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T-Mobile disses DirecTV Now with free Hulu for AT&T switchers

In addition to free DirecTV Now, T-Mobile is offering customers who switched from AT&T a free year of an "awesome streaming service that actually works."

T-mobile CEO John Legere: "DirecTV Now is 'barely watchable.'"
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T-Mobile is piling abuse on AT&T-owned DirecTV Now in the form of free Hulu.

In addition giving customers who switched from rival AT&T a free year of DirecTV Now, as the carrier offered up last month, it's also giving them a free year of Hulu.

Citing widespread reports of DirecTV Now's unreliability and customer complaints, T-Mobile characterizes Hulu as an "Awesome Streaming Service that Actually Works."

AT&T launched DirecTV Now, a live-streaming TV service, in December for $35 per month. Users immediately complained about about glitches and streaming errors, but the service still reportedly managed to get more than 200,000 subscribers in its first month.

"It turns out DirecTV Now is barely watchable, but we've got our customers' backs!" said T-Mobile CEO John Legere in a statement Wednesday. "Even I can't believe AT&T spent $67 billion on DirecTV and still couldn't roll out a streaming service that worked! <insert shock face emoji>."

The new offer applies to Hulu's $7.99 per month plan (the one with commercials). Hulu is also working on its own live TV service to rival DirecTV Now, coming later this year for less than $40 per month.

DirecTV Now did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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