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DIRECTV NOW Sent Out More DVR Invites Last Night


Family Watching Television Together Arguing Over RemoteOnce again it is starting to look less likely that DIRECTV NOW’s new DVR will be out before the end of Fall 2017. Last night AT&T started sending out invites for their DIRECTV NOW app beta. This time the invites are for Apple TV, Fire TV, Browser, Android, and iOS devices.

Here is the invite that went out to the lucky few who got selected:

If you want to see if you got an invite to the DIRECTV NOW beta make sure to check the email address you gave AT&T and look in your spam to make sure it didn’t end up there.

Now, as best we can tell both invites to fill out a survey to be considered for the beta and invites to the beta have been sent out. Above is what an invite to join the beta looks like. The other invite will ask you to take a survey to see if you are eligible to join the beta. If you get the email with a survey you will need to wait for an email like the one above to be able to use the new beta app after you fill out the survey.

Want to learn more about the DIRECTV NOW DVR? You can find screen shots and more details HERE.

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  • Malignar

    and Roku….ah well we can all wish.

    • James Webb

      Yeah, I don’t understand not including Roku yet. They are giving away free Roku streaming sticks with 2 mo. prepay so what are those people supposed to do when they finally release the new app? Not to mention all the other people who already have Roku’s.

  • Lynnneez

    I got the email for the survey to be a beta tester. Seems unlikely that they will launch by end of fall at this point. Seems like an unusually and long beta with a ton of participants.

    • James Webb

      I agree. If you participate, send us some info on how you like it. I’m particularly interested in how it looks/operates on Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV. Hopefully they’ll beta Roku soon.

  • Fred Koot

    Maybe they should hire Vue’s developers

    • MJ

      or open the beta to everyone and get your information that much faster. Its nuts.

    • bellsfolly

      Exactly! That’s what I love about Vue. Just add the show to your Favorites, and every episode is recorded. Nothing could be simpler. And AT&T is this grand poobah of tech? Pfffftttt

      • Jimmy757

        vue will be out of business soon enough lol

  • filmex

    You’d think they’d have the DVR business totally wrapped up at this point.
    This teasing and stopping and promising and then falling back makes them look like they don’t know what they are doing. With AT&T involved, that can’t be a surprise.

    • CoryinCali

      I think you are missing the point. It took SlingTV nearly two years to get DVR. DTV-NOW is doing much more than DVR. They are creating a whole new interface (current interface sucks). DVR, which they need to get right, and I am sure the network owners are playing the same games of what networks “channels’ can use DVR and how. Then DTV made promises of 4K and HDR content in 2018 (I am sure the the new app has those plans built-in (there have been reports of of the new app allowing Dolby 5.1 surround playback via the new app, COOL). And I am sure there have other features they are planning that are part of this new app….AND….they need all of this stuff working for multiple platforms, each with thier own way of doing things and technical features. Personally, I prefer they do it right and not FAST. It took me months to convince my family to cut the cord, so I cannot afford some disaster launch of this new app and new features. Because of all these new features, I assume they want a target user tester. And I assume if they added every DTV user to this new platform beta it would crash their servers.

      Just my ideas of why it may take so long.

      • James Webb

        Sling was by themselves for a while before any competition came so that is the exception, not the norm. Literally everyone else launched with a DVR or had one shortly thereafter. Even little ole’ Fubo TV has a DVR for crying out loud. The “whole new interface” doesn’t look all that different either, at least on the apple tv screen shots… pretty much the same. I agree with you, they should get it right but taking this long for what should have been here already is frustrating.

        • Fred Koot

          Bottom line Att screwed up. They thought their on demand would be so good no one would care about a Dvr. Now they are scrambling

      • filmex

        I dunno, if I was running a business, I would want it to be at full throttle before I solicited customers, especially with all the giveaways they are using to try and draw people to DTVN. Have to think half those drawn in will flee when they realize what a work in progress it really is.

      • Jimmy757

        i agree 100% they all just want something to complain about. I mean for god sake vue subcribers are just getting a rnew roku guide i vue for 2 weeks and got rid of it had dtv now for a year now and i love it

        • CoryinCali

          Just got my access to beta. It looks much better. Wish I could share details. But for those who think this beta is a small upgrade….it’s not!!! I can see why it is taking them longer. DVR is 1 of many changes.

  • Kevin S

    When Sony gave me a $10 price hike, I signed up for DTV-Now. Maybe this varies by device (i have a 2nd gen fire tv box), but I saw plenty of blue boxes buffering and the stream would bounce back and forth between 720p and clearly lower quality. I’m wired on a 100 meg fiber connection. Don’t have those issues with Vue, so I dropped down one package and went back.

    • mark pettigrew

      I too just switched from Vue and I’m probably going back. Almost never had buffering with Vue. My FireTV 2nd gen box and Roku 3 buffer constantly and change resolution on anything sports and sometimes on other channels. My Roku stick 2016 is better but not perfect.

      • Jimmy757

        no buffering here

    • Jimmy757

      no buffering here..

      • Kevin S

        What device are you watching DTV Now on? It’s strange I don’t have any issues with Vue buffering and do with DTV Now. But I can go to the Vue forums and see people complaining about constant buffering. I’m wondering if it’s device related. Or app on device related.

        • Jimmy757

          Roku and fire tv i dont get buffering. I have wifi extenders everything hard wired. I have verizon fios 75 up and down no issues with 3 55 inch tv’s playing 1080p on live tv as well as streaming

    • Chris

      Same problems with dtv and fire tv 2. CONSTANTLY going back and forth between 720 and 240p. Its insane. No problems when i had ps vue though. Everything is hardwired on a 200meg connection

  • dugants193

    Just got the invitation to beta test DTVN for iOS and Apple TV.

  • Jdmac29

    I finally got an invite for the beta. Can’t wait to install on apple tv and give feedback. I love beta testing.