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Fri, Dec 2, 2016 12:05 AM

Att celluar data usage

I am an ATT wireless customer. I purchased DirecTV now so I could watch tv anywhere without using any data. I am burning through my data. 4 gigs for just a couple hours of use!!!!

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ATTTVNOWHelp

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2.2K Messages

4 years ago

Hey @lokidz,

If you’re a DIRECTV NOW and AT&T Mobile Wireless customer, streaming most DIRECTV NOW movies and programs over the AT&T wireless network won't count against your data usage allowance. If you are streaming over your ATT Wireless service, it will not count, but if you are streaming over your Home Internet, it will. Check out more on Data Usage with DIRECTV NOW.

-DIRECTVNOWCare

turbohealz

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20 Messages

4 years ago

Well according to their chat log, I can use my phone for a mobile hotspot and then from there, I can use the Apple TV with The Directv Now App!

turbohealz

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20 Messages

4 years ago

FWIW I actually use my phone, and I do a screen share to my HDTV. Works out quite well.

Gary L

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4 years ago


@turbohealz wrote:

Well according to their chat log, I can use my phone for a mobile hotspot and then from there, I can use the Apple TV with The Directv Now App!


Are you saying tether the Apple TV through the phone?

That would be nice if it worked. (I doubt it, would be happy to be wrong!).

 

 

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4 years ago

I would be stunned if you can use your ATT wireless plan phone as a hot spot to then connect your device to that hot spot and then stream DTN. The "no data" usage applies to wireless customers that stream the app thru their phone.

When you connect via a hot spot, I don't think they can then tell if u r streaming DTN thru the connected device as opposed to any other app. The hot spot just sees the connection and the data being consumed.

What u can do is steam thru your phone then cast that to a chrome cast (they are $25) or mirror your phone to your TV. Now you are streaming from the phone directly and there should be no data usage on that.

Tutor

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4 years ago

Are you streaming the directv now on a computer that is connected to your hotspot? Because I believe the only way it is data free is if you stream on your phone through the directv app.

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4 years ago

Thanks but I have figured this out.
Gary L

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4 years ago


@mbrown2626 wrote:
I would be stunned if you can use your ATT wireless plan phone as a hot spot to then connect your device to that hot spot and then stream DTN. The "no data" usage applies to wireless customers that stream the app thru their phone.

You can definitely stream your iPad through your iPhone hotspot with the app and not get charged. 

 

 

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4 years ago

@Gary L

Should have specified that I was referring to those asking if they can connect there devices such as Fire TV to the hot spot
Gary L

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@mbrown2626 wrote:
Should have specified that I was referring to those asking if they can connect there devices such as Fire TV to the hot spot

I'm thinking you ca NOT do the TV devices through the hotspot, but I know some tablets work when hotspoting.

 

 

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4 Messages

4 years ago

I think his question was about Uverse Internet and not ATT Cellular Internet.  I have Uverse Internet as well and would like to stay under the 1tb of data I am allowed.  Does DirecTV Now count towards data allowance on Uverse Internet? 

SGH_DTV

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15 Messages

4 years ago

Yes it counts, Directv Now has no bundling deal with Uverse internet, so the 1TB data cap is in effect for all streaming on Directv Now

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4 Messages

4 years ago

Yikes.  That's bad news.  Maybe I'll try their internet for a month and see what the data looks like and cancel if I go over. 

SGH_DTV

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15 Messages

4 years ago

Video Stream can range from 1gb-3gb per hour depending on the quality, so even at HD quality, 300 hours of veiwing is only 900Gb. Do you watch more than 300hours a month (10hrs/day)?

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4 years ago

@SGH_DTV - You are assuming the only use for home internet is video streaming, but if you throw in general web browsing, YouTube, downloading software/games, receiving pictures, emails, etc., 1TB isn't looking so big anymore if Directv Now is using 3GB per hour to stream.  

 

Then, throw in the rest of the family using the second Directv Now stream (doubling your usage to 6GBper hour), and it's something to be concerned about if you watch tv more than a few hours per day (easy to do in the evenings and even easier over the weekend) over a metered internet connection. 

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