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DIRECTV NOW Review, Channels, and Cost

What is DIRECTV NOW?

DIRECTV NOW is a live TV streaming service from AT&T that offers most of the channel you would receive through a more traditional pay TV services. It’s essentially a way to watch live TV online without needing cable. I go over the features of the service in this post, but you can try the service out yourself through a 1-week free trial.

The service will allow customers to watch 2 streams simultaneously per subscription and offers a cloud-based DVR. An additional 3rd stream can be added for an additional $5 per month.

You will need some type of internet access once you drop your current pay-TV provider. Check out this article on home internet providers for more information. Let’s take a look at the channels available on this new streaming service.

DIRECTV NOW Channels

With DIRECTV NOW,  you can stream the broadcast networks ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox in Chicago, Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Oakland, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and San Jose.

Furthermore, DIRECTV NOW streams local broadcast affiliates in 100 mid and smaller markets. Where local channels aren’t available customers will be able to watch prime time shows the next day on-demand. You can even watch your local network channels when you are outside your local market. Check the table in the section below to see which local broadcast affiliates are available in your city.

When it comes to channels like AMC, HGTV, and Discovery, DIRECTV NOW simulates traditional pay-TV services better than most solutions out there. They offer just about every channel you can find on cable. However, the channels are offered through three package ties.

DIRECTV NOW Packages and Prices

The table and information below provide an overview of DIRECTV NOWs packages and prices.

Package Price Channels
Live a Little $40/month 60+
Just Right $55/month 80+
Go Big $65/month 100+
Gotta Have It $76/month 120+

Live a Little

The “Live a Little” tier is priced at $40 per month and contains Fox News, CNN, Nickelodeon,  MSNBC, Hallmark Channel, ESPN, Disney, HGTV, USA, ID, TNT, Food, TBS, History, Discovery, Disney Jr, TV Land, Nick Jr, AMC, FX, FXX, Bravo, Lifetime, A&E, Animal Planet, BBC America, Bloomberg, BET, Cartoon Network, CMT, CNBC, Comedy Central, Disney XD, E!, ESPN2, Fox Business, FS1, Galavision, HLN, MTV, MTV2, Paramount Network (formerly Spike), Syfy, TCM, TLC, Univision, VH1, and more.

Just Right

Priced at $55 per month the “Just Right” package contains everything in “Live a Little,” but adds the following channels; ESPN News, ESPNU, NBCSN, MLB Network, NFL Network, Fox Sports Prime Ticket, CNBC World, SEC Network, IFC, BTN, Cooking Channel, Fusion, Own, Yes, Travel Channel, Science, Unamas, The Weather Channel, GSN, Comedy TV and more.

Go Big

Normally priced at $65 per month, the “Go Big” package includes all the channels from the “Just Right” tier and adds the following channels:

FS2, CBS Sports Network, Golf, NBA TV, DIY, NHL Channel, FXM, FYI, Discovery Family, Nat Geo Wild, Oxygen, Sundance TV, Tennis Channel, MTV Classic,  BBC World News, and more.

Gotta Have It

The “Gotta Have It” tier includes everything from the “Go Big” tier and costs $75 per month. It adds all the Stars and Encore channels along with Boomerang, Cloo, El Rey, Univision Desportes and more.

Cloud DVR

DIRECTV NOW has made its cloud DVR available to all customers. It’s currently supported on Apple iOS/tvOS devices and supported web browsers. The new version of the DIRECTV NOW app will be available for Android, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku devices. The free version of the cloud DVR is included with all tiers of service and includes the following:

  • Skip commercials on a whim
  • Stream at home or on-the-go
  • Get 20 hrs of digital recording time
  • Keep your favorites for up to 1 month

While this free version of the DVR includes 20 hours of recording, a $10 per month option that lets users record up to 100 hours and store it for up to 90 days will be available later this summer.

Premium Channels

HBO, Starz, and Cinemax can be added to any tier for just $5 each. Showtime is now available for just $8 per month.

Regional Sports Networks

Direct TV does have the local market NBA, MLB, and NHL teams through various regional sports networks. DIRECTV Now presently carries the regional sports networks for NBC SportNet, Fox Sports, along with the MSG network. The availability is broken down by zip code. This PDF outlines what regional sports network and teams are available through DIRECTV NOW by zip code.

