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DIRECTV NOW DVR Likely Delayed Until 2018


When DIRECTV NOW announced their new DVR feature it was reported to come out in the fall of 2017. Now it looks like that won’t happen as all signs point to 2018.

This week DIRECTV NOW announced they had hit 1 million subscribers. In that email sent to news groups DIRECTV NOW also listed features coming in 2018 to DIRECTV NOW.

Here are the features DIRECTV NOW says are coming in 2018:

  • A DVR in the cloud to record your shows
  • Download-and-Go
  • 4K and HD quality video
  • Capacity to offer more than 35,000 titles on demand
  • Individual profiles
  • More concurrent streams

First on that list is the DVR feature for DIRECTV NOW. If you have followed CCN you likely have seen us speculate that the DVR won’t come out until 2018. Now this all but confirms that the DVR won’t hit DIRECTV NOW until sometime in early 2018.

This also lines up with what some AT&T executives have hinted at over the last few months but have yet to confirm.

So when will the DVR come out in 2018? All signs are pointing to CES 2018 as part of a roll out of the new app and maybe even an Android TV-powered streaming player from AT&T.

With that said everything could change tomorrow and DIRECTV NOW could roll it out this year. Yet that is starting to look unlikely at this time.

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  • TaiPeng

    I think DTVN is so incompetant that it will never happen. An endless beta phase portends problems with their product. I cancelled DTVN. I don’t believe them.

    • Marc H

      Or they are just trying to get it right. If I were them that would be my goal, not trying to hit some arbitrary deadline an executive set.

      • TaiPeng

        Not about arbitrary deadlines. It’s been over a year and other services launched with DVR. In business you must innovate to survive. Updates are too sporadic. DTVN is being left in the dust. Content is proping it up for now but repeated techical glitches are not helping.

  • Carl Collie

    Glad I went with PS Vue and have have happily had my DVR for 18 months. I cannot imagine having to watch TV live or with commercials.

  • Fred Koot

    Att wants to make sure it has plenty of buffering before its released.

    • Dean G

      LOL, Right!!!!

  • Deon Hamner

    Shocking how they have bungled the DVR part of the service.

  • filmex

    Hilarious. DirecTV is now finding out that the incompetence of AT&T is contagious.

  • SS

    Tiny little services like Philo can provide unlimited 30-day DVR at launch but a mega-giant corporation like AT&T can’t even get a limited storage DVR working in over a year? It’s a disappointment.

    If they want to prove that it was worth the wait, they should provide an unlimited 9-month DVR like YouTube TV. But it looks like we’re going to get a tiny 20-hour DVR and a terrible app.

    • Marc H

      Well hopefully were looking at a real 100 or 200 hour dvr not those dvr-mini plans.

      • SS

        I’d rather have a 30-day unlimited storage DVR than a 100 or 200-hour DVR. Most of the episodes / movies get reruns within the 30 days or so; so they pretty much remain in the DVR for months.

        DirecTV Now is planning to give us only 20 hour DVR.

  • aj152

    I think I would never switch back to DTVN, tried PSVue for 4 months but cancelled it and went to YouTubeTV, which I can say it is one of the best TV Streaming services around (Quality and DVR), and like PSVue they offer unlimited DVR Cloud, however with YouTubeTV recordings are available for 9 months, and if the movie or show airs again that count resets, on PSVue once the recording expires it gets removed from your list, that doesn’t happen with YouTubeTV. Cheers

    • Malignar

      I would use Youtube TV but being required to use my phone as a TV remote and streaming device is a deal breaker. I may check it out again when they have the Roku support.

      • aj152

        I thought the same thing at first because we have an Apple TV, but then after I got my hands on Chromecast it’s really growing on me. The good news is that they are adding more support for devices, AppleTV is next, but I’m sure Roku is on their list too.

    • TechSupport

      YouTubeTV doesn’t have all the channels I like to watch so that is a no go for me. Also they refuse to release a Roku app so forget them.

      • Stephen D Irvine

        Can’t understand why any streaming service would not support Roku. They are the number 1 selling streaming device.

        • John Brewton

          I wondered this also. Maybe there are some kickback that we don’t know about.

        • TechSupport

          I am very frustrated with Roku right now for not updating my Roku TV’s yet but yeah you are right. How can they not support Roku? They don’t support anything except Apple TV and Chromecast. I don’t know anyone using Chromecast. So many other and better options out there. Google seems to have taken their ball and gone home. They must think they are more important than they are.

