Shows and movies available
DIRECTV NOW has a row of thumbnails available for users to scroll through, with each one representing a different live channel. Whichever new thumbnail you tap on will take you to a different live channel. This service has a huge collection of content, which is organised in tiers. It has all of the channels that a customer could expect, such as ESPN, Freeform, MTV, FOX News and so on. There are sports upgrades which include channels like NBCSN and YES. Local broadcast options include NBC, FOX and ABC, and there are also movies on demand.
Channels available on DIRECTV NOW
Live a Little Package
This package includes:
- Animal Planet
- AXS TV
- BBC America
- Bloomberg Television
- Cartoon Network/Adult Swim
- Comedy Central
- Discovery Channel
- Disney Channel
- FOX News
- Food Network
- History Channel
- WE TV
Just Right Package
Enjoy the channels listed above plus the following (and more):
- CNBC World
- Cooking Channel
- FOX Sports Prime Ticket
- Science Channel
- Travel Channel
- The Weather Channel
Go Big Package
All of the channels seen in the previous lists, plus these (and additional ones):
- BBC World News
- Discovery Family
- Discovery Life
- Destination America
- DIY Network
- Golf Channel
- MTV Classic
- Nat Geo Wild
- Tennis Channel
Gotta Have It! Package
All of the channels mentioned are included, and here’s a selection of what else you can expect:
- El Rey
- Starz Encore
- Univision Deportes
This channel is available as an add-on to your subscription. Here’s our pick of the best shows from HBO:
Game of Thrones – Based on George R.R.Martin’s best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, this medieval fantasy epic tells the tale of two powerful families who are playing a dangerous game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, with the aim of sitting on the Iron Throne.
Westworld– This show is based on an amusement park which is designed for rich holidaymakers. It’s looked after by robotic hosts who allow people to live out their fantasies using AI. Any wish can be indulged, as there are no consequences for the guests.
Silicon Valley– A quiet computer programmer called Richard and his friends try to strike it rich by living in a startup incubator, and when Richard develops a powerful search algorithm during his day job he ends up in the middle of a bidding war between his boss and a venture capitalist.
Sex and the City – Carrie Bradshaw is a sex columnist who navigates Manhattan’s dating scene with her three friends – Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte. The show depicts the mating habits of single New Yorkers, and the dating lives of the four ladies.
Big Little Lies – This dark comedy is based in the beachfront town of Monterey. Told through the eyes of three mothers, it depicts a community which is full of successful husbands, caring wives and happy children living in affluent neighbourhoods. But underneath the surface lies rumours, fractured relationships and more.
This channel is also available as an addon to DIRECTV NOW subscriptions. Here are some of the best features to watch:
Banshee – A master thief takes on the identity of Sheriff Lucas Hood in Banshee, which is the location his ex lover and crime partner went to so she could reinvent herself as Carrie Hopwell, wife of the town’s prosecutor. Lucas tries to reconnect with Carrie while keeping his past a secret and resuming a life of crime, while being hunted by murky characters from darker days.
Outcast– Kyle Barnes has been possessed by demons since a young age, and he is searching for answers and redemption. This leads him to strike up a relationship with Reverend Anderson, who is an evangelist of the belief he is fighting a holy war against Earth’s evil forces.
Rellik– British police detective Gabriel Markham is obsessively hunting down the serial killer who did physical and mental damage to him. The tale is told backwards, beginning with the killer being captured and ending with the start of the murderer’s crime spree.
Forbidden Science– This ‘After Dark’ series is set in the near future, where people carry out their sexual desires using androids and virtual reality. It combines film noir and erotic thriller, and is based on the lives of the staff who work at a company called 4Ever Innovations.
Strike – This is based on the series by Robert Galbraith, aka JK Rowling. The star is private detective Cormoran Strike, who was a war veteran but is now working in a small London office. He works on cases that are too confusing or complex for the police, and gets stuck in due to his background as a Special Investigation Branch investigator.
How to sign up for DIRECTV NOW
- Navigate to the DIRECTV NOW website.
- Select your package.
- Press Check Out.
- Create a new account or log in to your existing one.
- If creating a new account, input your email address into the User ID box.
- Enter a password, your first and last names, and your email address.
- Accept the AT&T terms of service.
- Process payment using your preferred method.
How to cancel DIRECTV NOW
- Log into your account on the DIRECTV NOW website.
- Click on your account avatar, located in the top right hand corner of the page.
- Click on Manage My Plan.
- Select Cancel Plan. This is located at the bottom of the Manage My Plan page.
- Your subscription cancellation will become effective at the end of your current billing period, which means no new payments will be taken, and you can keep any days of the service you have already paid for.
- If you cancel the service before a free trial has expired, you won’t pay anything at all.
Price, trials and subscription options
- $35 package – 60+ channels
- $50 package – 80+ channels
- $60 package – 100+ channels
- $70 package – 120+ channels
The HBO and Cinemax add-ons are available for $5 each.
DIRECTV NOW has a few competitors, with the biggest being Sling TV and PlayStation Vue. While the Sling TV service has some cheaper packages, the most similar one is their Orange + Blue package, which is their largest base package and costs $40 a month. Similarly, the cheapest PlayStation Vue package costs $39.99 a month.
It’s clear that DIRECTV NOW is offering a service which appeals to many people across the US. Lots of customers don’t want to be tied into a cable service or contract, and would much prefer to make use of a subscription. With DIRECTV NOW, you can select the package which works best for you, and the cheapest package is competitively priced compared to those offering similar in the market. Overall, DIRECTV NOW is a good option for those who want to stream live TV wherever they are, on multiple devices.