DirecTV Now is back in the NFL game… sort of

DirecTV Now viewers who signed up for AT&T’s new streaming hoping to watch the NFL on local Fox channels were disappointed last weekend when they discovered the content was blacked out. They may not be much happier this week if they planned to watch a game on their mobile devices.

Even though AT&T says it’s fixed the glitch, DirecTV Now users won’t be able to watch games on mobile devices, which is at odds with the service’s push to reach Millennial males who, well, watch as much content as they can on mobile devices.

“We’ve identified the issue and are confident that customers will be able to stream next Sunday’s games in available markets where league blackout restrictions don’t apply,” AT&T said in a statement released to

Last weekend, some users, notably in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Atlanta, San Francisco and Tampa Bay said they’d been unable to watch their local games. The issue is believed, FierceCable reported, to be an offshoot of Verizon’s mobile streaming deal with the NFL. 

Stay tuned.

Jim O’Neill is Editor of Videomind and Principal Analyst at Brightcove. You can follow him on Twitter @JimONeillMedia and on LinkedIn