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DIRECTV NOW Tops 900,000 Subscribers


Watching TV, Watching, Living Room, Domestic Life, SmilingDIRECTV NOW’s growth is skyrocketing according to a recent report. Recently it was reported that at the start of October 2017 DIRECTV NOW had 800,000 subscribers. This week DIRECTV NOW’s Chief Financial Officer John Stephens announced DIRECTV NOW just topped 900,000 subscribers.

“We had great results on DIRECTV NOW right now. We’re up to 800,000. Quite, frankly, I can tell you what, we’re already up past 900,000 today. So it continues to be successful.” Said AT&T Chief Financial Officer John Stephens at the Morgan Stanley investor conference in Barcelona.

To help celebrate a great first-year DIRECTV NOW currently has several great deals:

Right now if you prepay for four months of DIRECTV NOW you can get a free Apple TV 4K. Typically an Apple TV 4K costs $170, but with this deal, you can get four months of DIRECTV NOW and a 4K Apple TV for $140. That is a great deal and as best I know the least expensive way to get the 4K Apple TV.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Prepay first four months of DIRECTV NOW service at full price via credit card or PayPal
  • Online orders will be shipped via FedEx ground; allow up to three weeks for delivery
  • Internet access is needed to use DIRECTV NOW or the devices

DIRECTV NOW is also still offering $25 off your first month to celebrate their first birthday. New customers can get $25 off any base package for their first month when they place a qualifying online order through December 31, 2017.

DIRECTV NOW says AT&T Unlimited customers can still get $25 off every month and free HBO.

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  • Sam Iamee

    The reason they have so many subscribers is at least in part due to the fact that if you have an unlimited AT&T wireless plan then you only pay 10 dollars a month.

    I’m not saying that this isn’t a good deal, but when I wonder why DTVN has so many more users than YouTube TV or Sling or Hulu Live when DTVN has a worse service than the 3 providers I just listed, I always come back to the fact that AT&T is basically giving it away to a large number of its users.

    • Daniel Darnell

      DirecTV Now is pretty much flawless now, it works perfectly these days. It’s nothing like it was when the service first started.

      • Notpoliticalyet

        Don’t speak too soon..lol I said that also a few months ago then saw a few issues. It’s still relatively new for them and hiccups will occur but going into 2018 it should improve. It is also ATT and they have a few bucks at their disposal to improve things.

      • Daniel

        HARDLY flawless, the ONLY way you might think Now is flawless is if the ONLY thing you do is watch LIVE channels, but even then on the Apple TV interface sometimes the guide loads but you can’t move around in it so you have to exit the guide and relaunch to get it to work and navigating up and down on the Fire TV version of the guide has these weird things where the highlighted box will jump left to right (like landing on the heart to favorite or unfavorite instead of the show that is currently on or jumping an hour or 2 into the future), what you clearly haven’t done is used the WEB interface to stream or a first gen Fire Stick and seen how much that buffers or watched 72 Hour Rewind content on ANY device, 72 Hour Rewind has a less then 20% chance of working on PC and when watching on Fire TV the audio goes 20-30 seconds out of sync on said 72 Hour Rewind content, literally the ONLY thing that has gotten better since launch is the stability of the LIVE STREAM on streaming boxes, the OnDemand is still a joke, the 72 Hour Rewind is a completely unusable on anything but Android and Apple TV (assuming they fixed the audio drop out issues it had the last time I tried that a few weeks ago. outside of the stability of the live stream this service is WORSE OFF then on LAUNCH DAY (and I have been with this service since launch day, I was one of the FIRST PEOPLE to sign up, I just checked my email I signed up at 7:37 AM LAUNCH DAY and the only reason I was a few hours late was because the page kept crashing when they first activated the ability to sign up a few hours earlier), 72 Hour Rewind actually WORKED and worked properly back then (aside from the system wide buffering that was happening then), when they took it away for several months the restored one immediately began having problems and to this day have not been fixed despite numerous reports to there twitter, forum and chat, this is a wide spread well known issue.

