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Report: DIRECTV NOW “2.0” is Coming in Early 2018


For some time now AT&T has been beta testing a new DIRECTV NOW app and DVR service. At first, it was reported that would happen in late 2017 but now it is starting to look like early 2018.

During the 3rd quarter 2017, AT&T earnings call AT&T’s CFO hinted that DIRECTV NOW’s DVR would be coming out in early 2018 and now a Wells Fargo analysts is reporting the same thing after meeting with AT&T’s investor relations team.

“DTV Now 2.0 is coming,” the Wells Fargo analysts wrote. “Importantly, this will streamline the User Interface (UI) for the customer (T currently has different UIs for DTV, DTV Now, U-verse and Sunday Ticket). This upgrade will also likely bring with it some additional functionality (i.e. Cloud DVR, additional streams, etc.). Timing is expected in Q1’18 (when we expect T will also own a lot more content and have some anchor tenants to build around DTV Now…yes even with today’s headlines).”

Now we have been hearing that the DIRECTV NOW Beta is coming to a close. AT&T updated it’s DIRECTV NOW Beta FAQ to state that there will be no new devices added to the beta. We have also heard rumors leaking out from AT&T and the beta community that the beta is getting ready to wrap up. (Likely in the next month or so.) Now that does not mean the new app and DVR is ready to go live. It could just mean that AT&T has all the data they need from the beta.

It is also interesting to see that a first-quarter 2018 release would also line up with the rumored release date of AT&T’s new Android TV powered streaming player. 

For now, what we do not know the exact date the new DVR will be released, but all signs are pointing to AT&T missing their goal of a fall 2017 release. Now that should not be a surprise. As with all new technology bumps in the road happen and can delay software.

Source: FierceCable

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  • CT

    And with it, price increases.

    • Michael Smith

      Not really,

      • CT

        If you think AT&T is going to launch a completely new version of a platform with new features and NOT raise the price, you’re delusional.

        • TaiPeng

          Every other provider has DVR TV Everywhere features included in the price.

          • Huey

            Cost $5 extra on Sling no matter the package. Hulu has an addon for advance DVR functionality.

          • TaiPeng

            I’m talking about basic DVR functionality with the basic amount of storage.

          • TaiPeng

            Sling charges for DVR functionality? Another reason I don’t Sling.

          • TaiPeng

            Maybe it’s a new policy then.

        • Lyntill

          I would expect a reasonable increase. If they raise it too much then people will switch and they’ll have to find a way to sweeten the deal. No contract is a beautiful thing.

          • Fred Koot

            I see between $5 to $15 a month for a functional Dvr.

          • BloodLust

            DVR to me is useless. It it’s free great, I might use it every once and a while. If they charge you to have it, They can take there service and shove it. If people who want it wish to pay for it then good. But hopefully they don’t force there trash onto us who don’t want it nor wish to pay for it.

  • Michael Smith

    To complete the line-up on DTVN is to add their DVR and the NFL Network/Redzone

    • Marc H

      agreed, those are what I would need to cord cut, without a dvr I would probably not be able to watch anything.

  • Michael Smith

    Maybe but realistically no. AT&T wants to convert their satellite service to the streaming world. Less costs therefore more profit especially with newcomer streaming services coming on board in 2018 (Verizon, telcom coops…).

  • Stanley J Ziemba

    Buffer the sequel

    • TaiPeng

      Perhaps but on demand content will not be as horrible to stream if live stream fails.

  • mnsportsgeek

    Lame.

    As long as they get it right, I’m fine with waiting though.

  • TV Barrington

    It’s possible that it was reported somewhere else, so I apologize for asking this about DTV’s cloud storage. I think that I recall the beta cloud DVR storage is currently 100 hrs. Since it’s always possible the beta program features could change, these questions are about it’s beta cloud DVR. Hopefully, someone that either is in the beta program can answer them, or someone that absolutely knows for sure.

    1. Is there a *TIME LIMIT* for recorded shows under this DVR feature before shows start being deleted?

    2. Can you pause, FF, reverse, resume under the beta?

    3. Is there any restrictions as to what can’t be recorded?

    4. Is there any restrictions with any channels that can’t be FF?

    • mnsportsgeek

      1. No
      2. Yes
      3. No
      4. No

      • TV Barrington

        Thanks for answering those questions for me.

        • Bettie Bedford

          I can’t record HBO with the Beta.

          • TV Barrington

            That’s both unfortunate and good to know. There are shows on the premium channels that I just can’t sit down and watch right at the moment they are being broadcast, so being able to record a premium show or movie would be important to me. Possibly the only exception to this is if DTV has an On-Demand feature for any of the premium channels you may pay extra for the subscription.

            Before I cut the cord, I use my DVR to record many favorite shows from premium channels, so either being able to record them, or an On-Demand feature (with pause), would be very important to me.

  • Fred Koot

    A report by a Wells Fargo analyst on a AT&T product, now those are two corrupt companies. Never believe anything they say.

