AT&T are launching a new online streaming service called DirecTV Now. The new channel will be a stand-alone SVOD service. That means you don’t need a cable subscription to sign up, great news for cord-cutters. Major US channels like Starz, Encore, Fox, MTV, and NBC Sports will be included. In terms of compatible streaming devices PC, MAC, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV are all likely to get the new DirecTV Now app. What we’re certain of at this point is that DirecTV is geoblocked abroad. To watch DirecTV Now in Canada, UK, Australia, or elsewhere outside USA, you have to use VPN.
Like every other American streaming channel, AT&T’s new streaming service is geo-restricted abroad. That means you will not be able to watch DirecTV in Canada, UK, Australia, France, Mexico, or Japan. Luckily, there’s a workaround. You can use VPN, virtual private network, to mask your true location online. In the process, geoblocked US channels will think you are in the USA. Here’s how to set up VPN in order to watch DirecTV Now outside USA.
First of all, sign up with a VPN provider if you have not done so already. If you’re familiar with bypassing geo-restrictions, you probably are already using VPN.
Once you have registered your VPN account, download and install the VPN application on your PC, Mac, iOS, or Android device.
Now, connect to an American VPN server. While not yet confirmed, you might get different DirecTV live streams depending on which US region your VPN server is located in.
The final steps requires you to launch the new DirecTV app and watch live and on-demand content as if you were in USA.
The same process unblocks all other American channels overseas. You can watch US Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, Amazon Prime, and many more wherever you might currently be.
If you want to get access to US-only live and on-demand content abroad, sign up with ExpressVPN. They have a 30-day refund period as well as 24/7 customer support. While they’re the go-to guys when it comes to unblocking DirecTV abroad, you should still be able get AT&T new streaming service overseas using one of these VPN providers.
AT&T have signed contracts with Disney, NBCUniversal, and Viacom. That means we’ll get to see these companies channels at launch. DirecTV Now will also offer 14,000 hours of on-demand content in the shape of Hollywood blockbusters and TV shows.
Sony Movie Channel
On What Devices Can I watch DirecTV Now?
Here’s a list of the compatible streaming devices.
Apple TV 4
Amazon Fire TV
How Much Will a DirecTV Now Subscription Cost?
DirecTV Now will set you back 35$ per month. AT&T are offering new subscribers a free 7-day trial. If you decide not to subscribe to DirecTV after that, you can still watch DirecTV Freeview. It’s basically a limited but free and ad-supported version of premium DirecTV. Here are all 4 DirecTVNow subscription plans:
Live A Little: 60 channels for 35$/month.
Just Right: 80 channels for $50/month.
Go Big: 100 channels for $60/month.
Gotta Have It:120 channels for $70/month.
You can subscribe to DirecTV using either your credit card or PayPal account. At the moment, AT&T are offering a a special offer on the ‘Go Big’ subscription. You will only need to pay $35/month as long as you continue your DirecTV subscription.
How to Watch DirecTV Now Outside US – Conclusion
It’s yet to be seen whether DirecTV now will rival similar established streaming channels like Playstation Vue or Sling TV. However, AT&T are definitely taking strides into the right direction in terms of VOD. Cord-cutters in USA will surely give the new channel a try. Remember, if you live abroad you can also watch DirecTV as long as you are using VPN.
Streaming gadgets geek. Interested in every little thing there is to know about bypassing regional restrictions. An avid believer in the right to protect online privacy. Charles has also reviewed plenty of VPN service providers and knows how to separate the good apples from the bad ones.