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Everything We Know about the DIRECTV NOW DVR Beta

Channel Surfing ManFor over a month now AT&T has been running a beta of its DIRECTV NOW DVR. Not only is it working on a DVR but it’s also working on a brand-new app to replace the current DIRECTV NOW apps.

AT&T has officially been silent on the beta, giving no details about the DVR or the new app; however, thanks to many of our readers, we have a good look at what the DVR has to offer.

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, but the second round of beta testers reported getting 600 hours of DVR storage. Now though it looks like the most recent recording limitation is back to 100 hours.

So 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.

You can find more images of the new app HERE.

So what do you think of the new DIRECTV NOW DVR and app beta? Leave us a comment and let us know.

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21 Responses to Everything We Know about the DIRECTV NOW DVR Beta

  1. Kirby Baker September 22, 2017 at 7:51 am #

    I just wish I could get all my channels on all my devices. My one Apple TV will not show my local ABC in the guide. I’ve reset the device countless times, tried wired vs. wireless setups, nothing helps. Another AppleTV in the house, FireTV stick, Shield TV, iOs devices and Chrome browsers all show the ABC channel. I was hoping with the new app update last night that they had fixed it, but no dice.

    What makes it even worse is I cannot even use the ABC app or ABC VOD on this AppleTV using DTVN as the TV Provider. UGH!!!

    • mnsportsgeek September 22, 2017 at 9:24 am #

      You can use the ABC app with DTVN.

      • Kirby Baker September 22, 2017 at 9:54 am #

        That’s the thing, on this Apple TV, I cant. I’ve tried. It wont authenticate. I’ve found that I can use it with my cable company login even though I dropped TV service from them.

  2. risingtide September 22, 2017 at 8:10 am #

    Actually it was “6000 hours”. Not 600. And it was a glitch, even according to AT&T. It was supposed to say 6000 “minutes” = 100 hours.

  3. Andrew Lindeman September 22, 2017 at 8:56 am #

    Someone commented on a previous article that (at that time), one can only schedule specific shows to be recorded- not series. This is a pretty big deal to me! Tough to manage this- especially for a family! I hope they soon have the ability to schedule series to be recorded.

    • Dave Kwiatkowski September 22, 2017 at 9:03 am #

      The FAQ document that came with my beta notification states, “Series record is not available for testing at this time. We will notify you once we’re ready to test this feature.” I assume from this that you will be able to record a series.

  4. mnsportsgeek September 22, 2017 at 9:21 am #

    100 hours is fine. Especially if it’s free. We’ll have to wait and see if there is a cost.

    Series recordings sounds like it’s coming, so I’m not too concerned.

    My biggest concern is the lack of any auto extend or manually extend recording feature. Since it doesn’t seem to be like Vue’s DVR where you record every single instance of a recording, which is just asinine, recording the next program as a workaround won’t be a total annoyance. I’d still like a extend recording feature though.

  5. Kal September 22, 2017 at 9:27 am #

    They REALLY need to add Roku before the launch. I mean, come on, they been giving them away!

  6. icwhatudidthere September 22, 2017 at 9:43 am #

    Do any cloud DVRs allow you to pad recordings like if a show runs over a few minutes or a game goes into overtime?

    I’d like that and the ability to set a manual recording time. Sometimes searches only allow you to record the replay of an event and the original airing doesn’t show. I’ve mostly run into this with NBCSN on a variety of providers, PS Vue, Hulu and Sling. It seems sometimes NBCSN isn’t providing the times for the original airing, especially when they’re moved to CNBC or something.

    • PaperCoyote September 22, 2017 at 3:33 pm #

      I haven’t tested it myself but I saw this over on Reddit;

      It looks like Hulu is starting to adjust the recording on the fly at least that was these users were reporting when watching NFL games so no need to extend the recording manually or record the next episode in the guide as I had to do with Vue and Sling. I may test this out this weekend to see for myself.

  7. DM725 September 22, 2017 at 10:03 am #

    No Android TV, No Thanks

  8. Carol September 22, 2017 at 10:40 am #

    I’m just waiting for it to go public. I have a at&t unlimited plan which will give me a 25 dollar discount. I haven’t bought directv now even with the discount I hate commercials

  9. Edward Raphael Fernandez September 22, 2017 at 10:46 am #

    It needs to be supported on Roku or not interested here. .

  10. William September 23, 2017 at 8:16 am #

    YouTube TV is unlimited but lack channels. I use Direct TV Now and they have alot to catch-up in terms of performance vs YouTube TV. Cloud DVR is simple, it’s not like they are individually recording the show for each subscriber

    • Jeff Call September 26, 2017 at 2:13 am #

      YouTube TV is very attractive but, for actual TV use, they only support Chromecast. Not a fan of Chromecast, mainly because there’s no dedicated remote. Not until they expand to Roku, or Fire Stick will I give them serious consideration.

      • William October 19, 2017 at 7:36 pm #

        Exactly! I wish my Tivo supported it

  11. Ignacio Orozco September 23, 2017 at 3:54 pm #

    My Android TV has Directv Ready but no Directv Now. They need to get us an app for Android TVs!

  12. Chad Pearson October 4, 2017 at 11:13 am #

    Has anyone been able to record any Disney owned channels including Disney Jr., ESPN, SEC Network, etc.?

  13. Nate Decker October 5, 2017 at 2:22 pm #

    I am 2nd guessing what this article is telling me. Does this mean… if I am a directv now subscriber… I can get a DVR? Without the ripoff rate all these idiots pay for cable to get so many commercials with the ripoff rate?

  14. Bob Danger McMillen October 10, 2017 at 1:39 pm #

    DTVN DVR is the last piece I need to get rid of FiOS TV. On a somewhat related note, because of the pending ATT/Time Warner merger, will DTVN not get online agreements with TW networks (TBS, TNT, etc.) apps until the merger is complete?

  15. REP October 21, 2017 at 3:45 pm #

    They odd to add function instead of just DVR. For example, we need a “recall” button. And they need to add the ability for the system to remember where I left off. If i am browsing only my Favorite channels, then when i close out and reopen my app, it should show Favorite and not to default to some other screen.