AT&T Follows Time Warner Acquisition With Reveal of Live 'WatchTV' Service and New Unlimited Phone Plans

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    One week after completing its acquisition of Time Warner, AT&T today announced the impending launch of an all-new live TV service called "WatchTV," which unsurprisingly includes many channels under the Time Warner umbrella (via Engadget). This appears to be the service not focused on sports that AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said in April would be coming very soon.

    The announcement came alongside AT&T's reveal of two new unlimited wireless plans, called "AT&T Unlimited &More" and "AT&T Unlimited &More Premium." WatchTV will be directly tied into these cellular plans, offering plan subscribers access to the TV service at no additional cost.


    The service includes 30+ live channels, over 15,000 TV shows and movies on demand, and will be available on "virtually every" smartphone, tablet, browser, and streaming device. Subscribers to &More Premium will be able to add one of several premium services for no extra charge: HBO, SHOWTIME, Cinemax, Starz, Amazon Music Unlimited, Pandora Premium, or VRV.

    Here's the full list of channels available on WatchTV at launch:
    [*]Animal Planet
    [*]BBC World News
    [*]BBC America
    [*]Cartoon Network
    [*]Food Network
    [*]Hallmark Channel
    [*]Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    [*]Investigation Discovery
    [*]Lifetime Movies
    [*]Sundance TV
    [*]TRU TV
    [*]WE TVChannels coming soon after launch include:
    [*]Comedy Central
    [*]MTV 2
    [*]VH1 The &More Premium plan (starting at $80/month for an individual line) offers WatchTV, a premium service add-on, 15GB of high-speed tethering, access to 1080p high definition video, and a $15 monthly credit to put towards DirecTV, DirecTV Now, or U-verse TV, similar to the carrier's current unlimited plans. On the lower tier, &More (starting at $70/month) offers WatchTV, a $15 monthly credit to DirecTV Now, access to 480p video, and up to 4G LTE unlimited data.

    AT&T didn't give many other details about the new unlimited plans, but said that more information will be coming when they launch, which is expected sometime next week. Additionally, the company confirmed that WatchTV will be available as a $15/month standalone live TV streaming service for those not on an AT&T unlimited cellular plan, and those details will also come at a later time.

    Article Link: AT&T Follows Time Warner Acquisition With Reveal of Live 'WatchTV' Service and New Unlimited Phone Plans
  2. riverfreak macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2005
    Thonglor, Bangkok
    What the world desperately needs now is another streaming service.
  3. Braderunner macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2015
    I have zero interest in live tv. Even if it's free. And, I will never go back to AT&T.
    When I read the headline, I saw: But 1 turd, get 1 turd free.
    No thanks. They can keep their crap. :cool:
  4. wsuschmitt macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2017
    With net neutrality gone, they can prioritize THEIR streaming service over anyone else's and have an unfair competitive advantage on their own network! AT&T customers can stream the AT&T service, but Netflix and Hulu might not work as well...
  5. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    That doesn't seem too bad for American "standards", I have been here long enough to know providers in the states normally charge quite a bit more.....
    ....Or, are there still lots of hidden costs as for instance Tax, connection fee amongst others.
  6. malcolmman89 macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2012
    It is getting so tiresome to hear carriers throwing around the term "Unlimited" like they do, when in reality there are still data caps on high-speed data. If you use more data than they want you to, your connection is slowed to the speed of a fax machine. I feel like it is just a word used to lure unsuspecting customers, when in reality there are more strings attached than ever before.
  7. Wayfarer macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2007
    First Verizon, now AT&T. These abuses of the word “unlimited” are really getting out of hand. Does AT&T think consumers are that stupid??? :mad:
  8. TimUSCA macrumors 6502a


    Mar 17, 2006
    Aiken, SC
    This is the literal definition of FUD. You're worrying about things that a company might possibly maybe do just because they can.

    Yes, they can do it. Let's not freak out unless they do though. They still have to compete with other carriers, so just because they can doesn't mean it's a smart business move.
  9. picaman macrumors regular


    Oct 6, 2005
    I have AT&T Unlimited Choice + DirectTV Now. It looks like the Watch TV lineup is the same as the basic tier of DirectTV Now? But with DirectTV Now I get all my local channels. Staying with what I have now.

    I’m not sure why anyone would use the $15 credit to get DirectTV Now if you get all the Watch TV channels anyway. You’d be paying $20 a month to get local channels. But I guess it makes the offer look better than it is.
  10. GizmoDVD macrumors 68000

    Oct 11, 2008
    It’s still unlimited even if they slow your speeds at a certain speed.

    Oh can still use data
  11. TimUSCA macrumors 6502a


    Mar 17, 2006
    Aiken, SC
    Because you're wrong and DTVN offers a lot more channels. You're talking 35 channels vs 72 channels. Not to mention DVR functionality. DTVN is by far a better service than WatchTV.
  12. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    And DTVN is still complete garbage. I tried it for a week, ultimately decided to go with Sling for my live TV needs. Sling has its drawbacks, but at least it works. DTVN was nothing but buffering, app crashes, and a half-assed DVR that was full of bugs.
  13. deeddawg, Jun 21, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2018

    deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Yes, it's awful how we've returned to the hellacious Internet conditions that existed before February 2015.