Local Channels Streaming on DIRECTV NOW

City State ABC CBS FOX NBC
Ames IA CBS
Atlanta GA ABC CBS Fox NBC
Baltimore MD ABC CBS Fox NBC
Boston MA ABC CBS Fox NBC
Chicago IL ABC CBS Fox NBC
Cleveland OH ABC CBS Fox NBC
Columbus OH ABC CBS Fox
Dallas TX ABC CBS Fox NBC
Dayton OH ABC CBS Fox
Denver CO ABC CBS Fox NBC
Des Moines IA CBS
Detroit MI ABC CBS Fox NBC
Ft. Lauderdale FL ABC CBS Fox NBC
Ft. Worth TX ABC CBS Fox NBC
Greensboro NC ABC CBS Fox NBC
Hagerstown MD ABC CBS Fox NBC
Houston TX ABC CBS Fox NBC
Hutchinson KS CBS
Jacksonville FL ABC CBS Fox
Kansas City MO ABC CBS Fox NBC
Knoxville TN CBS
Lexington KY ABC CBS Fox NBC
Little Rock AR ABC CBS
Los Angeles CA ABC CBS Fox NBC
Louisville KY ABC CBS Fox
Miami FL ABC CBS Fox NBC
Minneapolis MN ABC CBS Fox NBC
Modesto CA ABC CBS Fox NBC
Nashville TN ABC CBS Fox NBC
New Orleans LA CBS NBC
New York NY ABC CBS Fox NBC
Oakland CA ABC CBS Fox NBC
Oklahoma City OK ABC CBS Fox
Pheonix AZ ABC CBS Fox NBC
Philadelphia PA ABC CBS Fox NBC
Pine Bluff AR ABC CBS
Pittsburgh PA ABC CBS Fox NBC
Roanoke VA ABC CBS NBC
Sacramento CA ABC CBS Fox NBC
Salem NC ABC CBS Fox NBC
San Antonio TX ABC CBS Fox
San Francisco CA ABC CBS Fox NBC
San Jose CA ABC CBS Fox NBC
Seattle WA ABC CBS NBC
St. Louis MO ABC CBS Fox NBC
St. Paul MN ABC CBS Fox NBC
St. Petersburg FL ABC CBS Fox
Stockton CA ABC CBS Fox NBC
Tampa FL ABC CBS Fox
Tulsa OK ABC CBS Fox NBC
Washington DC ABC CBS Fox NBC
Wichita KS ABC CBS Fox
Winston NC ABC CBS Fox NBC
Albany NY NBC
Albuquerque NM ABC NBC
Anchorage AK Fox
Asheville NC ABC NBC
Austin TX ABC Fox
Bangor ME
Bend OR Fox
Biloxi MS Fox
Birmingham AL ABC NBC
Bozeman MT
Brunswick GA ABC Fox
Buffalo NY ABC Fox
Butte MT
Charleston WV ABC Fox NBC
Charolette NC ABC Fox NBC
Cincinnati OH ABC NBC
Columbia MO Fox
Columbus MS Fox
Daytona Beach FL ABC Fox NBC
Durham NC ABC NBC
El Centro CA
Eugene OR Fox
Evansville IN
Fresno CA ABC Fox
Ft. Myers FL ABC Fox NBC
Ft. Pierce FL ABC NBC
Gainsville FL Fox
Grand Rapids MI ABC Fox
Great Falls MT
Green Bay WI ABC Fox NBC
Green Bay WI Fox
Greensville SC ABC NBC
Gulfport MS Fox
Harrisburg PA Fox NBC
Hartford CT Fox NBC
Honolulu HI ABC
Huntington WV ABC Fox NBC
Indianapolis IN ABC Fox NBC
Jefferson City MO Fox
Joplin MO Fox
Juneau AK Fox
Kalamazoo MI ABC Fox
Lafeyette LA Fox
Lancaster PA Fox NBC
Las Vegas NV ABC
Lima OH
Melbourne FL NBC
Memphis TN Fox
Milwaukee WI ABC Fox NBC
Missoula MT
Mobile AL ABC
Myrtle Beach SC Fox
Naples FL ABC Fox NBC
New Bedford MA ABC
New Haven CT Fox NBC
Newport News VA ABC
Norfolk VA ABC
Orlando FL ABC Fox NBC
Palm Springs CA Fox
Pensacola FL ABC
Petersburg VA Fox
Portland OR ABC NBC
Providence RI ABC
Raleigh NC ABC NBC
Richmond VA Fox
Salt Lake City UT Fox NBC
San Diego CA ABC Fox NBC
San Luis Obispo CA Fox
Santa Barbra CA Fox
Sante Fe NM ABC NBC
Schenectady NY NBC
Scranton PA Fox
Spartanburg SC ABC NBC
Springfield MO Fox
St. Joseph MO Fox
Tacoma WA ABC Fox NBC
Troy NY NBC
Tupelo MS Fox
Visalia CA Fox
Visalla CA ABC
West Palm Beach FL ABC NBC
Wilkes Barre PA Fox
Yuma AZ

