AT&T DirecTV Now streamer: pricing, channels, devices

Today, AT&T is launching its zero-rated DirecTV Now streamer, aimed at cord-cutters everywhere, for the extremely enticing $35/month introductory offer, which includes more than 120 popular channels to choose from. You can also add HBO and Cinemax for a fee, and there is a free trial offer on the cards. Given the pending AT&T buyout of Time Warner, you might even get lucky to watch zero-rated Westworld seasons further down the road, too.

Moreover, the AT&T Entertainment director Brad Bentley is already on record claiming that the carrier may offer "double-play" deals in the future, combining wireless data and voice plans with mobile TV streaming, so expect the DirecTV Now streamer to become even more alluring at some point in the future. Here's what you need to know about AT&T's disrupter of a streamer before you pull the trigger.




ChannelDirecTV NowSling TVPlayStation Vue
A&ELive a LittleOrange, BlueNo
ABCYes or VODBroadcast extraYes or VOD
AMCLive a LittleOrange, BlueAccess
American HeroesGo BigNoElite
Animal PlanetLive a LittleNoAccess
AudienceLive a LittleNoNo
AXS TVLive a LittleOrange, BlueNo
Baby TVNoKids extraNo
BBC AmericaLive a LittleOrange, BlueAccess
BBC World NewsGo BigNews extraElite
beIN SportsNoSports extraCore
BETLive a LittleBlue (Orange lifestyle extra)No
Bloomberg TVLive a LittleBaseNo
BoomerangGotta Have ItKids extraElite
BravoLive a LittleBlueAccess
BTNJust RightNoCore
Campus InsidersNoSports extraNo
Cartoon Network/Adult SwimLive a LittleOrange, BlueAccess
CBS SportsNoNoNo
CentricGo BigNoNo
CheddarNoOrange, BlueNo
ChillerGotta Have ItNoElite
CinemaxPREMIUM ($5/month)PREMIUMNo
ClooGotta Have ItNoElite
CMTLive a LittleComedy extraNo
CNBCLive a LittleNews extra BlueAccess
CNBC WorldJust RightNoElite
CNNLive a LittleOrange, BlueAccess
Comedy CentralLive a LittleOrange, BlueNo
Comedy.TVJust RightNoNo
Cooking ChannelJust RightLifestyle extraElite
CSPANLive a LittleNoNo
Destination AmericaGo BigNoAccess
Discovery ChannelLive a LittleNoAccess
Discovery FamilyGo BigNoAccess
Discovery LifeGo BigNoElite
Disney ChannelLive a LittleOrangeAccess
Disney JuniorLive a LittleKids extra OrangeAccess
Disney XDLive a LittleKids extra OrangeAccess
DIYGo BigLifestyle extraAccess
Duck TVNoKids extraNo
E!Live a LittleLifestyle extra BlueAccess
El Rey NetworkGotta Have ItOrange, BlueNo
EncoreGotta Have ItNoNo
EPIXNoHollywood extraNo
EPIX Drive-inNoHollywood extraNo
EPIX HitsNoHollywood extraPREMIUM, Elite
EPIX2NoHollywood extraNo
ESPNLive a LittleOrangeAccess
ESPN 2Live a LittleOrangeAccess
ESPN Bases LoadedNoSports extra OrangeNo
ESPN Buzzer BeaterNoSports extra OrangeNo
ESPN DeportesNoSpanish TV extra OrangeElite
ESPN Goal LineNoSports extra OrangeNo
ESPNEWSJust RightSports extra OrangeCore
ESPNUJust RightSports extra OrangeCore
Euro NewsNoWorld News ExtraNo
FlamaNoOrange, BlueNo
Food NetworkLive a LittleOrange, BlueAccess
FoxYes or VODBlueYes or VOD
Fox BusinessLive a LittleNoAccess
Fox College Sports AtlanticNoNoElite
