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DIRECTV NOW Is Rolling Out DVR Beta Access to Non-AT&T Customers


Channel Surfing ManFor months now AT&T has been rolling out access to the DIRECTV NOW DVR beta, but you had to be an AT&T customer. Now it looks like DIRECTV NOW has dropped that requirement.

Yesterday DIRECTV NOW rolled out a large number of invites to DIRECTV NOW and for the first time (to our knowledge) you can now use your DIRECTV NOW login to access the beta.

Previously you had to be a subscriber to some type of AT&T service so you could use your AT&T login to access the beta.

The following breaks down everything we know about the new DIRECTV NOW DVR and app.

Fast Forward & Live TV Pause

We have some good news. Yes, you can fast forward through commercials and pause live TV.

DVR Storage

Early beta testers received 100 hours of DVR storage. How many hours will you get with the DVR when it goes public? We are not sure. Sling TV’s DVR beta offered 100 hours, but when it went public it only offered 50 hours. We will need to wait for the official announcement to find out what the storage limits will be.

Supported Devices

So far we can confirm that DIRECTV NOW’s new DVR is being beta tested on the Apple TV, Android, iOS, Fire TV (2nd gen), Chrome browser, and the Chromecast.

Many devices such as the Fire TV have only recently been added, but so far there is no word on Roku support.

The New App

From what we have seen the new app replaces the dark background for a light white/light gray look; however, the Apple TV app still offers a darker look.

Hopefully, DIRECTV NOW will give the option of a light or dark app look.

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