AT&T Announces New WatchTV Streaming Video Service

AT&T launches a low-cost live TV streaming service WatchTV		
		
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AT&T launches a low-cost live TV streaming service WatchTV Sarah Perez @ 7 hours

The plans - AT&T Unlimited &More and AT&T Unlimited &More Premium - are scheduled to launch next week.

The two new plans, Unlimited & More and Unlimited & More Premium, will feature free access to AT&T's new WatchTV service, which is built around some of the cable channels from Time Warner, now called Warner Media.

It's AT&T's first big product rollout since closing the Time Warner deal last week.

Nonetheless, those prices are less than Verizon's new Above Unlimited plan, which costs fully $100 for one line of service and $240 for four lines of service.

But with people paying for a growing number of services like HBO, Hulu, Netflix and DirectTV Now, streaming can end up being just as expensive as cable, if not more so.

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These channels include A&E, AMC, BBC America, Cartoon Network, CNN, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, HGTV, Lifetime, TLC, TruTV, and more. Viacom channels like VH1, Comedy Central and BET will be joining the mix soon after launch, we're told. That's $20 less than DirecTV Now, but with just half the channels.

At $15 a month, the standalone WatchTV will be significantly cheaper than AT&T's other similar offering, DirecTV Now, which costs $35 a month.

Pricing for the AT&T Unlimited &More Premium service starts at $80 a month for a single phone line.

The new Unlimited & More plan, which starts at $70 per month for one line, includes DVD-quality streaming video, a $15 credit towards one of AT&T's other streaming video services, and data rates that may be slowed at busy times. They would need to upgrade to a new plan, though, to get WatchTV for free. HBO is also part of Time Warner.

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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