DirecTV Now?

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  1. tromboneaholic, Nov 28, 2016
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    tromboneaholic macrumors 6502a

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    I have seen the channel lineup for the $35 promo package, and it's better than what my cable company offers for the price (excluding local channels in my market). CBS is not something I'm interested in, so I don't mind its exclusion.

    I still have a few questions. I'm hoping as people sign up we can get some of these answered.

    1. Is it a fully functional and current-gen Apple TV with the 3 month pre-pay? (I assume so. I can't see Apple allowing a third party to control their products by locking it down in any way, but a channel for the previous-gen Apple TV could be created even though it's officially discontinued)

    Edit: deal includes a 32 GB 4th-gen Apple TV. No indication is locked down.

    2. Since there is no DVR function or pause until a "later date," can you log into third-party apps with your DirecTV Now credentials and perform those functions as if you logged in with a standard cable TV account (as you can now)?

    3. Single Sign On?

    4. TV app support?

    5. If there is TV app support, will we get recommendations to download third party apps that are part of the package?

    6. If there is no TV app support, does the DirecTV Now app have a built in guide of its own?

    7. If you sign up for the free trial, does that screw up your chances of getting the "free" Apple TV, due to "while supplies last" fine print after a week (or glitchy UI that doesn't let you take advantage of two offers)?

    Edit: when you sign up, you get a "free" week added to your three month prepay if you choose the Apple TV offer.

    These are my "first impression" thoughts right now, and I think I'm not alone, so hopefully we can get some more details in the coming days.
     
  2. benjitek, Nov 28, 2016
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  3. tromboneaholic thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That video is an hour long and doesn't answer most of my questions.
     
  4. Zackmd1 macrumors 6502a

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    Expand the quote to see answers.

    The nail in the coffin for me was the 2 stream limit... In a household of 4, only 2 simultaneous streams would be a nightmare.
     
  5. tromboneaholic thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the classifications. It's just me and my wife, so two streams fit us.

    Inability to pause would be our issue. That's why I'd be interested in using DirecTV Now to authenticate third party apps.
     
  6. Richard8655, Nov 29, 2016
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    I'd like the option to include an extra $50 for the 64GB :apple:TV
     
  8. Rigby macrumors 601

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    I'm hoping they'll offer on-demand access to most or all of the content, so no need for a DVR function.
    Yes it has a guide and a recommendation system. You can see this in the launch video.
    --- Post Merged, Nov 29, 2016 ---
    You are probably thinking of this:

    http://www.macrumors.com/2016/11/22/directv-single-sign-on-tv/

    But I believe this only refers to the DirectTV satellite service, not DirectTV Now.
    --- Post Merged, Nov 29, 2016 ---
    You will be able to pause (this was mentioned during the demo).
     
  9. tromboneaholic thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I think the restriction on the pause feature may only be for live tv.

    Also, I believe I read that shows would only be retained for 72 hours after they originally aired, which is much shorter than most of the third party apps.
     
  10. Lord Hamsa macrumors 6502a

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    1. I assume it has to be a 4th gen Apple TV. As noted above, no way does Apple give up control over their hardware and this simply doesn't fit the 3rd gen paradigm, even if a "channel" could be created.

    2. Initial indications are no, except for ESPN and HBO

    3. Probably not, see #2

    4-7. *shrug* no idea
     
  11. adrian348 macrumors newbie

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    Does anyone have a link or picture of package lineups?
     
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    I think this is it.
     
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    What about NickToons and TeenNick? I don't see them in any package.

    Nevermind the previous post shows them. I hope all the channels are in HD unlike Vue which has channels not in HD.
     
  14. ohio.emt macrumors 6502a

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    To answer the question about third party app support. I saw posted on reddit that Directv stated they were supported during a later Q&A session. Also DVR is coming in 2017.
     
  15. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    It's worth a test for the free ATV alone. 3 months would cost $105, which is still cheaper than the new ATV.
     
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    @ 1:12

     
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    Wow, if you're with AT&T, I believe they'll even give you a free iPhone 7($650 credit) if you sign up for DirecTV.
     
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    my only concern is local channels. It appears that they will only have it in select cities and mine is not one of those
     
  20. IndianBird macrumors 6502a

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    It's likely to be very limited at first. Much like Vue in regard to locals.
     
  21. Mtmspa macrumors 6502a

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    Login to apps is limited to Watch ESPN, Disney, Freeform and a couple others. Local channels only in 5 markets. I live in a smaller city in the Midwest, so will never locals. I do OTA and DVR to a Tablo system. OTA is trus HD and condensed like satellite TV.
     
  22. lsutigerfan1976, Nov 29, 2016
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    I am doing this for the free Apple TV which I will end up re-selling. So it's like trying the service out for free for three months while I still hold on to Vue.

    But I still think Vue is the better overall value. For ten dollars more than the package that Directv offers you can get ninety channels with Vue. Plus I can DVR everything, NFL redzone availability, access to tv everywhere logins for almost everything, and five streams at one time.

    So to me it is worth the ten dollars more a month to use Vue instead. If it weren't for the free Apple TV, I wouldn't even bother trying out Directvnow.
     
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  24. lsutigerfan1976 macrumors 68000

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    In the fine print it says excludes streaming only service. So I don't think this offer is for Directvnow.

    "$0 APPLE IPHONE 7 32GB OFFER: Limited-time offer (ends November 30, 2016, in Puerto Rico). Port-in: From eligible carriers (excludes Cricket and select others) only. Must buy eligible device within 7 days of port. Eligible Device: New Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus on 0% APR AT&T Next (30-month) or AT&T Next Every Year (24-month) installment agreement. $0 down for well-qualified credit or down payment may be required. Retail price is divided into monthly installments. Tax on full retail price due at sale. After all credits, get iPhone 7 32GB priced $650 ($21.67 or $27.09/month) for free. May apply max credit towards other eligible devices priced up to $970, which will be discounted but not free. Wireless: Monthly postpaid voice and data required (existing customers can add to eligible current plans). DIRECTV: Excludes streaming only services. If new customer, 24-month agreement required. Must be installed within 30 days of device activation. Bill Credit: Applied in equal amounts over entire agreement term. Both services must remain active and in good standing for up to 30 months and device must remain on its agreement for entire term to get all its credits (if cancel wireless service you will owe remaining installment balance of up to $970). If upgrade or pay up/off agreement early your credits may cease. Offer Limits: 1 per wireless acct; 2 wireless accounts per TV account. 1 free device per wireless account per 12 month period. Return: Restocking fee up to $45 may apply. See store or att.com/TVAppleoffer for offer details."
     
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