    • filmex

      On PSVue, once the recording expires it gets removed from your LIBRARY, but it does not get removed from your list of Saved Shows.

      • Tom Austen

        Correct. The program will be re-recorded the next time it airs live and will show up in My Shows as available to watch. I’ve had this happen several times.

  • REM

    On the beta platform the DVR is getting better as I’m a tester. I think the key is what was said 4K and 1080 playback. That is huge also the DTVN on Att cell service doesn’t count against data usage.

    Get a phone like an LG or Samsung that has Miracast screen share and you can cancel your expensive home internet.

    That being said keep an eye on YouTube TV. It has a great interface on mobile. They need more channels though. Again screen share to a smart tv. Stay away from google phones and Motorolla as they’ve cut the hardware to screenshare to push their Chromecast.

    Chromecast requires home wifi internet.

    • Mike Thaler

      How do you watch any streaming on big screen w.o internet?

      • REM

        Let’s say you have unlimited data on your cell phone plan you will need a smart tv like a samsung and you will then turn on screen share. It produces a wifi signal then enable screen share on your phone.

        It will mirror everything on your phone screen to the tv.
        If you dont have a smart tv you will need a Miracast adapter like a Belkin Miracast dongle.

        You can also use a tethering app so your cell company cant see you. Connect to a windows 10 computer via usb then enable computer as a hot spot. It will blast a wifi signal through your house using your unlimited cell data!

        • Mike Thaler

          Of course you can create a wifi hotspot w. a computer. My point was – you need wifi. Mobile data servce is NOT meant to replace home hi9speed internet. No mobile service offers even 100G of hispeed data. Some do offer unlimited slow data – not nearly fast enuf for video streaming.

          • REM

            The computer generates the wifi. You asked a question and now you’re criticizing me. Many employees that work for cell companies use their phone data because it’s faster. No need for expensive cable internet. RVers would be able to use this setup.

            Don’t reply.

  • BloodLust

    I would prefer they waste there time and resources fixing the buffering issues at peak evening times instead wasting time on this stupid DVR.

    • TechSupport

      Neither is acceptable. I wont touch DirecTV without a DVR.

    • John Brewton

      The buffering is the the biggest issue with me also. DTVN is the only option that give me all local network channels. Have tried about 5 OTA antennas still cant get everything.

  • Robin Carmack

    I didn’t realize DVR’s were still used with all the on demand options and apps available.

    • Fred Koot

      not everything is on demand and people don’t want to watch commercials

    • TechSupport

      Not even half the stuff I watch is on demand. Fred is right about no one wanting to watch commercials. Why watch commercials AND pay for the service? Tired of getting dinged twice.

    • SS

      If you only watch on demand, then you watch very little content and you have a lot of time to waste watching ads

    • Vegas Steve

      I didn’t realize that many people enjoyed watching commercials.

    • Tom Austen

      With roughly 100 channels on my Vue subscription, hardly a day goes by without adding one or more items to the DVR. There aren’t enough hours in the day to watch everything live, and then there are programs I want that air at the same time. Only a small percentage are available via on demand. I don’t want to load other apps or switch to other streaming devices any more than necessary.

  • TechSupport

    How can this be so hard to accomplish when smaller companies have taken far less time?

  • TechSupport

    If people continue to sign up for DTVN then they will continue to give a half hearted effort. Speak with your wallets people.

    • SS

      On one hand I want DirecTV Now to succeed because I want cord-cutting to fully take off. But on the other hand, if we accept these terrible services and make them think we’re too desperate for whatever garbage they offer, then they won’t try harder to give us a good product.

      • TechSupport

        Exactly. I love this stuff. I guess I am most frustrated because I want to use DTVN. They have History which isn’t on PSVUE. I will not use it without DVR though. I tried it and loved it but DVR is the biggest feature to me.

        • SS

          DVR and good interface are my top priorities too. I would rather cut some channels loose and enjoy great DVR and user interface like PS Vue / YouTube TV than have all the channels I want on an app that frustrates me every time.

          • TechSupport

            That is why I have been dealing without History. So many good shows on there I enjoy watching.

          • Mike Blakeslee

            I totally agree. I’ve always had PSVue but I wanted to try DTVN so I did but I can’t justify staying w/them if there’s no DVR. I mean come on how hard can it be to implement a cloud DVR. I mean PSVue came out the door w/it as did Hulu, YouTube TV, etc. I’ve actually come to subscribing additionally to Philo just for A&E and History. I know it’s sad… If Vue would only get those channels, get the Weather Channel and somehow negotiate w/Viacom there would literally be no other service out there that could touch it and they would rake in a fortune! Or wait, maybe if DTVN would just get off their butts and get their Cloud DVR up and running, add additional profiles and up their concurrent streams then they would actually surpass way more than a million subscribers and actually have a huge foothold over everyone else. Then I would change my profile pic lol.

