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DirecTV Now Sweetens Deal: Prepay Three Months of Service for $105 and Get a 32GB Apple TV 4K at No Cost

DirecTV Now has updated its Apple TV 4K deal today with an even lower price point: if you prepay for just three months of the streaming TV service for a total of about $105, you'll get the 32GB Apple TV 4K at no cost. The deal is an improvement on the original DirecTV Now offer of prepaying for four months of the $35/month service (that's the entry price point), which ended up costing $140 for the 32GB Apple TV 4K.

This makes DirecTV Now's deal the best sale price currently available online for the Apple TV 4K, with the $105 price tag up to $75 cheaper than the device's current going rate of about $170 to $180 at retailers like B&H Photo and Best Buy. You could also opt for the higher cost packages of DirecTV Now when prepaying for three months, with the service increasing to $50/month, $60/month, and $70/month for additional channels.

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Once ordered, the Apple TV 4K arrives in the mail within a few weeks, and if you don't want to continue to pay for DirecTV Now at the end of the three-month prepaid period, you can cancel it before you're billed again and keep the Apple TV 4K. The offer is limited to new DirecTV Now subscribers in the United States, but existing customers can take advantage of it by using a different email address. There's also a limit of one offer per DirecTV Now account and two per shipping address.

Below you'll find more of the fine print on the refined deal:
4K Apple TV (32 GB): Must prepay first three months of service at full price. Online orders will be shipped via FedEx ground to address provided. Allow 2-3 weeks for delivery. Offer limited to 1 per DIRECTV NOW account; 2 per shipping address. Not combinable with select offers. 4K HD not available with DIRECTV NOW.
The company notes on the updated page for the deal that it is a limited time offer and "won't last," suggesting that it could return to the normal four months of prepaid service fairly soon. If you're interested, head over to DirecTV Now's landing page for the deal, click "Redeem & Stream," and make sure to add the Apple TV 4K to your plan at no cost during the sign-up process.

For more information on discounts happening this week, visit our Deals Roundup.

Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 12, Apple Deals
Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Neutral)


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27 weeks ago

1. Does it let you record live tv to the appleTV like a regular DirectV device?


They have a virtual DVR service. These are generally not as full featured as the real DVR you probably already have. However, it's easy enough to TRY this kind of service and see if it's good enough for you. Be sure to research the DVR service via online info to see if it will scratch that particular itch for you. Things you take for granted in a traditional DVR may not be there in some of these virtual DVRs (stuff like skipping commercials, being able to watch some things same day, not having a recording "expire" until you want to delete it, etc).

2. I see that it shows you can only watch on up to 2 screens, is there any way around this?


No. General advice is you buy another subscription for 2 more streams. Note that this is simultaneous streams, meaning you can set up access to 20 screens in a home and watch on any of them... but only 2 of them can be watching something at the same time.

3. I see that you can pick channels like HBO for $5 more a month, I currently have like 7 different HBO channels, though most of what is shown is garbage and I'm only interested in certain shows. Will the HBO channel that I pay for show the main shows and movies?


The HBO subscription is like the SATT version- you get the bundle of HBO channels. The $5 is not buying just one HBO channel at a time.

