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Published on January 21st, 2018 | by Kirk Hiner


Have you received your DirecTV Now DVR beta invite yet?

According to a report this weekend at, AT&T has picked up the rate at which they’re sending DirecTV Now subscribers an invitation to the service’s cloud-based DVR beta.

If you didn’t get yours, you may want to check your spam folder. As reported by Luke Bouma at Cord Cutter News:

Yesterday AT&T sent out a large number of invites to the Fire TV version of the DIRECTV NOW app and DVR beta; however, many readers are saying the invites are going into their spam folder. So if you want access to the beta so make sure to check your spam folder.

DirecTV Now’s DVR service has been in beta since July of 2017 and has frustrating subscribers as recently as December when we reported that the “DirecTV Now DVR beta leaves testers disappointed and confused.” Jumps and stutters have been common when playing back video, and recordings have sometimes come back with no audio.

In addition, our readers continue to inform us of the outage and buffering issues. So, is this new uptick in DVR beta invitations an indication AT&T is turning around service performance and preparing for the official launch? It’s possible the recent stability issues are the result of the influx of new beta testers and the fact that the service topped 1 million subscribers back in December, so a final stress test could be in the works, according to Cord Cutter News:

It is likely that AT&T is in the process of getting the back end ready to hold up to a flood of new users. For now, we will have to wait and see when AT&T launches their new DIRECTV NOW app and DVR.

We’re still not sure when that launch will be or what AT&T will charge for the service, but we’ll make the announcement here at BEST Apple TV as soon as we’re informed. In the meantime, I’ll continue to watch my email (and spam folder, apparently) for my beta invitation.

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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.

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