Cloud DVR. 4K HDR. User profiles. Downloads for offline viewing.
These features are all coming to DirecTV Now soon. When they arrive, the live TV streaming service, owned by AT&T, will be among the most feature-rich ways to.
The service, which starts at $35 per month, competes directly against cable and satellite TV, as well as similar Internet-based live TV providers like, , and . In our reviews we lauded its for the price, but said it really needs a cloud DVR to help it compete.
Here's what's in store:
- Cloud DVR: The ability to record shows to the cloud for viewing later will roll out starting this summer in a beta for "invited" subscribers. It will be available to everyone in the fall and will include the ability to pause live TV.
- New interface: AT&T is calling it a "next-generation platform" that will eventually make its way to DirecTV's satellite service and AT&T's Uverse.
- Parental controls: They'll also arrive in the fall update.
- 4K HDR video: DirecTV Now is the first such service to promise 4K resolution and high dynamic range video, much like Netflix and Amazon offer now.
- User profiles: Much like PlayStation Vue and Hulu (as well as Netflix) offer already, this feature lets different family members get customized lists of recorded shows and recommendations.
- Download and go: This would be another first for a TV streaming service: the ability to download shows to watch offline, without an internet connection, on phones and tablets. See also: Netflix and Amazon.
We're looking forward to checking out the updates.