It has been a little more than a year since the broadcast satellite service provider DirecTV became a subsidiary of the major telecommunications company AT&T. There have been rumors for a while now that AT&T is trying to branch out into new industries, which is why they acquired DirecTV in the first place.
In the beginning, AT&T was just a telephone service provider. They still make money through offering wireless phone carrier services but they have lost a lot of customers who gave up their traditional landline phones. When AT&T acquired DirecTV, this was the beginning of the new AT&T that would offer more than just telephone services.
On November 28th, AT&T’s “DirecTV Now” digital television service will become available. This is a new video streaming service that will give customers access to over 100 live channels that they can access anytime. DirecTV Now is said to be perfect for those who no longer use traditional TV cable services. They will be competing against other streaming services such as HBO Now, Netflix, and Sling TV.
If anyone still uses cable or satellite television, they will be competing against them as well. In fact, AT&T currently offers two pay TV service packages; DirecTV and U-Verse TV. Their new DirecTV Now will actually be competing against these two other services they offer.
DirectTV Now will only cost $35 per month which is cheaper than what a high-speed internet connection costs. However, there are still some unknown things about this streaming service such as its video-on-demand costs, local channel availability, and network bundle packages.
The big question is what channels will DirecTV Now actually have. There is little currently known about which television networks AT&T has contracted with to show their channels through this service. There will likely be more information about it in the coming weeks.