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DIRECTV NOW FAQ: Streaming soccer games

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Launched in November, 2016, DIRECTV NOW lets you stream your favorite live sports, on demand, premium channels, popular shows, and hit movies right to your tablet, smartphone or TV.

To answer your questions, we’ve compiled the following FAQ. If there are any questions you still have that aren’t answered below, post them in the comments and our team will do our best to respond in a timely fashion.

 

Q: Do I need to be a DirecTV subscriber to get DIRECTV NOW?

A: No. DIRECTV NOW is a completely separate service from DirecTV, the satellite company. You don’t need to subscribe to satellite or cable TV to watch DIRECTV NOW. All you need is an Internet connection.

 

Q: Does DIRECTV NOW offer a free trial?

A: Yes, a free 7-day trial is available through the DIRECTV NOW website.

 

Q: What soccer-related channels does DIRECTV NOW offer?

A: FOX (in select cities), NBC (in select cities), ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, CNBC, Univision, Telemundo, Galavision, FOX Sports Net, NBCSN, UniMas, YES, FS2 and Univision Deportes.

 

Q: With those soccer-related channels, which leagues/competitions will I have access to?

A: Premier League, World Cup 2018/2022/2026, UEFA Champions League, Liga MX, MLS, Euro 2020, World Cup qualifiers, Copa America 2017, Gold Cup 2019, FA Cup, Europa League and many other leagues and competitions.

 

Q: What plans are available from DIRECTV NOW?

A: Here’s the latest offering as of press time:

• Live a Little – $35/month (60+ channels)
• Just Right – $50/month (80+ channels)
• Go Big – $60/month (100+ channels)
• Gotta Have It – $70 / month (120+ channels)

 

Q: What major soccer networks are missing from DIRECTV NOW?

A: The only two major ones are beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español, but hopefully they’ll be added soon. FOX Soccer Plus is not available either.

 

Q: What devices does DIRECTV NOW work on?

A: Windows, Apple computers, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV (4th generation), Android phone 4.4 and higher, Android tablet 4.4 and higher, Chromecast (for Android only), iPad iOS 9 and higher, iPhone iOS 9 and higher and iPod Touch version 9 and higher.

 

Q: Is programming available on demand?

A: Yes, more than 15,000 movies and programs are available on demand.

 

Q: How many streams can I run simultaneously?

A: You can run 2 streams simultaneously with each account.

 

Q: Does DirecTV offer access to NBC Sports App and beIN SPORTS Connect?

A: Not at this time.

 

Q: What special offers are available?

A: Here are the ones available as of press time:

• Apple TV included with 3 months pre-paid of any DIRECTV NOW package.

• Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote included with 1 month pre-paid of any DIRECTV NOW plan.

 

Q: What are the benefits of DIRECTV NOW?

A: No set-top-boxes, satellite dishes, annual contracts, installs, or credit checks are required. Plus if you’re an AT&T mobile customer, you can watch DIRECTV NOW or FreeVIEW without incurring any data usage.

 

Q: Does DIRECTV NOW include HBO?

A: You can add HBO and Cinemax for $5 each per month in addition to the base programming package.

 

Q: Does DIRECTV NOW support Google Chromecast?

A: On Android, yes. But not Apple at this time.

 

Sign up for the 7-day free trial to DIRECTV NOW.

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Nosferatu

    December 24, 2016 at 4:54 am

    I have to say, while I know that cable and dish have a lot of problems (primarily cost), none of these streaming services has tempted me yet to switch, and part of that is the price. When you combine the cost for these higher level packages plus the cost of internet service (as a standalone, not part of the package deal with cable), you’re venturing into territory price-wise that’s not all that different from what you’re paying with cable or dish, while also likely giving up some key elements (for me, that would be DVR service and broadcast network channels).

  2. JBManUnited

    December 23, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    I’ve been using DirecTV Now, and it has many problems. It’s going to take a while, before they have it working as it should. Local channels are only available in a small number of cities. People are reporting many problems with VOD, such as shows that will only play for 10 minutes. The 72 hour rewind feature provides almost nothing so far.
    Sports has been a big problem from day one. Many regional sports networks are missing. All of the RSN overflow channels are missing. I get CSN Chicago, but not CSN Chicago + or CSN Chicago + 2. If two or three local teams are playing at the same time, only one will be available. DirecTV Now does not give you access to the NBC Sports or Fox Sports Go apps. Without the NBC Sports app, you won’t have access to the English Premier League games on NBC Premier League Extra Time. Out of the next 30 Premier League games, 12 are on Premier League Extra Time. You cannot watch NBC on any streaming device, such as Apple TV or Fire TV. You can only watch NBC on a computer, phone, or tablet.
    Many people that should be getting their local RSN, are not able to get it. This issue has been resolved for some people, but not everyone. Customer support for DirecTV Now is only available by chat, and it’s very very poor. Incorrect sports blackouts has been another issue. At least two NFL games have been incorrectly blacked out. Some people have had sports on their local RSN incorrectly blacked out as well.
    The picture quality on DirecTV Now is very good. Most people seem to think it’s better than Sling TV or Playstation Vue. However, many people are having problems with the picture freezing up. Some people have more problems than others. It seems to happen more often during prime time. I can watch without any issues at times, but other times it’s really bad. I watched a German match on Fox Sports 1, and I had no problems for 89:40 of the game. From there, it was nothing but trouble. It took almost ten minutes to get to 93:08, and it would go past that point. The problem is with DirecTV Now. It’s not just a problem of slow Internet access at the customer end.
    For the most part, I like the service. They need to improve the problems with the picture freezing as soon as possible. This is the biggest problem with the service. They also need to fix the problems with the regional sports networks, and add the overflow RSN networks.
    The current deal is very good. Pay $105 for three months, and get a free Apple TV (Gen 4 32 GB-$150 value). For that, you get over 100 channels (which is the $60/month package). You get to keep the $60 package for just $35, for as long as you subscribe. I don’t think they promise that the price won’t go up, just that you will keep getting the extra channels. I cut the cord a while ago, so this is pretty good for me.

    • Dawn

      December 26, 2016 at 7:28 pm

      I believe you read my mind on this. It drives me nuts the freezing up. It doesn’t matter if I am using the iPad, Windows computer, or the Apple TV it happens all the time. Major problem

  3. CTBlues

    December 23, 2016 at 9:10 am

    What if you are already a DirecTV subscriber do you have access to it?

    Are there any DVR features if you miss a game?

    • Christopher Harris

      December 23, 2016 at 9:30 am

      It’s a different service than DirecTV, the satellite company. So you won’t have access to it unless you sign up for DirecTV Now.

      DVR features aren’t available yet but they will be in the future.

      • Christopher Harris

        May 15, 2018 at 3:38 pm

        DVR functionality is now available (as of May 15, 2018).

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