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03-13-2017 3:25 PM
03-13-2017 4:17 PM
@Ruler1976 No. It specifically says postpaid only.
03-14-2017 7:44 AM
The key seems to be using direct tv now app on the iPhone or iPad. I AM charged if I use direct TV now app on the apple device. So I stream from my iPad/iPhone to the Apple TV device with mirroring.m the only weird thing about that is NBC local channel has a huge logo in the middle. This does not happen with any other channel including fox local.
03-14-2017 10:53 AM
The key seems to be using direct tv now app on the iPhone or iPad. I AM charged if I use direct TV now app on the apple device. So I stream from my iPad/iPhone to the Apple TV device with mirroring.
Are you sure that's working as free data, or is the AppleTV turning around and redownloading it itself?
03-14-2017 2:53 PM
05-04-2017 5:33 PM
i think in one of the latest DTV Now app updates, they changed this so that it does not work anymore. the iOS app on the iPad is now using URL forwarding and so the appleTV is directly pulling the stream from it's own ethernet interface... and so the data ends up coming from comcast for me (and counts against my quota).
i even tried blacklisting my appleTV so that it could not access the internet, hoping that the DTV Now app would fall back to "traditional" airplay, but it did not.
i regret applying the latest update as DTV now is now useless to me.
05-04-2017 5:39 PM
I'm not sure how this is backwards. Normally you'd need to be on the same WiFi network to connect to the AppleTV, if you're on the WiFi then you're not on cellular.
a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. if you statically configure the wifi on the iPad or iPhone and omit the gateway, iOS is smart enough to know that it needs to use the cellular interface to reach the internet, but it can still reach hosts on your LAN via the wifi interface.
05-04-2017 6:09 PM
05-04-2017 10:54 PM
in my experiments it seemed that as long as the directv data terminated in an iPad or iPhone, it would be zero rated, even if there was a router between the iPad/iPhone and ATT's network. but if i had my appleTV pulling the DTV Now data thru the same kind of connection (ATT iPhone tethered to the router with all traffic going to the iPhone), the data was not zero rated.
09-15-2017 5:20 AM
09-15-2017 8:12 AM
I found that if I used my att unite hot spot or my att homebase cellular internet with an iPad that I was not charged if I went through the direct tv now app on my iPad. I did not test using my iPhone as a hotspot with direct tv.com app on an iPad.
if you used DIRECTV now app on your iPhone there is no charge.
You can check your data usage via the MyATT app ( it takes a day or so to catch up). And that will tell you whether the data was sponsored or not when you used your iPhone as hotspot and your iPad running direct tv app.
i will be interested to see what MyATT says re your data usage. Go into the detailed report.
Also did you use your iPad for any other videos while you were backpacking? One hour of high def video can use up a gig.
09-15-2017 8:15 AM
If you don't have ATT postpaid wireless, you will be charged data (well, if your carrier charges - it has nothing to do with DirecTV Now).
If you do have ATT postpaid wireless, then you should have zero-rated ("free") data when using the DTVN app connected over mobile data. It doesn't matter if it is LTE or 4g. WiFi access is not zero-rated, so it will count as "normal" data over your WiFi connection. (A WiFi hotspot is the same.) Note that the wireless data usage will (I believe) show up on your bill, but as "sponsored" (meaning it isn't charged to you).
09-15-2017 8:22 AM
09-15-2017 9:06 AM
Those are not "regular" WiFi. If you have a standard WiFi router or access point attached to a "normal" wired internet service (via cable, DSL, etc.), the data that a mobile device connecting via WiFi rather than mobile data is using through the DTVN app is charged against that internet service (which matters if you have a data capped internet service). As far as I know, ATT public WiFi hotspots aren't billed (to end users) at all. Wireless hotspots are a different case. The Homebase is not a "normal" WiFi device - it runs over mobile data, and while I have no idea how the plans for it work in general, I'd assume that for DTVN it is similar to using a phone as a hotspot for a supported tablet. In that case, the data is zero rated. But it wouldn't be if you drive a computer or TV device via the hotspot - in that case (at least on a phone based hotspot) the data is charged. (Of course, if the device that is connected to the wireless hotspot has wireless capability, using the hotspot doesn't really give you anything.)
09-15-2017 9:19 AM
Officially the DirecTV app is free data if you are USING THE APP on a MOBILE DEVICE through the POSTPAID CELLULAR network (i.e. iPad tethered though a hotspot).
Occasionally, I've seen people report something else has worked (firestick or AppleTV) but I don't think it's consistent and I wouldn't want to count on it.