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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. 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, 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 very soon. 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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View Comments (63)

  • I Didn't see Be In Sports anywhere in the packages. Considering the rising popularity of World Soccer/Football and Moto GP and World Superbike I find it ridiculous that they would ignore this channel. Unless there's a typo here or it's going to be introduced later.

  • The channel lineup(s) look pretty impressive, especially the "Go Big" choice @$35 a month on promo. I did notice a lack of NFL Network and NatGeo (but had NatGeo Wild). I am wondering if they will offer that promo price when this is ready for Roku. The lack of a DVR is not a deal breaker for me at this time if it is delivered next year as promised, but this might be: I cut the cord because of constant price increases from Time Warner and our latest, DIrecTV. What makes me think I can trust them now? I guess I could say the same of Sling and PSVue, both of which I have tried (a current PSVue user). As they say I guess the only guarantees are death and taxes.

  • Hi Dennis,

    I was waiting for this, but now have decided to go back to Dish with their "Skinny" package. At $40 per month this package suits us. We will still use our antenna for local and all the many many channels available with the "oldies" programs, which we enjoy.

    The reason is primarily the inconvenience of using two controllers because the wife did not like doing that, plus PS Vue was always "reloading at inconvenient and distracting times during a program, plus there is the time element involved in "channel selection or "surfing."

    Anyway, will let all know how this goes.

    Akela.

  • Dennis, one more reason we are not going to try the new DirecTV Now: I was going to bundle with my AT&T internet, but AT&T ticked me off with their #X%$$Z "DATACAP" and charging me an extra $10 for every 50 gigs I used. So they just lost not only a new customer for the DirecTV Now, but their Internet service also. I am going with Spectrum/BrightHouse at about the same price, faster speed, and NO DATACAP! Just thought your reader might be interested in that. I got a promotion savings also.

    Akela

    • ATT is always full of surprises and catches, to the extent the product or Bundle is always worthless or a Rip-off! How's that working for you ATT??

    • Thanks, I've been looking for a chart like this and it saves me the time and effort of creating my own!

  • I signed up for the $35 offer today, which is $5 more than my PS Vue subscription. I am hoping they add DVR and Roku support soon. When they add DVR, I'll probably drop PS Vue provided DirecTV Now irons out some of their bugs. DirecTV Now has a Watchlist where you can add your favorite shows. However, I have not found a way to add my favorite shows to the Watchlist and I have been following their published instructions. Very frustrating having a buggy launch!

    • These new services always tend to have these hiccups. They are serious about competing in this space, so I expect them to improve.

  • Like so many other responders here, how can you trust the AT&T/DirecTv conglomerate not to bump up prices once they've "hooked" a good many folk?

    By the way, Dennis, I'm on the PSVue free trial currently, but I'm not seeing the 4K quality from them as I am on my DirecTv service. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Remember, there isn't a long term contract so it wouldn't be in their interest to anger their customers.

      As for VUE, they only stream at 720p.

  • Just called DirecTV today and canceled service. Should be off in a few days. The one thing that I would suggest is that anyone with a family that is thinking of cutting the cord get family members as involved as they can. It has been a little challenging trying to get my wife to get entertainment with alternate services like DirecTV Now, PS Vue, Sling etc

  • Hi Dennis. One thing that has been a bit glossed over in the coverage of Direct TV Now, is that while $35/month is a great price, you still need an Internet connection, don't you. So that bumps the pride up quite a bit. Why wouldn't it make sense just to get your bare bones Internet connection, and use Sling or Hulu, and order Premium channels separately as needed?

    • Personally, I find the most affordable option to pick up a 25-50 Mbps internet service, get an antenna and purchase the cable shows I watch from Amazon. It's been the cheaper option for us and we are completely happy.

        • Just look up the show on amazon instant video, iTunes, or Google play. You can purchase it through them and watch it through their apps.

  • Dennis,

    My question pertains to the 2 streams. So basically I can only use 2 tv's to stream in my home (one stream for each Tv), So that leaves the kids out since I have 4 Tv's in my home?

  • Dennis,
    Thank you for all the information you provided regarding the options we have for television. My wife and I will be dropping our cable package through Cox due to the high cost and our not getting the value from the package that we pay for.

    We read about the other options you described and we've decided to try the "Live a Little" package through DirecTV Now and to also buy the annual subscription to Amazon Prime. We're planning on keeping our internet through Cox.

    Since neither my wife nor I are tech savvy, we were hoping you may be able to tell us the device(s) we need to purchase to stream both DirecTV Now and Amazon Prime through our television. And also, where we may be able to purchase that.

