Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

AT&T Announces New WatchTV Streaming Video Service

AT&T Announces New WatchTV Streaming Video Service

AT&T is introducing two new unlimited wireless plans in conjunction with a new online video service filled with channels from its just completed Time Warner acquisition. Customers who choose two new unlimited plans, called "AT&T Unlimited & More" and "AT&T Unlimited & More Premium" will be available next week and come with access to the WatchTV app, which includes 31 live channels. The Department of Justice sued to block the Time Warner deal on anticompetition concerns, but a federal judge sided with AT&T.

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. It won't feature any sports networks - no ESPN for subscribers - but it is heavy on news and entertainment offerings such as AMC, the History Channel, BBC America, Lifetime and Oprah Winfrey's OWN. AT&T Also announced that Nicktoons, BET, MTV2, and more will be added soon. That's $20 less than DirecTV Now, but with just half the channels. For customers on other wireless plans, the streaming service will cost $15 per month.

AT&T's new plans replace its previous plans, though customers can remain on the plan they now have. In the press release, they did say "details on WatchTV as a $15/month standalone service are also coming soon". AT&T's previous plan, Unlimited Choice Enhanced, cost $65 for a single line and $160 for four lines.

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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.

AT&T and Time Warner joined forces to better position themselves in an industry upended by Netflix (NFLX)-inspired cord-cutting.

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