AT&T's WarnerMedia to Launch New Streaming Service in Fourth Quarter of 2019

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AT&T's WarnerMedia is working on its own streaming service to compete with Netflix, Hulu, Disney, and others, the company announced today.

According to AT&T, the upcoming streaming service is "another benefit" of the merger between AT&T and Time Warner. AT&T says it is committed to launching a "compelling and competitive product" that helps the company expand its reach.


AT&T's streaming service will include the WarnerMedia collection of films, television series, animation, documentaries, and more. The plan is to "create such a compelling product" that it will help distributors increase customer penetration and help AT&T reach additional customers.

AT&T already owns DirecTV and offers live streaming content through DirecTV Now, HBO Go, and HBO Now.

At the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit on Wednesday, WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey said that HBO will be a "lead brand" in the new service. From CNBC:
"Around HBO will come a great library of additional content from not only the WarnerMedia properties but also some selective third party licensed content," Stankey said. "And the driver behind this is really straight forward. We know there's customers who love to engage with our content -- we've got a great history of building it -- much of which they can't get in one place."
Along with HBO, the service will include content from Turner and Warner Bros.

According to Stankey, the new streaming service will feature a "compelling price point" when it launches in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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Skeptical.me

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I use to be able to stream DirecTV Now on my Apple TV 4K using a VPN on my router, but DirecTV are doing something I haven't come across before, and I don't think It's just blocking IP's. att owns DirecTV, right?
 
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rjohnstone

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I use to be able to stream DirecTV Now on my Apple TV 4K using a VPN on my router, but DirecTV are doing something I haven't come across before, and I don't think It's just blocking IP's. att owns DirecTV, right?
AT&T has owned them for years.
I suspect the VPN may have been blacklisted.
 

sinsin07

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Damm... we have DirecTV Now, Watch ATT... another one... how about merging into 1 and making this really good, a la carte (really a la carte, channel by channel) service.
Merging into 1 you already have.
It’s called Cable TV
Merging into 1 does not equal a la carte or in your words “channel by channel”.
People wishing to make up there own individual channel cable packages may be waiting a long time, maybe forever.
 
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I would like to remind folks that this will be the 9th OTT streaming service that AT&T will have operating under WarnerMedia (the others being HBO Now, Boomerang, FilmStruck, DC Universe, DramaFever, Crunchyroll, VRV, and Rooster Teeth First).
 
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Skeptical.me

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AT&T has owned them for years.
I suspect the VPN may have been blacklisted.
You'd think that, but the same VPN's (and their various servers) I'm using (ExpressVPN, AirVPN, ProtonVPN, VPNUnlimited, TorGuard (Residential IP)) don't work on the ATV 4K. But Hulu, Netflix, CNN< HBO Go, etc. all work. And using those same VPN's and servers on my iMac DirecTV Now works. So it can't be the IP addresses being blocked.
 

Unity451

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Damm... we have DirecTV Now, Watch ATT... another one... how about merging into 1 and making this really good, a la carte (really a la carte, channel by channel) service.
Or even by show! *gasp*
Some channels I'm only interested in like 1 or two shows on the whole channel.
 

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We need updated consumer focused anti-trust laws. Interent based TV is turning into death by a thousand streaming services which will prevent consumers from ever cutting the card. Under no circumstances should ISP’s be allowed to merge with content creators or content distributors or at the very least there needs to be regulations in place preventing them from holding the content they own hostage from other streaming service providers or ISPs that want to offer their content. We need net neutrality and we need to separate ISP’s from content creators / distributors. You can be one or the other. Pick one.
 
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Rogifan

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How about providing this content to DirecTV subscribers? Between my phone bill and my DirecTV I’m giving AT&T $320 a month.
 

lazyrighteye

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We’ve torn down the cable model and have simply rebuilt it on streaming. Good job guys.
Exactly. And that we expected anything different is hilarious. Bundled packages, ala carte streaming, app channels - no matter - media execs are going to get their $. The customer will not save a cent. If anything, we’ll pay more for the “convenience and flex” that ala carte affords.

It’s how this works. Always has. Always will.
 
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Regbial

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So many streaming services... it’s so fragmented I think they’re all bound to fail. Nobody is going to pay $50+ a month to get such a variety of them. 2 services tops...
 

jlc1978

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Let’s try fixing DirecTV Now first.
I'm with you. I have CTN and like its content and price point but its technical issue drive me nuts. Periodic freezes, ".. video taking too long to load..." messages and a beta DVR that seems to have a mind of its own, deciding I can't record some shows I've previously recorded or deciding to record part of a show. If they could fix the issues and bundle it with unlimited Internet access like they do with Internet + Uverse it would be a good alternative to other cable options.
 

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Exactly. And that we expected anything different is hilarious. Bundled packages, ala carte streaming, app channels - no matter - media execs are going to get their $. The customer will not save a cent. If anything, we’ll pay more for the “convenience and flex” that ala carte affords.

It’s how this works. Always has. Always will.
Well, at least on some level you can pay less if you don't like whatever shows another service is offering. And the convenience of being able to watch on any device is an improvement. So it ended up very similar, but marginally better. Guess we'll just have to take what we can get.
 

ayale99

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Piracy was on the decline, but its going back up again due to all these separate streaming services. Nobody is going to subscribe to every service to get access to their shows. They'll subscribe to a couple and pirate the rest.
 
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