    Currently, all we have is a cable box, which we will presumably be required to turn in when Cox removes our cable services. Thanks for any information you can provide.

  • Watching for updates, Very tired of Direct TV price increases as we are retired.

  • We now pay $77.99 monthly (regular price) for our internet services through Cox, after having canceled our cable services. Is this reasonable for internet with download speeds up to 50 Mbps. If not, where would you recommend we go to purchase internet services?

    It's hard to find the regular price for internet services -- like on AT&T's website, for example -- since all providers seem to only advertise one- or two-year promotional prices, rather than the regular price.

    • Jim, I grab the Promo pricing. When the promo is up I cancel and go elsewhere. Some companies even allow you to renew your promo price.

  • Hello I have a Sharp Roku Tv still in the box, as I am trying to get rid of COX and find an alternative.I live in SD,CA 92119 internet is limited tried some of your recommended vendors not available here. Looking as a woman the easiest ways to make the change. I watch a few local channels, fox news and fox headline news I don't watch much TV no sports. So even with Roku TV some people recommend a streaming device. I pay now for internet only basic Mbp 70 a month. Please I have researched to the point where I have a headache, I would appreciate any suggestions. I am going to have a person come and set up TV finally as I do not have a Smart TV. I am sure other single woman would like the ' SIMPLE WAY TO CUT THE CORD ' THANKS!

  • with DirectTVNOW do you have to have your internet with ATT? or can you use another internet provider?

  • I ended up going with DirecTV Now rather than Sling, because they had BTN and Fuse, but there are a few things I'm less than thrilled about. After almost a year, they still have issues with providing a consistent quality stream. In fact, I would say that Pluto TV streams far better than DirecTV Now at this point, which just shouldn't be. I didn't have as many issues with Sling freezing and buffering either. The guide also leaves a bit to be desired. However, it isn't a bad service and you can't beat their HBO and Showtime prices. If not for the frequent buffering, I'd be happy.

  • I live in zip code 32656 - do you feel that DirecTV Now would be a better option than Hulu or Sling TV in my area?

    Would I need ROKU devices for both of my TVs? My son has a PS3 and we also have a Blu-Ray player that connects to Netflix and such.

    I have AT&T Mobility - so with the $25 credit, I could get the Live a Little package for just $10 per month, right? (If so, that would make it the cheapest option for my family).

    What is the slowest internet speed you'd recommend for a streaming service that is hardwired vs. one that connects via WiFi?

    Do you recommend Cable Internet over DSL for streaming services?

    • I'd go with cable over DSL in most cases. However, the goal is to get enough bandwidth for streaming. If you can do that with DSL, then, by all means, do so. You only need a Roku if your current device isn't getting you the service you want. You would need one for each TV. THe DirecTV Now deal is for AT&T Unlimited and unlimited Plus customers.

  • Your article does not list PBS as one of the channels you can get with DirecTV. ??

  • we have directv now it is a lot better than sling tv well worth the money 5stars to directv now 0stars to sling tv

  • I want CBS on my TV, I am tired of missing Football games. I had your NFL package at my Sports bar and that sucked for what it cost me, now I can't get CBS.

  • Do you have to be an AT&T customer to get DirecTV NOW?
    Are you able to go back and watch episodes you missed or is it just live TV as it being broadcast on the channel?

    • No, you can use any internet service. There is some on demand for shows, but it varies by network. They will be coming out with a cloud DVR soon.

  • Great info Dennis!

    My biggest concern is that we have 3 tvs on one stream from Dish Network and one tv on a different stream from Dish. Sounds like I will have to buy two subscriptions?

    • Yes. However, I would just get one and see how it goes. I found when I cut the cord, my TV habits changed a lot due to all the good original content out there on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon.

  • No DVR capability is a huge drawback of DirecTV IMO since I rarely watch anything in real time. Sling has cloud DVR and also regional sports networks--a big issue that stopped me from cord cutting in the past. True, no ABC or CBS, but I'm hoping over the air reception will be good enough in my large urban area (and it looks good on nocable.org). I'm about to change ISP's to one that doesn't offer cable TV, so I'm ready to make the leap. Any reason why you would still recommend DirecTV Now for me?

    • If the DVR is a must then I'd go with Sling for now. However, DirecTV Now is planning a DVR for release very soon. It's already being tested in a few markets.

      • Check out PlayOn. It has the similar DVR applications. In my case, all the channels I have on my Sling, show up in PlayOn. I can watch live, or record. They have cloud offer, but I don't use it. I was lucky and made the one time purchase for Play On, back when it was dirt cheap. I don't know what it runs these days. Hope this is another option for recording.

