Roku owners who cut the cable TV cord, you now have another live TV option to consider.
AT&T’sservice, which offers live TV channels streaming over the internet starting at $35 per month, is now available on Roku devices.
Owners of Roku boxes, sticks and TVs can download the DirecTV Now app in Roku’s channel store starting today. New subscribers can get a month free.
When it launched in November 2016, DirecTV Now promised it would come to Roku in the first quarter of 2017. The first quarter ended in March, so by that measure it’s almost two months late.
It was also beset by early complaints, which AT&T executives blamed on having a larger number of initial subscribers than anticipated. Subscriber growth has stalled recently, according to a Bloomberg report.
DirecTV Now competes against other cord-cutter-friendly live TV services including Sling TV, the promising but not-quite-there and . In CNET’s review we lauded DirecTV’s channel selection but noted that other services’ cloud DVRs give them an advantage overall. DirecTV has promised to add a cloud DVR but has not announced when.(our current favorite),
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Sling TV and PlayStation Vue are also available on Roku, but YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV are not. Here’s how the various services compare across devices.
Live TV streaming service device availability
|DirecTV Now||Sling TV||PlayStation Vue||YouTube TV||Hulu with Live TV|
|Android TV||No||Yes||Yes||Cast only||Cast only|
|Channel Master DVR||No||Yes||No||No||No|
The DirecTV Now Roku app uses the same big-screen interface seen on other TV devices, like Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. That’s an improvement over the PlayStation Vue app on Roku, which uses a stripped-down interface compared to that service on other devices.