UPDATE: AT&T TV Now’s live TV streaming plans are no longer available to new subscribers. The service has merged with AT&T TV. Learn more here.
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 Max is included with its pricier plan.
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 early 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 Max in its most expensive plan and the others don’t.
Of course, you can always purchase HBO Max as a standalone subscription for $15 per month.
IMPORTANT: AT&T TV Now is not the same as AT&T TV, although both streaming services share the same app. Learn about the differences here.
Right now, let’s take a closer look at 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 most expensive streaming plan includes HBO Max and Cinemax. After an April 2020 price adjustment, the more affordable Plus package is priced at $55 per month and comes with more than 45 channels.
For $80 per month, the Max plan has some live sports networks that you don’t get with the base package.
New AT&T TV Now Channel Lineups
|AT&T TV Now Plus: 45+ channels||AT&T TV Now Max: 60+ channels|
|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 500 hours of cloud DVR to its Plus and Max packages as of January 2020. You can also now stream from three devices at a time.
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 Roku, Google Chromecast, Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV. Find the full list here.
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, AT&T TV Now doesn’t seem like a good value compared to YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV and Sling TV.
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 & Cinemax included in Max plan||Only 45+ channels offered for $55/month|
|500 hours of cloud DVR||Must upgrade to $80/month plan for some regional sports networks|