    Remember how the Internet barely worked, and no new services or companies ever come into existence in the lawless period from 1990 to 2015?

    Woe is us. We are lost.

    --- Post Merged, Jun 21, 2018 ---
    Odd that you've had that experience when DTVN works just fine for myself and many others.

    We use it as our primary live-tv source, sharing the account between home and our vacation place.

    No it's not perfect, but for us it works fine for the most part and isn't at all what your description suggests.
  14. rotax macrumors regular

    May 17, 2010

    I think there will at some point be some reconciliation between theses two services. There is no need to have two separate infrastructures for the same service delivery. The only differences are the channels offered. Along with that should come pricing changes.
  15. stainless macrumors member


    Jul 2, 2007
    Unlimited... You can do and watch, (lawyers talking in background) Oh, ah ok so we are going to control and force you to 480p video including while tethering. Unless you pay us more money!

    4K, what's that... NO ONE will ever need that, crazy talk but for $10/month (thinking $120 more for us per year baby!) you can have this latest and forever greatest 1080p that will be here for ever! HDR, Dolby Atmos, what is this crazy talk, next question please!

    So yes, ah this Hulu and Netflix you talk about, this stuff is garbage, so we've decided to throttle it (lawyers talking in background), unless you PAY US (jumping up and down like a little boy on Christmas in his head!!) more money and than you can stream those things, oh and we are going to charge those guys a huge fee to do this.... BUT LET ME MAKE THIS CLEAR, IT'S NOT our fault they had to increase your bill per month... we have every legal right to charge them $100,000/month to go over our network.
  16. Bawstun macrumors 65816


    Jun 25, 2009
  17. err404 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    Please let the new “unlimited” plans work with FAN discount programs. I have a 24% discount currently preventing me from upgrading my plan.
  18. vartanarsen macrumors 6502a

    Jul 2, 2010
    DTVN broke my local channels after the latest update...still trying to get it back. But im on grandfathered GoBig, so not touching it.-100 Channels for $35. Plus my 4 year old cannot live without Nick Jr. and Disney Jr. Both Junior channels are only on GoBig...not on Live Little nor WatchTV
  19. Princejb134 macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2012
    Yup their probably going to start low and start raising the prices later on ones they got you locked in. Businesses do this all the time
  20. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    What is this "locked in" you mention?
  21. Love Divine macrumors regular

    Love Divine

    Dec 14, 2014
    Does anyone seriously doubt that this the direction they’re going to head? They’re going to ease into it but it’s almost certainly coming.
  22. Mac 128 macrumors 603

    Mac 128

    Apr 16, 2015
    Should there be regulations requiring businesses to put up railings on decks and balconies? Just because a customer can fall over the edge, doesn’t mean they will. After all, they have a desire for self-preservation, and the business to protect their customer. Let’s not worry about it until a customer does fall over the edge, following a business decision to save money by not installing railings, and then discuss whether it’s a good idea.
  23. Cloudkicker macrumors 6502


    Nov 29, 2016
    London, Canada/Los Angeles, CA
    A few news outlets called this a "skinny basic". This is far, far from a skinny basic. More like usual bloat of different genres (kids; womens; learning; lifestyle; general entertainment) as one lump of clay. I was pleasantly surprised to finally see sports exlcuded.

    Here is Canada, CRTC definition of skinny basic is a package of only Canadian broadcast networks (English & French), 1 Canadian news channel, a weather channel, Aboriginal channel, a disability channel (described video, open captioning, shows about physical disability). A possible bonus of US broadcast networks (4+1; the major nets & PBS); up to the discretion of the provider. All for no more than $25 CDN.

    If you're American & don't want live cable channels, all these streaming services are awfully bloated. FCC should copy us & mandate a TRUE skinny basic of just broadcast networks (amazing bonus you guys get digital sub-channels like Buzzr, MeTV, This!), 1 news channel (choice of 3 major cable news), 1 weather channel, 1 C-SPAN, all for $19 max.
  24. TimUSCA macrumors 6502a


    Mar 17, 2006
    Aiken, SC
    I agree, which is why I'm with PS Vue. But the question was how how it compared to the new WatchTV.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 21, 2018 ---
    If you're going make ridiculous comparisons, then just don't contribute. There are obviously situations where government interference is a good thing and where it's a bad thing, otherwise we'd be a dictatorship since the government obviously knows what's best for everyone.

    Besides, I never even said I was against NN. I am simply pointing out that there's no need to freak out until we're given a reason. There's a strong argument to be made that we were fine before NN was a thing for a very short period of time.
  25. ender21 macrumors 6502


    Jul 15, 2010
    Southern Cal
    New Unlimited Phone Plans
    Sweet! I can't wait to get me some of those unlimited phones!

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