LeEco announced Thursday that the app for the DirecTV Now live over-the-top (OTT) streaming service is now available on its Super4 X43, X55, X65 and uMax85 4K Ultra HDTVs, via a firmware update that is being delivered now.

The move marks the first time the DirecTV Now app for live streaming TV service will be available on a smart TV platform. LeEco TVs have a smart TV platform based on the Android TV operating system. Up until now, DirecTV Now has been only available on a variety of media adapters and gaming consoles.

To initiate the software update, users need to power on the LeEco TV and connect to the internet. A software update alert will then appear on screen with the option to update the firmware. The software can also be manually updated from the TV’s home screen by navigating to the System Update app.

Read about the LeEco 4K Ultra HDTV update with DirecTV Now after the jump:

Once the download is complete, DirecTV Now will appear in the apps section on the TV’s home screen.  DirecTV Now customers can click on the app and sign in with their DirecTV Now account log-in information to immediately begin watching TV programs.

To get a DirecTV Now account, customers can visit www.directvnow.com to sign up and activate the service.

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For a limited time, anyone who purchases a LeEco TV receives three-months of DirecTV Now included with the purchase.

The software update also merges content from LeEco’s “LIVE” with “Le” apps, streamlining access to content. The firmware update also includes general bug fixes and improvements to system stability.

The addition of the DirecTV Now app on LeEco smart TVs, follows by a day the beta launch of the Hulu Live TV OTT streaming service. Both services are also competing with so-called “skinny TV” bundles from Dish’s Sling TV, Sony’s PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV and others.

 

By Greg Tarr

 

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