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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Description of App

Watch 100+ Live TV Channels & 10,000+ On Demand Movies & Shows with DIRECTV NOW!

DIRECTV NOW is your NEW standalone streaming service for Live TV and On Demand entertainment. Enjoy local news, sports, events, and shows as they air.
Your favorite TV series and movies can be accessed anywhere, anytime.

Looking for instant access to TV with no annual contract or commitments? You’re one click away from breaking free from old school TV. Simply install the
DIRECTV NOW app and join the streaming revolution!

Stream local TV, sports, news, events and shows you crave on 100+ live channels, including ABC*, NBC†, Discovery Channel, History, Comedy Central, AMC,
A&E, Food Network, The Weather Channel, HGTV, and so many more. Watch your favorite shows like Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Blindspot, Chicago
Fire, and Law & Order: SVU in real time.

Sit back and chill with 10,000+ movies and shows – ready when you are. Watch the latest hit movies like The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road, Deadpool, Jurassic
World, and The Peanuts Movie.

Roll out the red carpet with HBO® or Cinemax® at an unbeatable price. Never miss another episode of Game of Thrones, Westworld, or Veep.

DIRECTV NOW streams on your smartphone, tablet, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and popular browsers. Whether home or on the go, simply download DIRECTV NOW
and begin watching Live Television and On Demand Movies.

Take control of your TV viewing – No contracts, No credit checks, and No equipment to lease. It’s time to fall in love with TV again.



Free or Paid


Apple Watch Support


iOS Version


Device(s) App Was Tested On


Accessibility Comments

First important note! Once you've logged in for the first time, you are placed on the Home screen of the app, but your device goes silent. The app turns your volume level completely down, including Voiceover volume. So, you'll have to raise the volume before you can hear Voiceover read the screen. You can turn this "muting" off in the settings.

I didn't actually find any unlabeled buttons, but I didn't find any player controls. You can double-tap a title to begin playing it, but the only way I found to stop playback is to use the 2-finger double tap. Interestingly, my sighted wife couldn't find any controls either, although I think she found a way to pause playback.

Across the top, in the upper left corner is the Guide button. Then the search button and the Settings button is in the upper right corner.

Along the bottom are 4 tabs: Home, Shows, Movies, and Networks.

At first glance, I think this app will be usable with Voiceover, albeit a little awkward.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling

Most buttons are clearly labeled.


There are some accessibility issues with this app, but it can still be used if you are willing to tolerate these issues and learn how to work around them.

Other Comments

NOTE: This service is only available to residents of the US.

Developer's Twitter Username



1 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by Chris Harrington 5 years 5 months ago



Submitted by Chris Harrington on Friday, December 2, 2016

I must say I am really impressed with the first version of this app! I've been looking for contact information for the developer, but have been unsuccessful. It would be awesome to get them on board, just because while the app is well done, their are some areas of improvement to be made for sure.

Submitted by John Farina on Friday, December 2, 2016

Hi folks,
When I looked at the developer web site link it appeared that there is a fee for direct TV. I know this is a service one can subscribe to, is the app different and thus free or is it only available to direct TV subscribers?

Submitted by gailisaiah on Friday, December 2, 2016

Tried to sign up for this app. And it looks like you have to be an AT&T or T Mobile subscriber. I have Verizon. And it doesn't look like we can use the app.

Submitted by Jeff on Friday, December 2, 2016

The DirecTV app is for DirecTV customers, but DirecTV Now is a new service that offers the usual live "cable" channels to be streamed to your device over wifi or cellular service. You do not need to be an AT&T customer. I can definitely confirm this because we're not AT&T customers for either phone or TV service, but we were able to sign up for and use the DirecTV Now service.

Submitted by gailisaiah on Friday, December 2, 2016

Hi Jeff, Thank you. I'll try again.

Submitted by Toonhead on Friday, December 2, 2016

I have the app, but there wasn't a place to create a new account and start a free trial. it appears you have to have an account already. Is this true? Also, how's audio description? Is it possible to hear audio-described content?