  • filmex

    Whenever I think of the new DTVN, courtesy of AT&T, their roll-out continues to be so smooth it’s too bad they can’t have The Three Stooges as DTVN’s spokesmen.

    Q: Is DTVN with your mythical DVR going to arrive going to arrive before summer, 2018 ?

    Stooges: “Sointenly !”

    • TaiPeng

      D’oh! They will be overtaken by YouTube TV with more channels by then.

      • mnsportsgeek

        YouTube TV? More channels? Ha.

        • Will Norman

          I think more channels are coming to YouTube TV. I think they are waiting until they have more leverage with the networks. Look at their price for offering Showtime. It makes no sense, but it is probably the best price they could negotiate at the time. My prediction is that YouTube TV will eventually become a leading TV Platform with lots of options. The potential is certainly there.

          • Fred Koot

            Well they are already paying more than the selling price for content, so not much room there. Google like everything they do is just interested in making advertising dollars so that should help.

          • Will Norman

            By leverage, I mean being able to negotiate a lower price for the content they get from the networks. Thus giving them room to offer customers more and better deals.

          • Fred Koot

            Well they need something, because their current lineup won’t succeed. You’d think leverage is one thing they have, being owned by Google.

        • TaiPeng

          If YouTube TV got more channels they would be a better competitor.

  • Nathan John Ganiere

    should be no surprise folks, AT&T almost never meets any deadline they make……..not a first time rodeo they got a long history of this………

  • REP

    Direct tv Now is Now Directly Delayed. Great!

    • Ryan Moore

      That’s the beauty of OTA and cord-cutting — you’re free to move between providers at will. I’m personally happy with DTV Now at the moment (I’m looking forward to DVR, but most of what I watch is either live or can be accessed with the app logins) and plan to stick around, but if DVR was a deal breaker for me like it is for many people, it’s nice to know I could jump back to Sling (which was the first cord cutting service I used and really liked it overall – I’m sure it’s only gotten better since then as well) or Vue (which I tried and really liked the interface and cloud DVR but wouldn’t use currently due to the absence of Viacom channels). That kind of flexibility was unheard of even 5 years ago when all the cable and satellite providers locked you in to contracts.

      • Good points Ryan. The only caveat would be if you are on DIRECTV NOW under the “Go Big” $35 promotion pricing. This was a brilliant move by them since it deters “provider shopping” (unless you want to maintain two providers, DTVN and Sling TV for DVR, which at $35 for DTVN and $25 for STV is not all that unreasonable for a temp solution)

        • TaiPeng

          Bad deal. People bailed when the problems became too much. Why pay for a service that cannot deliver. I never wanted most of the Go Big channels. The basic plan is the best because it is capitalist. Every channel in the basic package has to be popular because streamers won’t pay for junk channels that they don’t want. Basic cable has to make $$.

        • Kirby Baker

          I’ve got that Go Big for $35 promo still, and its the only reason I haven’t left DTVN. I think they will eventually get it all right, and be the best choice in the long run, but yesterday I installed Youtube TV on my Nvidia Shield, and I have to say, they have their stuff together! Add a few more of the channels from the Go Big package, and I may not stick around DTVN much longer. I’m not as fortunate as most, cannot get most OTA’s at my location, so I’m at the mercy of a service that has my locals.

          • John Smith

            I’m pretty much doing the same thing. I have kept DTVN’s Go Big Package these past months on the hopes they’ll soon get it right, but meanwhile have kept a YTTV subscription for its pretty much unlimited online DVR capability and all four major OTA networks in my city.
            In my case, the online DVR is important because I’m often not home when the prime time shows are airing, so I like to watch them later at my leisure. If DTVN offers a reasonable and working DVR solution either for free (no added plan cost) or a low add-on, I’ll go with them. But if they don’t, I’ll stay with YTTV and drop DTVNow. My patience with AT&T and DTVN is only going to last so long!!!

  • TechSupport

    I have been using PlayStation vue for a while and like it but Directv has more channels and a better interface especially on Roku. Since DVR is not available and does not seem to be coming out any time soon I canceled my trial. I don’t know if I will switch when it is released or not since they seem very very very slow in releasing features like DVR.

    • Tom McDowell

      PlayStation Vue has DVR services and they just came out with a Grid TV Guide for Roku. See early article here on CordCutters.

  • Bobby Sadler

    We have dvr on Directv. So, what is New?

    • Todd

      He’s talking about the streaming service, not satellite.

  • Lyntill

    I have DTVN and love it. Where else could I get my must-have channels in the least expensive package? Nowhere. That’s why I have DTVN.

    I will be glad to have the DVR but I’ve been doing just fine using Hulu On Demand for my DVR. About a week ago I installed a Tablo DVR to go with my OTA antenna for the broadcast networks. I will probably drop Hulu before the next billing date since I can watch most other shows I may miss through apps.

    My cord cutting experience is going well, thanks to Cord Cutters and all the great info here. Once my equipment investment is paid for through cable savings, I will be ahead $95 a month. I can wait awhile for DTVN to get the DVR right.

