DirecTV Now Rolls Out Massive Update – Including Free DVR Support
AT&T subscription TV service DirecTV Now has today begun rolling out a major update that introduces a host of significant new features to its entire customer base.
Heading up these new features is DVR support. First announced back in the summer of 2017 (as reported here), the DVR system enables DirecTV Now users to record programs to an AT&T-hosted cloud for access whenever and wherever you wish.
Even better, you don’t have to pay extra for this major new tool in your viewing arsenal; the initial free DVR version lets you store 20 hours of recordings for as long as 30 days.
For people who want to record more, or who want their recordings to stick around for longer, DirecTV Now has announced that it’s going to be introducing a range of subscription plans from the summer. These will kick off with a $ 10 per month package providing enough space for 100 hours of recordings you can keep for up to 90 days.
The new DirecTV Now update also introduces the ability to add an extra simultaneous stream to the two you could receive before. This extra stream isn’t free, alas; it’ll cost you an extra $ 5 a month.
Nonetheless, I can pretty easily imagine many DirecTV Now users being unable to resist it now they’ve got that DVR functionality to help them manage the greater amounts of video content a third stream could provide.
Next up on the new DirecTV Now feature list is an improved ‘on the go’ experience. This means that if you try to use DirecTV Now away from your home city, rather than just not being able to access many of your normal services any more, you should be able to latch on to local affiliate services instead. Provided, that is, that wherever you are has DirecTV Now support.
So, for instance, you could watch a Fox affiliate channel while you’re visiting Oklahoma despite your DirecTV Now service being registered to Louisville.
Rival services such as YouTube TV and Hulu TV have offered such away-from-home features for some time now, so while welcome, this feature is arguably overdue.
Finally, with so many substantial new features to manage, DirecTV Now has decided the time is right to redesign its app. Set to appear first on iOS, Apple TV and internet browsers, with Android, Fire TV and Roku adaptations following later, this new app puts much more emphasis on your favorite channels and shows, and provides ‘picture in picture’ functionality to let you keep watching a stream even while you’re exploring the apps menus, or browsing for what you want to watch next.
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