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On 9/7/16, ATT announced wireless customers with a DIRECTV or U-verse subscription can stream Live TV without using their data allowance via their new updated DIRECTV app. It is elgible for postpaid wireless plans and for the Unlimited Plan, it does not count torwards the 22GBs.

http://about.att.com/story/watch_...rectv.html

Update to DIRECTV App lets you watch your live and recorded programs virtually anywhere
•New "Data Free TV" feature lets you stream AT&T U-verse and DIRECTV content without it counting against your AT&T wireless data allowance

Away from home but itching to catch a live episode of the latest hit TV show, watch your favorite recorded movie or binge watch that series everyone has been talking about? Today, with the latest update to the DIRECTV App, you can do that for almost any show anywhere.

The updated DIRECTV App gives you access to your live and recorded programming1 whether away from the living room in your home or on the go. That's right: virtually anything you typically watch on your DIRECTV service at home will now be available anywhere you have either a mobile or Wi-Fi internet connection. That includes shows on live channels – even locals – as well as just about all of your DVR recorded programs. You can also download most of your DVR recordings to your device to watch offline – perfect for long plane flights.

Even better, you can stream video via your DIRECTV or U-verse App without using your mobile data when you're on the go with Data Free TV on the AT&T mobile wireless network.2 It's easy and automatic after registering and it doesn't count against your AT&T mobile data allotment.

"Our customers want to take their TVs with them, and our new DIRECTV App allows just that," said David Christopher, CMO, AT&T Entertainment Group. "You can get the content you want, when you want it.... your living room channels and your recorded content with you, anywhere you go."


To experience these exciting ways to watch your DIRECTV, here's what you need:
1.A DIRECTV subscription (SELECT® or above)
2.The DIRECTV App (available on iOS today and Android soon)
3.Genie HD DVR 44 and above with a home internet connection
4.The understanding that once you start streaming on your mobile device, you're going to have little excuse to stay home

1 Not all channels available. Channels available for live streaming correspond to your package selection and may vary by location. To download, must be in-home on same Wi-Fi network connected to DVR. Certain programming cannot be downloaded. All functions and programming subject to change.

2 DATA FREE TV: Must stream through DIRECTV App. Requires eligible DIRECTV & AT&T wireless services. Exclusions & restrictions apply.
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Yes! You can also now watch recordings on your DVR from your mobile device as well. You have to have a Genie DVR in order to do this. I love these new changes.
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I know this seems good but this is bad and net neutraility laws need to block this.
Internet is a pipe and all packets should be treated equally in regards to cost & speed.
How can a new upstart compete with a service that doesn't use your data?
It makes them too powerful.
Even tmobiles binge stuff is bad because it makes them kingmakers. How can you compete if they won't let you into their program.
Google beat yahoo, Facebook beat myspace all because it was wild & free
Imagine if facebook didn't count against your data cap, it could never be taken over
-Rant over
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Quote from fiveoh View Post :
Yes! You can also now watch recordings on your DVR from your mobile device as well. You have to have a Genie DVR in order to do this. I love these new changes.
Is this only the new genie, I have a first generation
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Quote from cheapnoneed View Post :
I know this seems good but this is bad and net neutraility laws need to block this.
Internet is a pipe and all packets should be treated equally in regards to cost & speed.
How can a new upstart compete with a service that doesn't use your data?
It makes them too powerful.
Even tmobiles binge stuff is bad because it makes them kingmakers. How can you compete if they won't let you into their program.
Google beat yahoo, Facebook beat myspace all because it was wild & free
Imagine if facebook didn't count against your data cap, it could never be taken over
-Rant over
Just switch to At&t and you'll be happy. - problem solved.
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Just get a sling box if u have tmobile
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So strange that there is no love for Uverse, their native TV service
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So strange that there is no love for Uverse, their native TV service

I'm not familiar with Uverse but it is part of this announcement, I can edit the post to include that.
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I'm not familiar with Uverse but it is part of this announcement, I can edit the post to include that.
you're right. reading comprehension is not my strong suit today
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The original announcement OP is linked to only references DirecTV and DirecTV app. I can't find any info on how can U-verse customers stream TV without 22GB data cap.
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Anyone know how to register? I have AT&T wireless and DIRECTV But they are not bundled together.
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Quote from cheapnoneed View Post :
I know this seems good but this is bad and net neutraility laws need to block this.
Internet is a pipe and all packets should be treated equally in regards to cost & speed.
How can a new upstart compete with a service that doesn't use your data?
It makes them too powerful.
Even tmobiles binge stuff is bad because it makes them kingmakers. How can you compete if they won't let you into their program.
Google beat yahoo, Facebook beat myspace all because it was wild & free
Imagine if facebook didn't count against your data cap, it could never be taken over
-Rant over
No you are right. But this is very different that T-Mobile. T-Mobile isn't pushing their own services and their Binge program is open to any (established) company to join. The consumer picks youtube as the winner, and youtube joins T-Mobile's program. AT&T is "zero rating" their own services on their own network. Comcast is heading down much same without mentioning it. Both AT&T and Comcast behaviors are anti-competition moves meant to use their "ownership" of your connection to their monopoly advantage. Until AT&T and Comcast make Youtube, Netflix, ESPN, HBO, Hulu, Spotify, . etc all free data, then it's not the same....
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Anyone know how to register? I have AT&T wireless and DIRECTV But they are not bundled together.
I believe the app in general is considered "Sponsored Data" regardless. So download the app, enter your DirecTV information and stream a bit. I went to my account, gone to usage details for my phone, and the data is showing as sponsored, which does not count against allowance.
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Quote from cheapnoneed View Post :
I know this seems good but this is bad and net neutraility laws need to block this.
Internet is a pipe and all packets should be treated equally in regards to cost & speed.
How can a new upstart compete with a service that doesn't use your data?
It makes them too powerful.
Even tmobiles binge stuff is bad because it makes them kingmakers. How can you compete if they won't let you into their program.
Google beat yahoo, Facebook beat myspace all because it was wild & free
Imagine if facebook didn't count against your data cap, it could never be taken over
-Rant over
On the surface it does seem bad, but it does highlight the absurdity of bucket/limited data plans. As more consumers become aware of the difference, they'll demand unlimited plans like the ones offered by Tmobile, ATT, and Sprint. It's a transition policy that will lead to better consumer options. In Verizon's world we would all pay by the megabyte and that is scarier than any NN violation.
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I am a AT&T Wireless and DirecTV subscriber but this really angers me. I don't see how EVERYONE else does not see that this should be illegal. This is extremely anti-competitive and if they can open their networks up to all of this bandwidth for DirecTV subscribers, there is no reason why they couldn't do it for all traffic.
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