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DIRECTV NOW Adds 72-Hour Rewind & Show Restart to More Channels


When DIRECTV NOW launched back in late 2016, one of the biggest selling points was the 72-hour rewind feature. The promise was if you missed a show you could rewatch it within 72 hours of missing it; however, sadly, after launch DIRECTV NOW took the feature offline only to have it show up here and there over the last few months.

Now it seems that the 72-hour rewind feature is back online for numerous channels. The best part is you can now restart a show already in progress on CNN, HBO, HGTV, FX, and others.

The following channels support 72-hour rewind on DIRECTV NOW:

  • A&E
  • Audience Network
  • AXS TV
  • BET
  • Cartoon Network
  • CMT
  • CNN
  • Comedy Central
  • Cooking Channel
  • DIY
  • Food Network
  • FX
  • FXX
  • FYI
  • Galavisión
  • Hallmark
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
  • HGTV
  • History
  • HLN
  • Lifetime
  • MTV
  • MTV2
  • Nat Geo Wild
  • National Geographic
  • Nickelodeon
  • QVC
  • Spike
  • TBS
  • TCM
  • TNT
  • Travel Channel
  • truTV
  • TV Land
  • UniMás
  • Univision
  • Viceland
  • VH1

How to Use the 72-Hour Rewind Feature

  1. Select a network from the Guide or find it from the Network list.
  2. Networks that offer 72-Hour Rewind will provide the list of available programming.
  3. Make your selection and enjoy the show!

To access the 72-hour rewind feature using your Roku player:

  1. Press the Roku remote’s Home button.
  2. Scroll right to view channels.
  3. Press the Up or Down buttons to navigate to DIRECTV NOW.
  4. Press OK to select DIRECTV NOW.
  5. Scroll down to access the Main Menu.
  6. Press the OK button to select the Guide. (The Guide may also be accessed using the top menu or program details screen.)
  7. Press OK to highlight the channel name.
  8. Press OK to select the channel.
  9. When available, 72-hour rewind displays on the left navigation pane.
  10. Press the Up or Down buttons to view available shows.

The following networks support the program restart feature:

  • A&E
  • Action
  • AXS TV
  • Audience Network
  • BET
  • Bloomberg
  • Cartoon Network
  • Cinemax
  • CMT
  • CNN
  • Comedy Central
  • Cooking Channel
  • Crime & Investigation
  • DIY
  • Encore
  • Food Network
  • FX
  • FXX
  • FYI
  • Galavisión
  • Hallmark
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
  • HBO Channels
  • HDNet Movies
  • HGTV
  • History
  • HLN
  • Lifetime
  • Lifetime Movie Network
  • Max Channels
  • MTV
  • MTV2
  • MTV Live
  • Nat Geo Wild
  • National Geographic
  • Nick JR
  • Nickelodeon
  • QVC
  • Spike
  • Starz Channels
  • Star Max
  • TBS
  • TCM
  • TNT
  • Travel Channel
  • truTV
  • UniMás
  • Univision
  • VH1
  • Viceland

How to Use the Restart Feature

  • Go to the Home screen.
  • Scroll through the What’s On Now carousel or access the Guide to select a live show.
  • In the video player, a curved gray arrow icon indicates Restart is available.
  • Select the Restart arrow to watch from the beginning.

Have you tried DIRECTV NOW’s new rewind and restart feature? Let us know what you think of it in the comments.

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  • Michael Belanger

    Too bad it’s broken on Roku

    • Margaret Wilson

      Works fine on my Roku!

      • Soyntgo4it

        No buffing issues and connectivity issues takes forever to load channels. I At does not work fine on Roku. Even if your internet is lightning fast.

  • Sunny Rain

    The main problem with the feature is that you can’t fast forward at all even through the main content, let alone specials. So, every time you want to watch, you’re forced to watch the entire episode even if you only missed a small part.

    It’s like the annoying Sling On Demand.

  • SW

    This feature doesn’t work on my Fire Tv, Roku, or Mi box. It is entirely out of sync. Just give consumers what they really want a Cloud DVR (that works). Duh, is it that difficult to listen to your customers? Oh and for the record a real DVR means you have rewind and fast forward features so we can skip through commercials.

  • Margaret Wilson

    Works fine on my Roku Premiere +

    • Soyntgo4it

      No.

  • Kel

    They are going to keep losing subs and market ground without cloud DVR. #Fail

    • Margaret Wilson

      The app logins really help. There are few shows I’d record that I can’t get on the various apps.

    • Lenny Lacey

      I juts signed up, no DVR maybe my reason for canceling after trial

  • Richard Footitt

    This feature isn’t actually new. It was available at the beginning, but was removed when it gave people too many problems. It’s been back for several months. The problem I have always had with this feature is that if your internet connection goes awry for a few seconds the connection will drop. When you reconnect you will have to start the program from the beginning again. Directv Now will not remember where you were, and you can’t jump ahead to the place where you were when you disconnected. So if your connection is solid, it works great, otherwise all the joy goes away when you find you have to start the show from the beginning. I haven’t been using this feature for this reason. It can be very frustrating…….I’m hoping they have improved the system so you can return to the place where you left off……

  • Lynnneez

    I have never seen either feature available before and believe me, I have looked many times for the restart feature, as without it, for me the service is nearly useless as I am never able to watch in real time and rarely manage to get to anything right when it starts.

    I feel the 72 hour rewind is misleading as nearly every supported channel offers no more than 1 – 2 shows back, if at all. TNT and TBS are the only one I’ve found that really has several hours back. Surprisingly Hallmark seems to go back the farthest. Either way, the inconsistency makes it difficult to rely on.

  • vikings football

    no discovery, science, and destination america on either rewind or restart???

  • Bob

    tonight due to my Internet which which stops occasionally the Directvnow show “the Alone recap would naturally stop as well. Interesting thing when the show restarted itself a minute or two later it began about 5 seconds previous to where it left off. So one missed nothing. Love the guide as well. Running a month free trial of it (thanx Roku) and a week free trial of Hulu Live seeing which I like best