AT&T Sets DirecTV Free With New Internet Streaming Packages

AT&T T -0.16% has announced a radical new distribution system for its DirecTV content that will open it up to essentially anyone with an internet connection – even if that internet connection isn’t an AT&T one.

The new streamed DirecTV options will require no satellite dishes or set-top boxes, won’t require anyone to sign up to any annual contracts, and will play on virtually any device, including smartphones, tablets, Smart TVs, streaming media hardware or PCs.

There will be three core DirecTV streaming package options. The most comprehensive of these will be DirecTV Now. Within this umbrella package name AT&T plans to offer a range of content packages with monthly subscriptions (but, remember, no annual contracts) that will make available a good proportion of the content available on today’s traditional DirecTV platform.