Although Roku seems to consistently fly under the radar in the video casting market while Google’s Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV devices seem to generate the most industry buzz, Roku is a leader in the space with millions of units being used by consumers. That likely made things uncomfortable for AT&T when they launched their DirecTV Now streaming service late last year without support for Roku devices and thereby cutting out a huge swath of potential customers. That issue has been corrected this week as DirecTV Now added support for most Roku devices and is even offering a special deal to try to entice those device owners to give the platform a try.
The Roku devices that can display DirecTV Now include 4K Roku TVs, Roku Ultra, Roku Premiere+, Roku Premiere, Roku Express, Roku Express+, Roku Streaming Stick, Roku 4, Roku 3 and the 4210 model of the Roku 2. This covers most of Roku’s more recent models. Roku says they are working to add support for additional models in the future.
As far as the special deal, if you are not already a DirecTV Now customer and have a Roku device, you can use the code ROKU1MONTH to get a one-month free trial of DirecTV Now when you sign up for the service. Roku and AT&T are making this special offer available through the end of August.
If you have not yet tried DirecTV Now, you can read our TalkAndroid review of DirecTV Now to get a better idea of the packages, features and our impressions of the service.