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Everything you need to know about AT&T’s DirecTV Now internet TV service

Updated Nov 28th, 2016 5:14PM EST
AT&T DirecTV Now: Release date
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AT&T announced on Monday afternoon during an event in New York City that the DirecTV Now video streaming service would launch on November 30th.

The service was originally unveiled back in October, but AT&T was holding its cards close to its vest, only revealing a few details about the price of the service and number of channels that would be available to subscribers at launch.

The walls came down at the launch event though, and now we know everything we ever wanted to know about AT&T’s internet TV service.

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Once the service goes live on Wednesday, November 30th, anyone will be able to sign up for a 7-day free trial and download the app from the App Store or Google Play. AT&T also revealed that, for a limited time, customers will be able to subscribe to its “Go Big” package (with 100+ channels) for $35/month. Anyone who signs up at this promotional price will be able to keep paying it until they cancel.

These will be the four programming packages available at launch:

  • Live a Little – $35 / month (60+ channels)
  • Just Right – $50 / month (80+ channels)
  • Go Big – $60 / month (100+ channels)
  • Gotta Have it – $70 / month (120+ channels)

Here are all of the devices that will support DirecTV Now at launch:

  • Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
  • Android mobile devices and tablets
  • iPhone, iPad and Apple TV
  • Chromecast (Android at launch; iOS in 2017)
  • Google Cast-enabled LeEco ecotvs and VIZIO SmartCast Displays
  • Internet Explorer, Chrome and Safari web browsers

(Roku devices, Amazon Fire tablets and Samsung Smart TV support in 2017.)

As previously announced, anyone who signs up for one month of prepaid access to DirecTV Now will receive a free Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, while customers who pay for three months up front will get an Apple TV.

AT&T wasn’t ready to share the full lineup of channels that will be available at launch, but did confirm that negotiations with CBS and Showtime are still ongoing. Some networks that have signed on include Disney and ESPN, AMC Networks, Turner, Viacom, NBCUniversal, Fox, Discovery and Bloomberg.

There are a few notable limitations — including a total lack of a DVR feature, pausing of live video and access to local major networks like ABC, NBC and Fox outside of big cities — but AT&T assures potential customers that this is just “the first inning,” and that DirecTV Now will grow in the coming years.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.