Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

AT&T's latest unlimited plans include a new live TV service

AT&T's latest unlimited plans include a new live TV service

Customers will get the service through a small device that attaches to the TV, much like an Apple TV or Roku streaming media player.

AT&T completed its acquisition of Time Warner earlier this year.

WatchTV is one of the first fruits of Stephenson's vision of combining content and wireless connectivity; and it's part of AT&T's efforts to grow its business at a time of intensifying competition among wireless carriers and a declining pay TV subscribers. A new name and new leader have all been expected since AT&T announced the deal to merge with Time Warner.

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.

Backed by several cable networks, including A&E, AMC, Discovery, Scripps, and Viacom, the Philo TV lineup includes about 35 channels from a variety of sources, including A&E, AMC, BBC America, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, Food Network, HGTV, History, MTV, Nickelodeon, TLC, Travel Channel.

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. The "unlimited" plans will offer 15GB of high-speed tethering, access to high-definition video, and a $15 monthly credit toward DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW or U-verse TV. They would need to upgrade to a new plan, though, to get WatchTV for free. The AT&T Unlimited Choice plan starts at $65 for one line, gets DVD-quality streaming video, possible data slowdowns at ant busy time, free HBO, and a $15 credit towards AT&T's DirecTV Now service. Now the merger has gone through, and the service is coming soon - but only to customers on one of two forthcoming AT&T wireless plans. The new plans start at $70 a month for a single line, $5 more than the current cheapest plan, though the new plans offer more benefits, too.

"AT&T and Time Warner are incredibly storied and capable companies".

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