Cut The Cord: The Best Television Streaming Services
DirecTV Now is the satellite mogul’s response to the increasing popularity of streaming services like PlayStation Vue and Sling TV. Rather than sit back and watch their subscribers dwindle away, DirecTV took an active approach to the cord-cutting issue and developed their own streaming service.
Live A Little $35/month
The most basic plan for DirecTV Now is its Live A Little plan. This includes access to 60+ channels including ABC, AMC, NBC Sports, Food Network, HGTV, Nick, Tru TV, and FX.
Just Right $50/month
Get another 20+ channels with the Just Right plan, including Comedy TV, IFC, and Sundance.
Go Big $60/month
The Go Big plan gives you access to even more content with another 20+ channels, including MTV, NBC Golf, NHL Network, Fox Sports 2, and BBC World News.
Gotta Have It $70/month
Finally, DirecTV Now’s most expensive plan offers over 120 channels, including the premium Starz, Encore, and chiller channels.
DirecTV Now is more affordable than normal DirecTV service, especially when you consider the savings from not having to rent the additional satellite box and equipment. Unlike their traditional service, DirecTV Now also doesn’t require you to sign an annual contract, and you can cancel anytime without worrying about those ridiculous cancellation fees.
As an added bonus, DirecTV Now provides access to premium add-ons, like HBO, Cinemax, and Starz, at a fraction of the cost compared to most of the other streaming TV providers. You can get HBO for only $5 a month extra, which is much cheaper than the other alternatives.
If you are looking for any sort of DVR access, DirecTV Now is sure to disappoint. As of now, there is no plan or add-on that provides DVR features, so you will have to watch everything live or on demand if it’s available. You can only stream on two devices at one time, so again, this might not be ideal for larger family.
The fact that DirecTV responded to streaming services so quickly and efficiently is impressive in and of itself. It’s also neck-and-neck with the other services in terms of affordability. Unfortunately, the lack of DVR is something that has to be considered before making a final decision. A ton of content is available on demand for those who can’t watch their programs live, but there is no guarantee that it will be added to the on demand library. With that said, there are a ton of channels available in even the most basic plan, so if DVR access isn’t important to you, it may be worth considering.