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First Look: DIRECTV NOW’s New DVR & App

Couple relaxing in living room holding remote control and smilingSometime late this fall DIRECTV NOW is rolling out a new DVR and app for its subscribers, but some already have access to the app and DVR as part of a closed, invite-only beta.

Thankfully we have been able to get a first look at the new app and DVR and have been able to make this video with the images we have of the new service:

(Please watch the YouTube Video for our full look at DIRECTV NOW’s new DVR and app.)

The following are a few highlights of what we know about the new DVR and app:

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 generation), Chrome browser, and the Chromecast.

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

Fast Forward & Live TV Pause

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

DVR Storage

According to beta testers, the current DVR storage is 100 hours. Sling TV’s DVR beta also 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 DIRECTV NOW storage limits will be.

The New App

From what we have seen the new app replaces the dark background for a white/light gray look; however, the Apple TV app still offers a darker look.

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  • Dominic Spencer

    Thanks for the update. Do we know or anticipate if the DvR will have functionality away from home? If so, any restrictions?

    • REM

      I’m sure it will be.

  • filmex

    What’s coming first–DTVN’s DVR or Santa Claus ?

    • Iphart

      Santa for sure.

      • Bullhammer


    • iSRS

      As of today, I say DirecTV Now’s DVR… By 4 days. If they change “fall” to “winter” then Santa

  • James Jarvis

    Do you think they will wait till the new app comes out before they release the xbox one app?

    • mannyramirez

      Im very dissapointed with them since the Xbox app should have been a priorty. So many users in that market. I will not spend more $$$ for another device for my living room. I have 1 streaming device and the xbox. I use the device in my bedroom and period.

      • pixelstuff

        Xbox is not that big when you count existing streaming customers. At lest in the U.S. It is smaller than any one of the top four. In order of market share those are: Roku, Amazon, Google, and Apple. Xbox and PS4 combined are less than Apple.

        Which is kind of surprising that they keep pushing the phone apps out first before the Roku app.

  • Joe in Virginia

    Does anyone know if there are any channel restrictions? For example, you can’t record any of the Disney properties, including ESPN, on Sling. Also do they swap recordings out for the on demand version when available? They do that with FX on Sling. Would love to get information on this. I really liked the Directv service, but not having DVR and a pretty spotty on demand made it a non-starter.

  • iSRS

    I’m assuming that the darker look still being on the Apple TV App is to match the two theme options of that device.

  • Andrew Lindeman

    Yes, interested in the channel restriction listed below, and if you can only schedule individual shows to be recorded and not series. Thanks for any info!

  • James K

    I wish they would fix basic streaming before adding more features. This week DTVN has been unusable on Roku, streams won’t even start. Apple tv is better but the What’s On Now bar and guide aren’t fully populated.

  • Adam

    Do we think it’s going to be included or do you think there will be an added charge for the DVR (like Sling does)?

  • Dave Enna

    Question: Is every show on every network available to be recorded? If yes, that would be a big plus, especially for channels like TCM that don’t provide app access.

    Another question: Are you seeing reliable playback of recorded shows? The VOD feature on the current DirecTV Now is so unreliable that it is not useful.

    • pixelstuff

      Exactly. I’ve been hoping the DVR feature will fix the biggest problems with the VOD and 72 hour rewind system being so unreliable that it is, as you said, not useful. Nothing worse than getting 90 minutes into a 2 hour movie and the audio getting out of sync or the stream failing and requiring a restart, only to learn that you can’t fast forward to where you left off.

  • Robert Maurer

    Have had the beta app for weeks. Still cannot get it to work.

  • Kal

    Beta users — are you all seeing Smithsonian Channel, HD Channel, and some other new channels? A guy on Reddit said he was seeing them as part of the beta.

  • zimmuze41

    Why are all these guys ignoring the Roku? Vue is 100x better on Fire & Apple TV, and DTVN seems to be following that path. No beta DVR and users talking about crashing. Isn’t Roku reported to be the most used/purchased device?

    • Kevin Bishop

      Mobile is at the heart of streaming TV development. With that in mind it makes perfect sense they are pushing out apps to fire tv which is built on Android and apple TV which is iOS. Roku is a very different animal to develop for. Also fire TV and apple TV have a much smaller user base so when they test new features it is way less demanding in their servers.

    • mannyramirez

      Because VUE sucks since they lose channels every month!

    • Michael Barber

      Morons are making decisions. Roku is the clear market-share and price leader at this point.

  • Aaron

    Thanks for the review! Are you able to DVR local channels? And can you watch those local DVR recordings while traveling?