AT&T to Launch DirecTV Now on November 30
Two years after acquiring satellite service provider DirecTV, AT&T is bringing its services to the web. The new DirecTV Now streaming service will be officially rolled out on Nov. 30.
AT&T said that DirecTV Now would offer several tiered services, the most basic monthly plan costs $35. Services vary from the number of available streaming channels ranging from 60 up to 120 plus channels. DirecTV Now is also available for a 7-day free trial for consumers who are interested in the service, all they have to do is signup on the official website.
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A basic 60-channel package includes channels like Fox Business News, TBS, FX, TNT, CNN, Disney Channel, and ESPN. The next tiered package, which costs $50, includes channels like ESPNU, ESPNews, MLB Network, and NBC Sports, according to Ars Technica. The 120-plus channel package includes premium channels like Univision Deportes and Starz Encore. Subscribers can also add HBO and Cinemax to their package for $5 each monthly.
DirecTV Now subscribers can stream content across several platforms including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and set-top boxes like Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. Contents will be streamed through the Internet, according to USA Today.
DirecTV Now requires a broadband Internet connection, although the service also supports mobile Internet or wireless connection for smartphones and other mobile devices. Moreover, streamed contents will not be charged to monthly data limits if users are using AT&T Wireless services.
The new DirecTV Now also introduces a new type of subscription scheme. Rather than signing up for long-term contracts, the service now offers buy or rent pay-TV boxes. The service works just like subscribing to a certain app.