AT&T just announced the launch of its DirecTV Now internet TV streaming service, which goes live on November 30. The new service, which competes directly with Sony PlayStation Vue and Dish Sling TV, will bring a host of entertainment content with different programme packages starting at $35 a month.
DirecTV Now will use the home broadband or mobile wireless service to stream content on smartphones, tablets and TVs, disconnecting viewers from the traditional set-top-boxes, satellite dishes, and even annual contracts and necessary credit checks. If you are an AT&T subscriber, streaming from the service will not eat into the wireless data plans, which has attracted the attention of FCC.
"We're extending our entertainment portfolio for those who value premium content but also want more TV freedom suited for their lifestyle, whether watching at home or on their mobile devices. This is TV your way," John Stankey, CEO of AT&T Entertainment Group, said in a statement. "Our new customer-centric offers show that mobility and entertainment are better together," added Stankey.
AT&T DirecTV Now comes in different packages that consumers can choose from. The four packages, namely "Live a Little", "Just Right", "Go Big" and "Gotta Have It", are priced at $35, $50, $60 and $70, respectively. In the same order, customers get 60+ channels in the base package and get all the way up till 120+ for the most expensive plan. You can also add HBO and Cinemax for an extra $5 a month.
What's the best deal I can get on AT&T DirecTV Now?
Luckily for you, there are plenty. Customers signing up for DirecTV Now get a seven-day free trial. As a part of a limited period offer, AT&T is offering the "Go Big" plan, which comes with 100+ channels for $35 per month instead of $60 monthly fees. And those who take this plan before the offer ends, it will be theirs for as long as they continue using the service.
New subscribers planning to take up the service and also purchase a streaming player can fetch a really sweet deal. By paying for 3 months pre-paid package of your choice, you get an Apple TV player for free, complete with Siri Remote. If you pay for one month pre-paid package, then AT&T will give you an Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote.
Finally, purchasing any LeEco smartphone or TV will come with DirecTV Now subscriptions as follows:
- 3 months: Le S3 and Le Pro3 ecophones or Super4 X43 Pro ecotv
- 6 months: Super4 X55 or Super4 X65 ecotvs
- 12 months: uMax8 ecotv
If you planning to buy a Lenovo laptop with i3, i5 or i7 processor, AT&T is offering one month of DirecTV Now access for free. The offer is valid for limited time only.
DirecTV Now is supported through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Android mobile devices, tablets, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Chromecast Android, Google Cast-enabled LeEco ecotvs, VIZIO SmartCast Displays, Internet Explorer, Chrome and Safari web browsers at launch. The carrier will add more devices Roku streaming players, Roku TV, Amazon Fire tablets, and Smart TVs from leading brands next year.