Saturday, 3 December 2016

Direct to Alewife

Tall, trim and well trendily attired our lean handsome fellow displays a fine style for an urban lifestyle as he awaits a train towards Alewife. Cuffed jeans that fit well in all areas. Smart city boots for navigating the sidewalks of the city. Stylish yet understated jacket layered over a gray flannel sweater. He's sumptuous in every way!

Speaking of direct, our HOTT Crew was invited to try out AT&T's new DirecTV Now TV app. As we only review products for which we pay we bought the service and have the following review:
AT&T DirecTV Now service commenced November 30, 2016 with up to 120 live TV channels plus Video on Demand (VoD) for TV programs and movies.

We opted for the "Go Big" lineup of approximately 110 channels being offered for a limited time at only $35 per month. We paid for the first 3 months in advance in order to qualify for the free Apple TV 4th Generation (32GB, a $149 value, and being shipped to us in 2-3 weeks). Plus, we'll be locked in at the $35 monthly price as long as we remain an active customer of the service. That amounts to a savings of $300 per year over the regular price.

And the Go Big package is $53 less per month than what we pay for a comparable package through Comcast.

AT&T DirecTV Now is available on Apple TV, iPhone and iPad, as well as on your Mac desktop or laptop. We found the interface (above) on our Apple TV rather straightforward. There is a brief learning curve for discovering and learning the different options for clicking, swiping, etc on the Apple TV remote.

Video and audio quality is superb, again much better than what we get with Comcast. We like the ease, low cost and portability of the service. You can simultaneously stream live or VoD programs to a max of 2 devices.

As this is a brand new product AT&T DirecTV Now does a fine job of clearly labeling this as a "1.0" release. There are occasional glitches, as well as not quite a full suite of VoD shows. In Boston (and many other US cities local live TV is not included (we've been using a $9 antenna to get local TV shows in HD quality for quite awhile and will continue to do that). A selection of ABC and NBC network programs are available VoD.

We like the NBC Sports channel, BBC World News, CNBC, Bloomberg, Comedy Central, CNN, MSNBC, and many more. Apparently Boston residents can watch Celtics games on Comcast SportsNet New England's TV Everywhere service. Plus there are multiple sports channels included in our Go Big package.

We think the AT&T DirecTV Now service is enjoyable, and anticipate they will make some tweaks to the system in the near future that make this a highly attractive option to getting Cable TV-style service at a fraction of the cost.

And if you would like a free Apple TV 4th Generation in time for Christmas you can't go wrong with prepaying for 3 months of the Go Big channel lineup, saving you $45 on an Apple TV alone. For more details click on these 2 article titles below:

The Verge: AT&T DirecTV Now: Everything You Want to Know

CNET: AT&T DirecTV Now Channel Lineup

Happy Streaming from the HOTT Crew

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