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DirecTV Now offers 100 channels of live TV starting at $35 a monthIt lacks CBS and DVR functions, but it's still a strong competitor to traditional cable TV, Sling TV and PlayStation Vue.
[MUSIC] Hi everybody. This is DIRECTV NOW. This is a new internet TV service that gives you live TV just like competitors PlayStation Vue and Sling TV. The difference, DIRECTV NOW is run by the satellite company. But you don't need a satellite to use it, just an internet connection, and of course one of the supported devices. Right now, DirecTV now works with Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Chromecast, and cast enabled devices so there's plenty of device support out there right now. Direct TV now is $35 bucks a month to start and that includes a 100 channel package. The catch, that's a limited time offer. So if you sign up you can get that 100 channel package for $35 bucks. but it might expire in the future. Direct TV has not told us exactly when that would happen. If you wanted to keep the packaging, however, you would get that $100 price again with a hundred channels. Now the number of channels out there is Pretty extensive is a lot like a play station view and lot like your cable subscription. The one exception right now is C.B.S. you cannot get the C.B.S. or Showtime on this service. So you can pick your C.B.S. shows via another service if you want to get this system. The other disadvantage compared to the competitor play station view is there is no D.V.R service you can't [INAUDIBLE] T.V. you can't make recording. We can't do any better stuff. But otherwise the very similar to your current cable TV package. You can use a grid guide to choose from different channels. You can also favorites different channels on that grid. You can also search for shows in the app if the search is not yet integrated in the Siri or the Amazon Fire TV Voice Search. [MUSIC] DirecTV now also offers two simultaneous streams. You can watch two different shows at the same time on the same account. Once you get past the $35 month introductory offer. There's four different tiers. Starting at $35 a month all the way up to $70 a month for a 120 channels. DirecTV says it has regional sports network. And a lot of other broadcast and other supported channels. But again, no CBS or Showtime.