            PS: This totally is a place for people to vent, disagree, agree, go back and forth with one another, complain about shit, etc. We’re not on here to pacify or endorce any one company or service. If you wanna hear nothing but good things and a bunch of brown nosing then go-to that said website/forum.

        • Marc H

          Delays don’t equal incompetence, you don’t know what’s going on. Just be patient when it’s all said and done pick the best one that suits you. I can clearly see these things aren’t up to speed yet, to be an early adopter and then get mad when everything doesn’t go as planned is a bit insane. It’s to be expected, especially when a company is playing catch up.

          • TechSupport

            I can complain that is why people are on these forums. We come on here discuss the good and bad and yes sometimes vent. It has been a year since it was released. It is complete incompetence on their part.

  • Robert Kreutzer

    Maybe I’m part of the problem, but I keep DTVN because of the $5 HBO and it has all the channels I want for the best price. IT is easily the worst performing of the streaming services. Had either Sling or PS Vue had better channel lineups I would have kept them.

  • Rocksleeper

    Not sure why DVR is such a hard task..

    The only thing I can think of is they’re trying too many projects at once, and want to launch ALL of them at the same time (Download video, more streams, 4K….etc…).

    But when you are in catch up mode…you need to release the ONE feature EVERYONE has and wants…DVR. Take a moment….stop working on 4k streaming, download video, etc…..and CATCH UP FIRST. Then…once you have equal features with your competitors, THEN work on others features to put you ahead.

    Seriously…it took Sling …like …5 months to catch up with Playstation Vue when Vue launched cloud DVR. It’s important to stay equal, then improve. Maybe ask Philo how they launched it so quick.

    Get DVR….everything else can wait.

    • filmex

      It’s a hard task when you are trying not to cannibalize those $130/month DVR satellite customers of DirecTV. They want to have their cake and eat it to, and in that they haven’t found a surefire way to do that, they simply stall.

      • Rocksleeper

        Can I use one of those $130/month dvr’s for DTVN? Can Direct TV customers use DTVN to record shows being broadcasted on their satellite? If not…nothing is being cannibalize. They are two different services for different customers using different technology.

        Dish also has satellite dvr customers. They also have a completely different service called “Sling TV” that is for a different customer base and uses different technology…thus they added a cloud DVR.

        I honestly don’t think its a money reason that DTVN doesn’t have a cloud DVR….just poor management at the moment.

  • Vietvet

    They must have a team of two working on it!

  • John

    They can’t get an hour of prime time to stream without buffering, how in the hell are they going to get 4K and HD quality video to stream reliably? Of course with these new features being announced now, based on their stellar DVR promises, they MIGHT go into beta by next December with an actual roll-out in 2019.

  • Vegas Steve

    I think there is a typo here, and they meant “2081” instead of 2018. 😉

  • Mike Thaler

    I can’t understand how they have become one of the largest (largest?) in the business w.o. a DVR.

  • FranchisePlayer

    I understand how having a DVR option would be important to many but with on-demand, Netflix, Hulu, Prime and a host of other broadcast TV apps, I have found that I have no urgent need for one anymore, at least not a need that makes giving up the $35/mo deal. When I switched to DTVN, I gave up my cable company DVR but honestly, I don’t miss it at all. If you are recording things to a DVR to watch later, how is that different than watching it later on Hulu or the broadcast app? The commercials? Maybe a local newscast? Maybe I’m missing some big revelation about using a DVR but I seem to be able to find any show I’ve missed that I absolutely *have* to see.

    What I would *really* like for DTVN is to be able to pause/rewind/FF live shows. Maybe that’s the appeal of having a DVR is to record then be able to pause/rew/FF. DTVN has a decent on-demand library and I can pause shows but just can’t rewind them. While this is a “nice-to-have” feature, it’s not a deal breaker, not even close.

    I’m still waiting for CBS and NBC to show up in my area on DTVN. I used to hardly ever get any buffering/pauses but maybe because they’ve added more customers, I’ve noticed it happening more and more recently.

  • Billy Malcolm

    I cancelled last month. Tired of waiting. Switched to HDHomerun with Plex.