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DIRECTV NOW DVR Maybe Delayed Until 2018


Male hand holding TV remote control.Yesterday AT&T had their 3rd quarter earnings call and we learned more about the future of DIRECTV NOW.

During the call, AT&T’s Chief Financial Officer John Stephens opened up about DIRECTV NOW. According to a report from the Dallas News Stephens said AT&T is looking toward new money-making opportunities for DIRECTV NOW in 2018. He went on to say they pan to add pay-per-view options for music and movies and new features, such as a Cloud DVR.

Currently, the cloud DVR is in closed beta testing and at the time it was announced fall 2017 was the target date for a public rollout. There have been some hints they will still hit that roll out and it is possible they still will.

Just yesterday DIRECTV NOW sent out an email to subscribers with an updated bill that included a line for “True Cloud DVR.” AT&T later in the day sent a follow-up email apologizing for the mistake and letting subscribers know the DIRECTV NOW DVR is still in beta not ready for the public. Yet it is clear they are updating their system to be ready for the DVR roll out. It is very possible Stephens may have miss spoken during the call and only meant that the pay-per-view options are coming in 2018. For now, we will have to wait and see.

The other interesting thing here is the addition of movie rentals and music rentals through DIRECTV NOW. This is something Sling TV has done for some time and by all reports has been very successful for them. Now it looks like AT&T has similar plans for their live TV streaming service.

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  • scarpad

    They cant catcha break

  • Margaret Wilson

    I’m a current DTVN subscriber and didn’t get either of the mentioned emails. It’s still the best service for me. 😊

    • TaiPeng

      You are not part of the beta becuase you aren’t an AT&T customer who was invited to opt in.

  • filmex

    Hilarious. The Three Stooges are obviously in charge of DTVN’s DVR roll-out.

    In spite of talking about a fall premiere, they should have just used the catchphrase “winter is coming” to describe the incredible dumpster fire that is DTVN searching for a workable DVR that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg…Although expecting it even by winter at this point seems overly optimistic by AT&T standards.

    • Steven Jones

      it isnt rocket science ,jeez. the only dumpster fire is in yer head

      • Donnie De Dumpster

        I
        A DVR isn’t rocket science, and yet..

  • JGaLaXY

    they really aren’t that good lol but that channel lineup for the price is the best

    • Thomas Hessel

      Agree, but gonna have to stay with Spectrum till the DVR is available. I guess the good thing is my house is a Tivo household so I get the best interface for the cable signal I get.

  • JoeRaiderXX

    I wonder if they are going to open a wide Beta for their DVR and the people who got the email were selected to participate?

    • Infensus

      Yes – I received the emails and just chatted with support. They said the correction email is to address the part where people thought they were being billed something, or having a new charge added to their monthly bills. They stated to me (take it for how their support is), that the people that received the emails are still in the beta, just waiting for the proper instructional email about how to get started. I am not an AT&T wireless subscriber, so it is exciting to know they are now past that requirement.

  • TaiPeng

    Cancelling DTVN after Vice Principals ends. I may switch to Hulu. With all the freezing and streaming issues DTVN needs DVR.

    • David Sosa

      It depends on what device you are using at times. I use DTVN on the Roku and that works for me. I have ATT Internet so maybe that is the reason it works well. I don’t subscribe to their uverse or directv satellite.

      • Malignar

        I’ve had it for about a week and had zero issues (Roku and ATT internet here as well). Best channel lineup as long as you can get some of the locals with an antenna. Definitely no perfect streaming choice out there. I suppose if these services had everything that cable and satellite had they would not be much cheaper. Although a DVR is not something that is optional. You would think that creating a DVR would not be this difficult/time consuming to create.

      • TaiPeng

        Tried it on Roku Ultra 4K. Awful experience. Constant freezing.

      • TaiPeng

        Yeah I get that DTVN is AT&T TV so it probably only works on AT&T equipment.

  • NCAviator

    DTVN and AT&T leadership is a mess. Yesterday you announced how they want to get in the HW Box business too. DTVN could make lots of $. They need to focus. 1) Sign up all the locals possible, 2) Get DVR out. Then the customers would come in droves. If they want to do an Android TV APP that could be 3). Movie and Music rentals should be way down the list if at all.

    I am amazed at how all the current streaming services are missing the mark. None have mastered the content challenges. Locals and Live Sports are still the missing link.

    Some have mastered the DVR function.

    AT&T is just throwing stuff at the wall hoping something will stick.

  • Phuq_Me

    Not an issue for me. Lack of locals is the biggest reason I haven’t signed up.

  • Joe in Virginia

    The crazy thing is that the DVR wasn’t part of the initial roll out. Bad move on their part to launch a half-baked product.

    • David Sosa

      Yes that was dissapointing

      • Steven Jones

        bunch of whiners. Waaaaaa!!! it buffered!!waaaa!!! my network sucks!!!!

        • Paul Miranda

          Wow, if DTVN had an ass, we know where your mouth would have been.

  • David Sosa

    I have hopped from sling, hulu, ps vue, youtube, directv now. Some have all locals..some most not all and others none. I think there is not a perfect solution that includes everything you need. For now I have settled for directv now. The channel selection for the base package is the best. It has the viacom channels which is a plus in my home with teenagers MTV. The dvr is a big factor but hopefully it happens in the coming months. The HBO and Showtime combo is awesome.

  • SS

    I won’t be surprised. Classic AT&T move. They need better software developers.

  • Brandon

    You keep spelling ‘til wrong. ‘til is short for “until” hence the apostrophe indicating the omission of the first half of the word. Till = tilling the garden soil.

    Just because till is common doesn’t make it right. 😆

    • SS

      “miss spoken”

    • TJ

      Actually both “until” and “till” mean the same thing, but they are Separate words. “till” is NOT a contraction of “until.” As a matter of fact, the word Till is Older than Until. But I didn’t know this was supposed to be a grammar lesson…that is, “till” you brought it up…

  • Loren Kruse

    Never received that email. “Just yesterday DIRECTV NOW sent out an email to subscribers with an updated bill that included a line for True Cloud DVR.”

  • Lynnneez

    Did this article omit something? I’m not seeing where the idea that the dvr is delayed until 2018 came from. I saw one line noting that Stephens said it’s still in beta now. Why do we think it’s delayed until 2018?

    • Joe Gorgo

      Because they just want to create controversy. That’s what the media does!

    • DrBlast33

      I believe they assume this from the statement “Stephens said AT&T is looking toward new money-making opportunities for DIRECTV NOW in 2018. He went on to say they pan to add pay-per-view options for music and movies and new features, such as a Cloud DVR.” But this could mean that they are expecting revenue in 2018 from the DVR, not necessarily that the Cloud DVR is being released in 2018.

  • androidscales

    ATT is bleeding they lost 2 billions $ on dtv. Subscribes are jumping ship to cord cutters DTVN is a mess just 8 cities have local channels. No DVR dtvn software is flacky freezes a lot and lags

    PSVue or YouTube TV are the best cord cutter option

    • Steven Jones

      bullshit. get yer facts right.

      • Paul Miranda

        Any shmuck can call bullshit. Care to elaborate?

  • x4zta9q4AEsJ5gP

    YouTube TV has the best UI and tech, but they just need more channels.