DirecTV Now has been round since late 2016, however AT&T’s streaming TV bundle acquired a significant improve this week with a brand new interface and cloud DVR service.
Now looks like a superb time to revisit what DirecTV Now’s all about. Right here’s all the things it’s worthwhile to know:
Editors’ word: This information, initially revealed on December 1, 2016, was up to date in its entirety on Might 16, 2018 to replicate the service’s newly launched options.
What’s DirecTV Now?
DirecTV Now’s a streaming channel bundle from AT&T (which acquired DirecTV in 2015). It provides you an enormous bucket of TV channels for a month-to-month price, however streaming via Web-connected gadgets as a substitute of a cable or satellite tv for pc TV field.
How a lot does DirecTV Now value?
Pricing begins at $35 per 30 days for roughly 60 channels. This bundle consists of the 4 main broadcast networks, the key cable information networks, nationally televised sports activities channels akin to ESPN and FS1, and a slew of normal leisure channels. Extra channel tiers can be found for $50 per 30 days, $60 per 30 days, and $70 per 30 days. You may also add HBO or Cinemax to any bundle for $5 per 30 days every, and Starz or Showtime for $eight per 30 days every. Gross sales taxes might apply, however there are not any different hidden charges.
Almost each channel features a dwell programming feed, identical to you’d get with cable or satellite tv for pc TV. Many channels additionally supply a number of on-demand video, and roughly 40 channels supply a “Rewind” characteristic that permits you to watch something that’s aired up to now 72 hours.
Does it embody DVR?
Beginning this week, DirecTV Now consists of cloud DVR service as a public beta characteristic. You get 20 hours of recording, saved for as much as 30 days, at no further cost. This summer time, a $10-per-month DVR improve will supply 100 hours of recording for as much as 90 days.
By way of recording hours and storage time, DirecTV Now’s the least beneficiant of all streaming bundles, limiting each the quantity of storage you get and the time it’s important to watch these recordings. (Different streaming bundles select both one or the opposite.) We’re nonetheless awaiting touch upon whether or not DirecTV Now has every other restrictions against ad skipping or recording sure channels.
Are dwell native ABC, CBS, NBC, and/or Fox broadcasts included?
DirecTV Now does supply dwell, native feeds in lots of markets, so use the channel lookup tool to see what’s out there in your space. If a broadcast channel isn’t out there in your space, you’ll nonetheless obtain on-demand primetime exhibits the day after they air on TV, however no dwell sports activities or information.
What regional sports activities channels are included?
Use the channel lookup tool to see what regional sports activities channels can be found in your space. The channels you get are based mostly in your billing zip code.
How do you watch DirecTV Now?
DirecTV Now apps can be found for iPhone, iPad, Android, Amazon Fireplace TV gadgets (second-generation and better), newer Roku gamers (see the full compatibility list), Apple TV (fourth-generation and better), and Chromecast (second-generation and better). You may also watch with the Google Chrome and Apple Safari browsers on a laptop computer or desktop laptop.
Though AT&T promised help for Samsung good TVs a yr in the past, the app nonetheless isn’t out there, and there’s no phrase on help for Android TV, Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles, or different good TV platforms.
Are there any restrictions on out-of-home viewing?
For dwell native channels, you’ll obtain the published feed from wherever you’re (assuming dwell broadcasts can be found in that space). You can not watch your personal native channel whilst you’re out of city.
Your regional sports activities channels are solely out there whenever you’re contained in the protection space. That is based mostly in your billing tackle, and verified by your IP tackle (for TV gadgets) or your bodily location (for cell gadgets).
What number of gadgets can stream at a time?
DirecTV Now permits two gadgets to stream concurrently. A $5 per 30 days improve permits for 3 streams without delay.
Is there promoting?
In fact. The dwell feeds have business breaks identical to cable and satellite tv for pc TV, and adverts are interspersed with the on-demand content material as effectively. AT&T has stated that better-targeted adverts are an enormous a part of its plan to maintain costs down.
Any bundle offers for AT&T wi-fi subscribers?
In accordance with AT&T’s website, you possibly can at present save $15 per 30 days on DirecTV Now by bundling the service with an AT&T Limitless Selection Enhanced or Limitless Plus Enhanced plan. The previous prices $65 per 30 days for one line and has varied restrictions on speeds, cell hotspot use, and video high quality. The latter prices $80 per 30 days for one line. Each choices develop into cheaper when a part of a household plan, they usually additionally embody free HBO.
Does DirecTV Now authenticate with TV In every single place apps akin to WatchESPN?
DirecTV Now at present works with 64 TV In every single place apps. (See the full list here). So long as these channels are a part of your DirecTV Now bundle, you should utilize their apps to observe on gadgets that DirecTV Now doesn’t help, or to observe when all of your DirecTV Now streams are already in use.
Will NFL Sunday Ticket be out there?
AT&T has beforehand stated that it’s making an attempt to barter a cope with the league, however as of now, Sunday Ticket is just out there to DirecTV Satellite tv for pc prospects, and as a standalone streaming service for individuals who can’t set up a satellite tv for pc the place they dwell. DirecTV Now doesn’t supply the NFL Community or NFL Redzone, both.
Every other caveats?
NFL video games are usually not out there to stream on cell gadgets, because of an exclusivity deal between Verizon and the league. The identical restriction applies to different streaming bundles akin to Sling TV and PlayStation Vue. Fortuitously, you’ll be capable to stream those games on your phone for free through the 2018-2019 season, even in case you’re not a Verizon Wi-fi buyer.
How straightforward is it to cancel service?
The method is pretty painless. Simply check in via the DirecTV Now web site, and go to Settings > Consumer Account > Handle My Plan. The “Cancel Plan” button is not possible to overlook.
The place can I enroll?
Head to the DirecTV Now website. When you’re a brand new subscriber, AT&T is at present providing three months of service for $10 per 30 days. The corporate additionally gives a rotating forged of device deals with prepaid service. As an example, you may get an Apple TV 4K with three months of pay as you go service or Roku Streaming Stick to one month of service. Even when you’ve got little interest in DirecTV Now, these offers are arguably the easiest way to purchase a brand new streaming TV gadget at present.
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