'DirecTV NOW' Launches on the iOS and Apple TV App Stores

Two days after the initial announcement, AT&T's new streaming television service DirecTV Now has officially launched on the iOS and Apple TV App Stores as a free initial download. [Direct Link] The service will allow customers to stream and subscribe to various channel bundles that range in price from $35 to $70, "with no commitments, no equipment, and no installers."

Specifically, the bundles start with 60+ channels ($35/month), 80+ channels ($50/month), 100+ channels ($60/month), and 120+ channels ($70/month). A seven day free trial is available for customers to check out any of the packages, and a limited time offer is knocking down the price of the 100+ channel bundle to $35 to entice new users into subscribing. Premium channels, like HBO and Cinemax, can be added onto any package at $5 per channel.

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DIRECTV NOW lets you stream top live channels and thousands of On Demand movies and shows instantly upon sign-up. It¹s hassle-free TV, with no commitments, no equipment, and no installers. Watch your favorite shows on your favorite devices. Start on one device, pause, and continue watching on another. Missed the first part of your favorite show that started airing 10 minutes ago? No worries! Restart your show from the beginning. Enjoy TV freedom with DIRECTV NOW.
AT&T is offering new subscribers a free Apple TV if they purchase three months of pre-paid DirecTV NOW. The new streaming service is also available to watch on the web, and on Android and Amazon devices. The company promises a seamless viewing ecosystem across all of a user's devices, so they can pause a show and pick it up on any smartphone, tablet, or web browser that supports DirecTV NOW.

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38 months ago

anyone have the direct iOS app store link?

its not in the store for me yet.


https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/directv-now/id1136238277

I've been using the service all day and I'm blown away with how smooth it's been running. The quality is fantastic and noticeably better coming from Sling. I jumped on the free Apple TV offer with 3 month prepayment too.
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38 months ago
Just an FYI after speaking to a representative on chat.

Multiple streams: 2 max, don't have to be on the same network, presumably this includes mobile streams. In order to get more, have to sign up more than once, no way to buy "extra streams" like with Netflix.

Data usage: Unmetered on AT&T Internet (U-Verse & Mobile)

Recommended bandwidth per stream: 3 Mb/s recommended for HD (I'm guessing double for 2 streams). Channels are in HD.

DVR: No solid info for now. Can rewind within a channel (or watch past shows) up to 72 hours previous.

CC (Closed Captioning): Should work as expected.
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38 months ago
THIS is what Apple should of tried to do from the beginning. Signed up for the 100+ channel w/ 3mo prepaid for a free AppleTV (that alone makes this a steal). I can now buy an AppleTV for any room I want to add a 'receiver' to without paying the absurd price the providers ask (ironically, even DirecTV).

Finally looks like pay TV providers days are over. The only scary issue is that now most internet providers are now putting caps on their service. I'm limited to 1TB with Comcast, and have gone over that cap once already. This won't help that situation. I wish competition like GoogleFiber was available here, but politicians get bought out and block this from happening. Sigh
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38 months ago
Hell I jumped on that. Normally the Apple TV is $150, this is $105 and comes with 3 months of live TV. That's a steal. Even if I can felt the live TV I saved $50 on the Apple TV lol
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38 months ago

is everything just "live"? Any DVR or VOD options? just Live is a non-starter for me but I'm curious to try this service. Also, are you in a location that you receive the live, local OTA stations?

Looks like movies and tv shows are on demand but no cloud DVR it seems. Hopefully that comes soon then I'll drop the hell out of Comcast TV
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38 months ago

What are the channel line ups i can't find them anywhere, do you have to sign up 1st before even seeing them?


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38 months ago

The reason you can "watch it for free" is because those affiliates paid a crap ton of money for the rights to transmit that content.


Yes, I understand. The problem I have is that I can pay nothing to no one, and plug in an antenna and watch those channels. If I pay for my TV service, all of a sudden I can't watch those channels anymore unless my provider forks over a boatload of cash to the affiliates. That should be full on illegal. You are either a free service, or a premium provider, they shouldn't be allowed to cherry pick from both when it best suits them.
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38 months ago
And now my second error of the night. I am only using one stream, and keep getting this error.



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38 months ago

:rolleyes: Seriously? You quote election day as an example of them doing well?

Try googling: cnn+viewership+failing



Why would I do that. To read a bunch of right wing propaganda about how the Communist News Network is failing. I pointed you to actual statistics that showed you to be mistaken. Good day.
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38 months ago
Aye, I added HBO for $5 and then freaked the hell out when I saw they didn't have all episodes of their shows available. But then I logged into HBO Go.

All better now. I put down the knife.
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