The 2017 Consumer Electronics Show has Opened it’s door in Las Vegas once again…although not to the Public, the show will feature the latest in Consumer Electronics and Concepts. A Friend of the Show, Jim Barry visited via Skype to talk about this years show and what to expect
One of their attempts to woo subscribers, which I found appealing…being the cheapskate I am…is an offer including a free Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote if you prepay for one month. They accept payment via a credit card, or PayPal account.
At this moment, their least expensive service is the “Live a Little” package, at $35 per month. It includes “60+” channels:
Crime & Investigation
Fox Business Network
Fox News Channel
FOX Sports 1
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
National Geographic Channel
Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite
On their website, they state you can “Watch on your computer”. Per DIRECTV NOW…supported browsers include “Internet Explorer 11+ (on Windows 8 or higher)”, “Chrome 50+”, and “Safari 8+”. So…
While on their website, I chose to “Chat with DIRECTV NOW”. Some of our conversation is as follows. (“You” is me.)
You: Is Adobe Flash support required for use with the Google Chrome browser?
Leslie: Usually, Adobe Flash player is not required for Google Chrome browser though.
STRIKE #1: my direct question was not answered.
Leslie: Did you already receive a confirmation email after placing your DIRECTV Now order?…You will only be able to stream DIRECTV Now after placing your order though and after you have received the order confirmation email.
STRIKE #2: I need to place an order to know if I will be able to use the service.
Leslie: Also, you can stream from either Edge, Internet Explorer, Google, and Firefox.
STRIKE #3: Edge and Firefox are not mentioned on https://directvnow.com (only “Internet Explorer 11+ (on Windows 8 or higher)”, “Chrome 50+”, and “Safari 8+”).
I attempted to create an account…but it did not seem to complete. Later, in one of my e-mail accounts, I noticed a message from DIRECTV…that my account had been created. OK…
I cannot watch DIRECTV NOW on my Google Chromebook:
On my Linux computer, using Google Chrome…I also cannot watch DIRECTV NOW.
So…Google Chrome 50+ is not a fully supported browser, as they claim.
On that same computer…I cannot watch DIRECTV NOW when using Firefox. Which does have Adobe Flash support enabled.
I have been able to use their iOS app…but can only watch “FreeVIEW”: “…’FreeVIEW’ status lets you preview select content for free…”
All I’ve seen are promotional announcements.
For comparison purposes, CNET posted in DirecTV Now vs. Sling TV vs. PlayStation Vue: “…DirecTV Now and for a limited time, customers can sign up for a promotional deal that offers more than 100 channels for $35 a month.”
And a spreadsheet showing “which cities have access to the local broadcasts of ABC, Fox and NBC on the DirecTV Now service”…
In this Weeks Show, Andy and Justin talk about Alexa and the New Google Home as personal assistants. Justin installs Ring and tells us why he couldn’t completely love the experience. Battlefield 1 and Civilization are covered as titles for the holiday season.
Slick and Andy talk about Sling TV and how cutting the cord is becoming easier and offering more choices. Also covered are some new options for cord cutters for local programming. Antennas for local programming are discussed and how to easily transfer your VHS Tapes to DVD with the New Roxio Easy VHS to DVD 3.
Website of the Week from Slick is Next Door an App that connects your neighborhood.
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