Apps Apple TV 4K DirecTV Now

Published on February 14th, 2018 | by Kirk Hiner

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DirecTV Now updated for Apple TV

AT&T on Wednesday released an update to its DirecTV Now app, bringing it to v1.1.8. Whether it corrects the ongoing and rampant problems users have reported with the service, we’ll have to see; AT&T only declared “performance enhancements and bug fixes” with the update.

DirecTV Now is AT&T’s standalone streaming service for live TV and on-demand entertainment, including premium channels and some local stations (depending upon your area). Of course, what you get will depend upon how much you’re willing to pay per month, but you can rest assured it’ll be cheaper than a DirecTV satellite subscription (and with far fewer channels to block).

DirecTV Now

In addition, AT&T has extended its offer of a free 32GB Apple TV 4K for those who prepay for four months of the service. If you’re not happy after that, cancel your subscription and keep the Apple TV.

Whether you’ll be happy depends largely on the success of updates such as this one. DirecTV Now’s cloud-based DVR service is still in beta, and the streams themselves continue to interrupted by buffering and outage issues for thousands of users. That’s not preventing would be cord cutters from subscribing, however; AT&T announced during its fourth-quarter 2017 earnings conference call in late January that DirectNow has reached over 1.2 million subscribers.

Regarding the performance issues, DirectTV has not responded to multiple requests for comment by BESTAppleTV.com. Hopefully, the v1.1.8 update addresses the problems.

The service really is a great deal for cord-cutters…when it works.

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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.



3 Responses to DirecTV Now updated for Apple TV

  1. Damian says:

    I’m sure you mean a ‘free 32GB Apple TV 4 K’ and not 23GB?

  2. Sebastian says:

    I still have problems with my Beta account :(

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