AT&T's new 'WatchTV' skinny bundle is available

22 June, 2018, 06:10 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • AT&T's latest unlimited plans include a new live TV service

More details are "coming soon".

WatchTV, which will have over 30 live channels but no sports or local news channels, will be free for customers of the new wireless plans.

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. Unlike those competing services, though, WatchTV has two big differences: it is only $15/month, making it the cheapest option thus far, and it has less channels than multiple other services.

AT&T and Time Warner joined forces to better position themselves in an industry upended by Netflix (NFLX)-inspired cord-cutting. If it gets enough subscribers, it will be able to collect valuable data and offer more personalized content - and ads. The channels include a large number of WarnerMedia offerings including CNN, TBS, and TCM. "This is no longer about including one channel or service with your wireless plam". Viacom channels like VH1, Comedy Central and BET will be joining the mix soon after launch, we're told.

DirecTV Now starts at $35 a month for more than 60 channels, including sports channels, with additional channels available at higher prices.


The new Unlimited & More plan starts at $70 per month for one line, limits users to HD quality video (I've reached out to AT&T to find out what that actually means), and features 15 GB of bandwidth for tethering. They would need to upgrade to a new plan, though, to get WatchTV for free.

In addition to AT&T WatchTV and DirecTV Now, which just got an update, an AT&T executive told an investor group in May the company was planning to launch new app-based video service that will offer what traditional linear cable packages do, but at a lower cost.

CEO Randall Stephenson announced AT&T's plans to offer a free "skinny bundle" TV service to subscribers in testimony during the just-completed antitrust trial.

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

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