DirecTV Now was by no means the greatest dwell TV streaming service, nevertheless it was once loads tougher to withstand.

In its early years, DirecTV Now supplied a broad channel lineup, bundle reductions for AT&T wi-fi prospects, and offers on streaming gadgets for brand new subscribers. That generosity made DirecTV Now’s clunky interface and stingy DVR appear tolerable.

But instances have modified for company father or mother AT&T, and so has DirecTV Now. In a push for extra profitability, AT&T has slashed channels, raised costs, and discontinued all its offers and reductions. The result’s a dwell TV service that has all the identical issues as earlier than, however virtually none of the advantages. Unless DirecTV Now’s remaining channels line up completely along with your wants, it in all probability is not the dwell TV streaming service for you.

Updated August 12, 2019 to mirror the newest changes–including pricing and and channel lineups–at DirecTV Now. Our bottom-line rating has additionally modified, dropping from 3.5 stars to 2.0 stars.

DirecTV Now: Price and lineup

Like different dwell TV streaming companies, DirecTV Now is an app which you can obtain on telephones, tablets, streaming gamers, and sensible TVs. Once you’ve got put in the app, you’ll be able to join service and use it throughout all of your gadgets for one month-to-month price. As of this writing, DirecTV Now works with Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV (however not first-generation fashions), Roku, Chromecast, iOS, Android, and the net.

Unless you are grandfathered into one in every of DirecTV Now’s older plans, the service now affords simply two worth tiers: The $50 base bundle, which is oddly named “DirecTV Now Plus,” consists of all 4 main broadcast networks, main cable information networks, a number of nationwide sports activities channels (together with ESPN and FS1), a number of leisure channels, and HBO. For regional sports activities, you will want the $70 “Max” bundle, which affords native Fox Sports channels amongst different issues. (See the underside of this assessment for the total DirecTV Now lineup.)

Because DirecTV Now consists of HBO, it might be the most affordable dwell TV streaming choice for people who need to watch the premium channel yr ‘spherical. Most different dwell TV companies begin at $45 or $50 monthly, and HBO provides one other $15 monthly, so DirecTV Now comes out forward for anybody who does not want any extra channels than what its base bundle affords. Still, the dearth of regional sports activities channels in DirecTV Now’s base bundle, together with its lack of widespread leisure channels akin to HGTV and AMC, will make it a tricky promote from a value perspective.

With DirecTV Now, you’ll be able to watch on as much as two gadgets at a time, although you can too buy a 3rd stream for $5 monthly. The service additionally works with greater than 60 TV Everywhere apps, which you’ll be able to entry on gadgets that DirecTV Now doesn’t assist.

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