Submitted by Shane Jackson on Friday, December 2, 2016

I found Jeff's review to be dead-on target! One thing, though. You can indeed stop/pause the app by pulling up the Control Center. Yeah, I know; a pain in the rear end, but it does work. One thing to note is that you will lose audio, because this app requires that it has focus in order to play. I'm assuming that this applies to the whole audio/video stream. You can get it to start playing again with the Control Center still up by just double-tapping with the magic two-finger gesture. This app is a keeper for me!

Submitted by Jeff on Friday, December 2, 2016

I don't know if there is any way to sign up from the DirecTV Now app. I think you must sign up (create your account) from the DirecTV Now website. At least, that's how we did it.

Note that at this time, DirecTV Now is offering some promotional deals. First, you can get a 1 week trial. Second, while the promotion lasts, you can get the 100+ channel plan (normally $60) for $35 per month which is the same price as the 60 channel plan. This $35 plan remains at that price as long as you continue to keep the plan.

Finally, if you are willing to prepay for the service, you can get either an Amazon Fire TV Stick (with a 1 month prepaid subscription) or an Apple TV 32 GB 4th gen (with a 3 month prepaid subscription).

I don't know what, if any, described video is available. Essentially, this is the same content as an AT&T Uverse customer would get. Since I'm not an AT&T customer and I'm not familiar with their content, I don't know about their described video options. All I can say is that I didn't see any buttons or configuration options that mentioned described video.

Submitted by Travis Roth on Friday, December 2, 2016

Anyone tried the AppleTV 4th gen version of this app yet who can report if it is accessible?

Submitted by chad on Saturday, December 3, 2016

Hi just signed up and you can sign in thats accessible, but its not accessible going through channels

Submitted by chad on Saturday, December 3, 2016

Hi using a ipad mini3 and directv now is inaccessible.
I can sign in and voiceover speech dies
I had to reboot the ipad

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Saturday, December 3, 2016

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

There are definetly some part that are pretty accessible but there are some downside of the app as well.
For example,
The most notable ones are that for each channel we can hear the name of the show but flicking to the left of each channel is a button that is grayed out and says Play. This for visual people are the channel names. Also, for visual people they can swipe to the left to see what is on next or later on for that channel. We can't use this feature at all. So we are stuck with what is on now and have no idea what channel that is on plus unable to see what is on say at 8pm tonight. However, what I have done is have the wife favorite the ones that I use the most. It is placed in order of the favorite we had done. This way I can memorize what channel those are and easily know which channels are what. The other issue is the Network tab. This is where all of the Chanells are listed. Sadly, this is not accessible at all. So at this time there is no way to know what chanels are what.

The other features like the On-Demand shows and movies. They are easy to find and play. The nice part is that you can also do a search on a program that you like. It will list when the next time that show will be on. This is really great to have so that you know when the show is going to be on and what chanel.

As mentioned above in the original post. Yes, the video player is a bit odd. One can use the two fingers double tap to stop and play the shows. There doesn't seem to be any video controls at all for VoiceOver users and for sighted people.

Overall I would say it is about 80% accessible to use. There are quite a bit of elements that do not appear for us and obviously other features we can't do. In the end with some doing and learning to cope with certain things. It can be easily used and I'm happy with the service regardless that I can't do somethings. The major core of just being able to see what is on and what I want to watch is easy enough. It is also a keep for me and will try this on an Apple TV when I get a chance. I have Sling now for this same reason but this new DirectTVNow is good enough that I will replace Sling forthis.

P.S. No there are no audio description avaible at this time. Yes, you have to use the DirectTVNow website to sign up nd you will need somebody with sight to to create that account for you.

Submitted by Jeff on Saturday, December 3, 2016

Chad, you apparently didn't read my cautionary note in the accessibility comments of this review. Speech does not die. When the app first opens, it turns the volume completely down and you must turn it back up. This is a "muting" feature which can be disabled in the settings of the app.

Submitted by Kelly on Monday, December 5, 2016

You can change channels on the Apple TV by changing the rotor to Direct Touch and swiping either left or right.

Submitted by Toonhead on Saturday, December 3, 2016

Think I may wait a bit on this one. Besides, with everything else i'm paying for currently I wouldn't be able to afford it every month, and if I got the free trial i'd be too tempted. So I think i'll keep an eye on how the app develops and see how it goes. Interesting start for sure.

