DirecTV Now

DirecTV is a company that's synonymous with satellite TV because, well, that's what it is. DirecTV Now, on the other hand, is the streaming TV service that's born of the same company — and both of whom are owned by wireless giant AT&T.

And DirecTV Now has very quickly become a streaming service you should consider. As of the first quarter of 2018, DirecTV Now had nearly 1.5 million subscribers.

On April 15, 2018, DirecTV Now announced that a long-awaited update was finally rolling out — first to iOS and Apple TV and on the web, and later to Android and Fire TV and Roku. The update bought a revamped user interface, a cloud-based DVR with 20 hours of storage and a 30-day overall retention, and the ability to stream on up to three devices at once, if you pay an extra $5 a month.

DirecTV Now plans and pricing

DirecTV Now currently has four plans, ranging in price from $35 to $70 a month.

Each plans builds on the one below it. So the $35 plan has fewer channels than the next expensive. The more you spend, the more you can watch.

DirecTV Now also streams local channels and regional sports. Obviously those channels will vary depending on where you live, so you'll want to check out their local/sports channel lookup tool.

And DirecTV Now has a handful of premium add-ons, too, including HBO, Showtime and Cinemax, as well as STARZ and STARZ Encore (which are also available in the highest plan).

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What devices does DirecTV Now work on?

Good news, everyone! DirecTV Now basically works on every major streaming platform. Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, web browsers — that sort of thing.

The one obvious miss here is that Android TV isn't currently supported. We expect that to change once the big revamp comes this summer. But for now, no Android TV. And that's bad.

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What's great about DirecTV Now?

DirecTV Now has a selection of plans, pricing and channels that competes with any other service out there. And the lineup is easy to understand, so you know exactly what you're paying for.

And if you're an AT&T wireless customer, you can save a lot of money with DirecTV Now.

What's not so great about DirecTV Now?

What would keep you from switching to DirecTV Now? Not a whole lot. The lack of DVR is the biggest negative. (But, again, that'll change in the near future.)

And the lack of Android TV support is a big deal if you use Android TV as your main streaming platform. (But at least it does work with Chromecast.)

And if you're not a AT&T subscriber, you may be tempted to ignore DirecTV Now. Don't make that mistake, though. It's definitely worth looking over — and take advantage of the free trial!

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