        • Daniel Darnell

          Mine does none of that. On demand is perfect, no audio issues. 72 hour rewind works fine now etc… It’s still missing DVR though but I can’t ding them for that because well it’s not a feature yet. The only thing i still have to complain about is some on demand is still out of date but that’s not nearly as bad as it use to be. However Live TV, on demand streaming, 72 hour rewind all work great for me. No video/audio issues either, zero.

          • Daniel

            what DEVICE are you using? try watching random 72 Hour Rewind (NOT ON DEMAND) shows, I’ve tried 3 different computers with 4 different installs of Windows including Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and 2 Windows 10 installs, on 3 different internet connections and they all act the same, the audio sync is on the Fire TV 2nd gen box but from what I’ve seen doesn’t do it on the first gen stick (others have reported this same issue on there Fire TV 2nd gen boxes) and on Roku the 72 Hour Rewind simply exits like as if it ended when there is still 5 minutes left in the show (did this on BOTH of my Roku’s). Apple TV admittedly usually plays 72 Hour Rewind without issue except for that time a few weeks ago when the audio kept dropping out.

          • Daniel Darnell

            Second gen Fire Stick and Roku Premiere. Both run DirecTV Now great. The fire stick use to be awful but it works perfect now total 180 on that device.

          • cjane1

            I have the Roku stick and have issues constantly.

          • mau47

            I am using an Apple TV and it has been pretty flawless for me, the occasional glitch but it is always resolved by force closing the app and restarting it. I did try it on a Fire TV first gen a couple weeks ago for the first time and the app was terrible. If that was my primary or even a secondary device I probably would have cancelled service a long time ago. It only got used because we had some people visiting and they were using a tv that hardly ever gets touched.

          • John Smith

            How/where are you accessing the 72 hour rewind function, to whatever extent it works?
            Originally, you’d click the channel icon in the program guide, and then you’d see a little clock icon that would take you to any available rewind content.
            Now, on both my Fire TV and Chrome browser interfaces, when I click a particular channel icon in the program guide, I see only the UPCOMING shows schedule, not any ability to view past shows.
            The only way I know to get it working for me right now is to FAVORITE a particular show ahead of time, and then that gives you the ability to go back and watch whatever few past episodes may be offered. But if you haven’t Favorited a show and just want to go back and see something you’ve missed, I see no way to do that.

    • Lyntill

      I’m paying full price and I’m very happy with the DTVN service. I’m sorry you had a bad experience but apparently there are a lot of people who are having a good one.

      • Sam Iamee

        Does their On Demand work properly? Are episodes added in a timely matter?

        Do they have a (public) DVR?

        YouTube TV, Hulu, and Sling all excel there. DTVN, when I used it, had terrible On Demand (in terms of access and reliability in streaming) and still doesn’t have a DVR.

        • Lyntill

          Sam, I’m not trying to convince you to use DTVN. Everyone should use the service they like best. The best thing about streaming is choice and no contracts. I posted to let others know that DTVN does work extremely well for some of us. It wouldn’t be growing so fast if it didn’t. And I really do like it. It has the networks and shows I want to watch in the least expensive package.

          The DVR is coming. I know it’s not soon enough for any of us but apparently it hasn’t hindered DTVR’s growth rate. I’ve been able to find ways around it but that is individual depending on what you watch.

          On Demand works well for me and while it does not have every show, it does have a pretty good selection. The shows I’ve used it for are typically added in 3 or 4 days. The CBS selection is better than some other On Demand services.

          It seems to me that most people who have bad experiences are using Roku. I have one too and it does not work nearly as well on that device as it does on others.

          • Sam Iamee

            My main and original point is that DTVN’s subscriber growth is, at least in part, driven by the fact that they are basically giving it away (10/month) to AT&T Unlimited users.

            I, myself, am an AT&T Unlimited subscriber, so I am pulling *hard* for DTVN. But without a good DVR, it isn’t even worth it to me at 10/month.

            I currently use DirecTV (satellite) and YouTube TV.

            (Why both? Long story…basically I get DirecTV for a really inexpensive price and I really like YouTube TV’s DVR, their apps, and their desktop experience.)