Submitted by chad on Saturday, December 3, 2016

Hi how do you go through channels when i went to direct touch voiceover didn't say no channel name.
Also how do you play the channel i hit the play button it said play default its a little funky not sure how it works

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Saturday, December 3, 2016

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

In reply to by chad

At this time there is no way to know what Channel that you are on. As you have described it. You find the Play button as being dimmed out. This is where typically for sighted people to see what channel that they are on. Swipe once more to the right of this is the show. All you have to do is just do a single finger double tap and the show will start to play. To stop just perform the two fingers double tap.

As mentioned above. I highly recommend that if you have favorites channels that you have somebody with sight. That they can help you out marking as such. This will show up at the top of the Home tab. Making it easier to get to those favorite channel easily.


Submitted by Moopie Curran on Monday, December 5, 2016

I was able to create my own direct tv now account successfully on my mac using safari. I didn't even have to have any sighted help. Even though it says it has a captcha, you just check the box that says you aren't a robot, and it works, no sighted help necessary. :) I don't have a windows computer, so I haven't tried it there, but on the mac, you won't necessarily need sighted help. I just thought I would clarify this, and I hope someone finds it helpful.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

What's New in Version 1.0.5

Added hint for swipe-up gesture on Apple TV main screen
Added ability to automatically play next on-demand episode (binge)
Added accessibility labels to Guide screen
Improved picture-in-picture support for ABC and NBC channels on iPad
Changed initial focus on Apple TV Guide screen to be on airing show instead of channel
Improved removal of channels from Favorites
Changed to use series image instead of episode image in Continue Watching row of Home screen
Fixed display of Guide screen after rotation on iPhone
Fixed audio playing after a phone call when app is in background

Submitted by Callalily on Saturday, November 4, 2017

I'm not on Twitter, is there any other way to get in touch with the developers of the app? They seem to have broken the shows on demand feature. I can't make shows play on the iPhone, but I can get them to play in Google Chrome. The play button has completely disappeared for VO on the phone.

Submitted by Cowboy on Monday, January 25, 2021

I have what is now AT&T TV. It actually works fairly well on my phone though I haven’t spent much time in there. The Apple TV is unfortunately a different story. You can’t read the guide at all. It just repeatedly states “button”. You can get to most networks by browsing, but if you have any regional sports networks they aren’t listed in there. The only way to get to these networks is to do a search.

PS. It actually works well on a Fire Stick, but the Fire Stick likes to buffer on my network when using it.

Submitted by Cowboy on Tuesday, January 26, 2021

I finally got through to AT&T chat yesterday afternoon. I had been trying to, when I had time, for about 2 weeks, and hadn’t had any luck. I reported the issue, jumped through the hoops they expect you to jump through when reporting something like that such as reinstalling, and the escalated the issue. They told me to check back tomorrow, now today, and I should have a guide. For some strange reason I am extremely skeptical, but if by some miracle I have a guide I will give them a hell of a lot of credit for being on the ball.

I also took some time to play with the app some more on my iPhone whiz is an XR running IOS 14.3. The app is extremely sluggish and I wouldn’t use it on there if you can help it. Also when you start watching something the audio of the content is muted, and you have to unmute it. It isn’t as sluggish on my iPad.

Submitted by Jim D on Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Thanks for this info. I use AT&T for my cell service and they are pushing AT&T TV pretty hard every time you call them for something, so I thought I'd look into it. Doing a little research however, I discovered they are loosing TV customers pretty rapidly and are actually looking to sell the TV business altogether. That info, combined with this post stating how problematic the app is, has made my decision for me, I'll stick with other TV streaming services, like YouTube TV. No need to mess with this, despite the pushy customer service reps at AT&T.

Submitted by Cowboy on Tuesday, January 26, 2021

In reply to by Jim D

Not a problem. I would gladly switch to YouTube TV but they don’t carry Fox Sports Southwest or the Longhorn Network. That’s where all of my baseball and hockey come from. I would gladly switch to the radio, but I don’t think my wife would be to happy with that. For some reason sighted people have this thing about wanting to see pictures.

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