DIRECTV STREAM$69.99 to $139.99
DIRECTV STREAM Review
DIRECTV STREAM, formerly AT&T TV, is a broadband streaming video service that offers live television channels featuring TV shows, movies, and sports. There is no need to install a satellite dish because DIRECTV STREAM can be viewed anywhere you have an internet connection. This cable replacement service streams in high-quality up to 1080p high-definition resolution from a variety of popular devices such as Roku, Amazon Fire TV, smartphones, tablets, and more.
DIRECTV STREAM is the newest live TV streaming service from AT&T. It was formerly known as AT&T TV, and AT&T TV NOW, and DIRECTV NOW before that. While the name may have changed over the years, the quality and value have remained the same. It is still one of the more expensive streaming services on the market but DIRECTV STREAM does offer a good value for the number of channels offered. The service remains the best way to stream regional sports networks such as Bally and NBC Sports Networks.
If you are looking to cancel your cable or satellite TV subscription this might just be the right option for you. It is also worth revisiting if you have tried the previous service AT& TV and enjoyed their streaming experience. We will cover several different topics in this DIRECTV STREAM review.
DIRECTV STREAM Information
- Price: $69.99 to $139.99
- Free Trial: 14 Days
- Number of Channels: 65+ to 140+
- Number of Titles: 65,000+
- Streaming Quality: 720p and 1080p
DIRECTV STREAM Packages And Pricing
Pricing for DIRECTV STREAM has gotten simpler than its predecessor AT&T TV. Subscribers no longer have the option to sign-up for a two-year contract and are available on a month-to-month basis. All packages come with 20 hours of cloud-based DVR but can be upgraded to an unlimited DVR plan for an extra $10/month. You can also bundle with AT&T Internet to get a discount.
DIRECTV STREAM offers four live TV streaming packages: Entertainment, Choice, Ultimate, and Premier. HBO Max is included free for 3-months with the Choice or Ultimate package. You can try any of these packages free for 14 days, but if you would like to cancel you must call.
Entertainment package costs $69.99/month and offers 65+ channels. Some of the channels included in the Entertainment package include A&E, AMC, Disney Junior, ESPN, Fox Sports 1, NBC Sports Network, HGTV, Lifetime, PBS Kids, The History Channel, USA Network, VH1, and more.
Choice package costs $84.99/month and offers 90+ channels. The Choice package contains all of the channels above and also offers ACC Network, AWE, Big Ten Network, CNBC World, Cooking Channel, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, Game Show Network, NBA TV, Nicktoons, OWN, SEC Network, Tennis Channel HD, Travel Channel, and others.
Ultimate package costs $94.99/month and offers 130+ channels. The Ultimate package contains all of the channels above and also offers Aspire, BBC World News, CBS Sports Network, Discovery Family Channel, Discovery Life, DIY Network, Fox Sports 2, FX Movie Channel, Gold Channel, Great American Country, LMN, Nat Geo WILD, Oxygen, STARZ ENCORE, Universal Kids, and others.
Premier costs $139.99/month and offers 140+ channels. The Premier package includes all of the channels previously mentioned and also offers ActionMAX, Cinemax East, HBO East, HBO 2 East, HBO Family East, HBO Latino, SHOWTIME, STARZ, and others.
DIRECTV STREAM International Packages
DIRECTV STREAM also offers live international TV that is available in separate packages. There are currently four international language streaming TV packages available: Brazilian, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Only Sling TV offers more international channel line-ups.
Brazilian package offers 2 Brazilian live TV channels TV Globo and SporTV.
Korean package offers 11 Korean live TV channels. The list of channels are SBS, MBC, KBS World, EBS, YTN, TAN TV, MBN, SBS Plus, National Geographic Channel Korea, Arirang TV, and CTS.
There are two Spanish language packages, Deportes and Español. Deportes has 4 Spanish TV sports channels ESPN Deportes, Dox Deportes, TyC Sports, and Univision Deportes. Español offers 8 Spanish channels Cinelatino, Discovery Channel en Español, ESPN Deportes, Estrella TV, Fox Deportes, Univision, Univision Deportes, and TyC Sports.
Vietnamese channel package offers 9 Vietnamese live TV channels SBTN, Vietface TV, VGN, VIETV, S Channel, Film 24H, Vien Thao TV, HONVIETV, and TViet Network.
