Simple DirectvNow ATV question

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Beachguy, Jan 8, 2018.

  1. Beachguy macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2011
    Decided to give DirecTV Now a shot so I subscribed yesterday. How quickly do they ship the ATV 4k that we are to receive?
  2. wannabeastar30 macrumors newbie


    Oct 5, 2017
    Hey there, usually within 2 weeks or 10 business days. I did directvnnow for several months and came to the determination that it wasn't the greatest. Had to constantly reset app, freeze ups and such. When you are out of your 2 or 3 months pay worth, I would recommend Playstation Vue. The program is pretty awesome and the guide is much easier, plus you get their version of DVR. Just my $.02. (Y)
  3. Beachguy thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2011
    The name would imply a Playstation being needed. Is that so?
  4. Starship67 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2017
    Nope a playstation is not needed for the App. You can download it from the App Store on your ATV
  5. fpnc macrumors 68000

    Oct 30, 2002
    San Diego, CA
    I have to agree, the DirectTV Now app is probably the worst streaming app that I've ever experienced since I started to use Apple TVs ten years ago.

    The content is fine (actually quite good), but the functioning and reliability of the app and service is an outright disgrace. Some of the real-time content (local TV stations) works fairly well, but the overall UI is very poor and the on-demand services (HBO, TCM) are so buggy as to be little more than a complete frustration and time waster.

    The fact that this has (apparently) been going on for more than a year leaves me little hope that it will ever be fixed (unless they start over with a completely new code base and infrastructure, with new management and a restructured engineering team).

    I've had the service for about 3 months and if I had to pay more than the $10 I got as a part of a deal from AT&T then I would have cancelled it after the first few weeks.
  6. nburwell macrumors 68040


    May 6, 2008
    When I took advantage of this promo last year for the ATV4, I received my device within a week.
  7. Stewie77 macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2018
    Took about a week. The app sucks but much needed updates are in the works. It’s a case of too many ways to do the same thing. I’ve had it since late summer and did not run into any issues when watching college football. Found it to be more stable than the ESPN app. ESPN would switch between HD and SD, but DTVNow stayed on HD throughout (I have fiber and GigE so network is not an issue). I personally prefer the iOS app.
  8. PinballMagician macrumors newbie


    Jun 8, 2016
    I went to an AT&T store and got mine there.
  9. praterkeith macrumors 6502


    Oct 30, 2005
    Montgomery, AL
    Took about a week for mine to arrive.
  10. macguy87 macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2010
    Yeah I received mine within a week as well. They never sent a tracking number so I was getting worried but then fedex randomly delivered it and it was a real nice surprise. I love the directv now service. It does have a few glitches but with the apple 4K tv deal it is the best promotion out there in my opinion.
  11. hondagus87 macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2006
    I had mine within 3 days and got a fedex tracking number the day after I subscribed. I am prepaid until April but am having a hard time deciding between sticking with directvnow (which has worked fairly well for me so far) or switch to hulu with live tv which has all the local channels and a dvr function.
  12. macguy87 macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2010
    Yeah I can understand that. I think the hook for me was the free Apple 4K TV. I am most likely going to get another Apple TV deal with them in April (if it is still running as a promo) when our current subscription expires as well because you can get 2 per household. I do think they should have local channels too though bc we have to split our cable internet line with our outdoor antenna and it decreases the internet strength. Lot to consider after the second subscription ends.

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