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What DirecTV NOW could mean for soccer fans in the US

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DirecTV plans on launching its brand-new streaming service DirecTV NOW on Friday, November 4. While all of the details have yet to be announced, the subscription service could be enticing for both soccer fans and cord cutters alike.

Satellite TV subscribers to DirecTV already have an app they can use to stream games to smartphones and tablets via their DirecTV subscription, but that app is completely different than the DirecTV NOW service. Instead, DirecTV NOW will be a stand-alone streaming subscription that’ll allow users to watch their favorite programming from 100 channels for $35 per month (without requiring a TV subscription).

The $35 price point for 100 channels will make DirecTV NOW a direct competitor to PlayStation Vue. For $45 per month, PlayStation Vue offers more than 100 channels. But while DirecTV has not announced the DirecTV NOW channel lineup yet, most of our favorite soccer channels would presumably be included. With a price that’s $10 less per month than PS Vue, the cost savings could benefit the public as well as possibly triggering a price war between DirectTV and PlayStation.

DirecTV NOW will be available via iOS and Android mobile devices, web browsers, as well as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast. Compatibility with Roku isn’t expected to be available at launch.

No annual contracts will be required, and add-on packages including HBO will be available.

According to a leaked DirecTV memo, “Customers need high-speed broadband service to stream content at a high quality. It is recommended that DIRECTV NOW be used with 12 Mbps broadband at a minimum.”

A 7-day free trial of DirecTV NOW will be available when the service launches.

As of press time, what we don’t know is whether DirecTV NOW will offer cloud DVR functionality so you can record your favorite programs, as well as whether DirecTV NOW will include access to NBC Sports App, FOX Sports GO, beIN SPORTS Connect and other apps that require authentication.

With DirecTV being owned by AT&T, the pending launch of DirecTV NOW means that consumers in the United States have three ways of watching content — either (1) via the DirecTV satellite service, (2) AT&T U-verse or (3) DirecTV NOW.

At the end of the day, increased competition is good. But for soccer fans, we’ll have to wait and see what the service offers to know whether DirecTV NOW will be a serious consideration or not.

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Chris

    December 3, 2016 at 12:46 am

    After watching tv with Directv NOW, I must admit that the picture quality is superb and super fast response times. The video feed has frozen on me a number of times, but hopefully that is a bug that will be fixed in the near future. A simple reload of the channel and things are working again.
    My only major complaint is the lack of Univision Deportes and the BeIN networks in the 100 channel option. BeIN is available in so many other streaming options that I just assumed Directv would have it too, and Univision Deportes is another common channel that I am surprised it is only available on the highest tier package. If Directv NOW is able to add the BeIN channels in the future and fix some of the freezing issues, I will be hooked long term. Until then, they will continue to have my money for the next three months (receiving a free AppleTV is a pretty great offer).

  2. NaBUru38

    October 27, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Sling Orange+Blue and PlayStation Vue Access cost US$ 40 per month and have ESPN, ESPN2, Fox, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, NBC, NBCSN and USA Network.

    For that price, Sling also has ESPN3, Comcast SportsNet and Fox Sports Networks.

  3. Vssssssqqqqqqqqqz

    October 26, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Sling better.

  4. Rick

    October 26, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    AT&T Uverse works well also for the EPL- games can also be seen on mobile devices thru Uverse.

  5. Christian

    October 26, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    I have DirecTV and am very happy with it aside from the fact that they keep BeIn on a separate pricing level that is absurd. I believe it’s $30.00 a month just for BeIn. I called them and told the rep I spoke to that I can get FuboTV for $10.00 a month and was told that’s just the way it is.

    It’s things like this that will get me to cut the cord forever.

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