4 things to know before you sign up for AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now)

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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. 

The AT&T TV Now service that’s offered today will appeal to fewer people compared to YouTube TV and Hulu + Live TV. But AT&T’s service does include HBO and the others don’t.

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
  2. Cloud DVR and multiple streams
  3. Compatible devices
  4. Current offers

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.

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New AT&T TV Now channel lineups

AT&T TV Now Plus: 45+ channels AT&T TV Now Max: 60+ channels
Cinemax
HBO HBO
HBO Family HBO Family
HBO Latino HBO Latino
ABC* ABC*
AccuWeather AccuWeather
Audience Audience
BET BET
Boomerang Boomerang
Bravo Bravo
BTN
Cartoon Network Cartoon Network
CBS* CBS*
CBS Sports Network
Cheddar Cheddar
CMT
CNBC CNBC
CNBC World CNBC World
CNN CNN
Comedy Central Comedy Central
CW* CW*
Disney Channel Disney Channel
Disney Junior Disney Junior
Disney XD Disney XD
E! E!
ESPN ESPN
ESPN2 ESPN2
ESPNEWS
ESPNU
Fox* Fox*
Fox Business Network Fox Business Network
Fox News Channel Fox News Channel
Fox Sports 1 Fox Sports 1
Fox Sports 2
Freeform Freeform
FX FX
FX Movie Channel FX Movie Channel
FXX FXX
Golf Channel
Hallmark Channel Hallmark Channel
HLN HLN
Longhorn Network*
MSNBC MSNBC
MSG*
MSG+*
MTV MTV
My Network TV* My Network TV*
Nat Geo WILD Nat Geo WILD
National Geographic Channel National Geographic Channel
NBC* NBC*
NBCSN NBCSN
Nickelodeon Nickelodeon
Nick Jr. Nick Jr.
Olympic Channel
Ovation Ovation
Oxygen Oxygen
Paramount
Pop Pop
Revolt Revolt
SEC Network
SYFY SYFY
TBS TBS
TCM TCM
TNT TNT
TruTV TruTV
TV Land
Universal Kids Universal Kids
USA Network USA Network
VH1 VH1
YES 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.

RELATED: Streaming TV comparison: Which service has the best channel lineup?

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.

Final thought

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.

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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

Pros 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

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