Fox College Sports CentralNoNoElite
Fox College Sports PacificNoNoElite
Fox NewsLive a LittleNoAccess
Fox Sports 1Live a LittleBlueAccess
Fox Sports 2Go BigBlueAccess
Fox Sports Prime TicketJust RightNoNo
France 24NoWorld News ExtraNo
FreeformLive a LittleOrangeAccess
FuseJust RightNoNo
FusionJust RightWorld News ExtraElite
FXLive a LittleBlueAccess
FXMGo BigNoElite
FXXLive a LittleBlueAccess
FYIGo BigLifestyle extraNo
GalavisionLive a LittleOrange, BlueNo
Golf ChannelGo BigSports extra BlueCore
GSNJust RightComedy extraNo
HallmarkLive a LittleLifestyle extraNo
Hallmark Movies & MysteriesNoLIfestyle extraNo
HDNet MoviesNoHollywood extraNo
HGTVLive a LittleOrange, BlueAccess
HistoryLive a LittleOrange, BlueNo
HLNLive a LittleNews extraAccess
IFCJust RightOrange, BlueCore
Investigation DiscoveryLive a LittleNoAccess
JusticeCentral.TVJust RightNoNo
LifetimeLive a LittleOrange, BlueNo
LMNJust RightLifestyle extraNo
Local NowNoOrange, BlueNo
LOGOGo BigComedy extraNo
Longhorn NetworkJust RightNoNo
MakerNoOrange, BlueNo
MLB NetworkJust RightNoNo
Motors TVNoSports extraNo
MSNBCLive a LittleNews extra BlueAccess
MTVLive a LittleComedy extraNo
MTV ClassicGo BigNoNo
MTV2Live a LittleComedy extraNo
Nat Geo WildGo BigBlueElite
National GeographicLive a LittleBlueAccess
NBA TVGo BigSports extraCore
NBCYes or VODBlueYes or VOD
NBC Sports NetworkJust RightBlueAccess
NDTV 24/7NoWorld News ExtraNo
News 18 IndiaNoWorld News ExtraNo
NewsyNoOrange, BlueNo
NFL NetworkNoBlueCore
NFL Red ZoneNoSports extra (Blue)PREMIUM (Core and up)
NHL NetworkGo BigSports extraNo
Nick Jr.Live a LittleBlueNo
NickelodeonLive a LittleNoNo
NicktoonsLive a LittleKids Extra BlueNo
ONE World SportsNoNoElite
Outdoor ChannelNoNoNo
Outside TelevisionNoSports extraElite
OWNJust RightNoAccess
OxygenJust RightLifestyle extra BlueAccess
Poker CentralNoNoElite
PolarisNoOrange, BlueElite
RevoltGo BigNoNo
RFD TVLive a LittleNoNo
Russia TodayNoWorld News ExtraNo
ScienceJust RightNoAccess
SEC NetworkJust RightSports extra OrangeCore
ShowtimeNoNoPREMIUM, Elite
SpikeLive a LittleComedy extraNo
SproutGo BigNoElite
StarzGotta Have ItPREMIUMNo
Sundance TVGo BigHollywood extraCore
SyfyLive a LittleBlueAccess
TBSLive a LittleOrange, BlueAccess
TCMLive a LittleHollywood extraCore
Teen KnickLive a LittleKids extra BlueElite
TelemundoLive a LittleNoNo
Tennis ChannelGo BigNoNo
The Weather ChannelLive a LittleNoNo
TLCLive a LittleNoAccess
TNTLive a LittleOrange, BlueAccess
Travel ChannelJust RightOrange, BlueAccess
truTVLive a LittleBlue (Orange comedy extra)Access
TV LandLive a LittleComedy extraNo
Universal HDNoNoElite
UnivisionLive a LittleBlue (Orange Broadcast extra)No
Univision DeportesGotta Have ItSports extraNo
Univision MasJust RightBlue (Orange Broadcast Extra)No
USA NetworkLive a LittleBlueAccess
Velocity HDLive a LittleNoElite
VH1Live a LittleLifestyle extraNo
VH1 ClassicNoNoElite
Vibrant TVNoLifestyle extraNo
VicelandLive a LittleOrange, BlueNo
WE tvLive a LittleLifestyle extraAccess
WeatherNationLive a LittleNoNo
Channel listings comparison courtesy of CNET

