DirecTV and AT&T launch DirecTV Now: Their live streaming service geared towards Cord Cutters

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This week DirecTV and AT&T officially announced and launched their new Over-The-Top streaming service, DirectTV Now. This is the major satellite company’s solution geared towards the growing Cord Cutter, Cord Shaver, and Cord Never community which will compete directly with Dish Network’s Sling TV and Sony’s PlayStation Vue.

DirecTV Now is a no-contract, internet-based app that runs on tablets, smartphones, and media streaming devices connected to your TV. It provides live streams of premium television channels that have traditionally only been offered in high-priced cable and satellite subscriptions. There are no devices to rent and no need for installation appointments. You can signup on their website www.directvnow.com and cancel at anytime.

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At launch, DirecTV Now offers 4 different channel packages at various price points.

You have the option of signing up for one of these 4 programming packages:

  • Live a Little – $35 / month (60+ channels)
  • Just Right – $50 / month (80+ channels)
  • Go Big – $60 / month (100+ channels)
  • Gotta Have it – $70 / month (120+ channels)

Here is a breakdown of what channels are included in each of the packages:

  • Live a Little ($35/month): A&E, AMC, Animal Planet, Audience Network, AXS TV, Baby First, BBC America, BET, Bloomberg TV, Bravo, C-SPAN, C-SPAN2, Cartoon Network, CMT, CNBC, CNN, Comedy Central, Crime & Investigation, Discovery, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, Food Network, Fox Business Network, Fox News Channel, Fox Sports 1, Freeform, FX, FXX, Galavision, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, HGTV, History, HLN, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, MSNBC, MTV, MTV2, National Geographic Channel, Nick Jr., Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, Pursuit Channel, RFD-TV, Spike, Syfy, TBS, TCM, TeenNick, TLC, TNT, truTV, TV Land, Univision, USA Network, Velocity, VH1, Viceland, WE tv, WeatherNation
  • Just Right ($50/month): Includes everything in the Live a Little package (except Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) and adds – Big Ten Network, CNBC World, Comedy TV, Cooking Channel, ESPNews, ESPNU, Fuse, Fusion, GSN, IFC, LMN, MLB Network, NBC Sports Network, Nicktoons, OWN, Science, SEC Network, Travel Channel, UniMás, Weather Channel, WGN America
  • Go Big ($60/month): Includes everything in the Just Right package and adds – American Heroes, BBC World News, Centric, Destination America, Discovery Family Channel, Discovery Life, DIY Network, FM, Fox Sports 2, FX Movie Channel, fyi, Golf Channel, Great American Country, Logo, MTV Classic, Nat Geo Wild, NBA TV, NBC Universo, NHL Network, Oxygen, Revolt, Sprout, SundanceTV, Tennis Channel, TVG
  • Gotta Have It ($70/month): Includes everything in the Go Big package and adds – plus Boomerang, Chiller, Cloo, El Rey Network, Justice Central, eight Starz Encore channels (Action, Black, East, Family, Classic, Suspense, West, Westerns), Univision Deportes Network

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You can watch DirecTV Now on most devices, with more to come in 2017.

DirecTV Now, at launch, will be supported on:

  • Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
  • 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

DirecTV has confirmed that they plan to add additional support in 2017 for Roku streaming players, Roku TVs, Amazon Fire tablets, and various other Smart TVs.

DirecTV Now includes several appealing features, unfortunately, a DVR is not one of them.

You are able to stream from 2 separate devices at the same time with DirecTV Now. That is less than PlayStation Vue’s 5 simultaneous streams but more than the single stream you get with Sling TV. You can use your DirecTV Now login on several TV Anywhere apps including: ABC, Disney, Disney Junior, Disney XD, WatchESPN, Freeform, HBO GO and MAX GO. DirecTV Now includes live streams of local ABC, NBC, FOX, and Telemundo channels in select markets only.

Sign up today for DirecTV Now and take advantage of some of these special offers while they last.

Right now you can get the Go Big package (normally $60/month), which includes 100+ channels, for only $35! That’s the same price as the cheapest package they offer. DirecTV Now is also offering the standard 7-day free trial of their new service, so you can try it before you buy it. If you are a Cricket Wireless customer, then you can get an extended 30-day free trial of DirecTV Now by going into a local Cricket store.

If you are interested in a free streaming device (and let’s face it, who isn’t interested in getting free stuff?!), DirecTV Now is currently offering two device promotions. If you prepay for 1 month at signup, then you will receive a Free FireTV Stick. If you prepay for 3 months, then they will give you a Free Apple TV. Not too shabby!

So there you go! Another no-contract live streaming TV service geared towards Cord Cutters. It’s great to see this offering by DirecTV Now, which gives us yet another live premium TV option when dumping the traditional cable and sattelite subscription.

What do you think of the new DirecTV Now service? Does it seem like something you might try out? Let me know in the comments below.

 

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