What we like about it: Cheapest price per channel
Drawbacks: No cloud DVR, expensive
Who it’s perfect for: Fans who love flipping through channels
If you’re looking for as many channels as possible for a fair price, then DIRECTV NOW may be a great fit. You can watch the Olympic Channel for free and try out DIRECTV NOW with a 7-day trial.
Pricing and plans for DIRECTV NOW
DIRECTV NOW offers a couple of different packages, and the cheapest one that includes the Olympic Channel costs $60 a month. Ouch.
Yes, that is the most expensive option on our list, but the good news is you’re getting over 100 channels for the price. So, if you’re focused on watching the Olympic Channel and only want a few other channels, DIRECTV NOW is not for you. But if you want the Olympic Channel along with lots of other channels, than read on.
If you want even more channel variety, you can upgrade to the highest-tier package that includes over 120 channels for $70 a month. Is it expensive? Yes. But it still beats a lot of cable packages if you’re a channel fiend.
If you want our opinion, we think you’ll be more than fine with the Go Big package for $60 month. You can livestream the Olympic Channel, ESPN, and FX, as well as your local networks.
And since there are no contracts with streaming services, you could always downgrade to a cheaper package after the Winter Olympics are over.
Watching the Olympic Channel on DIRECTV NOW
DIRECTV NOW may have a few quirks in its system, but the positives outweigh the negatives for most people. So first, the general positives—assuming you have an adequate internet speed of at least 5 Mbps, your stream should consistently stay fairly smooth. The interface is also super easy to navigate and should feel familiar to anybody who use to own cable. The schedule guide does a great job laying things out and keeping you informed about what’s on.
Now let’s talk about the quirks. First of all, DIRECTV NOW doesn’t offer cloud DVR, which is very problematic when it comes to watching the Olympic Channel. Events are happening at all hours of the day, and it would make your life much easier to record things and come back to them later. You also may encounter some issues with the interface bugging out. Our solution so far has been to just reset the app, and that takes care of any weirdness.
Of course, we warn everyone to expect occasional dips and momentary fuzzy picture with every streaming service, and DIRECTV NOW is no exception. Eventually internet speeds will be universally fast, but we’re not there yet. It’s just a fact of cord-cutting life for now.
You can read more about DIRECTV NOW’s pros and cons in our in-depth review.
DIRECTV NOW device compatibility
You can stream the Olympic Channel with DIRECTV NOW on any of the popular streaming devices.