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DIRECTV NOW Is Rolling Out DVR Beta Access to Non-AT&T Customers

Channel Surfing ManFor months now AT&T has been rolling out access to the DIRECTV NOW DVR beta, but you had to be an AT&T customer. Now it looks like DIRECTV NOW has dropped that requirement.

Yesterday DIRECTV NOW rolled out a large number of invites to DIRECTV NOW and for the first time (to our knowledge) you can now use your DIRECTV NOW login to access the beta.

Previously you had to be a subscriber to some type of AT&T service so you could use your AT&T login to access the beta.

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

Fast Forward & Live TV Pause

We have some good news. Yes, you can fast forward through commercials and pause live TV.

DVR Storage

Early beta testers received 100 hours of DVR storage. 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.

Many devices such as the Fire TV have only recently been added, but so far there is no word on Roku support.

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.

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8 Responses to DIRECTV NOW Is Rolling Out DVR Beta Access to Non-AT&T Customers

  1. charles perry December 1, 2017 at 8:20 am #

    Ironic that Directv now is offering free Rokus to new subscribers, but no Roku support for the DVR app.

  2. Infensus December 1, 2017 at 9:32 am #

    So, in the beta invite I received (I am a non-AT&T wireless subscriber), it mentioned that I will receive a separate on-boarding invite for both FireTV and Roku. So far, I received the testflight info and have installed the AppleTV/iPhone versions. I also have the credentials for Chrome.

    The DVR is allowing me 20 hours of space right now.

    • GersonT1000 December 1, 2017 at 11:10 am #

      TWENTY HOURS? Wow, that’s so little. At least give us 50!

  3. NCAviator December 1, 2017 at 4:47 pm #

    Hope I get mine soon. They know what device you use to access their service. You would think they would send invites to who they have the software for.

  4. TaiPeng December 2, 2017 at 5:35 am #

    Didn’t get an invite.

  5. BB-8 ME December 4, 2017 at 10:55 am #

    It’s so buggy, pretty much unusable on AppleTV a small it’s incredibly slow and often locks up. :/

  6. Christopher Strobeck December 8, 2017 at 8:49 pm #

    Just got an invite, and can’t even sign in. States to log in with your current directvnow login, and it doesn’t work. Resetting the password only lets me log into an OLD AT&T account from a decade ago. Lovely =/