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Should I remove DIRECTV Player?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,383
United States Rank #953
Reach 0.2633%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 22.61 days
666.88 days >
Average installed length: 350.39 days


12.1 15.49%
12.0 3.70%
11.0 8.52%
10.1 2.29%
10.0 7.40%
9.2 10.41%
9.0 9.19%
8.0 23.76%
7.0 0.06%
6.1 6.65%
5.2 1.52%
4.00 10.45%
3.00 0.54%
1.0 0.02%


What is DIRECTV Player?  (from DIRECTV)

The DIRECTV Player is FREE software for your computer that optimizes your viewing experience of movies and shows on directv.com. Once installed, it will be available for all of the videos on directv.com.


DIRECTV Player is a software program developed by DIRECTV. The most common release is 8.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The programs's main executable is NDSPCShowServer.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 8.97 MB of memory. The setup package generally installs about 43 files and is usually about 27.96 MB (29,314,621 bytes). The program uses the GLib GNOME library. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 99% of users of DIRECTV Player come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.directv.com/entertainment/player
Help link: www.directv.com/DTVAPP/content/support/online_portal
Installation folder: C:\users\user\appdata\Local\DIRECTV Player\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{5F3783B7-F809-45A7-8A92-A44B441FDA7C}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 27.96 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by DIRECTV Player

Program executable:NDSPCShowServer.exe
Name:NDSPCSho Application
Path:C:\users\user\appdata\Local\DIRECTV Player\NDSPCShowServer.exe
Additional files:
  • npPlayerPlugin.dll - DIRECTV Player (DIRECTV Player Plugin)
  • StatusListenerRepository.dll - StatusListenerRepository Dynamic Link Library
  • DrmSingleton.dll - DrmSingleton Dynamic Link Library
  • PCShowServerPMWrapper.exe (by NDS Technologies) - PC Show power management wrapper
  • ndsLogStore.dll - ndsLogSt Dynamic Link Library
  • f_in_box.dll (by Softanics) - F-IN-BOX DLL Edition
  • NDSPCShowServer.exe - NDSPCSho Application
  • libglib-2.0-0.dll (by The GLib developer community) - GLib
  • libgmodule-2.0-0.dll (by The GLib developer community) - GModule
  • libgobject-2.0-0.dll - GObject
  • libgthread-2.0-0.dll - GThread
  • z.dll - zlib (zlib data compression library)
  • DiscoveryManager.dll
  • gstccplugin.dll
  • GstSrcPlugin.dll
  • gsttspplugin.dll
  • libgstapp.dll
  • libgstapp-0.10.dll
  • libgstaudio-0.10.dll
  • libgstaudioconvert.dll
  • libgstaudioresample.dll
  • libgstbase-0.10.dll
  • libgstcontroller-0.10.dll
  • libgstcoreelements.dll
  • libgstdirectsound.dll
  • libgstdshowvideosink.dll
  • libgstinterfaces-0.10.dll
  • libgstreamer-0.10.dll
  • libgstvideo-0.10.dll
  • libgstvolume.dll
  • liborc-0.4-0.dll
  • libxml2-2.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Google Chrome Plugin
  • npPlayerPlugin.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npPlayerPlugin.dll'.
Mozilla Plugin
  • npPlayerPlugin.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'NDS.com/PlayerPlugin' with a plugin key of 'NDS.com/PlayerPlugin'.
Scheduled Task
  • NDSPCShowServer.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{23D7A27B-DFD7-4B16-8655-1D981DC8E96E}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (User Run)
  • PCShowServerPMWrapper.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'PCShowServer' and executes as "C:\users\user\appdata\Local\DIRECTV Player\PCShowServerPMWrapper.exe".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • NDSPCShowServer.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\DIRECTV Player\NDSPCShowServer.exe'.
Network connections
  • NDSPCShowServer.exe connects to sgwm.cr.dtvce.com ( port 80).
  • NDSPCShowServer.exe connects to sgwt.la.dtvce.com ( port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:8.97 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0007422289%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00045113%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00029110%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:2,077,898
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:2.34 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:143 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:1.86 MB
Total CPU:0.0003607979%
Kernel CPU:0.00025952%
User CPU:0.00010128%
CPU cycles/sec:109,264
I/O reads/min:26 Bytes

How do I remove DIRECTV Player?

You can uninstall DIRECTV Player from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program DIRECTV Player, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove DIRECTV Player.

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If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by DIRECTV Player you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 55%
Win XP 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 55.74%
Windows 10 34.85%
Windows Vista 6.87%
Windows XP 2.54%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 41.14%
Windows 10 Home 12.43%
Windows 8.1 10.28%
Windows 7 Professional 8.70%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.07%
Windows 7 Ultimate 4.98%

Distribution by countryGeography

99.36% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 99.36%
  Canada 0.16%
  United Kingdom 0.08%
  Mexico 0.06%
  Germany 0.06%
  France 0.03%
  Honduras 0.02%
  Australia 0.02%
  Poland 0.02%
  Philippines 0.01%
  Brazil 0.01%
  Guatemala 0.01%
  Saudi Arabia 0.01%
  Singapore 0.01%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 35.95%
Dell 30.31%
Toshiba 10.28%
Acer 9.25%
ASUS 5.84%
Lenovo 3.71%
Samsung 1.55%
Intel 1.06%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 8.10%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.84%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 5.23%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.16%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.70%
Dell Dell System Inspir... 2.64%


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