          • DesignatedJizTowel

            Agree. I have two of the $35 accounts because my family needs 3 simultaneous streams. I have two Fire TV gen 2 boxes and one gen 2 Firestick. I don’t care about DVR although I know that many do. I have all three devices set to 720P because I can’t tell the difference between that and 1080P on my TV’s. I have Centurylink 40/5 fiber internet and can stream to all three devices at the same time with zero buffering. The service was sometimes pretty bad in the beginning but for the last several months, it has worked flawlessly for me. Don’t have a clue as to why some people have so much trouble with buffering. Could it be a regional thing? No idea. By the way, the Fire TV’s are wired, and the Firstick is 5 GHZ wireless.

    • Unique_Username99

      I think DTVN has the best packages of the 4 except for the lack of locals in my area.

      • Sam Iamee

        I agree with you there. DTVN has great packages and fine prices.

        It is just their delivery/tech/apps aren’t up to snuff.

        • Unique_Username99

          Well if the other don’t have the channels I want at reasonable price or not at all then they are pointless to have. right now none of them do. Vue is the closest, but DTVN has better channel selection though.

        • Dean G

          Exactly how I feel, DTVN may have decent channels and packages but if all you get is buffering and an ondemand system that doesn’t work properly, what is the point? I’d rather get a few less channels and have a system that works. Gloss over substance doesn’t work for me.

      • Lyntill

        Agreed. I have no locals either but I am in a good OTA location so a cheap antenna and a refurbished Tablo have solved that problem.

      • Daniel

        YES DTVN has the best channel lineups, especially if you got in on the Go Big for 35 intro rate, but just like with Playstation Vue having the best DVR and the most network app support, all those features only matter if you can actually WATCH the content and with how completely USELESS the 72 Hour Rewind has been on DTVN I would not be surprised to see a class action lawsuit brought against them for false advertising, it is just that bad, luckily we have a new option to save us from DTVN, we have Philo which gets you many of the channels you watch and comes in so cheap you could add a second service if you needed locals and sports, so you could “shop” other services strictly based on locals and sports support and not need to worry about the lack luster cable channel lineup

        • John Smith

          Agree about that. I have DTVNow under the original $35 plan, but for now, I rarely watch it… Why?
          –Dunno about anyone else, but these days, I can find ZERO capability for the supposed 72 hour rewind function that barely worked at rollout. Now, on both Chrome and Fire TV interfaces, I don’t see any rewind at all when I click a particular channel in DTVN.
          –Lack of online DVR. I’m not usually home in prime time, so it’s important to me to be able to watch shows on MY schedule, not when the networks decide to air them. With YouTube TV, the DVR works great and covers ALL of their content, not just selected channels and programs. Despite YTTV having a more limited channel roster.
          –I’m hoping DTVN gets their act together with a real, functional, comprehensive online DVR pretty soon. Otherwise, I’m going to cease paying their monthly subscription that I rarely use at present, and just stay with YouTube TV or Fubo or other.
          BTW, in my market, both DTVN and YouTube TV each have all four of the major OTA broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC), so no difference in that regard.

    • Garry

      ATT wireless has 134 million users. You would think they would have more than 900,000 DTN customers if this were the case. I have DTN and an ATT 10 cent a minute plan. Nothing to do with each other. I just think DTN is far superior to the other streaming services. I have had them all and compared them on spreadsheet as well. Winner is DTN.

      • Sam Iamee

        I’m unclear if they have 134 million US users or 134 million US connections. For example, if I have a phone, a ipad, and the hotspot in my car on the network, am I counted as 1 or 3? There are only about 300 million people in the US, and that is accounting for babies, children, the infirm, and the very elderly. I find it hard to believe that AT&T has 134 actual individual users.

        Anyhow, DTVN now might be great for you. For me, it is a non-option because they don’t have a DVR and their on-demand access often didn’t work at all, or crashed after a few minutes (with no way to restart where I left off), or didn’t have the episodes that I wanted, even though those same episodes were on other services, such as Sling.

        Here is a post from August that details some of that:

        https://medium.com/@TonyL/why-is-directv-nows-vod-still-so-bad-dc518d81c1de

        • Garry

          134 million figure is subscribers. You got off track on my comment. LOL! The reason I chose DTN is because of their service, not because I was an ATT customer.

