WatchTV streaming service to launch next week alongside new AT&T wireless plans

Danny Woods
June 22, 2018

The new wireless plans will be AT&T's only unlimited offerings for new mobile-phone customers, though existing customers can keep their current plans. AT&T is including 30-plus channels in WatchTV, such as AMC, Cartoon Network, CNN, HGTV, IFC, TBS, TCM and TNT.

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.

When AT&T launched DirecTV Now it turned into one of the most compelling options for OTT streaming, if you wanted a ton of channels like a traditional cable package.

Fresh off the closure of its Time Warner Inc. merger, AT&T has unveiled a new virtual pay TV service created to be packaged with its unlimited wireless plans. The plans - AT&T Unlimited &More and AT&T Unlimited &More Premium - are scheduled to launch next week.

The AT&T Unlimited &More plan starts at $70 a month and includes the basic WatchTV service.

At no additional monthly cost, users can choose to add one premium service from a list that includes HBO, Pandora Premium and Amazon Music.

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WatchTV will be available through one of AT&T's two new unlimited wireless plans starting next week. The Unlimited & More Premium plan includes a $15 monthly credit toward AT&T's DirecTV, DirecTV Now and U-Verse TV services. That's the same price as the Unlimited Plus Enhanced plan it replaces.

In addition to WatchTV, AT&T will offer other video services to its wireless customers.

A week after closing its deal to acquire, AT&T unveiled a new video service called WatchTV that seeks to capture the millions of consumers who've severed the pay TV cord - or never subscribed in the first place.

In the runup to Watch's launch, AT&T executives described the product as the low-end portion of a multitier OTT product offering that-in addition to the $40-a-month DirecTV Now-will also include an $80-a-month full bundle of channels.

WatchTV is what's known as a skinny bundle, stripping out the local networks and sports channels for more entertainment-focused options.

AT&T's new plans replace its previous plans, though customers can remain on the plan they now have.

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