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DIRECTV NOW is Giving Away Free Streaming Players to LeEco TV Owners

One of the few smart TVs DIRECTV NOW supported was LeEco TVs and when they rolled out their support it was a big deal. Now DIRECTV NOW is contacting LeEco TV owners to tell them that soon DIRECTV NOW will no longer work.

Here is what DIRECTV NOW sent LeEco TV owners:

We wanted to give you a heads up that in the next 30 days the DIRECTV NOW app will no longer be available on LeEco TVs.

We apologize for this inconvenience.

To make this right DIRECTV NOW is offering a FREE streaming player to DIRECTV NOW owners. They did not disclose what device would be sent to subscribers but they say you will “receive a streaming device so you can continue to watch DRIECTV NOW on your LeEco TV.”

So why is this happening?

It looks like we are about 30 days away from a major update to the DIRECTV NOW app. Recently AT&T promised a brand new app to replace the current DIRECTV NOW app that will combine DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW subscribers into a single app.

It is possible that in the next 30 days the new app will roll out and that it will not support LeEco TV owners. That is the only reason we can come up with for AT&T to drop support for a smart TV. We will be keeping a close eye on this story and will post updates on the new DIRECTV NOW app as new details become available.

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8 Responses to DIRECTV NOW is Giving Away Free Streaming Players to LeEco TV Owners

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    AИ₮$ September 2, 2017 at 7:43 am #

    I thought the American part of LeEco was going out of business or something…I know they laid people off and stopped support on their LeEco phones…

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      Nathan John Ganiere September 2, 2017 at 9:48 am #

      yeah most likely reason support is being stopped, not the one stated in the article……….

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    Craig September 2, 2017 at 10:53 am #

    I don’t care whose fault this honestly is. AT&T is now certified 100% incompetent. Funny how Sling TV is able to support every single Android TV box/set available… And DirecTV couldn’t even support 1 Android TV device…past what? 3 months? Wow! EPIC FAILURE!

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    Daniel Richards September 2, 2017 at 1:07 pm #

    so they are ditching Android TV, yet they will continue to support Fire TV which would run on Android TV if they just removed the Amazon security checks

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      Craig September 3, 2017 at 10:38 am #

      Haha! They never have formally have supported Android TV. They supported LeEco Smart TV’s which just happen to run Android TV. To support Android TV means their app would’ve been supported on the Nvidia Shield, Mi-Box, Nexus Player and Sony Bravia TV’s. The term “Support” to them? Doesn’t just mean “Does the Fire TV build coincidentally run on Android TV? Okay we’ll release it, since it works.” No. Support by their definition is “Do we want to pay a developer to continually code, test, provide fixes and updates of our app to the Android TV platform as a whole.” and DirecTV NOW simply hasn’t been willing to do that. Funny how Sling TV is able to support every Android TV box between here and Timbucktu!

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    Evan September 2, 2017 at 3:42 pm #

    Smart TVs are not future. Competition of cable boxes and cable services. Not renting or returning cable boxes. Travel is becoming obsolete.

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    REP September 2, 2017 at 7:14 pm #

    A new Direct TV Now app is sorely needed. The current one is TERRRIBBBLEEEEE!

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      Daniel Richards September 2, 2017 at 7:56 pm #

      the app is fine as long as the features actually work