Cordcutting has already become popular and for that reason, many companies are now offering online TV services as an alternative to cable. Even satellite TV companies like DirecTV have joined the trend. From as low as $40 per month; Directv lets you stream live TV to your smartphone, tablet or TV.
Furthermore, it offers more value because you are allowed access to as much as 60 channels in the basic package. There is usually a little bit of confusion between Directv and Directv now. So, what is Directv now?
If you are new to DirecTV then check out the review here.
What is Directv Now?
There are some people who don’t really like set-top boxes. Such people might then be interested in DirecTV Now which is an online live-streaming service that doesn’t require new hardware but instead gives you access to lots of TV channels and on-demand content you like. In other terms, Directv Now is an online streaming service of Directv. They are a subsidiary of AT&T after being acquired back in 2015.
What we like about Direct Now is that you can watch it on almost all devices that have an internet connection and support the streaming of videos. This means that you have access to on-demand content from anywhere and at any time. Furthermore, there are smart TVs in the market that support the streaming of videos. Even if you only have an older television, there is the chance to use a streaming attachment such as Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Google Chromecast to enable internet capabilities. Also, you can watch Directv Now on your iPad, tablet, smartphone or PC.
You can use the app to stream any of your favorite content but the best part of it is that if you already have AT&T as your carrier, streaming in the Directv Now app will not take up much of your data. This means you will be saving a huge percentage of your cell data. You can stream whatever you like without worrying about going over your data.
It’s important to be aware of the official devices that you cans use with the Directv Now streaming services. Here is a list to help you out;
- Compatible devices for TV: Amazon Fire TV Stick, Amazon Fire TV Edition Smart TV, Amazon Fire TV media player, Chromecast (2nd generation and higher, Chrome browser), Roku (some selected models) and Chromecast built-in TV.
- Compatible browsers: Chrome 50+, Safari 8+
- Compatible smartphones and tablets: Android phones 4.4 and higher, iPhone iOS 9 and higher, android tablets 4.4 and higher, iPad iOS 9 and higher and finally, iPod Touch iOS 9 and higher.
In addition, there were developments and upgrades conducted on the DirecTV Now. For instance, you can have two active devices streaming simultaneously and there are no contracts included in the service. Therefore, you can cancel any time you feel that the service is not good enough or you want another streaming service.
Directv Now packages and pricing
For most people, the Directv Now packages are either a make or break. If you want the best of sports channels, you might have to move higher up the tier. At a glance, the plus package will include a number of the top networks but comes short on some notable sports and news channels. Moving on to the max package; you will have more of the sports and news channels as well as Cinemax thrown in the mix. However, take-home entertainment a notch higher with the entertainment package that adds more sports and news channels. It also introduces a good number of family channels. With the entertainment package, you will also have several movie channels for a better experience.
This is an overview of the Directv Now packages and pricing.
|Plans||Number of channels||Price|
|PLUS||40+||$50 per month|
|MAX||50+||$70 per month|
|ENTERTAINMENT||65+||$93 per month|
|CHOICE||85+||$110 per month|
|XTRA||105+||$124 per month|
|ULTIMATE||125+||$135 per month|
Directv Now channel lineup
The channels you get will basically vary with the selected package. That said, even with the most basic package, you still have access to a good number of networks that include sports, local channels and entertainment. It’s a good value for your money and way better than some competitors. The channels are way too many but we will briefly mention some notable ones in each of the packages. This should help you have an idea of what you will get in each package.
|PLUS||Most local live channels, HBO family, HBO, BET, Boomerang, CBS, Disney Channel, CNN, Comedy Central, Disney Junior, E!, Fox, ESPN, ESPN2, Fox news channel, MTV, Nat Geo Wild, NBC, TCM, TNT, Universal kids, Telemundo and so much more.|
|MAX||Many of the channels in the previous package, plus Cinemax, Regional Sports network, BTN, ESPNU, Fox sports 2, Longhorn Network, Golf channel, Olympics channel, SEC Network, YES network, TV Land, MSG and MSG+.|
|ENTERTAINMENT||Many of the previous channels plus Animal planet, BBC America, Food Network, Discovery, BabyFirst, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Investigation Discovery, HGTV, Lifetime, AMC, AXS TV, One American News, TeenNick, TLC, Viceland, REELZ, Univision and a lot more.|
|CHOICE||Many of the previous channels plus, a wealth of entertainment, more regional sports, Cooking channel, ComedyTV, BTN, IFC, SNY, Fuse, Fusion, Justice Central, travel channel, TV One, MLB network, OWN, Pop, Tennis channel, UniMas and The Weather Channel.|
|XTRA||Many of the previous channels plus Aspire, American Heroes, BBC World News, CBS Sports Network, BET Her, Discovery Family channel, Discovery Life, FM, DIY Network, FX Movie channel, Logo, LMN, MTV Classic, NBA TV, NHL Network, TVG, Sportsman channel, Nat Geo Wild, Universal kids and Universo.|
|ULTIMATE||Many of the previous channels plus, more of regional sports, STARZ, STARZ ENCORE Action, STARZ ENCORE Black, STARZ ENCORE Family, STARZ ENCORE East, STARZ ENCORE West, STARZ ENCORE Suspense, STARZ ENCORE Westerns and Univision Deportes Network.|
The Directv Now packages are designed in a way to cover the needs of most people. Among the streaming services, Directv Now does quite a good job at ensuring the sports fanatics get what they want. With the best sports channels such as ESPN, the Big Ten Network and CBS sports, it’s hard not to choose Directv Now. Each of the packages includes some notable sports networks making Directv hard to beat in this category. Keep in mind; you get all this at a decent price, unlike some competitors.
