DirecTV Now is a live TV service that lets you decide what package of channels you want to subscribe to. It can be seen as a cable alternative, allowing consumers to choose from a variety of networks broadcasting their content live. While it is affiliated with DirecTV, you do not need a satellite or any type of traditional satellite TV package to gain access. DirecTV Now chooses to follow the model of many others in the industry, charging a monthly fee for access to the service.
Whether you want the bare minimum or unlimited access, the tiered pricing allows for you to find a package to fit your needs. Starting at 60 channels (moving all the way up to 120+), you should have plenty of options to choose from with DirecTV Now.
Premium Channels at a Lower Price
While it will still cost you to add premium channels onto your DirecTV Now subscription, it can be done for as little as $8/mo. Compare this with other services charging $15+/mo per premium service, and you can see how the savings may add for those who watch a lot of premium content.
Best Value per Channel
Though this area is very competitive, DirecTV Now does offer you the biggest advantage when it comes to cost per channel. It is important to look at the channels that are included with each package and service to find exactly what you want, but if you are happy with the selection provided by DirecTV Now, there is no better deal.
Only 2 Simultaneous Streams
This may be irrelevant to some, but if you plan on sharing this subscription with family members or friends, make sure you are aware of your limitations. If you are looking for the ability to simultaneously stream on 4 different devices, possibly check out an alternative like Sling TV.
DirecTV does not have the most overwhelming catalog of content, and they don’t have any notable original programming. With that being said, the variety (25,000 total) of options when it comes to movies and TV can quickly make up for that.
Being relatively new as a streaming service, DirecTV Now is slowly catching up in terms of device compatibility. Currently it is compatible with Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Roku. And while it is compatible with current generation Amazon Fire TV and Fire Sticks, older versions may not work. Going forward, it shouldn’t be an issue, but it is something to look into if you have an older streaming device.
“Live A Little”
This package comes with 60+ channels and costs $35/mo. It includes channels such as CNN, ESPN, and HGTV
This package comes with 80+ channels and costs $50/mo. It comes with additional channels including the Travel Channel and Game Show network.
This package will get you 20 more channels for only $10 more per month ($60/mo for 100+ channels). This package gives you access to more sports channels including the Golf channel.
“Gotta Have It”
The final package will cost $70/mo and include 120+ channels. The most expensive package will let you watch the STARZ package of channels and a variety of others.