DirecTV Go launches IPTV in Brazil with 95 channels and free HBO | Telecommunications

O DirecTV Go arrived on the Brazilian market without any fanfare. The service, maintained by AT&T – which owns Sky Brasil – will be marketed on Monday night (30). The IPTV platform has up to 95 closed TV channels and offers free HBO for five years. Check prices, plans and list of channels.

DirecTV Go arrives in Brazil (Image: Playback / DirecTV Go)

DirecTV Go arrives in Brazil (Image: Playback / DirecTV Go)

Unlike Claro Box TV, DirecTV Go does not require its own TV Box. According to the company, it is possible to watch IPTV channels via the web, Android or iOS devices, in addition to Samsung’s smart TVs, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV / Stick. At the time of publication it was already possible to find the application on the Apple App Store, but not on the Google Play Store.

DirecTV Go application on iOS (Image: Lucas Braga / Tecnoblog)

DirecTV Go application on iOS (Image: Lucas Braga / Tecnoblog)

For a good experience, DirecTV Go recommends a connection of at least 4 Mb / s. It is possible to watch the platform simultaneously on two devices with the same account – another advantage over Claro Box TV, which does not allow additional points.

The monthly payment can be made by credit cards Visa, Mastercard, Elo, Hipercard and American Express.

DirecTV Go costs R $ 59.90 per month

The basic package of DirecTV Go has 72 channels and has a monthly fee of R $ 59.90. One surprise is that the IPTV service includes open broadcasters, such as Globo, SBT, Record and RedeTV !, which are not present on Claro Box TV. It is possible to hire à la carte channels; highlighting free HBO for five years.

DirecTV Go programming guide

DirecTV Go programming guide (Image: Playback / DirecTV)

In addition to live programming, DirecTV Go also has content for streaming on demand, as if it were a Netflix. See the full list of channels:

DirecTV Go – Basic Plan (R $ 59.90)

  • AMC
  • AXN
  • Animal Planet
  • Band
  • Band News
  • Band Sports
  • Bis
  • Boomerang
  • Brazil Channel
  • Channel Off
  • cartoon Network
  • Cinemax
  • CNN Brazil
  • Comedy Central
  • Discovery Channel
  • Discovery Home & Health
  • Discovery ID
  • Discovery Kids
  • Discovery Science
  • Discovery Theater
  • Discovery Turbo
  • Discovery World
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XD
  • AND!
  • ESPN
  • ESPN +
  • Food Network
  • Fox
  • Fox Life
  • Fox Sports (1 and 2)
  • Fx
  • News
  • Globe (open channel)
  • Gloob
  • Gloobinho
  • GNT
  • HGTV
  • History Channel (1 and 2)
  • Lifetime
  • More Globosat
  • Mega pix
  • Multishow
  • MTV
  • National Geographic
  • NatGeo Kids
  • NatGeo Wild
  • Nickelodeon
  • Nick Jr.
  • TNT
  • TNT Series
  • Warner Channel
  • Paramount Network
  • Record (open channel)
  • TV network! (open channel)
  • SBT
  • Sony Channel
  • Space
  • SporTV (1, 2 and 3)
  • Universal Studio
  • SyFy
  • TLC
  • TruTV
  • Universal
  • Alive

A la carte channels

Channel Monthly price
Combat (1 channel) R $ 79.90
ESPN Extra (1 channel) R $ 7.90
Conmenbol TV (3 channels) R $ 39.90
Fox Premium (2 channels) R $ 24.90
HBO (4 channels) R $ 34.90
5 years free
Premiere (7 channels) R $ 79.90
Telecine (5 channels) R $ 37.90

Streaming pays less taxes than pay TV

After Anatel’s definition that online platforms with live channels are not covered by the rules of pay TV (SeAC), there was legal certainty for launching IPTV plans, such as DirecTV Go and Claro Box TV.

For AT&T, it makes sense to invest in this business model: Sky is the second largest pay-TV operator, but uses satellite technology; with the proliferation of broadband in Brazil (especially thanks to small providers), it is feasible to launch a pay TV service over the internet.

It also has all the tax advantage: pay TV is charged by ICMS, which is a municipal tax; on the other hand, online services do not pay this tax. In addition, the company is not obliged to follow Anatel rules, such as quota of content produced in Brazil or quality goals.

To prevent the drop in revenue, a project in the Chamber of Deputies wants to block this definition by Anatel, claiming that the total migration from pay TV to the internet can generate a loss of R $ 3.77 billion in taxes.

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