DirecTV Now Launches Cloud DVR and a New Interface

Back in July of last year, DirecTV was talking about a cloud DVR functionality that the company would be bringing to its streaming service, DirecTV Now, at some point in the future.

Since that time, beta testers have been able to try out the feature, and it looks like that testing period went well for the company, because it has just announced that it is rolling cloud DVR functionality out to the public, along with a few key additions for good measure. That includes a brand new interface, which should help users find new content to watch.

It is worth noting that DirecTV still calls the cloud DVR function a beta test, so things might still be a little rough around the edges. But it is available to DirecTV customers that are using “recent-generation” iOS and tvOS devices, with the feature rolling out to other platforms, including Android, at a later date:

“The new experience is rolling out today on recent-generation iOS/tvOS devices and supported web browsers and will be available for recent-generation Android, Fire TV, and Roku over the coming weeks.”

The new save-for-later functionality isn’t the only change. The interface is getting reworked, so that “your most-watched channels and favorite programs front and center”. Subscribers will be able to watch content, whether streaming or on-demand, while browsing the built-in guide to pick what they want to watch next.

On-demand content is getting a boost, too:

“Depending on your subscription choices, get access to more than 25,000 titles on DIRECTV NOW. Not enough for you? We’ve added more capacity so you can watch even more on-demand entertainment to your heart’s desire. New episodes on select channels will be available on-demand after airing, so you don’t have to worry about setting up a recording prior.”

The new changes, along with the cloud DVR functionality, are rolling out today.

Our Take

Are you a subscriber to DirecTV Now, or are you using another streaming service like YouTube TV? I haven’t picked one of these yet, mostly because what I watch on TV I can find on Hulu, but DirecTV Now is one service that has my attention.

[via DirecTV Now]