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This new live and on-demand streaming service offers several monthly packages, according to how many channels you’re interested in. But it’s easy to get it mixed up with AT&T’s old streaming service DirecTV Now, DirecTV, and AT&T TV. Here’s a comprehensive look at which one is which, in order to avoid confusion.
AT&T’s streaming services, explained
AT&T TV Now is replacing DirecTV Now, while DirecTV is being rebranded as AT&T TV. Both services are accessible via a single AT&T TV app–which, after you log in, will automatically determine which one applies to you.
This is all very convoluted, so here’s a simple breakdown of each service.
DirecTV Now, DirecTV, and AT&T TV
DirecTV Now was AT&T’s old channel-based streaming service that has since been rebranded as AT&T TV Now, allowing subscribers to stream live and on-demand. However, if you already had a DirecTV Now subscription, fear not. Your subscription has already been transferred to AT&T TV Now.
Meanwhile, DirecTV has been replaced by AT&T TV. AT&T TV is essentially the cord-cutting equivalent of a cable service, as subscribers still must pay for an annual contract and an activation fee.
Now it’s time to examine AT&T TV’s streaming counterpart, AT&T TV Now.
AT&T TV Now
The primary draw of this service is streaming capabilities free from year-long contracts. You can stream anytime and anywhere without a satellite, and you’ll have access to thousands of on-demand films and TV series, as well as up to 60+ live channels. These channels include local channels and sports networks that will vary depending on your location.
AT&T TV Now is compatible with a number of devices, including Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Samsung Smart TVs, iOS devices, Android devices, and both Chrome and Safari browsers. Furthermore, depending on which package you choose, you’ll have access to channels like HBO, BET, Cartoon Network, National Geographic Channel, CBS, SYFY, and more.
AT&T TV Now also includes a content recording feature. With Cloud DVRBeta (which doesn’t work on all channels, unfortunately), you can record up to 20 hours of content and it’ll be saved for 30 days. You can also rewind and fast forward no matter where you are.
AT&T TV Now Pricing
There are two primary packages that are identical to those of the now-defunct DirecTV Now. You can choose between AT&T TV Now’s Plus or Max packages for $50/month and $70/month respectively–with the latter, of course, granting access to the most channels.
Additionally, if you want even more options, you can pay a bit more for 65+ to 125+ channels with AT&T’s extra packages. These range from the Entertainment package for $93/month to the Ultimate package for $135/month, which makes channel customization very much in the hands of the subscriber.
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Anna Maria Ward is the social media editor of the Daily Dot. Her work focuses on the intersections of entertainment, pop culture, and social justice. She previously contributed to the Houston Chronicle and Orange magazine.