  • Robin Carmack

    I don’t understand why there is no Android tv app yet. My main device is an Nvidia Shield tv and am not interested in casting everything. It will be PS Vue until they make an app for the Shield tv app

    • Dean G

      They barely can keep the stream without it saying they lost the connection let alone come out with coding on more devices.

      • Daniel Darnell

        Wrong, I’m using DirecTV Now again at the moment and the streaming is flawless now. I’m letting my friend share my account too and it’s been streaming for him perfectly as well.

        • Sam Iamee

          My issue with DTVN is that they still don’t have a good, public DVR.

          The YoutubeTV DVR is so, so good.

          • Daniel Darnell

            They are dragging their ass on DVR but it’s coming soon and the private DVR people have been reporting is getting better and more robust.

          • Sam Iamee

            I really hope so. DTVN has great prices and a great selection of channels. All they need is a solid DVR experience.

          • Daniel Darnell

            I think they are taking their time to get it right, their launch of the service was a mess and the service had massive problems for months. Plus they had the ongoing firestick app issues which honestly were fixed not that long ago. It’s pretty seamless now though with few to no issues. I think they just want to get DVR right so they aren’t trying to push it out before it’s ready like they did with the service.

          • Unique_Username99

            Youtube tv has No roku support and poor channel selection

          • Sam Iamee

            YouTube TV is adding Roku very soon (like, in the next few weeks).

            There will give you a free Chromecast to tide you over…

            The channel selection could be better, agreed.

          • Unique_Username99

            Don’t need a chromecast. doesn’t help other people in the house. I’ve been hearing this “soon” refrain for months now. I might try a free trial AFTER they have roku support not before. Still doesn’t help the channel selection

          • Sam Iamee

            Well, the Chromecast is free….so….

            And anyone “in the house” cast cast to it from their phone, iOS or Android. Chromecast itself isn’t tied to any one account/user.

            Regarding Roku support:

            https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/30/16570626/youtube-tv-app-apple-tv-roku-xbox-one-android-tv

          • Malignar

            I despise casting from my phone. Tying up the phone, trying to remember to turn of the stream when I leave. I can’t believe people are finding this acceptable at all. I laughed and turned it off after a couple mins. If they have Roku youtube tv I may consider as I can navigate the UI with a remote control and leave my phone alone.

            With Roku support for youtube TV and Philo improving their Roku UI, I would probably dump DTVN. Especially because they are glacial with adding locals in my area, and a Roku DVR.

          • Sam Iamee

            I’m not big on the Chromecast either. I mostly use YouTube TV on my iOS devices or laptop though. And Roku is coming soon.

          • Daniel Darnell

            YouTube TV still isn’t in my area but I can’t deal with their channel list and lack of device support anyways.

          • AussieB

            The DVR is supposed to launch first quarter 2018. I’d like to think they’re testing a lot & getting infrastructure ready so they don’t repeat the horrors of launch. I rather wait than have a crappy product. If it doesn’t work & isn’t easy to use they’re gonna be savaged. I don’t know anyone under 30 that cares about these services. For under 20 bucks they’ve got Hulu & Netflix and there’s more to watch than hours in the day. Hulu even has a 5.99 promo right now. Even Hulu Live looks like a better deal given their originals & back catalog. They have DVR but missing some channels

          • John Smith

            Agree about DVR and YouTube TV… If DTVN could only come close in that regard…

        • Dean G

          Wrong. I have DTVN as well and am cancelling it. The blue square of death comes on more than the show. The guide doesn’t ever load at the top of the hour, channels in the guide come and go. 72 hour rewind is a an utter and complete joke. Ondemand freezes constantly, just better off going to the channels app and watch it there. Sorry, but DTVN is not ready for prime time and after almost a year they are still having the same issues. And don’t even get me started on their supposed “customer service” only available through “chat”.

          • Daniel Darnell

            You either have a device issue or poor internet then, not their fault. If you are still having issues at this point in time it’s your problem because the vast majority of current users no longer have issues.

