The new agreement deal will bring CBS-owned TV stations, Showtime, the CW and Pop to the DirecTV Now streaming service. Financial terms of the pact were not disclosed.
The AT&T streaming service continues to bring on affiliates of ABC, NBC and Fox, but still none from CBS. Hang up seems to be inability of the network to come to terms with AT&T on blanket agreement for affils. By the end of August, AT&T says,“almost 70% of U.S. TV households” will have at least one local TV station available on DirecTV Now.
AT&T’s DirecTV Now has reversed its plan to restrict use on computers and laptops to the Google Chrome browser, and will support Apple’s Safari browser as well.
The two cable MSOs have rolled out ad campaigns/promotions targeting DirecTV’s DBS service and its DirecTV Now online video service.
DirecTV Now, AT&T’s over-the-top pay TV service, is adding more than 35 stations affiliated with ABC, NBC and Fox starting next week — more than doubling its local broadcast footprint since launching last November and boosting local coverage to 70% of U.S. households. But CBS remains entirely absent from the DirecTV Now lineup.
Roku today announced that DirecTV Now has been added to several of its streaming devices, two months after the companies’ initial deadline. DirecTV Now and Roku promised last November that the live streaming service would be added to Roku by the end of the first quarter. But they missed the deadline for reasons that were never officially explained.
AT&T’s live online video service, DirecTV Now, has seen its growth stall in recent months, according to people familiar with the matter, raising questions about consumer demand for the growing number of new web-TV services entering the market.
Everyone in the tech industry wants your eyeballs. More specifically, a growing number of tech companies want to attract the millions who have ditched cable for services that stream live TV channels over the internet. To help you see which, if any, make sense for you, Business Insider has broken down the big five live-TV streaming services you can choose from today: PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, DirecTV Now, YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV.