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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 is currently testing a cloud-based DVR. The DVR functionality is being tested by a selected group of DIRECTV Now Customers.

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. 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 $35/month 60+
Just Right $50/month 80+
Go Big $60/month 100+
Gotta Have It $70/month 120+

Live a Little

The “Live a Little” tier is priced at $35 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 $50 per month the “Just Right” package contains everything in “Live a Little,” but adds the following channels; ESPN News, ESPNU, NBCSN, MLB 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 $60 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 $70 per month. It adds all the Stars and Encore channels along with Boomerang, Chiller, Cloo, El Rey, Univision Desportes and more.

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

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.

Get an Amazon Fire TV on us when you prepay 2 months of DIRECTV NOW.

Get a 4K Apple TV (32 GB) for $0 with 4-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.

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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