DIRECTV STREAM Premium Channels Add-ons
DIRECTV STREAM’s products and services include currently offers eight premium channel options and other add-ons. Please note that Choice packages and above offer 3 free months of HBO Max and the Premium package includes Cinemax, Showtime, STARZ, and EPIX.
- HBO Max $14.99/month: HBO East, HBO Family, HBO Latino, HBO GO, On-Demand library
- Cinemax $11/month: ActionMax, Cinemax East, MAX GO, On-demand library
- Showtime $11/month:: SHOWTIME Extreme, SHOWTIME East Live Feed, SHOWTIME Anytime, On-demand library
- DIRECTV STREAM’s Deportes $5/month: TyC Sports, Univision Deportes, FOX Deportes, ESPN Deportes
- Starz $11/month: STARZ East, STARZ Kids & Family, STARZ ENCORE East, STARZ On Demand
- EPIX $5.99/month: 1000s of Hollywood movies. On TV + Online + On Demand + On the Go
- Movies Extra Pack $5/month: Crime + Investigation, Hallmark Drama, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, HDNET MOVIES, MGM HD, MTV Live, SHORTSTV, Smithsonian Channel
- NBA League Pass $40/month: Access to live out-of-market regular-season games. Home, away, and mobile feeds. Blackouts and restrictions apply
- DIRECTV STREAM’s Español $15/month: Univision, Discovery Channel en Español, Estrella TV, Cinelatino, TyC Sports, Univision Deportes, FOX Deportes, ESPN Deportes
How many streams does DIRECTV STREAM allow?
DIRECTV STREAM allows three concurrent streams outside of your home and up to 20 devices inside your home. DIRECTV STREAM recommends high-speed internet with a minimum of 8Mbps per stream which would mean 160Mbps if you were streaming on all 20 allowed devices.
Does DIRECTV STREAM have a DVR?
DIRECTV STREAM offers 20 free hours of Cloud DVR with each plan. If you would like more recording space you can purchase the unlimited Cloud DVR add-on for an additional $10/month. There are no limits on how many TV shows you can record and recordings last for 90 days. The DVR functionality is average and just about the same as other live TV streaming services such as Sling TV or YouTube TV.
Does DIRECTV STREAM require a device?
Yes, DIRECTV STREAM requires a streaming device. Simply download the DIRECTV STREAM app to your favorite streaming device and begin watching live or on-demand content. DIRECTV STREAM is compatible with a variety of different devices such as a smart TV, smartphone, or streaming devices such as an Amazon Fire device or Roku. Also available is a proprietary device from the company that offers over 7,000 apps.
- DIRECTV STREAM device
- Amazon Fire TV, Stick, Smart TV, Cube
- Android OS 7.1+
- Apple TV 4th Gen
- iOS 11+
- Google Chromecast 2nd gen or higher
- Browsers – Edge, Chrome, Safari
- Roku devices
- Samsung Smart TVs 2017 or newer
Can I watch sports on DIRECTV STREAM?
DIRECTV STREAM is one of the best options for watching sports. The live TV streaming service offers more regional sports networks than any other streaming service which includes NBC Sports Networks and Bally’s Sports Networks. The only available add-on is NBA League Pass for $40/month. You are not able to get NFL Sunday Ticket through DIRECTV STREAM.
DIRECTV STREAM carries several popular college sports networks such as ACC Network, Big Ten Network, ESPNU, SEC Network, and CBS Sports Network. Also available are pro sports channels such as MLB Network, NBA TV, and NHL Network.
Other popular sports include ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD, FS1, FS2, Tennis Channel HD, Golf Channel, Olympic Channel, and Sportsman Channel.
Does DIRECTV STREAM have local channels?
Yes, DIRECTV STREAM offers all four local channels ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC. Local channels depend on your in-market location.
DIRECTV STREAM is one of the best live TV streaming services on the market but it is at the top of the price range compared to other streaming services such as Sling TV or YouTube TV. The 20 hours of included Cloud DVR recording time is low compared to other live TV streaming services. The streaming service does offer unlimited Cloud DVR for $10/extra.
DIRECTV STREAM’s channel lineup offers up to 140 channels which makes it just as good as any other live TV streaming service and still less expensive than most cable or satellite TV plans. You can purchase additional premium channels and DIRECTV STREAM’s channel lineup includes many different sports channels including most regional sports networks which separate it from the pack in this regard.
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