Renewed DirecTV Now Platform Will Offer 4K HDR And Cloud DVR
Juan Carlos Ropel, July 17, 2017
The new DirecTV video platform comes out later this year with some very exciting features for cord-cutters and plans for bringing some real competition to the likes of Amazon, Netflix, Hulu and others.
AT&T’s next generation platform is expected to arrive this fall, including some of the most anticipated and absent features of DirecTV so far: Cloud DVR, to allow users to record shows to watch later on any device, as well as the ability to pause live TV broadcasting. The new platform will also offer downloadable content. Instead of streaming DirecTV Now content to mobile devices, users will be able to download their favorite entertainment for later watching in places with no Internet connection.
The standard version of DirecTV along with the mobile application are also being renewed with a completely refreshed interface. AT&T has stated that they are seeking a more homogenous and easy-to-use design in all of their video and application services.
Unfortunately for owners of 4K UHD TVs, the addition of other features such as downloadable content and support for 4K and HDR won’t be coming until 2018, with only Cloud DVR support, the new interface and a parental controls feature being what we can expect for 2017. Given DirecTV’s current major involvement in live sportscast broadcasting in 4K resolution, we’re expecting their 2018 platform to offer something with quality UHD entertainment.
The updates for 2017 will bring Cloud DVR, a new interface and parental controls and will be launched this fall, though beta testers will be able to experience the new version as soon as this summer. 4K HDR video support, user profiles and download-and-go features are expected throughout 2018.
That said, Cloud DVR and the capacity to download content are great eye-catching features that will make DirecTV Now more attractive to people that already use other streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime, instead of the traditional cable/satellite services.
DirecTV Now was launched and made available nationwide on November 30th, 2016. The platform has various pricing tiers, starting at $35 per month for their basic package which includes over 60 channels, up to $70 a month. It also has up to 30,000 on-demand titles, depending on the chosen plan.
We’ve previously seen other major companies make promises of 4K content platforms and services which later went unfulfilled and without even a clear explanation as to why, so we’re often slightly skeptical with claims of new 4K HDR platform rollouts until we actually see something emerge for the consumer market. DirecTV at least has a proven tack record of delivering live 4K content for subscribers to-date. Thus, we’ll just have to see what 2018 brings from this service. The market pressure for 4K content inclusion with any new service upgrades they offer is certainly there in today’s market.
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