A reader, Carol, writes: “I recently heard that DirecTV Now was replacing AT&T's U-verse. Do you know if that is true?”
I reached out to AT&T to make sure I had my facts straight and the company confirmed it: DirecTV and U-Verse are separate services for different kinds of customers and DirecTV Now, which debuted on Nov. 30, won’t be replacing U-verse.
U-verse is a pay TV and Internet service from AT&T while DirecTV Now is a streaming TV service that allows customers to watch TV channels over an Internet connection to a mobile device, computer, smart TV or set-top box that can access DirecTV Now. While there’s some overlap in channels offered, DirecTV Now is meant for cord cutters who don’t want cable or satellite TV, but still want access to more than 100 channels of programming. The service costs $35 a month, but that price is due to go up to $60 after Jan. 9, according to the DirecTV Now website.
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