DirecTV Now Launches Cloud DVR With 20 Hours of Storage at No Extra Monthly Cost

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    DirecTV Now is today officially launching its "True Cloud DVR" for all subscribers of the cord-cutting service, while still retaining that the DVR is in beta at this point. The new DVR feature supports 20 hours of recorded shows and movies on DirecTV Now across devices -- including Apple TV and iPhone/iPad -- at no additional cost. When users record a show on the DVR they will be able to skip through commercials, but DirecTV Now noted that the DVR is "not available for select channels."

    Recordings will be deleted after 30 days, and if a user is nearing the 20 hour storage limit the app will notify them. If the limit is then exceeded, then the first program listed will make room for the newest one. The DVR lets users record an entire series or just one episode, and "fast forward and rewind at will."


    Notably, DirecTV Now says that it's working on debuting "more capacity options" later in the summer so that users can keep more on their DVR lists for longer periods of time. One of these tiers will be a plan that can to record up to 100 hours and store shows for up to 90 days, for an extra $10 per month.

    The company is also revamping the "Watchlist" to become "Bookmarks" so that users can pin shows to easily return to later. In general, it said there will be improved navigation, search options, and more UI overhauls that put a user's favorite programs front and center in the app. The guide itself has been revamped to show more information, and viewers can browse for something new to watch while still viewing their current stream.

    Additionally, the service is expanding its on demand content of 25,000 titles with more capacity, so that new episodes on select channels will be available on-demand after they air live. The update also brings the option to add a third stream to an account for $5 extra per month, letting three people stream on one account simultaneously, and improves local channel streaming availability for users traveling. Check out more details about the update below:
    DirecTV Now has apps on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, and for Apple's set-top box the company still has the best price available online for the 32GB Apple TV 4K. Under the offer, you can pre-pay for three months of DirecTV Now at $105 and get the Apple TV 4K at no extra cost. Head over to DirecTV Now for more information on both the Apple TV deal and the new DVR update, which should begin appearing across iOS, tvOS, and Chromecast devices as the day progresses.

    Article Link: DirecTV Now Launches Cloud DVR With 20 Hours of Storage at No Extra Monthly Cost
  2. coolsean20 macrumors regular


    Apr 23, 2014
    Too bad the Apple TV app is just horrible and almost unusable. :(
  3. green94 macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2009
    Yep, stuck with it for a year plus, regular app and beta app, and my wife finally had enough. Went to Youtube TV and haven't had any issues.
  4. Lord Hamsa macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2013
    I haven't seen the update on my iOS or tvOS devices yet, but the web interface is the same as the beta has been, and its a much, much better UI than the original DTVN interface.

    Glad to see it gettin gout into full release now.
  5. willzyx macrumors member

    Dec 21, 2016
    This is a joke, right? 20 hours?

    I have 120 movies on my youtube tv dvr and god knows how many TV shows.
  6. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    It is. It's ridiculous how buggy it is.

    Also, wake me up when they start offering channels in 4K.
  7. CallMeSizzle macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2013
    No recording of HBO and other premium channels...which sux.
  8. whiteonline macrumors 6502


    Aug 19, 2011
    California, USA
    Wouldn't you just use their individual app to replay the show/movie?
  9. super tomtendo macrumors 6502a

    super tomtendo

    Aug 29, 2009
    Idk why people complain about the app being buggy.. I never had an issue and I'm a day 1 user. That said, the new guide looks better, however the tv logos/names are SMALL... can hardly read some of them... second, getting to the guide is a little more challenging now... they need to add voice commands "Go to CBS".
  10. nburwell macrumors 68040


    May 6, 2008
    Have they really not improved the ATV app at all? When the service was originally launched, it was absolutely terrible. After three months, my wife and I went to PS Vue and haven't looked back (the "free" ATV 4 we got for pre-paying was nice though).
  11. farewelwilliams macrumors 68000

    Jun 18, 2014
    i beta tested this. every update, i would file the same exact bug because they never seem to care about my bug reports.

    the bug i was reporting? oh it was just that the tv show i scheduled to record NEVER GOT RECORDED.
  12. Paul H macrumors newbie

    Paul H

    Jul 31, 2016
    Updated my phone and iPad and now i can’t login.
  13. bitslap47 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 9, 2007
    This would happen after back end updates. The fix for me was to delete the recordings, cancel the series recording, logout, log back in and set the series recording again.
  14. Drogba11 macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2018
    I agree but the terrible ATV remote makes it way more painful than it needs to be.
  15. centauratlas, May 15, 2018
    Last edited: May 15, 2018

    centauratlas macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2003
    Even the Beta DTV Now cloud recording sucks. Some of the things I've reported:
    1. Sometimes it starts or ends minutes late or minutes early meaning you miss the beginning or end of the show.
    2. Sometimes it just won't record a show, saying it isn't allowed. Or with no message.
    3. 20 hours for 30 days? Or extra to do more? Come on, if they want to compete with others (e.g. TiVo), this won't cut it.
    4. It has is missing one local station.