Despite the great limited time offer of $35/month, there are some caveats, like the lack of CBS, although AT&T is promising that it will work with CBS execs to fold it in, and will add more features to the streamer further down the road. 

If you live in an area where broadcast channels like NBC or Fox have stations, you will be able to watch those live, but in many places where these are run on affiliates, you will only be able to watch on-demand content after it's aired. Last but not least, DirecTV Now can't be used on more than two devices at once, be it your TVs, phones, tablets, laptops, or any mix of those. 

With those restrictions aside, it is a pretty good solution for light TV users that don't want to break the bank with a cable subscription contract, plus you can always have your favorite channels on the go, accessing them through the Now app, or through your DirecTV credentials on apps like ABC, WatchESPN, or HBO Go, with more to be added in the future. Any takers?

source: AT&T, CNET



1. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2452; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I was a Playstation Vue subscriber ($34.99/month package), and like it a lot. Decided to give this a shot since they have a promotion where you prepay 3 months and can get an Apple TV for free or if you prepay for one month you can get a Fire TV for free. Considering both devices cost more than the cost of the subscription ($35/mo 100+ channels and it's no contract, cancel anytime), it's a deal you can't really pass up.

2. macawmatt

Posts: 138; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

Question on the free data, count as well if its run through a hot spot to a FireTV? Have to check that out.

4. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2452; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

No, tethering or hotspots are not included with the unlimited data.

3. emcdonald75

Posts: 163; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Can someone explain to me how this works? Do I have to purchase a home WiFi plan from AT&T and then pay for whatever DirecTV Now tier I decide to purchase? Are the channels in HD? DirecTV Now streaming does or does not go against the data cap AT&T places on home WiFi?

5. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2452; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

No, you do not have to purchase Wi-Fi from AT&T to get DirecTV Now. Think of it like Netflix - a streaming app that you can use on a majority of streaming devices like the Fire TV and Apple TV. You do need to have Wi-Fi service in order to use the app, but not necessarily from AT&T. And it does not affect your data cap in anyway. Only if you have AT&T as a carrier can you receive unlimited data (which is still throttled after 22 GB).

6. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

So, the "free data when watching tv" is only for subscribers who have unlimited data? Or is it true for people with mobileshare data as well?

7. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2452; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

"Content viewed within the DIRECTV NOW app will not count towards your Mobile Share Advantage data plan allotment. However, if you reach your data allotment and you’ve exhausted your Rollover Data and any other high speed allotments, all data usage will be slowed to 128 Kbps for the remainder of your bill cycle. You will not be able to stream video during this time. If you want more high speed data, you can change your plan."

8. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

just go to your plan, add any extras like hbo, etc...then submit your payment method...thats all to it...then when you want to watch online via ur computer or your mobile device, just enter your email and password pro 12. problem with the app on my samsung galaxy note

9. Alter

Posts: 232; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

I wonder how DirecTV Now compares to Playstation Vue and how many different shows you can watch at the same time (on different televisions in the same home).

11. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2452; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

No DVR function yet (PS Vue has this already, DTV says it's coming next year). And DirecTV allows up to 2 simultaneous views versus 5 for the PS Vue. However, DirecTV allows you to watch from anywhere whereas PS Vue is locked down to just your household (it goes off of your IP address).

12. Alter

Posts: 232; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

Hey thanks man that's exactly what I wanted to know. You've been incredibly helpful in these comments.

10. bamzitzrbd63 unregistered

Can i sign in with my direct tv log in ?

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