AT&T TV Now is the new name for DirecTV Now, a live TV streaming service that has undergone a number of big changes since it first launched in late 2016.
AT&T’s streaming TV bundles have become more expensive and feature fewer channels, but HBO is now included.
AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now) live TV streaming service review
In its early days when it was called DirecTV Now, the streaming service offered more than 100 channels for $35/month and gave away free Apple TVs to attract new customers.
But AT&T’s streaming service has been losing subscribers, especially after overhauling its packages in March 2019.
Before those changes were implemented, I tested out AT&T TV Now several times. At first, buffering and error messages were frequent. But the service seemed to get its act together after about a year.
Some users told me they stayed with AT&T because it had the best channel lineup. Not anymore.
Read on to learn more about AT&T TV Now and what you need to know before you sign up…
Table of contents
1. Channel lineup
AT&T TV Now’s latest streaming TV plans both include HBO. The more affordable Plus package is priced at $50 per month and comes with more than 45 channels, including local stations where available.
For $70 per month, the Max plan has some live sports networks that you don’t get with the cheaper bundle.
New AT&T TV Now channel lineups
|AT&T TV Now Plus: 45+ channels||AT&T TV Now Max: 60+ channels|
|HBO Family||HBO Family|
|HBO Latino||HBO Latino|
|Cartoon Network||Cartoon Network|
|CBS Sports Network|
|CNBC World||CNBC World|
|Comedy Central||Comedy Central|
|Disney Channel||Disney Channel|
|Disney Junior||Disney Junior|
|Disney XD||Disney XD|
|Fox Business Network||Fox Business Network|
|Fox News Channel||Fox News Channel|
|Fox Sports 1||Fox Sports 1|
|Fox Sports 2|
|FX Movie Channel||FX Movie Channel|
|Hallmark Channel||Hallmark Channel|
|My Network TV*||My Network TV*|
|Nat Geo WILD||Nat Geo WILD|
|National Geographic Channel||National Geographic Channel|
|Nick Jr.||Nick Jr.|
|Universal Kids||Universal Kids|
|USA Network||USA Network|
|*To get a local or regional sports network, your billing address must match a local market and your device must be in that location.|
2. Cloud DVR and multiple streams
AT&T TV Now has added 20 hours of cloud DVR to every package and the ability to upgrade from two to three concurrent streams for an extra $5 per month.
Meanwhile, AT&T’s cheaper streaming TV service called WatchTV doesn’t include DVR at all. Read our review here!
3. Compatible devices
No cable box or satellite is required for AT&T TV Now, but you must have a reliable high-speed internet connection
To watch AT&T TV Now on the big screen, you’ll also have to get a compatible device, such as Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV. Find the full list here.
If you’re just starting out, we suggest a Roku Express for a one-time cost of less than $30!
Video: How to stream AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now) on your TV with Google Chromecast
4. Current offers
Like all of its competitors, AT&T TV Now has a free trial period. You have seven days to try out the service before being charged, so you can always cancel if you don’t like it.
AT&T has cut back its promotions in recent months, but you can check their website for limited-time offers.
If HBO is one of your must-have channels and AT&T TV Now offers all of your other favorite networks, it may be worth a closer look.
However, after raising its prices and reducing the number of channels offered in March 2019, AT&T TV Now doesn’t seem like a good value compared to YouTube TV and Hulu + Live TV. Both competitors charge $50/month or less.
To learn about more cord-cutting options, see Team Clark’s guide to the best live TV streaming services right now!
AT&T TV Now: Pros and cons
|HBO included in new streaming plans||Only 40+ channels offered for $50/month|
|Many supported devices||Must upgrade to $70/month plan for some regional sports networks|
|Only two streams at the same time included|