DIRECTV STREAM is a good live TV streaming service, but it’s pricier than most of the others we’ve reviewed at CableTV.com. Still, if you like the fat channel lineups of satellite TV and don’t mind an equally fat monthly bill, DIRECTV STREAM could be the luxury live TV streamer for you.
DIRECTV STREAM is the latest in a long line of rebrands for AT&T/DIRECTV’s live TV streaming service, formerly known as AT&T TV, AT&T TV NOW, DIRECTV NOW, AT&T Watch TV, AT&T U-verse, and probably some others we missed over a lunch break. It’s been a long streaming journey.
As with its previous makeovers, DIRECTV STREAM is less of an improvement on its live TV streaming service than a continuation with a new skin. It still delivers some of the highest channel counts in streaming, but it also costs about the same as satellite TV service—which kind of skirts the unspoken “streaming is cheaper than traditional TV” rule.