    I hope they get things working, but this is Alpha level quality, not beta. If they really want to see things that need adding, look at a TiVo or the old ReplayTV.

    We discontinued cable about 6 months ago, and this is good enough as it is, but barely.

    p.s. One good thing is that if you have AT&T for your phone or iPad, then you can stream and it doesn't use your data. That is a very nice benefit for AT&T subscribers.
  16. Eduardo1971 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2006
    Lost Angeles, Ca. usa
    Been beta-testing on the consumer side;
    looking forward to its public introduction.
  17. shoebobs macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2008
    I've been beta testing the app for months, and it was awful at first. Very laggy, tons of bugs. It's gotten a ton better. It's still not as fast at the old one, because it has more UI elements that need to load, but it's usable. I assume it'll get better over time.

    The one nice thing they changed is when you accidentally swipe left or right on the Apple TV remote, you can swipe right back (you don't have to wait the 4-5 seconds for the channel to load before going back). I wish they would make it so you can disable the swipe gestures for changing channels, but at least that is improved.

    I got in on the early bird discount for DTV Now when it first launched, and am locked in for the $60/month package, at roughly $35/month, so I can live with these issues. If that ever changes though, I will probably explore competitors more.
  18. lenard macrumors 6502

    Oct 10, 2007
    Raleigh NC
    Not true, been using it for a month now and from the beginning it has been updated to the point of a everyday app, no major bugs.....
  19. redneckitengineer macrumors regular


    Oct 27, 2017
    I’ve been in the beta for a while now, and while I’ve enjoyed it, there’s two things that are bugging the dickens out of me. One, it has no clue what NEW ONLY means when it records. It keeps grabbing years old episodes and claiming them as new. Two, it blacklists certain channels and shows, an example, try marking The Simpsons or Family Guy for “record new only”. It won’t allow it. Thankfully, it’ll catch up after a week of Hulu exclusivity, but still a pain nonetheless.
  20. bitslap47 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 9, 2007
    All I can say is I was a day 1 adopter, and am part of the Beta Program.

    I get/got:

    - A free Apple TV at sign up
    - Go Big Package for $35/mo for life (100 plus channels, every single one I want in fact)
    - HBO Free for 6 months (Now is $5)
    - 100 Hours DVR (they may reduce it to 20 now that it is public which is fine)

    It worked well enough for me to drop cable TV and TiVO while the DVR function was in Beta.

    I pay just internet and $40/mo to DirecTV now for more channels and quite a monthly savings, and it performs much better than the current TiVO software does.

    I was a long time software and hardware beta tester for TiVO. TiVO really went downhill performance and stability wise.

    Best DVR ever?? ReplayTV hands down.
  21. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    I'd consider YouTube TV, but there are way too many giant holes in their channel lineup. No HGTV would be an instant no-go for my wife. Plus, since we're grandfathered in at the introductory $35/month rate for 100 channels on DIRECTV Now, getting 40-50 fewer channels for $5 more per month with YouTube TV really doesn't make any sense for my family.
  22. frankdogg macrumors 6502


    Mar 24, 2011
    Mid-Wilshire LA
    Been a day one user. I’ve stuck with directv now mainly for the value I’m getting. Updated the app today and I’m enjoying the new interface design. Haven’t tested the dvr option so i can’t comment there.
  23. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Bingo. Many networks have VOD of recent episodes, and some even have the full library (e.g. GOT and Westworld)
  24. HarryWild macrumors 65816


    Oct 27, 2012
  25. tallscot macrumors regular


    Mar 30, 2002
    I've been using Sony's Vue and I like it. I cut the cord. It's $40 a month for the base package with unlimited DVR, no contract. I'm thinking about getting a universal remote for the Apple TV, though, because that remote is horrific.

    Vue also runs on Macs, PCs, iPads, iPhones, Android I think, Sony PS3 and PS4. Not Xbox, of course.

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