Apple TV 4K

Update: Clarifying The DIRECTV NOW FREE 4K Apple TV Deal


Today DIRECTV NOW announced that you can get a FREE 4K Apple TV 32GB if you prepay for 4 months of DIRECTV NOW. There has been some confusion today as on one of the DIRECTV NOW help pages they state you need to pay for 5 months of DIRECTV NOW to get the free 4K Apple TV. Cord Cutters News reached out to DIRECTV NOW and have confirmed that the deal is for 4 months of DIRECTV NOW NOT 5.

When you go through the signup process it will ask you to pay for 4 months so for now just ignore the 5 months listed on the help page and follow the steps you will find on the DIRECTV NOW website when you signup.

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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  • Daniel

    only take the deal if you where planning on buying the Apple TV 4k, this service has been hands down the worst service I’ve ever used. thank you PHILO for saving my streaming cable dream,

    • Nathan John Ganiere

      yeah I plan on keeping Philo while having this…….been using DTVN since day 1 and there days still unreliable, not used it on an Apple TV but a ROKU which it works most the time, but has an occasional fit and the Fire TV it’s just junk on most the time, does nothing but buffers on there………always wanted to try an Apple TV though see if it’s better than the Fire TV anyhow if it is, I’ll sell one of my Fire TV boxes to get some money back too…………PHILO has literally buffered only once for me since it was released Tuesday, and been using it around the clock………..

      • Daniel

        Apple TV is by and far the BEST way to use DTVN (but it does have a weird Guide glitch in the last few updates), I have completely given up all hope of improvement from DTVN and this WILL be my last month (just under 3 weeks left of already paid for service), I literally haven’t turn DTVN back on since getting Philo, there is is NO comparison, DTVN is worthless compared to the features and reliability of Philo, i’ve got 15+ hours with no pausing to buffer yet.

        • Nathan John Ganiere

          took 2 and a half days roughly to buffer once here, last night it finally buffered…….LOL, knock on wood been fine all day today again……….PHILO that is…..

        • Nathan John Ganiere

          yeah most likely the four months I got yet from getting the Apple TV will be the last if I don’t think it’s much better on Apple TV which I honestly don’t expect too drastic of an improvement enough to change what opinion I got on the service already

        • Malignar

          I find the Philo roku menu very poor. Borderline unusable. Love the channel lineup though and the price is good. Once they fix the roku ui it will be great.

          • Nathan John Ganiere

            it’ll be fine if they ever incorporate the guide into it in some way, similar to the website

          • Nathan John Ganiere

            does kinda suck no real way to look ahead without loading channel and going to more about this channel though in options……..

          • Daniel

            yes the Roku app leaves a lot to be desired in it’s layout due to lacking the guide, but since they have it on the PC interface you can just program all your shows to record that way then just use the SAVED tab on the Roku, it’s organized by what most recently had something air (from what I can tell) so all your shows with new episodes are at the top.

    • Nathan John Ganiere

      but yeah keep trying to find an excuse to keep DTVN and thinking it’ll get better but now that PHILO has arrived, might bring an end to that, the one thing I’ve learned about these services is, you can only wait so long before giving up on them, if it’s not fixed after a year, it’s simply not getting fixed, these companies don’t seem to care to fix issues or fail to recognize there are issues with their services, basically to tell you the truth if you’ve given a service three months, you’ve pretty much got an idea what it’s gonna be like

    • Iphart

      Yep, PHILO is great at $16/month for a lot of good cable channels.
      Funny it doesn’t get mentioned here !

      • Daniel

        he had several articles about Philo on launch day, I would suggest you look back a few pages to articles posted on the 14th (around page 4 right now)

      • Not only did we post 3 stores this week about Philo we also posted a YouTube video about the service.

        • Iphart

          Yes, my bad.

    • James High

      Actually after trying PS Vue and Sling TV I think Direct TV now is a pretty great deal for the prices. they have Viacom channels, almost All FX channels, Nick / Nick Jr, Disney for my kid, and freeform for the weekend movies. I can’t fathom how anyone deals with the interface of sling or VUE. they’re garbage. If you like navigation to be set up like a traditional TV guide, which makes the most sense because you can ACTUALLY see whats on for the next 2 hours per channel, Direct TV is pretty much the only service with an interface like that. – And DTV now has all our local channels here in Milwaukee, WI.

  • Lyntill

    I have DTVN. I’ve used it with an Apple TV, the new Amazon Fire box and a Roku Premiere. The Apple TV is the most stable device and the quickest with the guide. The new Amazon Fire box is nearly as good. I have very little buffering or problems with either one.

    Roku buffers a lot more and is much slower loading the guide. I seldom ever use the Roku for anything anymore because it can’t handle DTVN.

    If DTVN has the channels you want this is a great opportunity to get the best streaming device for it.

    • Nathan John Ganiere

      yeah why I jumped on the deal, wanted to try the Apple TV out anyhow on this service before making a final verdict on DTVN, and if it makes this service better at the same time, all the better, even if I don’t end up keeping the DTVN in the long run going forward I’m sure the Apple TV will come in handy…………

  • NashGuy

    I’m betting Apple TV will be one of the very first devices to get the new DTVN app (with new UI and cloud DVR) when it becomes available in the coming weeks.

    Question: If you take advantage of this deal and prepay for the 4 months AND you’re an AT&T Unlimited mobile customer, do you just prepay $40 (that is the regular 4-month price of $140 minus $100)? Or do you prepay $140 and then later get $100 taken off of your AT&T mobile bill? How does it work?

    • Daniel

      you prepay the full price of 4 months, you don’t get to bundle your discount right away, it takes a few months to process and get the discount on FUTURE payments, since these 4 months are paid up front there is not AT&T 25 dollar a month discount.

      • NashGuy

        Gotcha. Thanks.

        • Daniel

          yeah thats another think I don’t like about AT&T, they say straight up it can take a few months to start getting the discount for “bundling”. besides this service has been so bad no way I would use AT&T cellular after seeing how AT&T treats customers on DTVN

  • Mark D

    Philo here no buffing.

  • Packin

    Hey Luke, since you’re updating articles as you get new information, how about a retraction on the incorrect info you posted about the Istreamitall situation? I saw you deleted the article, but no comment about it? No retraction? That’s disappointing.

  • Christine Carty Dohm

    New customers only?

    • Fred Koot

      Of course

  • Normllikeyou

    So, I’m going through the signup process now, but I’m only getting the free Roku Stick offer. Is it a promo code that I have to enter? What am I missing?