AT & Ts recently announced that WatchTV, a low-cost live TV streaming service announced in the wake of the AT & T / Time Warner merger, is now up and running. With DirecTV Now, the company already has an over-the-top streaming service, but this one is cheaper, has some limitations, and does not include local channels or sports (to keep costs down)
At $ 15 a month Service undercuts the existing low-cost leader Philo by a dollar, but offers a different lineup (Fomopop has a nice channel-by-channel comparison between the two when you're in the market).
Both have 25 of the same channels in their packages, including A & E, AMC, Comedy Central, Food Network, Discovery, HGTV, History and others, but AT & T WatchTV lacks MTV, Nickelodeon and Travel Channel.
Overall, WatchTV has more than 30 live TV channels, plus 15,000+ TV shows and movies on demand, and allows you to subscribe via updated AT & T wireless plans. Non-AT & T customers can subscribe directly for $ 15 a month
AT & T has come to terms with its wireless plans to make the most of its Time Warner acquisition. With the new unlimited plans, the previously free HBO bonus has been lifted and the entry-level plan has been increased by $ 5 per month, Ars Technica reported, reporting the changes that coincided with the launch of WatchTV. (Existing customers were questioned about releasing HBO.)
Instead, mobile subscribers to the Top Tier AT & T Unlimited & More premium plan can add another option – like HBO – for free. Other services you can choose from are Showtime, Amazon Music Unlimited, Pandora Premium and VRV.
The company has also increased its "administrative fee" for postpaid mobile customers from $ 0.76 to $ 1.99 per month. quotes BTIG Research. According to analyst firm, this will bring annual service income of $ 800 million.
Despite price increases and legitimate concerns about AT & T's behavior, there is likely to be a market for this low-cost live TV service. Launched in December 2016, the streaming service DirecTV Now reached 1.46 million subscribers in April. It comes to the long-time market leader Dish's Sling TV, which debuted at CES in January 2015 and now has 2.3 million subscribers. Other recent arrivals, such as Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV, have subscribers to hundreds of thousands
AT & T's WatchTV service will be available across platforms including iOS, Android, Apple TV, Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV / Fire TV Stick , according to the website of the service. However, it only streams high-definition on the premium Wi-Fi plan. It also has no advantages common to other live TV services, such as a cloud DVR or support for multiple concurrent streams.
The WatchTV apps are now launched. Early reviews indicate that DirecTV Now has some similarity in layout. There are still no reports of crashes that are common in new launches like this one.