AT&T Customers Can Use DIRECTV App Without Eating Data
In a move that is great for customers but terrible for proponents of net neutrality, customers can now use the DirecTV or U-Verse apps to watch live and recorded television without using their data, assuming you are an AT&T subscriber of course.
The new updated app will allow subscribers to stream up to 315 live tv channels, depending on what TV package you have, as well as catch up on shows that have aired in the last 72 hours whether you have recorded them or not. Streaming is available both over mobile data, and wi-fi so as long as you have some form of internet access you can rot your brain wirelessly. You can also view your recorded programs as well as save them for offline viewing. I can see this being particularly handy for air travel and road trips where AT&T coverage may be spotty. There is nothing worse than an upset preschooler who can’t get their Spongebob fix on a 4 hour drive to Grandma’s house because you entered a cellular wasteland.
Another handy feature of the DirecTV app is access to a fairly vast on-demand streaming library. This, of course, is also available to be streamed on the go. You can also move shows from your mobile device to your TV and finish watching on the big screen. The app is available on the Google Play store, Amazon App Store, and iTunes.
This isn’t a particularly surprising move on AT&T’s part, since they acquired the satellite tv provider last year but it doesn’t sit well with those that believe ISPs (mobile carriers included) should be dumb pipes to the internet. It really is difficult to decide which way to feel about this situation, as it does go against the spirit of net neutrality. On the other hand, with our increased reliance on the internet when we are out and about it feels pro-consumer to give customers a chance to consume content without blowing through their data caps (that are placed there by the carriers to create artificial scarcity and higher profits in the first place… but I digress.)
These types of deals are becoming more prevalent in the mobile space. and regardless which side of the fence you sit on it is likely we will continue to see them for better or worse. How do you feel about it? Sound off in the comments below!