If you love curling up on a couch and watching movies for the better part of your afternoons, Directv Now does not disappoint either. With the plus package, you will have access to some of the best movie channels including FX, FXX, Turner Classic movies, TNT and even Boomerang. You can decide to go with the Ultimate package and get those coveted and sought after channels like Starz Encore and Movie Network.
But if you want more, Directv Now still has your back with some of the lowest prices in the market for add-ons. If you opt for a plan without some notable networks, you can add the individuals like Cinemax, Starz and Showtime at a very affordable price of only $11 per month. That’s a solid deal considering other streaming services will charge you an amount ranging from $15-$20 per month.
In addition, Directv Now has basically all the major local networks. If you need specific networks such as FOX, ABC and NBC, Directv Now has a local and regional sports network channel checker tool to help you along. With the channel checker tool, you can easily see what local and regional networks are available in your area. All in all, you won’t miss out on anything because you will have access to local channels, movie channels, news networks and sports.
DVR/ Free cloud storage
You can now rejoice because Directv Now also offers free DVR regardless of the package. You don’t have to pay a single dime to use their DVR and that’s really what we like to hear. However, you will have to be content with only 20 hours of cloud storage that will last a period of 30 days. This doesn’t measure up to what the competitors have to offer. For instance, YouTube TV offers unlimited storage that’s lasts for up to 9 months and Sling TV comes in with 50 hours of cloud storage. But since Directv’s DVR service is absolutely free with all plans, you can’t really complain about the 20 hours.
Another disappointing thing with the DVR is that you cannot record on-demand content and save it for later. You must watch the on-demand content first before it’s pulled down form the library.
Use experience on Directv Now
The user interface is good enough but not the best. It takes on the Directv approach and provides a grid-based format in an alphabetical order to show programming for the next two hours. When you highlight a program, it gives you a thumbnail as well as a brief description of the episodes. You can filter through the guide by favorite channels, genre or day. For a grid-format, Directv Now did a remarkable job.
The Directv Now user experience fails when you scroll through some categories and discover there is only a little bit of personalization. Also, ‘Continue Watching’ section is not that great and does not match up to the expectations. It will only display the individual episodes of a series or movies you had partially watched. But it does not pick up from where you left off and you’ll have to figure that out yourself. Lastly, in case you want to navigate the interface while at the same time watching a video, the audio will just continue playing in the background but there will be no mini-screen of the guide. Some people find this to be quite an inconvenience that should be rectified.
What Directv Now has going for it
Directv has a long history of running a satellite service and this has majorly contributed to the success of Directv Now. For instance, you can easily swipe left or right to change channels quickly which is not a feature you will necessarily find on other streaming services. But beyond a strong channel lineup that includes most of the local networks, the one thing that makes this service a big deal is the ability to add premium networks like HBO and Cinemax to any of your package. Furthermore, you can do so at a very affordable price of only an additional $5 each. This is a significant discount and something which the competitors don’t offer at all.
Also, you can use your Directv Now login credentials to sign into the HBO Go app. This way you can gain easy access to the full library of HBO shows. That being said, the main factor that gives Directv Now an edge over its competitors is the fact that it provides more channels for less money.
Is it easy to cancel the service?
You don’t have to sign a contract for the Directv Now streaming services. This means you also won’t incur costs in termination fees. The cancellation process is pretty painless. What you have to do is sign in through the Directv Now website and then find the user account. Form there you will see the cancel button and once you hit it, the process is complete and you are good to go. As you can see, it’s nothing complicated.
Is Directv Now any good?
In conclusion, we would say that Directv Now is worth your money. Directv Now is a great streaming service that will bring a whole world of entertainment right to your home. With the many channels and at the price, they’ve got you covered. There is a wide variety of movie channels, sports channels and lots of entertainment for the kids.
The free DVR that offers 20 hours of storage might not be enough if you like recording content but it’s still better than nothing. All in all, Directv Now is one of those streaming services that we would highly recommend.