4. What are the other downsides of using DirectvNow vs regular satellite DirectV?


* If you are set up for Dolby 5.1 surround sound, none of these streamers have it- just stereo or mono sound.
* If you like the full features of your DVR you may not like the fewer features & limitations of a virtual DVRs
* If you have a broadband cap, HD video can run you up and into it, which may result in a higher broadband bill
* If your broadband is not robust, you may get some stuttering. If you have a lot of people using wifi and you want to stream to your :apple:TV via wifi, you may overrun your wifi capacity and thus get stuttering. If you can wire these with ethernet, you can get around the wifi overload issue.
* Write down all of the channels you want to receive. Then check your list against the packages available. You may not be able to get the channels you want. Scrutinize carefully- sometimes the marketing implies availability but you are not actually getting what you think you are getting (more on that below).
* When broadband is down you have NO TV and NO DVR access.
* Do you care about getting your local channels? Be sure this can provide them. Note that seeing the major network logos does not necessarily mean you are getting your local channels. You have to dig in here.
* Must have your regional sports network? Be sure a provider can provide that too. Again, a logo such as a Fox Sports logo doesn't necessarily mean it's YOUR regional sports network.
* Do you maybe have DirecTV for Sunday Ticket? DTV NOW doesn't offer it as an add-on package like the SATT service.
* Here's a pretty good (quick) comparison: https://www.tomsguide.com/us/directv-now-difference-faq,review-4142.html There are plenty more online if you do a search

At $200/month you are very likely paying way too much for a TV subscription. However, Directv NOW is not the only game in town. As a former DISH subscriber, I recently did my own evaluation of all of these services and was very close to going with PS Vue, as seemingly best of this bunch (IMO). You might want to take a look at PS Vue, Sliing, etc to see if you can get your desired channels that way. Yes, those don't have a discounted :apple:TV but you may wash the savings in only a few months if one of those turns out to be a better match.

Note you also can go the individual app way to fill in some gaps. For example, if a cheaper streaming service provided everything you wanted except- say- HBO, you can always subscribe direct to HBO through the HBO app. Then use it for your HBO shows. Some people will hop in and out of apps like that: subscribe at strategic times, binge watch all their shows, then cancel the subscription. Repeat in a few months. Etc.

Unless you are paying up for some very specific programming only available from that SATT service or maybe you need to feed a LOT of TVs and thus a big slice of your $200 is paying for leased boxes, a change will likely save you a lot of money and still deliver most- if not all- of what you want. Key: shop around and dig into reviews & descriptions so you know what you are getting and what you may be losing.

Also know that the traditional alternatives are not ignoring the competitive pressures. You may want to shop DISH (Satt service) and even local cable offers to see if you can significantly cut your costs without necessarily going all the way to streaming services. Often $200/month rates means all promotional discounts have expired. Change to ANYONE else and you may save money without making as many compromises. Then be ready to change again when THEIR promotional rates expire. Many traditional competitors now offer 2 or 3-year price locks, so they won't creep up the pricing for a few years. Just be ready to jump when those terms are nearing their end.

Ultimately, all things considered my jump from the traditional (SATT) landed at a combination of :apple:TV + HDHomeRun boxes ('https://www.silicondust.com/hdhomerun/') + the Channels App ('https://getchannels.com') with DVR service:

* I fed a HDHomeRun Prime a Comcast cable card for cable channels.
* Other HDHomeRun boxes receive the locals over the air (though the cable service includes locals too).
* Both cable & locals are unified in a single on-screen guide (just like traditional SATT on-screen guides). I can easily hide channels I don't want and even organize the channels in the order I want them.
* All channels are HD with 5.1 DD.
* The DVR is fully featured (IMO). It can be any size for DVR storage- just add hard drive space. DVR'd programs don't auto-"expire" after a number of days, nor make me wait 24 hours to watch something first run, etc. Commercial skip is there too (not always the case with virtual DVRs).
* I don't burn one byte against a Comcast broadband cap because this is still a cable TV subscription.
* The Comcast double play and triple play offers make the overall cost including broadband less costly than going Comcast broadband only + streaming services to get the programming I want.
* No lease boxes on any TV- they all access TV via :apple:TVs
* If broadband is down, I will still have at least local networks over the air and full access to all DVR'd shows. If broadband is down but it doesn't take cable with it, I still have full access to all channels.
* The Xfinity app for mobile devices flows the cable channels to mobile devices. The Channels App crew has a Channels app for mobile devices too for a unified service and easy mobile access to the DVR.
* I don't have to train the fam to hop app to app or even box to box to watch this or that. It doesn't take IT-like service to watch stuff.
* No limit on number of TVs watching different things- I can add more and more tuners with more HDHomeRun boxes if I needed them.

