Days After Buying Time Warner, AT&T Launches New TV Service


So what if you didn't want all those channels and preferred a slightly cheaper streaming option more in line with Sling TV or some of the other smaller guys? Obviously, the channels are Time Warner-owned like AMC, Animal Planet, Cartoon Network, CNN, Sundance TV, Tru TV, etc.

AT&T is contemplating other ways to package entertainment, with AT&Ts' John Donovan telling an investor conference the company would introduce more robust versions of DirecTV to be delivered via the internet rather than satellite.

Not to be confused with DirecTV Now (AT&T's existing streaming service), WatchTV will come bundled with AT&T's two newest unlimited wireless plans - AT&T Unlimited &More and AT&T Unlimited &More Premium - scheduled to launch next week.

CEO Randall Stephenson announced AT&T's plans to offer a free "skinny bundle" TV service to subscribers in testimony during the just-completed antitrust trial. The latter meanwhile also gives you the option to add one more premium channel which includes HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz or music streaming services like Amazon Music Unlimited and Pandora Premium.

Both of AT&T's new plans will be available starting next week.

As for Watch, it is devoid of local broadcast channels, as well as ESPN, pro league channels like NFL Network and regional sports networks.

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The new wireless plans will be out later this week, and more details of Watch TV will follow shortly.

Specifically, as noted by Cnet, AT&T's new Unlimited &More plan costs $70 for a single line of service and $160 for four lines.

In addition to WatchTV, AT&T will offer other video services to its wireless customers. If you want 1080p content you'll need to Unlimited &More Premium for $80 a month.

The Premium plan also include 15GB of tethering from your phone, and a $15 monthly credit that can be applied to a subscription to DirecTV, DirecTV Now or U-Verse (all of which, of course, are owned by AT&T).

A week after closing its deal to acquire, AT&T unveiled a new video service called WatchTV that seeks to capture the millions of consumers who've severed the pay TV cord - or never subscribed in the first place.