For some time now we have known that AT&T was working on a set-top box for DIRECTV NOW. The device is an Android TV powered streaming player called Osprey. (AT&T is very likely to change the name before release.)
This all comes from a Reddit user called Justice_Ranger who claims to be an AT&T employee. Other AT&T Employees have also posted confirming the email and the Osprey. There is other supporting evidence including a complete copy of the Osprey user manual posted online.
Here is the email going out to AT&T Employees looking for beta testers:
As an employee, we appreciate your help in making the best possible entertainment experience.
That’s why we’re inviting you to participate and provide feedback in the Osprey Alpha 3 expansion. As an Alpha 3 tester, you¹ll be able to get a sneak peek of features and functions still in development. Osprey is AT&T’s latest innovative over the top set-top box where you can find all of your entertainment in on place still in develop.
Are there any requirements? One, you’ll need to maintain your active DIRECTVNow subscription.
How do I sign up? Easy, click the following link and fill out the survey: <redacted>
If you are selected as an employee Alpha 3 tester, we’ll send you a timeline of you receiving an Osprey box, instructions on how to get set up and onboarding process.
By participating in this phase of Alpha, you have a chance to win an American Express gift card, DON’T MISS OUT!
Product Validation Team
Here is what the remote looks like: (Credit FCCID.iO)
It is very likely this will be the set-top box for the reported DIRECTV streaming version. According to reports AT&T wants to offer a streaming version of DIRECTV that will offer the same contracts and channels but without the dish on your house. For now, they are likely using DIRECTV NOW to test it and will likely also offer it as an option for DIRECTV NOW customers.
Cord Cutters News has reached out to AT&T for comment and will update this story as we learn more.
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