Apps DirecTV Now

Published on January 23rd, 2018 | by Kirk Hiner


DirecTV Now app update hits Apple TV

A new version of the DirecTV Now app from AT&T Services hit the App Store late on Monday evening. Bringing the app to v1.8.8, this latest update provides only “Performance enhancements and bug fixes.” If you’re a DirecTV Now subscriber, however, that’ll be all you want.

Available for both iOS and tvOS, the DirecTV Now app allows subscribers to stream live TV and on-demand entertainment. “Enjoy news, sports, events, and shows as they air. Your favorite TV series and movies can be accessed anywhere, anytime.”

The trouble with the service is that a lot of users have been reporting ongoing buffering and outage issues for quite some time now. This is the 10th performance enhancement update since July 27, 2017, so hopefully, AT&T is closer now to providing a reliable service for all its customers. The DirecTV Now programming package and price point are pretty great, but that doesn’t account for much when you can’t watch your shows and movies without stuttering.

It’s also worth noting that the update contains no announcement regarding the DVR service, which has been in beta since July of 2017. Many subscribers recently received DVR beta invitations, so hopefully, AT&T is pushing closer to a full launch.

Regardless of whether this update completely addresses the problems with the DirecTV Now service, it’s good to see AT&T providing updates on a regular basis (typically one or two a month). Sooner or later, one of them is bound to get the job done.

If you’re a DirecTV subscriber, feel free to let us know how this new update is working on your end.

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About the Author

has been writing for the Apple web since 1997, having served as editor of Applelinks and the Technology Tell Apple Channel. In addition to his work with BEST Apple TV, Kirk currently contributes to Mac Gamer HQ and Pure Nintendo. He lives with his wife and three children in small-town Ohio where the land is cheap and the air is (relatively) clean.

2 Responses to DirecTV Now app update hits Apple TV

  1. helpful55 says:

    This is all pretty much unbelievable. All of this technology is not only well known it is also old. Why can’t they get this stuff figured out and working properly? Means of delivery are important but most of the other providers have no problem with their dvr’s. It isn’t like directtv is new to technology. I am about to where I am going to stop even considering them as this may go on a long time.

    • Karl says:

      This has to be the worst experience I’ve ever had with a product, I have both Apple TV and Roku, the Apple steam is much better but the remote sucks, Roku has a much slower interface but better remote interaction. I’m a beta tester for the DVR and hate it, the guide is more detailed but slower, combined with the poor Apple remote it’s very annoying. The DVR sometimes skips and God forbid I try to fast forward and it will freeze and then go back to the beginning of the show. I’ve spent a year with this because of price, I got the $60 package for $35 including HBO for a year. If TMobile’s Layer3 product is anywhere near competitive on price , adios DirecTV. Just not worth the issues that have taken this long, my internet is plenty fast, so it’s 100% on DirecTVNow.

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