Earlier this month, DIRECTV NOW made a splash in the streaming world by announcing that a long awaited feature was on the way – DVR. AT&T said that DVR would arrive sometime later this year, beginning with a beta test this summer.
According to several reports, that beta test has opened. E-mails reportedly went out to selected subscribers last week inviting them to test the service’s new DVR feature. It’s likely the beta test comes with a fairly strict non disclosure agreement, so we don’t have any details about the feature or any visual peeks, but it’s good news that invitations are going out. That means things are likely on track for a fall roll out.
DIRECTV’s DVR feature is expected to have traditional controls like pausing and rewinding, but also will support multiple profiles, downloading for later viewing, and 4K HDR support.
There’s no way to apply for the beta test, as subscribers are randomly chosen. The best thing to do is just to keep an eye on your e-mail. If you didn’t receive anything yet, keep looking, because there will likely be several rounds of testing.
And if you don’t receive a beta invitation at all, just be patient. DIRECTV NOW’s full DVR feature should arrive in just a few months.
The new DVR feature is a part of a new video platform for AT&T, a way to provide a “consistent look and feel across AT&T consumer video service” across TVs, tablets, and cell phones. In short, AT&T wants their streaming television service to have the same feel as DirecTV. The new platform is still a while away though, as AT&T noted that the new interface is coming to set top boxes “in the next several years.”
DVR is one of the biggest features that people look for in a streaming service, so this is a feature that can’t arrive soon enough for DIRECTV NOW subscribers. Our DIRECTV NOW review has more info on the service.
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