As AT&T tries to grow their DIRECTV NOW streaming service, they are also taking steps in protecting their content from piracy issues. One active approach they have already started is by limiting which browsers are compatible with DIRECTV NOW. If anyone tries to stream on their DIRECTVNOW.com account on any browser except for Google Chrome, the following message appears:
For our best streaming experience, DIRECTV NOW will live exclusively on Google Chrome when accessed via your computer. We will no longer be supporting Safari or Internet Explorer browsers after June. And of Course the DIRECTV NOW App will still be your go-to when streaming on your mobile devices.
Speculation as to why this error is popping up is AT&T prefers a secure browser like Google Chrome, where people can’t use tools like PlayOn to record DIRECTV NOW.
So if you are a DIRECTVNOW.com watcher, be sure that Google Chrome is downloaded onto your devices if you plan to stream from their direct website. Of course, you can always use the DIRECTVNOW App as well, which does not need the support of any browser. However, you do need Wi-Fi and/or a data plan.