I am running a Bravia XBR-55X800E with Android 8.0.0 . I should mention, I'm installing the APK's directly onto the Sony TV and not through a external device.

However, I'm about to just pick up a Firestick and call it a day (likely an easier option overall). I wanted to checkin with my results as they didn't seem to work with recent releases directly on to Android 8 installed onto Sony TV. Some installations with location issues regardless of enablement (no spoofing however) and others with crashing/restarting in a loop.

I moved to the older beta version which gets me in and able to watch live TV.

My buddy has a Sony XBR. I installed DTVNow on it a couple weeks back. Would not work UNTIL i installed a gps spoof app. I selected his actual location so wasn't really spoofing anything, probably just giving the Tv/app an accurate location.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lexa.fakegps
 
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My buddy has a Sony XBR. I installed DTVNow on it a couple weeks back. Would not work UNTIL i installed a gps spoof app. I selected his actual location so wasn't really spoofing anything, probably just giving the Tv/app an accurate location.

Appreciate the reply, I'll give this a roll in a few and let you know the outcome! :good:
 

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Do either of the latest files have the HBR mod where upon first loading a channel (initial bitrate) it loads the max value instead of a lower bitrate, then adjusting to higher after a few seconds? I know this change was made in one of the earlier versions of the HBR mod, but it seems as if the file I am using now loads channels at a lower bitrate (blurry video) before adjusting to HBR after 5-10 seconds.
 

Dub510

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You will have to enable gps spoof in developer settings, just an fyi.

Thanks for the heads up, I downloaded (gps spoof) and set it up using with "DirecTVNow_2.0.16.01143_amazon.apk". I was able to get past my past challenges, super helpful!

Also for noteworthy, the other versions (modified/hbr) all would open and crash. It is only the amazon version which seem to open and stay open.

Thank you all again for the help and suggestions.
 

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Do either of the latest files have the HBR mod where upon first loading a channel (initial bitrate) it loads the max value instead of a lower bitrate, then adjusting to higher after a few seconds? I know this change was made in one of the earlier versions of the HBR mod, but it seems as if the file I am using now loads channels at a lower bitrate (blurry video) before adjusting to HBR after 5-10 seconds.
Yeah the initial request bitrate on start has been set to 20mill for some time now. Along with all the other bitrates.

So it shouldn't buffer at the lower rate , not sure if dtv now changed some other stuff

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I'm having a few issues with DVR'd content. I'll fast forward and end up with a black screen and have to back out to the DVR again and restart it.
 

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Yeah the initial request bitrate on start has been set to 20mill for some time now. Along with all the other bitrates.

So it shouldn't buffer at the lower rate , not sure if dtv now changed some other stuff

Sent from my Pixel 2

DTV must have changed something because I have been using the latest version of the HBR modded app for a few weeks and just within the past day or 2 the initial buffering has returned :confused:
 
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Thanks for the heads up, I downloaded (gps spoof) and set it up using with "DirecTVNow_2.0.16.01143_amazon.apk". I was able to get past my past challenges, super helpful!

Also for noteworthy, the other versions (modified/hbr) all would open and crash. It is only the amazon version which seem to open and stay open.

Thank you all again for the help and suggestions.

Do you have Amazon store installed? If so, uninstall it and try.
 
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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.

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    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. ***

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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.

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    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


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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.

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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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