DIRECTV NOW, AT&T Make the News

AT&T and DIRECTV NOW started off this week with some big news! To start things off, DIRECTV NOW’s Beta DVR is now available to Roku players and TVs. Also, in an unofficial survey hosted by an online cord-cutting magazine, DIRECTV NOW was the most popular streaming service provider. Lastly (for now), AT&T has started installing its special white box cell towers in anticipation of 5G internet. Solid Signal gives you a closer look at the latest news from this communications giant.

AT&T Releases DIRECTV NOW DVR for Roku

AT&T rolled out its DIRECTV NOW Beta DVR to Roku players and TVs. This gives Roku Beta testers the opportunity to setup DVR recordings and watch them on their devices. This makes the DIRECTV NOW DVR Beta available to every device that supports the streaming service. To get the DVR, Roku users must update their device to get the latest version of the DIRECTV NOW DVR Beta.

AT&T sent an email to Roku users that offered these steps to download the app for the Beta DVR:

  1. Click on a link from your mobile device or computer.
  2. Sign into your existing Roku device account.
  3. Review and accept permission, then click “OK.”
  4. Click “Yes, add channel.”
  5. Navigate to your Roku device home screen and select: Settings > System > System Update > Check Now. (For older models, select: Settings > Player.)

If you’re a Roku user with DIRECTV NOW, you can enjoy the Beta DVR. Try it out and let AT&T know what you think of it.

DIRECTV NOW is Streaming Service Leader in Unofficial Survey

Since we’re talking about DIRECTV NOW with this column, we feel obligated to share this news with you. AT&T’s streaming survey is currently the most popular streaming service provider among readers of Cord Cutters News. The online magazine recently surveyed more than 2,400 of its readers on a wide range of cord-cutting-related topics. The majority of Spring 2018 survey respondents listed DIRECTV NOW as their streaming survey provider of choice.

Here’s a close look at Cord Cutters News’ Spring 2018 survey results:

  • DIRECTV NOW: 31.8 percent of respondents
  • Sling TV: 17.3 percent
  • PlayStation Vue: 15.9 percent
  • YouTube TV: 12.9 percent
  • Philo: 6.6 percent
  • Hulu Live TV: 4.9 percent
  • fuboTV: 0.2 percent

These numbers represent a significant shift from online magazine’s Spring 2017 survey. Last year’s results put Sling TV came in first place with 27.4 percent of respondents. PlayStation Vue took second with 26.6 percent, and DIRECTV NOW was in third with 24.5 percent.

With even more live TV streaming services entering the market, who knows what next year’s Cord Cutters News Spring Survey will reflect. One thing is for sure, we’ll be happy to report on it here at Solid Signal.

AT&T Introduces Cellphone Towers for Power 5G Internet

On March 25, AT&T announced that it has started introducing its new white box cell towers. These will be used to power 5G internet without the need for the proprietary routers that AT&T currently uses in its towers. These updated towers mean that AT&T can remotely update its equipment with its latest technology. This will help the introduction of its 5G internet to 12 markets in the U.S.

AT&T’s white box technology will offer a host of benefits, including:

  • No dependence upon the silicon lines of other, more traditional vendors.
  • Open hardware specifications and open source software to power its boxes.
  • Providing faster hardware upgrades that move at internet speed.
  • Expanding its nationwide mobile 5G footprint as quickly as possible.

AT&T announced that Atlanta, Dallas, and Waco will be among the first to get 5G home internet in 2018. Mobile hotspots with 5G capable mobile smartphones are the first 5G compatible devices coming early next year.

Your Source for Streaming News

When it comes to streaming service providers, Solid Signal covers them all. For example, we detailed recent advancements and improvements at fuboTV. This week, it’s DIRECTV NOW and AT&T that take center stage. We also cover multiple streaming service providers as we continue to get news of the companies’ rollouts. So which streaming service will be next? We don’t know for sure, but we’re certain that will share this news with all the cord-cutters who read this blog.

About the Author

Jake Buckler
Jake Buckler is a cord-cutter, consumer electronics geek, and Celtic folk music fan. Those qualities, and his writing experience, helped him land a copywriting gig at Signal Group, LLC. He also contributes to The Solid Signal Blog.