With the DIRECTV NOW beta in full swing, some streaming service provide news before any other source. This should come as no surprise. DIRECTV NOW beta testers are the people on the frontlines of everything that’s going on with the new app. They’re the first to test it and, often enough, they’re the first to reach out to someone to report it. When someone has something to share about their DIRECTV NOW experience, they reach out to CordCuttersNews and a variety of other cord-cutting bulletin boards, etc. Let’s take a look at what’s new with DIRECTV NOW this week.
DIRECTV NOW Outages Linked to Upgrades
DIRECTV NOW users, have you experienced an outage or any other issues yesteryday? If so, don’t panic. It’s all part of DIRECTV NOW’s improvements being made to its DVR beta. Rumor has it that AT&T is focused on improving the back end of DIRECTV NOW’s DVR in order to improve streaming and recording abilities. Monday’s outages, the third in the past week, are likely a result of these improvements by DIRECTV NOW.
Yesterday, DIRECTV NOW sent this email to its users who are beta testing the DVR feature:
“This afternoon and throughout the evening, we will be upgrading a few things. During this time, you will still be able to beta test as usual, although you might experience intermittent streaming issues. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thanks again for testing along with us. DIRECTV NOW Beta Team.”
One can only assume that the upgrades DIRECTV NOW is uploading will improve its DVR beta. Users are expected to see the improvements, whatever they might be, right away.
DIRECTV NOW Beta Allows Local Access While Out of Market
When it comes to streaming local TV affiliates, it’s common to lose your favorites when you travel outside your TV market. Not so with DIRECTV NOW. Subscribers have reported getting their local ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC channels far from home. Last year, DIRECTV NOW subscribers couldn’t watch their local TV affiliates outside their market. Now, it appears as though this restriction has been lifted.
Some DIRECTV NOW users are wondering if this could be a glitch. Common sense would dictate that DIRECTV NOW would make an announcement about this if it were by design. One explanation for this would be that DIRECTV NOW plans to announce this when the beta app becomes official. Another explanation, which we received from DIRECTV NOW insiders, is that this is a bug, and it’s expected to be gone when the production version rolls out.
As with anything that’s currently being tested, we’ll have to wait and see how this all shakes out with DIRECTV NOW.
Stay Tuned for More Streaming Service News
We keep a close eye on DIRECTV NOW and the other streaming service providers so we can bring you this news. On Monday, DIRECTV NOW was the focus because they started out this week with some interesting updates, according to beta testers. Given the rate at how quickly streaming is growing and expanding, it’s a safe bet that there will be more news throughout the week and beyond. As to which streaming service provider will be the next to garner headlines, you’re guess would be as good as ours, streamers.