DirecTV Now is here
And it’s ready to take on Sling TV and PlayStation Vue
This week, the long-awaited DirecTV Now streaming service was officially announced. DirecTV Now is a live TV streaming service similar to Sling TV & Playstation Vue, but with a twist to it.
With DirecTV Now, you will be able to stream 100 live channels for just $35 a month, but you better hurry, as this is the introductory offer. The standard starting package is $35 a month for 60 channels.
“We’re extending our entertainment portfolio for those who value premium content but also want more TV freedom suited for their lifestyle, whether watching at home or on their mobile devices. This is TV your way,” says John Stankey, CEO, AT&T Entertainment Group.
“Our new customer-centric offers show that mobility and entertainment are better together,” added Stankey.
What we know
If you are excited to sign up, you’re in luck because DirecTV Now came out on Wednesday morning, November 30th.
Channels and pricing
AT&T clearly said in the press conference that these plans are subject to price increases. They hinted that price increases would come with new features or channels, but no further details have been given.
Here’s a full lineup from 9to5mac:
The introductory offer of $35 a month for 100 channels is only good for a limited time. Fans of HBO® and Cinemax® can add these channels for just $5 each per month, in addition to their base programming package.
Select markets will get regional sports networks from Fox, Comcast SportsNet and YES, sports as well. Yet the lineup in the leaked guide looks very limited.
DirecTV Now will be available at launch through the following:
- Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stickr
- Android mobile devices and tablets
- iPhone, iPad and Apple TV
- Chromecast (Android at launch; iOS in 2017)
- Google Cast-enabled LeEco Ecotvs and VIZIO SmartCast Displays
- Internet Explorer, Chrome and Safari web browsers
In 2017, DirecTV Now plans to add more devices to this lineup including Roku streaming players and Roku TV™ models, Amazon Fire tablets, Smart TVs from Samsung and other leading brands.
The FreeVIEW option will let anyone enjoy unique and exclusive content free of charge. It is a highly curated, always-fresh, ad-supported video service. It has a sampling of on-demand content from Audience Network, Otter Media properties and other channels on DirecTV Now. This content will be ad-supported.
Data-free streaming on AT&T
DirecTV Now does offer data free streaming on AT&T wireless. You must stream through the DirecTV Now or Fullscreen app, otherwise it will count against your data cap. Requires eligibility, DirecTV Now and AT&T wireless subscriptions and devices.
At no point in the press event or press release, did AT&T say anything about a DVR in the current DirecTV streaming service. However, AT&T did state that they plan to add a DVR at some point in 2017.
The following video is a review of DirecTV Now running on a 2nd Gen Fire TV Stick by Cord Cutters News. They discuss the interface as well as some of the pros and cons to expect with your membership.