On paper, there’s no reason why DirecTV Now ($35 to $70 per month) shouldn’t work. Like Sling TV, it is a stand-alone streaming cable-replacement service. Like PlayStation Vue, it offers a huge variety of channels for a relatively small amount of money. But even a few minutes with AT&T’s new service reveals that it’s a half-baked technical mess, sorely in need of another few months’ fine-tuning before it’s ready for prime time.
The channel selection and introductory price are decent enough, but DirecTV Now is sluggish, buggy and sometimes just downright broken. To top it all off, it’s not even very widely available. Contrary to its name, DirecTV Now is very much a service that might work better later.
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