AT&T’s new DirecTV Now app offers streaming television service online starting at $35 a month. Find out about the service’s channel list, pricing and more.
On Monday, AT&T announced its latest changes to DirecTV, which include a brand new streaming television app, DirecTV Now. The new service offers an alternative to a traditional cable subscription and falls in line with models set up by competitors like SlingTV and Playstation View. Potential customers are able to sign up for a free 7-day trial of the new DirecTV Now service starting today. The service starts at $35 a month and boasts a list of over 120 channels, but how does the service compare to other streaming TV options currently available? What channels are on its list? How many streams are allowed at once? What are the pricing options? Below we’ve compiled an answer guide for all the big pertinent questions people are asking about AT&T’s new streaming television service to help you decide if it's worth signing up for or not.
AT&T DirecTV Now Guide: Everything You Need To Know About The Streaming Television Service
How Much Does AT&T DirecTV Now Cost? Which Channels Are Included?
DirecTV Now comes in four neat packages, but the company is currently pushing its “Go Big” package, which has been promotionally priced at $35 a month. Those who miss out on the promotion will later pay $60 a month for the same package. Below we’ve outlined the 4 tiers of service and accompanying channel list. Each tier adds on more channels to the previous tier.
- Tier 1 - Live a Little - $35 a month, 60+ channels
- Tier 2 – Just Right - $50 a month, 80+ channels
- Tier 3 – Go Big - $60 a month ($35 if purchased during promotional period), 100+ channels
- Tier 4 – Gotta Have It - $70 a month, 120+ channels
- HBO and Cinemax -- can be added to any package for $5 extra per month.
DirecTV Now “ Live a Little” Channel List
This tier runs just $35 per month and includes over 60 channels, which are as follows:
- Animal Planet
- AXS TV
- BBC America
- Bloomberg TV
- Cartoon Network/Adult Swim
- Comedy Central
- Discovery Channel
- Disney Channel
- Disney Junior
- Disney XD
- ESPN 2
- Food Network
- Fox Business
- Fox News
- Fox Sports 1
- Investigation Discovery
- National Geographic
- Nick Jr.
- RFD TV
- Teen Knick
- The Weather Channel
- TV Land
- USA Network
- Velocity HD
- WE tv
** The following are only available to some customers
DirecTV Now “Just Right” Channel List
This tier runs $50 a month and includes all the channels in the “Live a Little” package, but adds the following channels to its list:
- CNBC World
- Cooking Channel
- Fox Sports Prime Ticket
- Longhorn Network
- MLB Network
- NBC Sports Network
- SEC Network
- Travel Channel
- Univision Mas
DirecTV Now “Go Big” Channel List
This tier is the one receiving the promotional price of $35 a month currently, but will later cost $60 a month for new subscribers. This tier offers over 100 channels which include all channels in the Live a Little and Just Right tier, but also adds the following:
- American Heroes
- BBC World News
- Destination America
- Discovery Family
- Discovery Life
- Fox Sports 2
- Golf Channel
- MTV Classic
- Nat Geo Wild
- NBA TV
- NHL Network
- Sundance TV
- Tennis Channel
DirecTV Now “ Gotta Have It” Channel List
This is the largest package, priced at $70 a month and includes over 120 channels and has all the channels from the previous three tiers, along with these channels:
- El Rey Network
What About HBO, Showtime, Cinemax and NFL Sunday Ticket?
Unfortunately, DirecTV NOW is missing Showtime and NFL Sunday Ticket from its lineup, but HBO and/or Cinemax can be added to any tier for just $5. This is a nice discount from HBO Now price of $15 dollars.
Additionally, those who want service from networks like ABC, FOX and NBC may or may not have those services available to them, depending on if the customer lives in a city where those networks run the local station. If this isn’t an option, then customers will only have access to shows a day after they’ve aired.
What Devices Are Supported By DirecTV Now?
DirecTV NOW comes in app form for a growing number of devices. At launch the following devices are supported:
- Apple TV
- Amazon Fire TV
- Android Smartphones
- iPhones and iPads
- Vizio and LeEco smart TVs
- PC and Mac with standard Web browsers.
There is currently no Roku app or Fire tablet support, but these options are in the works for early 2017.
How Many Devices Can Stream DirecTV Now At Once? Is There DVR Capability?
DirecTV Now allows for two streams at a time on an account. While two is better than one, for some, the limited number of streams may be a downfall of the service. The service also has no DVR capability in place
When and How Can I Sign Up For The DirecTV Now App And Service?
AT&T’s DirecTV service is available starting today. Potential customers can open and account sign up for a 7-day trial at the DirecTV Now website, and then download and sign into the app on their supported devices.
Have you tried AT&T’s DirecTV Now service? What are your thoughts? Is it worth the price? Share with us in the comments below.