  • I've been using Directv now for ~6 weeks, and would like to note some problems/limitations.
    1. The 2-stream limitation should be acceptable to my 2-person household, BUT the logout of one device won't free-up the stream count for 3-5 minutes. So if my wife is watching something, and I want to move from the kitchen to the office and continue watching my program - I lose a big chunk of the program. You can't switch streams during a commercial break in the middle of a show you care about.
    2. I have repeated problems with the screen freezing, or blacking out then re-connecting or else appearing in extremely low-resolution. This is NOT my network connection (I have 100mbit and have tested speed&latency around these times). This happens in clusters so a 1hr show might be perfect or else might be fuzzy, 'stutter' and lose some content 5 or 6 times! (very annoying). Sometime the roku-dtvnow app throws an error and asks me to exit & restart.
    3. The audio/video are not always sync'ed (~0.5 second audio lead) ! This is pretty annoying when watching a movie.
    4. Channels (ones that are advertised as part of the package) magically appear and disappear from the lineup. I had to call when CBS was missing for 2 weeks.
    5. If you have a stream up for 3-4 hours in the evening they will throw up a screen & button asking if you are still watching. Fine - except they mute the audio and blank the screen, so you can expect to lose 30 seconds randomly in the middle of your show (and no rewind available).
    ---
    IMO "Directv Now" suffers from poor design, implementation, including (my suspicion) insufficient local server bandwidth. The user experience can be extremely trying. The limited 'on demand' features are promising but currently incomplete or insufficient.

    • Hey Steven.

      I had this problem as well originally. I also had good speed and low latency over wifi. I went with a wired connection and all the connectivity issues cleared up. So I went back and did some in depth testing of wifi within my home network. I found that between my router and devices in my house I'd typically have low latency and good speed. However, every 20-30 transmissions the latency would jump and sometimes even drop a packet. I'm not saying that's the problem you are having, but just my experience.

      As for the channel issues. I haven't experienced that as of yet. How was the support?

      I completely agree with you on the 3-4 hour reminder. They need a better way to do this.

      • Tnx for the comment Dennis. This is NOT a wifi issue. I'm using a wireless Roku box, and w/o reconnecting, I get great hi-res content from other roku apps (the wifi router is right behind the TV, w/in 15 inches). Same problems occur when I use DTVN from a laptop w/ wired connection. The problem is quite likely w/ the local DVTN servers being over-subscribed.

        • It very well could be over-subbscription in your area. Bear in mind that you really can't compare apps like Sling TV and DTVN to services like Hulu on Demand and Netflix. Content streamed on-demand (like Netflix) can be a lot more forgiving to things like latency. Live TV is much less forgiving. Have you tried any other live services? How have those worked out?

          • Yes, I've used lots of Roku apps to stream and they generally work well. BloombergTV (financial news) us fine, Same for CBS live news. I had the Spectrum(TWC) for a year+ and I stream a lot of news, and it did 'hiccup' occassionally, but not often. If I had access to YoutubeTV on a Roku I'd be testing it and maybe switching.

  • Dennis - we are considering get rid of cable TV and switching to DirectTV. We have a newer smart tv as well as an older one with which we use roku for streaming services such as Netflix. Could you advise if I’d need to get a roku, fire stick or Apple TV to access DirectTV with the smart tv or can it be done directly through the internet channel on the smart tv?

    • It depends, there are a few smart TVs that support Direct TV. You can check their device support page to see if they support yours. Otherwise you will need a streaming device.

      • Thanks Dennis - turns out Samsung doesn’t support DirectTV. We tested it using our Roku device with the older tv over the weekend & found it just freezes up too much & impacted viewing enjoyment significantly so will have to explore other options. Thanks so much for your blog - super helpful to analyze all cable alternatives!

  • Be prepared for a LOT of buffering. I have high speed, whole house wifi. At least once a week, usually on weekends when I watch more, I'll be watching a show, it will buffer for 30 seconds, come back for 5 minutes and buffer again. Customer support is no help

    • I typically don't have any buffering with this service. It may be based on where you are in the country. Perhaps infrastructure is better in some areas than other. But, I'm just guessing.

  • Hi Dennis,

    I use Direct TV and we are ready to cancel before our 2 year "promotion" ends. Need to find the best option for us that will allow us to keep watching the only 3-4 channels we use. In order of priority: Disney Jr, food Network, HGTV, and last but not necessary Travel Channel. That is all. We don't want to keep paying for direct TV or get Cable if this are the only channels we use.
    Do you have any suggestions that might work the best for us and keep our cost low?