Cable TV is dying a slow and horrible death,and not even this service will really change that.
Is DirecTV Now worth trying? Absolutely, but probably not for the reasonyou think.
Keep watching and I'll explain.
Welcome to the channel.
This is Tech-Know Scope! DirecTV Now is the newest cable alternativeon the market.
Released November 28, 2016, it is the productchild of the AT&T buy out of DirecTV.
So now, not only does DirecTV send televisionprograming over the air via satellite, but now you can get programming through your internetconnection.
with the exception of CBS owned stations as of the filming of this video.
Having tried the miserable failure known asSling TV in mid-2015, I immediately blew off DirecTV Now when it was first announced.
However, the more I heard about the service,the more intrigued I became.
I signed up for the free one-month trial ofSling TV, a special deal they had in conjunction with Microsoft and offered exclusively throughthe Xbox One.
It was a way for a cord cutter as myself tosee the Mavericks play (and lose) in the 1st round of the Playoffs.
But Sling couldn't make it through a singlequarter of the game without freezing and buffering.
During game 1, it started buffering half waythrough the second quarter, and despite everything I tried, I didn't get the video feed backuntil just over a minute was left in the 4th quarter.
I immediately canceled Sling TV, only 1 dayinto the trial.
So you can understand why I wasn't so anxiousto try DirecTV Now.
However, DirecTV Now is a completely differentanimal.
Sling is a very small company compared tothe communications giant AT&T and TV provider giant DirecTV.
Still it wasn't enough to get me onboard.
Until I heard about their special promotion.
Their base package is $35 a month, but ifyou sign up before January 9, 2017, you can have their second highest package for thesame price for as long as you keep the service.
It includes all of my must have channels:AMC, Fox Sports, DIY, and Nat Geo.
Three of those channel usually require a higherpackage than the base package with any provider.
To make the deal even sweeter, they offerHBO and Cinemax for $5 a month each.
That's a far better deal than the $15 a monthI paid for HBO Now.
Even with all of that, it wasn't until I foundout about their free device promotion that I jumped onboard.
If you sign up and prepay for a 3-month introductoryperiod, they will give you a free 32GB Apple TV! If for some reason you can only bring yourselfto prepay for 2 months, they will give you the far less exciting Amazon Fire TV Stickfor free.
Since I was already in the market for an AppleTV, this will a no-brainer for me.
So what does DirecTV Now offer? Up to 120 channels, HBO, Cinemax, and Starz.
On demand content from select channels.
Sports, something that's missing from thelives of most cord cutters.
And the ability to watch from nearly anywhere,including your cell phone while on the go.
Also there's a bonus for AT&T cell customers.
You can watch unlimited DirecTV Now on yourphone, and it doesn't count against your data plan.
So what are the downsides? While you're not limited to a single livefeed like you are with Sling TV, you're only allowed two live streams simultaneously.
That's unfortunate, because there are plentyof times when I watch something different from my wife, while the kids watch their ownshow.
A third stream would make the service nearlyperfect.
While the DirecTV Now app is available onFire TV and Apple TV, it's not yet available on Android TV.
It is, however, available on Android and iPhones,as well as the iPad and Android tablets.
The Fire TV app is a little buggy, but it'smore annoying than anything else.
Navigating the guide often means pressingleft, as going down the list of channels often starts to move the selection to the right.
So much so that you eventually don't see thelive shows in the guide anymore.
All of the apps lack a last channel button,making returning to a previous channel very tedious, and getting to the guide takes morebutton presses and navigating than it should.
At first buffering was a problem, but it seemsto happen far less now than it once did.
However, I still have trouble with the picturebecoming jittery and nearly unwatchable over wifi when watching on my Fire TV Stick.
The solution for this is to simply changethe channel and then change it back.
A simple task of pressing left or right, andthen pressing the opposite direction to change back.
So do I think it's worth it? At $35? Absolutely! If you see this after January 9, 2017, you'llhave to make your own evaluation based on the price and their current offers.
Also I want to point out, I can't shake thefeeling once the price increases, they will add a 3rd stream for those paying full price.
And one other thing I would like to pointout.
There is no DVR service.
They do offer the ability to pause live TV,but as far as full rewind, record, recording your shows, and watching them later, the serviceis just not there.
But like I said, they do offer on-demand.
So what do you think of this service? Let me know in the comments down below.
Have a good night.