Now with Time Warner, AT&T starts streaming TV service

Deanna Kelley
June 22, 2018

WatchTV will include more than 30 entertainment-oriented basic cable networks-mostly Turner Networks channels like TNT, TBS and CNN, but also AMC and A&E.

It's AT&T's first big product rollout since closing the Time Warner deal last week. Aside from the more than 30 live channels, you also get more than 15,000 TV shows and movies on demand, also from Time Warner properties of course.

With a federal court win approving a merger with Time Warner under its belt, AT&T is passing on a new digital streaming offering to its wireless customers.

The two new plans will help AT&T promote its vision of creating a combined telecommunications and entertainment provider through the $108 billion acquisition of Time Warner.

WatchTV will also be available as a standalone offering for $15 a month.

Update: Switching to the new plan and keeping HBO does count as your add-on, as confirmed by AT&T. But that service includes sports channels like ESPN and local broadcast stations and regional sports networks. Premium services include HBO, Cinemax, SHOWTIME or STARZ as well as music streaming services like Amazon Music Unlimited and Pandora Premium.

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The new wireless plans will be out later this week, and more details of Watch TV will follow shortly. 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. However, the price of four lines of this plan will remain at $160 a month.

WatchTV will initially be available at no extra cost to customers on AT&T's "Unlimited &More" and "Unlimited &More Premium" plans, which are scheduled to launch next week.

And AT&T's new Unlimited &More Premium costs $80 for one line and $190 for four lines.

In addition to WatchTV, AT&T will offer other video services to its wireless customers. It's not clear if that would replace the free HBO "for life" that AT&T was running on their old plans, but I'm sure that will be clarified soon. They would need to upgrade to a new plan, though, to get WatchTV for free.

AT&T says its new plans will be the first of new offers that leverage its new entertainment holdings.

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