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DIRECTV NOW Starts Asking For Roku DVR Beta Testers


Since the DIRECTV NOW DVR beta test started over the summer Roku has been missing from the list of supported devices. Now it looks like AT&T is getting ready to launch a Roku beta test for their new DVR service.

Here is what the old signup looked like:

Now DIRECTV NOW has added Roku to the list of devices that beta testers can signup for. The list clearly states that Roku testing has not started at this time but that AT&T is looking for Roku users for a future Roku beta test. If you select Roku as the device you would like to test AT&T says they will contact you when the Roku beta test starts.

It still looks unlikely that DVR support on Roku will launch with other devices but it is starting to look like Roku owners will soon have DVR beta access.

You still needed to be invited to the beta. Keep an eye on the email address you used for your DIRECTV NOW account. Recently DIRECTV NOW has been sending out invites to the DIRECTV NOW DVR Beta almost weekly.

AT&T originally stated that the DVR will launch in fall of 2017. Now reports are starting to say that the DIRECTV NOW DVR will go public in early 2018 but at this time there is no confirmed date or time.

So far the DIRECTV NOW’s new DVR is being beta tested on the Apple TV, Android, iOS, Fire TV (2nd gen), Chrome browser, and the Chromecast. The addition of Roku will just leave Android TV as the last major streaming OS not supported. So far AT&T has not announced any plans to support Android TV.

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  • Stephen D Irvine

    Will they ever meet a deadline? They have been misleading their customers from the start, over a year now.

    • filmex

      Totally agree. Never have a streaming services’ projections had such a short shelf life.
      When it was DirecTV, you could believe what they say. However, once AT&T got involved, that was bound to change.

    • TaiPeng

      The beta will last forever. Longest beta phase ever.

  • Jerome Coolidge

    I did get a letter and clicked on Roku but they have a dropdown box after u select your streaming devices and they have an edit saying they do not support Roku at this time. Also with out these DVR beta invites maybe they are doing volume testing to make sure their service can handle all its customers

  • Charles Knebel

    I wonder what it takes to be a Beta tester? I’ve been a Subscriber to DirecTV Now since Day One. (Happy Birthday DirecTV Now). Have had DirecTV for 14 years. Have AT&T internet. Have an Apple TV, Fire TV and Roku. But still no invite for the Beta. Can anyone explain this to me?

  • Lynnneez

    I got invited to test the browser, fire tv, and roku. I have the browser setup, which works best and fire tv set up on my element fire tv, which so far has errors. I will be downloading it on to my fire tv box to test as well. I was told the roku invite will be sent separately ( each device invite is sent separately).