AT&T is expected to reveal all the details behind DirecTV Now later today, but a promotion for smart TVs and smartphones from LeEco sheds a bit more light on the emerging OTT-TV service.
Update: By way of comparison, Sling TV's Orange service allows one stream per account, while Sling Blue allows subs to access up to three streams at one time. PS Vue allows each account to simultaneously stream on up to one PS4 console and one PS3 console in the same home, and up to five streams at once if the sub is using other devices supported by PS Vue such as a the Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku box or Roku TV or an Android TV-powered streamer or smart TV. PS Vue currently does not let subs stream the service on two PS4 consoles or two PS3 consoles at the same time.
LeEco, which announced a $2 billion acquisition of TV maker Vizio in July, is featuring several smart TV and smartphone models that also include a three-month trial to DirecTV Now.
The small print on the DirecTV Now offer makes note of the cap on concurrent streaming per account, while also mentioning that consumers who partake in the three-month trial must create an account and use the redemption code by Feb. 1, 2017.
The ad also says DirecTV Now channels will vary by package and billing region. AT&T has already announced that the service will start at $35 per month for a lineup of 100-plus channels.
DirecTV Now has not announced all the channel that will grace its initial lineup, but it has already announced carriage deals with several major programmers, including Fox Networks Group, ABC/Disney, NBCUniversal, Viacom, Discovery Communications, Scripps Networks, A+E Networks and Turner. DirecTV Now has not announced a distribution pact with DirecTV Now.
DirecTV Now’s launch event is scheduled to get underway today in New York at 4 p.m. ET.
AT&T announced Sunday that it will also carry today’s live-stream of the event via Periscope:
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