    • TaiPeng

      The Roku app is terrible. Guide not loading and when it does none of my locals are on the guide. I can’t watch Fox on Roku? Also it defaults to all channels? I’m back on Apple TV.

      • Lyntill

        Yes, I agree, TaiPeng. DTVN works much faster with my Apple TV. I got the Roku Premiere for paying for two months and it buffers a lot. Roku was a poor choice to give away with DTVN.

    • Good points on using Hulu as DVR. It’s a good compliment to DTVN. We’ve been using the combo for some time now. Hulu almost a must for those with no OTA

    • Ramon Mendoza

      I signed up for Hulu with Live TV precisely because they had DVR capability and YouTube TV wasn’t in my town yet. If DirecTV Now finally comes with DVR service, I may be able to choose a winner in the streaming TV battle.

      PS — I hope they give more than 100 hours for their DVR. That’s not nearly enough for the whole family.

    • Ja Cam

      The DVR is mainly needed for sports. Hulu is good for on demand but it doesn’t do any good for sports unfortunately.

  • TaiPeng

    Early 2018 meaning Spring 2018. Projections are always a season or more off.

  • Roger Hart

    I’d like to know why DirectTV Now is not making the DVR available to Roku users?

    • BloodLust

      Because there Roku app is unstable garbage that doesn’t work half the time. How can you expect more features to work when the app won’t.

    • MJ

      I know the list said no, but they have to. I mean, they are giving away free Roku’s with new subscribers.

  • Malignar

    Glad I paid for two months for a useless Roku.

  • Gforce1963

    bye bye $35 a month…bye bye!

  • NCAviator

    YouTube TV now has 3 of the 4 locals in my area. They are now adding device support. Love that they don’t have CNN. DTVN has never made their timelines. They promised DVR when they launched in Nov 2016. They played a brilliant game of the $35 special deal. Has kept many of their early customers.

  • Dave Enna

    I’ve been a subscriber since Day 1 and I’m very happy with the Go Big package at $35 and free HBO for a year. Can’t really beat that deal. Service is fine, picture quality is very good for live TV on an Apple TV 4K. The picture quality is much better than I get with an over-the-air antenna. To go big-time mass market, however, DirecTV Now is going to have to capture local network stations in all markets. (I’m still lacking CBS.) Also, channels like NFL Network really need to be added. Also, VOD will need to be 100% reliable. Then comes the DVR service, hopefully at no extra charge.

  • REM

    When the dust settles it will be YouTube TV and DTVN. I have the latter but I tested YT TV and don’t underestimate them their platform on Android is amazing. If they get apps on Google TV, Fire TV, Roku they’ll be tough.

  • Marc H

    Are all channels on DTVN HD?

  • Dean G

    DVR is nice since right now I have both DTVN and Playstation Vue, but like others I have Hulu so it’s not something that is all that big of deal for me. What I would like to see is Hallmark Movies and Mysteries available on more than the lowest tier. They need to speed up on getting local channels as well.

  • Ja Cam

    I would hope they at least release the new app/dvr at the CES 2018 show. I have the Go Big deal for $35 but sometimes I wish I didn’t. I actually like Sling better overall. Just trying to wait it out to see if DirectvNow can actually deliver on a more stable user experience & features. So far, I don’t have a lot of confidence & frankly I’m getting tired of waiting.

  • John Smith

    FWIW, apart from channel lineups, there are some other noteworthy differences between DTVN and YTTV. For example:
    –Want to favorite a particular ESPN show to watch later? You can save it via DVR on YTTV, but DTVN has no ESPN content that can be watchlisted for subsequent (lookback) viewing.
    –Interested to watch the Long Road Home Series on Nat Geo starting today? You can DVR it on YTTV, but Nat Geo also has no lookback on DTVN, so you can’t even watchlist the show and can only view it live.
    –When DTVN launched, despite no DVR, they at least had a so-called lookback feature whereby you could, without having to watchlist a show in advance, simply go to not all but a select group of channels and see their offerings for the past 72 hours or so. ESPN and most of CNN were never part of that, but other networks were. Now, however, that lookback feature, which drew a lot of complaints, seems to have been yanked entirely.
    –Re NFL football, on YTTV, you can watchlist/record pre-game shows, individual games and even all games from specific teams that will be saved and recorded for subsequent viewing. On DTVN, you can’t watchlist all NFL Football, or all games by a particular team, or pregame shows, and AFAICT, the only option available is to watch games live, nothing else, no matter the network.
    The bottom line is: DTVN is very picky about what you can watchlist for later viewing, with a lot of content simply unavailable. And their generic lookback feature seems to have disappeared entirely. I’m hoping their future DVR service doesn’t operate the same way. With YTTV, I don’t think I’ve gone looking for any show they air as yet that I couldn’t save via their DVR service.

  • James Childress

    Got the invite but no DVR support for Roku means it is useless to me.