AT&T's New DirecTV Now Loyalty Promo Includes Free HBO for 12 Months or $5 Off for 6 Months

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    AT&T today announced a new loyalty reward for its DirecTV Now subscribers, offering free HBO for 12 months or $5 off for six months.

    All existing customers with active DirecTV Now accounts that were created before March 6, 2017 can claim the loyalty reward. Customers with the "Go Big" and "Gotta Have It" plans will get 12 months of free HBO, while customers with the "Live a Little" and "Just Right" plans will get the $5 off reward.

    Customers eligible for the HBO reward will be able to use their DirecTV Now login information to access HBOGo, and the HBO subscription will be listed in their Payment History as a $0 charge. Those who already have an HBO subscription will be automatically credited during the 12-month duration of the promotion.


    Because the HBO add-on is priced at $5 per month, customers with the smaller plans can use their $5 credit to get free HBO access for six months.

    DirecTV Now subscribers are receiving emails about the promotion starting this afternoon.
    HBO access will be granted automatically to eligible accounts, but it may take a few hours for accounts to be updated.

    Introduced in November of 2016, DirecTV Now is AT&T's DirecTV-branded streaming television service, which includes various channel bundles at prices ranging from $35 to $70.

    The cheapest "Live a Little" $35 per month plan offers 60+ channels, while the biggest "Gotta Have It" package, priced at $70 per month, offers 120+ channels.

    Article Link: AT&T's New DirecTV Now Loyalty Promo Includes Free HBO for 12 Months or $5 Off for 6 Months
  2. AppleFan91 macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2012
    Indy, US
    Figures. I cancelled it this morning and went to Vue. Much faster and smoother of a UI and plus DVR. Can't believe DTV doesn't have DVR yet.
  3. mnsportsgeek macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2009
    This will probably get me to stick around for a little while longer. I want to hold out till this summer/fall to see if DVR comes or not.

    They have added a bunch of TV anywhere apps in the last 2 weeks. I need to see more improvement but at least they're working on it.
  4. JohnApples macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2014
    This is cool! Performance has drastically improved since the abysmal launch. It's not perfect, but definitely stable now. Really wanting a DVR and more than 2 steams BUT for $35/month, no taxes or fees, no equipment rentals, no contracts, a free ATV4 and now free HBO, I can't really complain.

    Do you happen to know the new apps they've added recently?
  5. Justind macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2009
    I bet this is discount is not eligible for the unlimited plus with direct tv now.
  6. miniyou64 macrumors regular


    Jul 8, 2008
    I used to be a big defender of AT&T. Not anymore. They are a horrible, horrible company.
  7. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
  8. 2010mini macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2013
    No thanks. We would rather you fix the streaming issues and give us the DVR you promised.
  9. Coffee50 macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2015
    Here's the current list, they seem to be updating more frequently now.
  10. DaveyVigs macrumors newbie


    Sep 28, 2016
    Charlotte, NC
    and this...
    I canceled too, still debating on going back to PS Vue (had a trial, it was ok) I just don't watch a lot of TV apparently... and yeah about to drop AT&T for T-Mobile (missed their latest deal due to AT&Ts shenanigans as of late screwing up my oder for Fiber and messing up my wireless bill royally).
  11. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
    Existing subscriber with HBO and free Apple TV device offer (3 month prepaid)
    If you subscribed to HBO during the prepayment window, we'll add the monthly discount at the end of the prepayment period. Your discount is effective for exactly one year, at which time the discount will automatically drop and the monthly HBO programming charge resumes. You must keep your “Go Big” or “Gotta Have It” DIRECTV NOW package to keep your HBO discount.

    I read that as "you pay until the 3 months is over, then get the credit for 12mo, then start paying again." (if you got the free AppleTV) Anyone else?
  12. Denmac1 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2007
    Lost in Space
    I just cancelled yesterday. Service was OK and was starting to buffer more than it did when I first started. I think it's a decent price with the HBO bonus. I just don't watch that much TV. I think I maybe watched a dozen or so programs during the 3 months or so, however at least I have a new :apple:TV for a good price.
  13. auero macrumors 65816

    Sep 15, 2006
    First two months of service were rough during peek hours. It's been running flawlessly since then and I'm a very happy customer. Only con is that NBC needs to be airplayed to the Apple TV.

    This is perfect timing since I was considering adding HBO.
  14. Boatboy24 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2011
    1 Infinite Loop
    The way I read this is that HBO is really only worth $2.50/month.
  15. ACG12 macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2015
    Just got an email from DTV that this was automatically added to my Go Big $35/month package until 3/7/18. Awesome news!
  16. webbuzz macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2010
    Did yours actually state 3/7/18?

    edit: I assume you didn't have HBO before. All of the emails for those already subscribed to HBO (including mine) don't state a thru date.
  17. ACG12 macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2015
    From the email

    I don't see it in my channel line nor can I log into hbo go. Do I need to actually add HBO in my account setting for it to work?
  18. webbuzz macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2010
    People on reddit said they had to add it manually, which contradicts the email promo.

    Here is one of the posts.
  19. dmylrea macrumors 68000


    Sep 27, 2005
    #19're over by about $2.50.
  20. Justind macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2009
    I found my email in the junk folder, check'em boys.
  21. webbuzz macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2010
    To be fair ESPN is -$2.50 :p
  22. Coffee50 macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2015
    I got the same email, with the dates included. I thought a saw an article that said it would rolling out this afternoon, I haven't tried it yet, so maybe it will be automatically there later on.

    This is what's listed on the website:

    We'll take care of adding HBO to your account -- you decide what to watch and when to watch it.

    If you remove HBO at any time it can only be added back at regular pricing.

    Important information:

    • We’ve added HBO programming to your account for one year.
    • To zero rate the charge for HBO, we added a monthly discount. You will see $0 HBO line item in your Payment History.
    • This discount is effective through March 7, 2018, at which time HBO and the discount will be removed from your account.
    • If you choose to continue HBO programming, please see Account Upgrades.
    • You must keep your “Go Big” or “Gotta Have It” DIRECTV NOW package to keep your HBO discount.
  23. Defthand macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2010
    Only four months old and they're calling it a "loyalty" special. No doubt, the service is bleeding subscribers. Wonder how much money they lost on the free Apple TVs…
  24. acmeplus macrumors member

    Sep 10, 2008
    I've also received the same email but the HBO channels are not active even if the email states they have added them and that I don't need to do anything.

    Wondering if I should add the HBO subscription... I'm afraid they will charge me and then spend several hours fighting customer service.
  25. spazzcat macrumors 68020


    Jun 29, 2007
    Streaming has been almost perfect the last week or so. I was just about to cancel, but maybe now I will keep it...

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