DirecTV Now is AT&T’s New Streaming Service – Pricing, Bundles, Devices Support and more…
If you’re looking for a boatload of channels at a price you can afford, then you’re going to want to stick around; because today we’re going to be talking about brand new streaming services that cord cutters can’t stop talking about.
It’s called DIRECTV NOW, and despite the name, it has nothing to do with Dish Network or it’s live television streaming service, Sling TV; although there are a lot of similarities. Free Trial
Like Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW gives you streaming access to live television channels for a relatively low monthly rate. But where it differs from Sling TV, is you get a lot more channels for what you pay for.
Currently, there are four different plans for DIRECTV NOW. The first plan is the Live a Little subscription, which costs $35 a month and will net you approximately 60+ channels. The second plan is the Just Right subscription, and it will give you access to 80+ channels and cost $50 a month.
For $60 a month, you can purchase the Go Big subscription and get 100+ channels. The final, and most expensive, subscription is the Gotta Have It plan; which includes 120 channels and costs $70 a month. Both of these plans don’t appeal to cord cutters much… but there you have it, in case you were curious.
DirecTV Now Deals
Save $25 a Month if you Bundle
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AT&T is pulling out all the stops. They aim to take over the entertainment market with their latest bundling offer. This is pretty awesome, I have to admit.
For a limited time, if you sign up for DirectTV Now, and then add the At&T Unlimited Plus data plan, you will get $25 off your DirecTV Now subscription cost – EVERY MONTH!
DirecTV Now Local Channels
For those of you living in select cities, such as New York or Los Angeles, you’ll also get live access to certain OTA channels.
DirecTV Now Cable Channels
As far as what other channels you get, there’s too many to name but you sports fans can rest easy knowing that every package comes with both ESPN and FS1.
You can also add-on premium channels, like HBO, for the surprisingly low price of $5 each. Compared to other services, where you have to pat $15 for the same channel, it’s a nice break.
Update: 5.18.17 – 2 more channels have been added to DirecTV Now: One America News Network (OAN) & AWE (A Wealth of Entertainment).
DVR, Interface, and Navigation
As far as the interface goes, DIRECTV NOW has a nice setup. You’ve got your standard channel guide, where you can scroll past channels to see what’s on and what coming up next. You can also create your own guide by adding channels you like to your “Favorites”.
Now for the DVR. DirecTV Now is solving for this need slightly different than some of the other competing services out there. What they allow you to do is watch something you may have missed, as long as it is within 72 hours of original airing. (Updated June 2017)
I personally think this is brilliant. Instead of limiting the amount of data you can retain on your DVR, they just let you watch whatever you want, as long as it is within that window.
Well.. not everything. There are some limitations, but not many. And I am sure like with everything else, this feature will grow to meet whatever needs the consumers has.
As of now, here is a list of channels that allow the 72-hour rewind option:
- TV L
- Travel Channel
- National Geographic
- Nat Geo Wild
- Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
- Food Network
- Cooking Channel
- Comedy Central
- Cartoon Network
- AXS TV
- Audience Network
PlayOn DirecTV Now
What you also need to know is that PlayOn does integrate with DirecTV Now, and works as a DVR. Cost only $70 for a lifelong subscription, so its definitely worth checking out. Read our complete PlayOn overview article, or check out the news article on MultiChannels News.
With regards to device support, DIRECTV NOW is aggressively adding new platforms and browsers on a weekly basis. So if you don’t see your device below, check back soon, as this is likely to change in the near future:
- Amazon Fire & Amazon Fire Stick
- Apple TV
- Apple products running iOS 9 or higher
- Chromecast, Chromecast Built in TV
- Smartphones and tablets running Android 4.4 or higher
- Especially attractive on an AT&T unlimited Data Plan
- Your everyday PC & Mac.
For the moment, DIRECTV NOW is not available on Amazon Fire TV Edition Smart TV (coming soon), Chromecast (for Apple iOS, and Xbox One, and PlayStation Vue; but one would assume that this will be changing soon. Just last month, Roku was not compatible, but as of June 2016, this is no longer the case. They are not going to just let money sit on the table, so like with the DVR, expect things to change soon.
“It ramped up a lot faster than we ever thought it would, which is a great thing but also caught us a bit flat-footed on a couple things,” said Bill Hogg, president of technology and operations for AT&T – Interview on Fierce Cable
A True Cable TV Alternative
All in all, DIRECTV NOW is a promising streaming service. Despite some of its drawbacks, there’s still a lot to love about this service. Sometimes people forget Sling TV and PlayStation Vue weren’t entirely perfect when they first rolled either; which is why it’s not conceivable to see DIRECTV NOW become a fierce new competitor in the live TV streaming market.
Have you tried DIRECTV NOW? What did you think of it? Let us know in the comments below or sound off on social media.