TV Answer Man, I’ve been reading about the new DIRECTV Stream at your site. Do they have a free trial so I can check it out? I don’t want to pay unless I can see if it’s any good and it has all the sports teams I follow. — Candy, Reno, Nevada.
Candy, DIRECTV Stream is the new name for the multi-channel, live streaming service formerly called AT&T TV. The streamer is part of the new and separate DIRECTV company along with DIRECTV, the satellite TV service, and U-verse, the pay TV operator once wholly owned by AT&T. The new DIRECTV is jointly owned by AT&T (70 percent) and the private equity firm, TPG (30 percent.)
The newly named DIRECTV Stream is basically the same as AT&T TV. The service offers multiple programming packages starting at $69.99 a month and there are no contracts, unlike the satellite DIRECTV which requires a two-year agreement in exchange for incentives such as free Sunday Ticket.
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DIRECTV Stream carries many hard-to-find regional sports channels such as Bally Sports, NESN, Altitude, SportsNet LA, Marquee Sports, and MASN, the TV home of the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals. (Note that the regional sports channels are available in Stream’s Choice plan and above, which start at $84.99 a month.)
But is DIRECTV Stream any good? Is it technically sound?
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With some live streaming services, such as FuboTV and Hulu Live, you could find out by using their seven-day free trial. However, like AT&T TV, DIRECTV Stream does not offer a free trial.
But before you run off in despair, Candy, if you scour the fine print of DIRECTV Stream’s web site, you’ll notice that it offers a full refund to new customers if they cancel within 14 days after subscribing.
“You may cancel your DIRECTV STREAM service within 14 days of purchase without paying an Early Termination Fee. All fees and charges paid prior to cancelation shall be fully refunded. If you cancel in the first 14 days of order, you must also return the included DIRECTV STREAM device within 14 days to avoid $120 non-return fee. If you terminate after 14 days and are subject to a term commitment, you must pay an Early Termination Fee,” the site states.
So while it doesn’t advertise a free trial, DIRECTV Stream is basically giving you 14 days to try it out. If you don’t like it, you can cancel and get your money back. That’s just as good as a free trial.
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DO NOT under ANY circumstances “believe” that the clowns at AT&T (who can’t even answer SIMPLE PHONE QUESTONS !!) will let you CANCEL in the allotted time frames YOU WILL spent the rest of the year getting OUT of a “service agreement” so NEVER EVER EVER give your CREDIT CARD to these IDIOTS !!
NO TV service on the PLANET ( and ESPECIALLY AT&T) is worth THAT kind of BS !!
DON’T DO IT !!
The MORONS at AT&T have LOST OVER 9 MILLION subs and counting with NO END IN SIGHT…THEY WILL NOT survive the future…
They are “offering” a 14 day buyers remorse at our expense. As far as I’m concerned, they are offering themselves the ability to steal our money!! I will have to contact our attorney general about this shady business practice!!
Damn, Dave, you’re a broken record! We get it already—you hate Directv. Give it a rest already.
Just once, try and find something positive to say about TV, cable, satellite, streaming, ala carte…. ANYTHING!
candy ignore this person he simply hates everyone ,I wish mr. swan would not let him post on here anymore, He is a very negative person.
Dave M. – IS Correct. – He is just being Truthful.
You are Lucky “If” AT&T even answers the Phone, Then speaks ENGLISH
Jack, & Thom R. Haven’t EXPERIENCED AT&T’s NON Existence Service.
I just went thru a Tech Problem with my DirecTV service.
Have been with them since they Started.
Problem took 2 Months to FIX.
YES “D” you are CORRECTLY aware of the total f ups at DTV but I thing that the “naysayers” (i.e. jack “cough”, Thom and cell idiot are ALL PLANTS and a laughing stock because they obviously have NOT flowed the IDIOTS at AT&T and DIRECTV and the LOSS of over 9 million subs in the last of only 4 years AND are STILL loosing OVER 10K subs EVERY DAY. AT&T is in financial DESPERATION and after LOOSING over 180 BILLION they can N-E-V-E-R recover. THEY are by NO MEANS immune to stupid conduct and incompetency they are DIEING and will ONLY admit it in BANKRUPSY COURT LMAO !! bubye AT&T (ALL KNOW what the “A” stands for in any event LOL)
Dave, ypi have an axe to grind with Dierect… don’t know who’s paying you to be so vehement but it’s OLD… believe it or don’t, i happen to be happy enough to stay, rather than switch… ALSO… TELL THE WORLD..DO YOU EVEN WATCH TV???? HOW?? ANTENNA? LOCALS ONLY????
Dave, try using spell check.. ie., looSing loose? losing is correct, Also dieing? dying is correct… maybe 4th grade teaches this? good lick sonny boy
I’m definitely confused by this quote as Directv Stream has no annual contract so there is no term commitment. I think the article may be mixing up the two services. Phillip, can you please point us to exactly where you pulled this paragraph from? Thank you.
“You may cancel your DIRECTV STREAM service within 14 days of purchase without paying an Early Termination Fee. All fees and charges paid prior to cancelation shall be fully refunded. If you cancel in the first 14 days of order, you must also return the included DIRECTV STREAM device within 14 days to avoid $120 non-return fee. If you terminate after 14 days and are subject to a term commitment, you must pay an Early Termination Fee,”