DirecTV and AT&T to launch streaming TV service later this year


AT&T has announced that they will be launching a streaming only TV service under the DirecTV brand, which they aquired last year. The new service will be available in three tiers: DirecTV Now, DirecTV Mobile, and DirecTV Preview. DirecTV Now will be the primary package which will offer most of the content available through today’s satellite based DirecTV, including premium add-on options. DirecTV Mobile will be priced lower than the Now package and will only be available through smartphones. Possibly the most innovative of the three options is DirecTV Preview, which will be a completely free tier supported by ads. AT&T has not revealed pricing, nor a release date, apart from saying the new service will launch later this year. Likewise, the telecommunications company has not announced which devices will support the new service, but there’s a pretty good chance we’ll see it arrive on the Fire TV, considering rival Dish Network’s Sling TV service is popular on Amazon’s streaming box.

  1. RgnKjnVA says:

    And the dominoes continue to fall ;) Good news for cord-cutters and consumers in general.

    • Justin says:

      Not sure how it is considered cord cutting if it is the same providers offering basically the same services over the same cord.

      • AFTVnews says:

        Whether it’s “basically the same service” has yet to be determined. Sony PlayStation Vue for example is definitely the same service and isn’t a good cord cutting solution. All it does is replace the delivery mechanism from a dedicated TV cable to the internet. Sling TV, on the other hand, I would not classify as the same old service since it’s considerably more flexible and customizable than traditional cable.

        Time will tell which side this new DiercTV service resembles.

        • Justin says:

          True. More a la carte packages, more original content over services like Amazon and Sling is the future for true cordcutting. Not just offering the same thing as TV package, but “streaming”. Sling is OK, but I would much rather have packages with better on demand services.

          All that said, anything without a contract or a rental box is step forward these days :-)

  2. clocks says:

    At the very least, I’d save $20-$25 per month in cable boxes. I see this as a promising development.

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