AT&T provided new details regarding upcoming streaming television service DirecTV at a press event in New York City. Here’s everything you need to know about DirecTV Now – and two other streaming products – ahead of the November 30 launch.
DirecTV Now programming packages are as follows:
- Live a Little – $35 / month (60+ channels)
- Just Right – $50 / month (80+ channels)
- Go Big – $60 / month (100+ channels)
- Gotta Have it – $70 / month (120+ channels)
AT&T notes that HBO and Cinemax can be added to any base programming package for an additional $5 per months. It’s also worth mentioning that early adopters who sign up for the Go Big package can get it for $35 per month and retain the rate as long as they keep the plan (subject only to “reasonable” programming price increases, we’re told).
At launch, DirecTV Now will be supported on a number of devices including Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Android mobile devices, iOS mobile devices and Apple TV, Chromecast, Google Cast-enabled LeEco TVs, Vizio SmartCast Displays and via Internet Explorer, Chrome and Safari web browsers on your computer. Support for other devices such as Roku streaming players, Roku TV models, Amazon Fire tablets and Samsung Smart TVs will come in 2017, we’re told.
Fullscreen, the social- and mobile-first streaming service with more than 1,500 hours of content that launched earlier this year, can now be enjoyed by select AT&T Mobility customers free of charge for a full year. Once the free year expires, Fullscreen will command a monthly rate of $5.99. More details on that service can be found on the Fullscreen website.
FreeView, meanwhile, is a highly curated, ad-supported video service that lets anyone enjoy unique and exclusive content absolutely free. Users can access FreeView via the DirecTV Now app. Unfortunately, this is all that's known about FreeView as of writing.
AT&T mobile customers will be able to stream video from all three services over the carrier’s cellular network without it counting towards their monthly data caps. Each account will support up to two concurrent streams.
In addition to a 7-day free trial, newcomers can opt to receive a free Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote for pre-paying for one month of DirecTV Now service or a free Apple TV with Siri Remote in exchange for a three-month commitment. The full channel lineup is expected to go live on Wednesday when DirecTV Now launches. No word yet on whether or not DirecTV Now will allow customers to purchase and view Pay-Per-View events.
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