DIRECTV NOW and AT&T Data Usage

As a benefit to AT&T data plan customers, DIRECTV NOW will not count against their data usage. This practice is referred to as “zero rating” and allows AT&T to provide preferential treatment to their service leaving internet service providers that don’t own TV networks at a competitive disadvantage.  But I digress.

Free HBO for AT&T Mobile Customers

AT&T Unlimited Plus customers can enjoy free HBO with their wireless plan. According to an AT&T press release, starting Friday, September 15th, 2017 AT&T, Unlimited Choice customers will enjoy the same benefit. AT&T Mobile customers can watch HBO through the DIRECTV NOW and HBO GO apps.

Furthermore, AT&T mobile customers get a $25 monthly bill credit that can be used towards a DIRECTV NOW subscription. This means AT&T mobile customers can get the DIRECTV NOW live a little package with Free HBO for only $10 a month. I know that seems too good to be true, but it is.

With the new iPhone being released it may make sense to switch your wireless service to AT&T and get HBO and DIRECTV NOW for $10 per month. Check out AT&T Wireless offers.

Sign up for a 1-week free trial to DIRECTV NOW

DIRECTV NOW Supported Devices

DIRECTV NOW is supported on the following devices:

DIRECTV NOW Deals

DIRECTV NOW occasionally runs various deals and promos. I will publish them below when they are available.

Right now you can get 3 months of DIRECTV NOW for just $10 a month if you prepay for 3 months. Just enter YESNOW3 during checking when you sign up.

Get an Amazon Fire TV on us! Just prepay 2 months of DIRECTV NOW to get 120 live channels and 25,000 on-demand titles on your biggest screen.

Get a 4K Apple TV (32 GB) for $0 with 3-month prepay of DIRECTV NOW

You can sign up for a free trial and take advantage of those deals on their website.

DIRECTV NOW TV Everywhere Apps

Not only can you watch these channels through the DirecTV Now app, but you can watch the following channels on their own TV Anywhere App. Be aware that viewing through these apps will count against AT&T Wireless Data.

  • ABC
  • AMC
  • BBC America
  • BET
  • Bravo Now
  • BTN2GO (Big Ten Network)
  • CMT
  • CNBC
  • Comedy Central
  • CSN BayArea
  • CSN California
  • CSN Chicago
  • CSN Mid-Atlantic
  • CSN New England
  • Disney
  • Disney Jr.
  • Disney XD
  • E! Now
  • ESPN (WatchESPN)
  • FOX Now
  • FOX Sports Go
  • Freeform
  • FX Now
  • HBO GO (Requires subscription to HBO)
  • IFC
  • LOGO
  • MAX GO (Requires subscription to Cinemax)
  • MSNBC Now
  • MTV
  • NatGeo
  • NBC
  • NBC Golf
  • NBC Sports
  • NBC Universo Now
  • Nick
  • Nick Jr.
  • Oxygen Now
  • Paramount Network
  • Sprout Now
  • SundanceTV (Web only)
  • Syfy Now
  • Telemundo Now
  • TV Land
  • USA NOW
  • VH1
  • WEtv

DIRECTV NOW Review Rating

Due to the channel availability of local markets, combined with the quality of service, I rate DIRECT TV Now 5 stars out of 5.

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