          • Dean G

            Wrong again Daniel. It is their fault, spin how you like. I get it, you love DTVN but they still are not up to par. I have everything from a Roku to a MAG box. Now google MAG to see what it is. I have business internet with a min 150 mbps, but tell me how it’s my network. The forums are filled with hundreds of threads all complaining. I’m not even sure how you come to that conclusion. I can run through a VPN when I watch some things out of country and no buffer, turn on DTVN, buffer. I have Vue as well, no buffer. I have Philo, No buffer. You tube, No buffer. DTVN… Buffer

          • AussieB

            Not having any of those issues. I could never get 72 hour rewind to work. I don’t even bother with their VOD. I just go to the individual network apps. They had problems in the beginning but I complained & I’ve gotten 4 or 5 free months credit at least. The error codes from the early days are gone. Customer service being chat only isn’t great but that’s part of why the price is low. I

          • TaiPeng

            I always use the network apps for on demand. I use Fox Now for Fox shows and so on. On demand only works for AT&T content like Audience Network.

        • Robin Carmack

          My experience has been exceptional on an Apple TV. Buffering is very rare but I have fiber internet which helps

  • Fred Koot

    If interested in this deal, best to go to an Att store and walk away with the Apple tv.

  • Notpoliticalyet

    I got in at the $35 deal at the beginning. Service is generally good with a few hiccups. They really need to get the ball moving on the DVR and also a nicer interface on Roku. It is very limited and loads too slowly. Other apps load faster. They will charge for the DVR cloud and hopefully not too much. The Android app is ah ok. Competition is really ramping up in the stream arena and we should benefit from it.

  • Garry

    I have 15MB Internet and 4K TCL ROKU TV 55”. Not a problem at all with DIRECTV NOW. It buffers at startup as do all Streaming services. Picture is flawless. I really don’t see a need for DVR. I have done spreadsheet comparisons with all the streaming channels. DTN number one HULU number two. Sling never progressed. PSVUE, YOUTUBE can only stream at one address. DTN can stream two at a time Anywhere. I share with my daughter. $35 for two houses, great deal. Contract states two streams at a time, no geographic restrictions. Local channels complete. That is just a few of the reasons they are doing so well.

    • Malignar

      I agree. I think a lot people complaining about buffering may have tried the service months ago. I’ve had it for about a month and a half and had no buffering issues. I would like a DVR in order to skip commercials and to pause live TV. I really really miss pausing live tv as a sports fan and live tv fan in general. I am probably going to stick with them through the first of the year and see if they announce a Roku DVR. The problem is the competition doesn’t offer the channel lineup that this has. The only comparable service would be combining Philo with Youtube TV. But Philo has a borderline unusable UI for Roku and Youtube TV makes me use my phone as a TV remote..total dealbreaker there.

    • Sam Iamee

      “YOUTUBE can only stream at one address”

      You can have 6 users on your family plan, or whatever they call it. You all have separate accounts, separate DVR, can stream at the same time. No extra cost.

      • Garry

        At the same address.

        • carl_steve

          I don’t know where you got your info about “the same address.” From the Vue FAQ page:

          “While on a mobile device or desktop browser outside your home network, you can watch all the channels and programs in your plan except most live NHL games and On Demand CBS programming. Mobile devices, like supported iOS, Android, and desktop web, can be used for up to three simultaneous mobile streams. Other supported devices like Amazon Fire TV, Roku® streaming devices, Apple TV®, Fire TV, and Android TV can also be used for simultaneous streams within the limit of five streams total. While on a mobile device or desktop browser outside the city in which you subscribed to PlayStation Vue, you can watch all the channels in your package except: CBS, ABC, FOX, NBC, regional sports networks, most live NHL games. Whether in or out of your home network, live NFL games are not available on a mobile phone.”

          “It buffers at startup as do all Streaming services.” I’m not sure how you define buffering. There is load time for all apps, regardless of the streaming device being used, Internet connection quality, etc. However, once the Vue app has loaded, I don’t experience any channel buffering on any device.

  • AussieB

    Can’t wait for DVR. Just called Comcast & asked for a cheaper internet rate & got $20 a month off.

  • Mitchell Samuels

    I have no issues in ASHEVILLE NC . everything is running smooth

  • cjane1

    I have the dreaded blue buffering, it is really bad this morning. I have my router connected directly into the tv and my internet speed is 100/10 and still having issues. It is so frustrating, I am not enjoying this at all and have only had the service for a month.