AT&T rolls out new mobile streaming TV service called Watch TV

Ruben Ruiz
June 22, 2018

AT&T is launching a new streaming service incorporating networks from the Time Warner company it just bought. Smaller competitors T-Mobile tmus and Sprint s unveiled the first cheaper unlimited plans in 2016 as a way to combat the more complex and costly offerings from AT&T and Verizon.

Subscribers to the new AT&T unlimited data plans also get a $15 monthly credit on AT&T's other pay TV services-DirecTV satellite, U-verse and virtual MVPD DirecTV Now.

The new live TV service will automatically be bundled with AT&T's two newest unlimited plans. Choices include entertainment services like HBO, Cinemax, Showtime and Starz; music streaming services Amazon Music Unlimited and Pandora Premium; and anime and gaming video service VRV.

AT&T says that this new WatchTV service will be available to watch on just about every mobile device and that it will also be available on "select" streaming set-top boxes in the future, too.

WatchTV as a standalone product will compete with other low-priced video streaming options, including Dish Network's Sling TV, which costs $20 for the base package, and Philo, which costs $16.

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WatchTV is what's known as a skinny bundle, stripping out the local networks and sports channels for more entertainment-focused options.

WatchTV will include more than 30 entertainment-oriented basic cable networks-mostly Turner Networks channels like TNT, TBS and CNN, but also AMC and A&E. The Unlimited &More will cost $70 for a single line and give users access to 480p content (seriously, AT&T?). The merger was held up in court for months after the Justice Department tried to block it, claiming that the combination would harm competition and raise prices for consumers. Existing unlimited customers will have to switch to the new plans to get WatchTV; otherwise they can continue with their current Unlimited Choice and Plus plans.

In addition to WatchTV, AT&T will offer other video services to its wireless customers.

WatchTV is the first example of how AT&T plans to marry distribution and programming from Time Warner.

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