DIRECTV NOW streamers to be first this fall to experience new platform that will eventually support AT&T consumer video services
A DVR in the cloud to record your shows, accessible anywhere, anytime. A broad selection of live channels. 4K and HD quality video. Up to 30,000 titles on demand at your fingertips.1 Access throughout the United States, whether it’s via satellite, mobile or your own wired internet connection.
Your content on your terms. We know it’s what you want and that’s why we’re evolving to our next-generation video platform over the next year that will include a brand-new user-friendly interface.
“We all want easy and quick access to our content, regardless of where, when or on what device we watch it,” said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Entertainment Group. “By developing for a single video platform, we’ll deliver new features and platform innovations in a faster, more efficient way. And it will be simple and consistent wherever you watch—TV, phone or tablet.”
AT&T* has been transforming over the last several years into a software-led company in how we design and manage our network. We’re bringing that same approach to video and entertainment by incorporating principles of agile development, open systems, collaboration with developers and public beta programs to more quickly bring new and enhanced experience to customers. Our next-generation video platform is a key component of this ongoing transformation.
AT&T this fall will begin rolling out the next-generation platform to customers, starting with DIRECTV NOW and DIRECTV companion app users. The platform will eventually provide a consistent look and feel across AT&T consumer video services throughout the United States.
Beta testing for the next-generation video platform begins this summer. Invited DIRECTV NOW customers will be part of the beta program and among the first to experience cloud DVR and many of our other new features. They’ll also be among the first to have the opportunity to tell us what they think about the new interface and even provide a few suggestions along the way. Additional features, including live TV pausing and parental controls, are slated for availability once the new platform exits beta testing later this year. Other features, such as user profiles, download and go, and 4K HDR are planned for 2018.
Customers of other AT&T video services will have the opportunity to start using the new platform in the coming years.
1 Depending on package and premium selections.