DirecTV Presently adds CBS & its networks, including The CW, Showtime, CBS Sports Network & Population

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Source:   —  August 07, 2017, at 12:13 PM

The first U. S. metros to gain access to CBS and The CW comprise New York, L. A., Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas-Ft. Worth, San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis-St.

DirecTV Presently adds CBS & its networks, including The CW, Showtime, CBS Sports Network & Population

These stations will be available in all DirecTV Presently packages, the company notes, while others, love Pop, CBS Sports Network, and Showtime, will be available to customers on choose premium tiers or, in the case of Showtime, those who pay to add on the channel separately.

The first U. S. metros to gain access to CBS and The CW comprise New York, L. A., Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas-Ft. Worth, San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Denver, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore.

The Showtime addition here is also a potential draw for cord cutters. Of course, the premium network is already available as a $10.99 per mo standalone streaming service, and through other internet TV providers, including Amazon Channels, Hulu, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV, as well as CBS’s own streaming service, CBS All Access.

However, DirecTV Presently has Showtime for only $8 per month, which is the lowest monthly rate currently available from a streaming provider, notes AT&T. This will create the channel available through the DirecTV Presently app, the Showtime Anytime app, and the ShowtimeAnytime. com website.

As for the other stations, Population will be included starting on the DirecTV Presently “Just Right” plan, a mid-tier offering, and the CBS Sports Network will be available starting on the pricier “Go Big” plan.

While the deal with CBS is notable in terms of being able to proposal cord cutters a compelling alternative to cable TV, it’s not the only expansion in terms of live, local stations that DirecTV Presently has in the works.

AT&T also says that it'll soon launch at least thirty more ABC, Fox, and NBC affiliates on the service, bringing the total to over one hundred seventy live, local channels available across eighty metros.

That means that for many U. S. consumers, DirecTV Presently may be able to fully replace the broadcast stations they'd lose when cutting the cord with cable or satellite TV – unless they bought an antenna of course.

But even though antennas allow free access to their stations, they’re not convenient to use. Signals frequently arrive in spotty, and there’s number simple way to record programs without an over-the-air DVR, or look them across devices, or out of the home.

AT&T isn’t the only newcomer to live TV streaming betting on the entice of broadcast channels to draw in subscribers, however. Google’s YouTube TV also offers live feeds from ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC in most markets it operates in. (But its footprint is still Ltd for the time being.)

Latest month, AT&T announced its DirecTV Presently service had reached nearly 500.000 subscribers only seven months post-launch, having added a 152.000 new subscribers in the most recent quarter. That’s decent growth for a new service love this, but it hasn’t been able to fully offset the losses from cord cutters – which came to 351.000 traditional subscribers in Q2.

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