Yesterday on Reddit it was reported that DIRECTV NOW was replacing recorded shows with on-demand versions that had unskippable ads. According to reports DIRECTV NOW had replaced several Discovery Network shows with on-demand versions similar to how YouTube TV works. As a result, Cord Cutters News reached out to AT&T for clarification.
Over the last year replacing recorded shows with on-demand versions has become popular. This allows live TV streaming services to keep prices low by using ad revenue to subsidize the service’s costs. Almost every live TV streaming service does this on at least a few networks or does not let you DVR a few networks.
According to AT&T, DIRECTV NOW will not replace any recorded show with an on-demand version. If you DVR a show, it will stay in your DVR as it was recorded with the ability to skip commercials. This makes DIRECTV NOW one of the few live TV to offer a DVR that does not replace recordings with on-demand versions on at least a few networks.
What is likely happening here is confusion over favoriting a show and recording a show. Recently DIRECTV NOW added the ability to favorite a show. When you favorite a show it will show up in your My Library just like your recordings but will include live airing happening now and on-demand content. This is what likely confused the Reddit users who thought they had setup a recording but instead had favorited a show and was seeing all the on-demand content currently available.
Having a DVR that won’t replace recorded shows with on-demand versions is a huge selling point for DIRECTV NOW one that may attract more subscribers. Yet it may take subscribers a bit to get used to the difference between favoriting a show vs DVRing a show.
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