This can look a bit intimidating to pull together- especially since it can have an upfront cost of a few hundred dollars to get similarly equipped- but at $200/month spend, you can quickly cover the one-time hardware spend and sort of "hybrid" the cord-cutting objective. You could even start pretty small with maybe only a HDHomeRun Prime and then add other HDHomeRun boxes based on your household needs (per how many screens want to display different things at the same time). You might want to look into and consider this option too since it sounds like you desire more than 2 simultaneous streams in your home.
Rating: 7 Votes
27 weeks ago

nope no where near filled up a 32gb

But directv sucks i have the cheaper package i think im going back to PSvue or going to give Hulu live or youtube live a shot after


Lack of channels on youtube Live compared to DirectTV now; no comparison. Until Youtube TV ups the channels, this deal is still best out there.
Rating: 4 Votes
27 weeks ago

I'm in a full browser on my Mac. There is no 'left' to scroll. No matter what I do, I get these sort of messages. I'm a bit confused, to be honest.

I just created another account and have zero problems selection $35.


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Also, for those with the new unlimited data plan with AT&T, you’ll get $25 off per month. Not sure if that applies with this deal (or if you could switch it over after pre-paying the 3 months) but you can get the base $35 package for $10/month.

It applies after your 3 months for $35 each.



Rating: 3 Votes
27 weeks ago

Hmm. I already have DTV. I guess it's time to make a new Gmail account. Ha. Can't really resist that price.

If anyone already has DTVNow and is considering the updated deal, creating an iCloud email alias is another option if you've run out of existing email accounts: https://support.apple.com/kb/ph2622?locale=en_US

You'll need an iCloud email address to start with, of course, but it works really well for stuff like this:)
Rating: 3 Votes
27 weeks ago
mine also shipped, ETA is wednesday (im in NYC). happy valentine's to me :)
Rating: 3 Votes
27 weeks ago
That is a fantastic deal. I'm already a subscriber, but I'm tempted to use my work email for another Apple TV.

On a side note, has anyone actually run out of space on their 32gb? I have two 32gb models and have never come close to filling either one up. Not sure why the 64gb even exists.
Rating: 3 Votes
27 weeks ago

That is a fantastic deal. I'm already a subscriber, but I'm tempted to use my work email for another Apple TV.

On a side note, has anyone actually run out of space on their 32gb? I have two 32gb models and have never come close to filling it up. Not sure why the 64gb even exists.


nope no where near filled up a 32gb

But directv sucks i have the cheaper package i think im going back to PSvue or going to give Hulu live or youtube live a shot after
Rating: 2 Votes
27 weeks ago

I'm not 100% sure on this one, so maybe someone else can confirm, but as far as I understand yeah you should be able to, once you prepay for the three months and get charged.


Looks like there's an option to cancel at any time. I'll wait till the device ships and then cancel. The deal was too good to wait. Thanks!
Rating: 2 Votes
27 weeks ago
Just received my shipping and tracking email for the ATV! Arrival by next Tuesday.

Edit: tracking shows arrival on Thursday. :)
Rating: 2 Votes
27 weeks ago

Had to use DTV Now for about a week last month and it wasn't reliable. No thanks...


If it's not obvious, the idea here is to buy an :apple:TV at the cheapest price available, not necessarily ever use DTV Now. It's an app. One could get this :apple:TV, install whatever apps they do like to watch and just use those other apps. This doesn't actually force anyone to use DTV Now. At worst, it put you in a marketing list that they will promote over and over forever.

If one likes Netflix or Prime or something like Sling or PSVue, they could get an :apple:TV through this program, never run the DTV Now app and use any of that competition instead. Set an appointment to cancel DTV Now before it renews after 3 months and that appears to be the only hurdle you have to jump.
Rating: 2 Votes

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