This is an all new AT&T’s internet TV Online-only streaming service has been kicked this week off with some big news: DirecTV Now. Streaming service is here and what it’s like. Everything you need to know about DitecTV login and other packages right now.
For cable and satellite TV customers who really want to cancel and switch to this online streaming TV service, then you should consider trying connected to DirecTV Now. AT&T’s new Internet TV has rights most of the US-based MLB, NBA, and NHL teams in local markets, which was long been a major drawback, but now regional sports networks that air your local baseball, basketball, and ice hockey teams are starting to come to online streaming sports services. You can sign up today for a free trail on a slew of platforms including smartphones, tablets, living room streaming devices, and PCs.
No satellite dish or cable box or a set-top required; it’s all over the web. DirecTV on demand now and that too with a guide and login details, channels and remote codes on their way. According to those who have been using DirecTV Now for 24 hours, given their impression that there’s a lot of potential and value in it, but also said the first try feels a little unfinished.
Four tiers of channel bundles are offered with DirecTV Now, but the deal that AT&T is pushing out at launch is a limited-time promotion that will let you pay $35 per month for a package of over 100 channels. If you miss that introductory offer that tier will eventually cost $60. AT&T claims that anyone who signs in time will be able to stay at the $35 price point for as long as they remain an active DitecTV now customer.
Note: The $35 promo gets you a fair savings and mostly comparable to traditional cable. Even better, you can subscribe to HBO for only $5 extra each time.
As the DirecTV Now sports, the coverage isn’t that good and perfect. Has rights to all three leagues in some cities, and none in others. For example, Chicago-area subscribers to DirecTV Now can watch the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls, and Blackhawks, nevertheless Philadelphia-area customers would have no access to the regional sports channel covering the Phillies, 76ers, and Flyers. It make sense that a mix in cities where DirecTV Now has rights to some regional sports networks but leaving other regions. Like DirecTV Now in New York has the Yankees but not the Mets, the Nets but not Knicks, and has no NY-based hockey teams. Boston-area subscribers to DirecTV Now can eventually watch the Celtics on Comcast SportsNet New England, but what’s not is Red Sox or Bruins coverage because DirecTV Now lacks right to New England Sports Network.
Why? Limitations are due to what programming contracts AT&T DirecTV Now able to strike. More teams and networks could be added in the future if the Internet TV streaming provider agrees on prices with other programmers.
Good news to those fans of the most US-based teams in the three leagues are covered in local markets. DirecTV Now has regional sports networks covering 19 of 29 US-based MLB teams (the Toronto Blue Jays are the 30th team, but DirecTV Now isn’t available in Canada at all, as it’s US-only.) DirecTV Now has 22 of 29 US-based teams in the NBA, which also has one team in Canada. DirecTV Now has 15 out of 23 US-based Ice hockey teams and other seven teams in Canada that aren’t covered by DirecTV Now.
By the way the DirecTV satellite service has the NFL Sunday Ticket package, the online-only DirecTV Now lacks that Sunday Ticket then. Football coverage is further limited because DirecTV Now has no access to CBS, which broadcasts American Football Conference games, which have just added streaming of NFL games to its own CBN All Access online service after striking a deal with the NFL.
The NFL, most popular US sports league of all, is shown on CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN, and the NFL Network, rather than regional sports networks. DirecTV Now does have NBC and Fox, but only in certain areas or local markets. As aforementioned, AT&T is offering DirecTV Now’s hundred channel package, including regional sports networks, for $35 a month plan. While the cheapest package with DirecTV Now with regional sports will have 80 channels and cost $50 per month. AT&T hasn’t said when the special pricing will expire.
It was also confirmed that the DirecTV Now dropouts during DVR playback. DirecTV Now however lacks DVR capability and the ability to pause live TV for more than five or 10 seconds. Those features are said to be added eventually, possibly in 2017, but it’s not clear on the fact exactly when. DirecTV Now is limited to two simultaneous streams per account.
DirecTV Now has no DVR functionality, and if you think about something you miss live, you;’ll have to replay in available on demand. Sony’s PlayStation Vue, a rival to AT&T’s new service, offers a cloud-based DVR that can save recordings for up to 28 days. Alternatively, other competitor, Sling TV, will soon to launch testing on its own cloud DVR. In response, AT&T has already clarified that DirecTV Now will add a DVR feature in early next year.
Other aspects of DirecTV Now are much nicer and show more polish content. The full-screen TV show and movie imagery that’s shown as you change channels is high-res and looks great and the on-demand menus are straightforward enough. There’s still a watchlist for keeping track of all your favorite shows, but again, DirecTV Now does very little to highlight when the next episode will be on.
How can you stream DirecTV Now?
Never need a dish or DirecTV box hooked up to your TV. Instead DirecTV Now requires only a internet connection and any of these internet gadgets or web browsers:
- Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
- Android smartphones and tablets
- Apple TV
- Chromecast (Android at launch, iOS in 2017)
- Google Cast on supported Vizio and LeEco televisions
- Google Chrome
- Internet Explorer
Roku is however missing the support from the list, but AT&T says it will bring DirecTV Now to be popular streaming line in 2017.
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