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AT&T Again Giving New DirecTV Now Subscribers an Apple TV at No Cost

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AT&T today announced that it's reactivated a deal offering new DirecTV Now subscribers a 32GB fourth-generation Apple TV at no cost with the purchase of a 3-month prepaid DirecTV Now subscription.

A DirecTV NOW subscription starts at $35 per month for the most basic package, so subscribers will need to pay $105 up front to get the deal. AT&T offered a similar deal back when the service first launched, but the original promotion ended months ago.


To get the Apple TV at no cost, new subscribers will need to sign up for DirecTV now at an AT&T Retail or Authorized Retail Store, or through an AT&T Call Center. The deal is not available online.

While pricing for DirecTV Now starts at $35 for 60 channels, AT&T's other pricing plans include $50 per month for 80+ channels, $60 per month for 100+ channels, and $70 per month for 120+ channels. HBO and Cinemax are also available for an additional $5 each per month.

AT&T says the Apple TV deal will be available while supplies last.

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Smith288

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Apparently you have to go to an att store. They are trying to get you in there to switch. But I’m a pretty firm “No” (T-Mobile).
 
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gugy

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Maybe DTV Now is not such a hit. I originally subscribed and after the initial 3 month trial, I stopped the subscription. The service was good but the lack of content was awful. I had the HBO and most of the networks and they would only offer few seasons and episodes of the best shows. A big deal breaker.
Unless they fix that, I think they will have hard time switching people in masses to their platform.
 
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jdillings

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A very mart move considering how many people are leaving Playstation Vue and looking for a new streaming service.
 
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tennisproha

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Just to chime in on my experience with DTV NOW, it sucks. The web app, Apple TV app, it all sucks. Constant freezing and bitrate drops. On-demand is non-existent and unplayable for the most part. iPhone app is somewhat bearable.
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A very mart move considering how many people are leaving Playstation Vue and looking for a new streaming service.
Why are people leaving Vue?
 
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NIKKG

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They must be real desperate. I did the original deal and quit after the 3 months, the service kept freezing.

Also Apple TV just plain sucks and boring, the remote touchpad is plain terrible. I had to ebay it. I got both Roku and Firetv and think they are alot better, especially Firetv is good when you load Kodi and other such Android apps by sideloading them.
 
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adepew

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Just to chime in on my experience with DTV NOW, it sucks. The web app, Apple TV app, it all sucks. Constant freezing and bitrate drops. On-demand is non-existent and unplayable for the most part. iPhone app is somewhat bearable.
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Why are people leaving Vue?

Playstation Vue raised the prices on all of their packages by $10 effectively killing the best deal out there.
 
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Robmj

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Just to chime in on my experience with DTV NOW, it sucks. The web app, Apple TV app, it all sucks. Constant freezing and bitrate drops. On-demand is non-existent and unplayable for the most part. iPhone app is somewhat bearable.
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Why are people leaving Vue?

This is absolutely ridiculous and incorrect . I've had DTVN since the beginning with Apple TV -- I have my Apple TV wired with an Ethernet cable and I never have issues, and is the only steaming service that streams buttery smooth.

Maybe it's your internet that sucks .
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I keep looking at direct tv now but these stories are scary

Trust me from someone who's had the service since the beginning. It def is better on a Apple TV rather than a "stick" , it's quicker and more responsive on a powerful streaming device. DTVN streams the smoothest and has the best value. I've tried them all.
 
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Eduardo1971

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Maybe DTV Now is not such a hit. I originally subscribed and after the initial 3 month trial, I stopped the subscription. The service was good but the lack of content was awful. I had the HBO and most of the networks and they would only offer few seasons and episodes of the best shows. A big deal breaker.
Unless they fix that, I think they will have hard time switching people in masses to their platform.

Your mileage will vary.

I for one love DTV Now. I also went in during their initial Apple TV promo back in December.


Eight months later I love the service and ended buying another 4th gen. ATV to have DTV Now in our bedroom.


Granted there are trade offs-namely no DVR but it's not a deal breaker in our household. Love that we get 12 months of free HBO as well.
 
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lsutigerfan1976

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I was going to jump on this again. But going to a store or calling killed that deal for me. Don’t want to have to deal with someone convincing me to switch. No thanks.
 
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akfgpuppet

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I've been a subscriber since day one, still under the promotional price, wonder how long that's going to last? It would have been good if they brought that promo too.
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What was their reason last time?

I'm not denying they are going to be releasing a new one but I just think this logic is flawed.

It is, seeing how they're also giving away a Roku when you pre-pay for two months.
 
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jmh600cbr

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Compared to Canada those prices are like stealing. I pay 150$ a month to 80 channeled and 50mbps wifi with 2 recievers.
 
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mig0

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I thought the service was bad, and I'm unhappy with the apple tv. I was hoping to use that or sling or vue (does vue work on the apple tv?) but my father can't navigate the apple tv controller, its too easy for him to mis-swipe and he's very tech challenged. So we're stuck with regular direct tv for a while.
 
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cire1244

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While I realize that this Apple TV is going to be obsolete in a matter of months (weeks?), I'm going to jump on this deal. I imagine a lot of people are in the same boat as me...

I've been looking to sign up with a streaming service, but I've been awaiting the release of the new Apple TV since I only have an ATV2. This ATV will get the job done and it's... free. Just in time for football season.

Worst case scenario I cancel in 3 months and have the tool I need to effectively use another streaming service. But with the upcoming addition of CBS and CW, and including AMC, I think DirecTV now actually has the best lineup. Plus HBO is only $5 more.
 
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McFlyOz

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Had this service since December (like others that have commented) and am enjoying it greatly. The content added over time has been awesome and now that CBS nad it’s affiliates are arriving soon, it makes it even better. When I got the free :apple:tv, put it in the bedroom as we had an existing :apple:tv. Having it in both is fantastic.

Yes, the service was substandard initially but a great deal of kinks have been worked out and it is much better than having cable and paying 3x as much for all that crud. Once the DVR feature comes into play later this year or next year, it’ll be a top addition!
 
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