Channel Surfing Man

Here is Everything We Know About the DIRECTV NOW DVR Beta


Channel Surfing ManFor the last few months now DIRECTV NOW has been beta testing their new DVR. Not only is AT&T working on a DVR for DIRECTV NOW but it’s also working on a brand-new app to replace the current DIRECTV NOW apps.

AT&T has officially been silent on the beta, giving no details about the DVR or the new app; however, thanks to many of our readers, we have a good idea at what the DVR has to offer.

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

Fast Forward Through Commercials 

We have some good news. Yes, you can fast forward through commercials and pause live TV. Unlike some other DVRs the DIRECTV NOW DVR does not replace recordings with a on-demand version.

DVR Storage

Early beta testers received 100 hours of DVR storage, but more recent DVR beta testers say that they are only getting 20 hours of free DVR storage.

So 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.

Recently DIRECTV NOW added an option to signup for a Roku beta.

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.

You can find more images of the new app HERE.

So what do you think of the new DIRECTV NOW DVR and app beta? Leave us a comment and let us know.

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  • chuck_fu

    Meh. I’m not impressed. I’m staying with Sling TV.

    • charles perry

      Yea, unless DTVN offers at least 50 hours, it’s a no sale!!

      • NashGuy

        My guess is you’ll get a little storage, like 20 hrs, for free. If you want more, like 100 hrs, it will cost extra.

        • charles perry

          50 hours for $5 is doable! I might even consider 100 hours for $10, since HBO is only $5, but any more for a cloud DVR is a ripoff [Talking to you, Hulu Live!].

  • dugants193

    My wife so far doesn’t like the Directv NOW recording feature on the Apple TV. She thinks it’s too difficult for non tech people to use as is.

  • TaiPeng

    Can the DVR favorite future shows so I don‘t have to remember theor initial airdates? Does it tell me when my shows are airing with notifications? I really want a feature in which it switches the channel to my favorite show when it airs.

    • dugants193

      It does, however with the current 20 hour DVR it will overwrite the oldest show quickly.

  • Malignar

    Pause live tv! I miss that more than anything else. As a person that watches quite a bit of live tv, with a whirlwind 7 year old, I require the pause…give me more pause.

    • TechSupport

      Why aren’t you using PlayStation vue then?

  • Jdmac29

    I am a beta tester and I can say 20 hours is not enough.

    • dugants193

      As a beta tester I completely agree! Especially When you try to record a series.

  • 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?

    • TechSupport

      It is completely random.

  • Vegas Steve

    Going strongly white is a mistake (unless it’s optional). I have the latest Android OS and the white becomes blinding. Don’t these idiots use their own product? Again, 20 hours is a joke on the DVR. Maybe they will give you 20 for free with additional space for purchase.

    • TechSupport

      That would be my preferred model.

      • Vegas Steve

        Well, if that’s your preference, that’s fine, it would be nice if people have options. But most people don’t want glaring white. And on my phone, it’s WAY to bright.

        • TechSupport

          Sorry. I had no opinion on the color. It was what you said about the DVR I was saying that about.

  • Nathan John Ganiere

    all I know is, I’ll take whatever they give out for free, not paying a dime extra for DVR and think it’s a waste to even consider it if a company charges for it extra…..really only need it for the occasional sporting event anyhow when I’m gone from home…..

    • TechSupport

      One way or another you pay for it. Others just roll it up in the price and you don’t get a choice. I think making a base package with options is a great business model. I pay $45 for PSvue but if I switched to Directv now I would only pay $35 and get more channels. It is humorous to me how people think when a company doesn’t charge extra for something that it is free.

      • Barbara R

        Like Amazom Prime free shipping.

        • TechSupport

          Correct. However when I am comparing price I compare COST+SHIPPING+TAX.

  • Brady Stone

    DirectvNow offers the best channel lineup in my opinion, but when is the DVR coming? The lack of a DVR is a dealbreaker for me.

    • TechSupport

      I completely agree.

  • TechSupport

    Is the DVR really not going to be available on Roku at the start?????

  • Marc Shaffer

    I’m using the Beta on Apple TV and find it much better and easier to use than the old version. If things continue to go this well I might finally get rid of cable and use this as my primary TV source. I am liking it a lot so far.