DirecTV Now adds TV app, Siri search support on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV

DirecTV Now, AT&T's online TV service, is now integrated with the TV app on Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad, making it easier to discover the shows, movies, sports, and news available through the service. You'll be able to find live sports from your favorite teams as well as on-demand shows and movies in the Watch Now tab and Up Next section of the TV app.

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The Watch Now tab on the Apple TV app is where everything you can watch across services comes together with recommendations, a look at "what's trending," live sports, and more. At the top of the tab, Up Next helps organize your shows, movies and sports, so you can easily keep track of everything you're watching and never miss a new episode or live game.There's so much on-demand content and live sports channels included with your DIRECTV NOW subscription, so the Apple TV app is a great place to help you find something new or jump back into your favorite on-demand show as new episodes arrive or quickly tune to a national sports broadcast.

As of this update, DirecTV Now also supports universal search on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. This means that if a movie or TV show is available on DirecTV Now, you'll see an option for playing it on the service when you search for it using Spotlight search or Siri. Siri support also allows you to ask to jump directly to a particular channel inside DirecTV Now, so you can say, for instance, "Hey Siri, tune into USA," and Siri will open DirecTV Now and head to USA.

Finally, DirecTV Now supports the Single Sign-On feature on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. This lets you sign in with your DirecTV Now credentials once in the settings of your device, then just click allow in a supported app whenever the app asks to use your DirecTV Now login. You won't need to sign into your account in every app you might want to use with it.

These updates are available now in the latest version of the DirecTV Now app, which can be found in the App Store (opens in new tab) on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.