AT&T TV vs. AT&T TV Now: What’s the difference?

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Finding a streaming TV plan from AT&T just got more complicated.

After changing the name of DirecTV Now to AT&T TV Now, the company is rolling out a separate live TV streaming service with a similar name, AT&T TV.

What’s the difference? Only one of these streaming TV services can cut your pay TV bill in half. Let me explain…

What’s the difference between AT&T TV and AT&T TV Now? 

AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now) has two plans that include HBO and cost between $50 and $70 per month, with the flexibility to cancel anytime and pay no penalty.

Meanwhile, AT&T TV sounds a lot more like traditional cable or satellite TV. Take a look at the fine print:

  • 2-year agreement; prices higher in second year
  • Introductory price: $59.99/month to $79.99/month
  • Regular price (2nd year): $93/month to $135/month
  • AT&T TV device included; service fee for additional devices
  • Price excludes regional sports fee of up to $8.49/month
  • HBO and other premium channels free for 3 months only
  • Activation and early termination fees apply
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To make things even more confusing, both AT&T TV and AT&T TV Now are accessed through the same AT&T TV app.

Here’s the bottom line: AT&T TV, which is available in select locations only, is really nothing like the live TV streaming services that have saved some readers $1,000 or more a year.

And while AT&T TV Now isn’t our favorite streaming TV option, it’s cheaper and more flexible than AT&T TV.

We should also mention that AT&T WatchTV, the $15/month plan that’s free for some wireless subscribers, still exists. So that’s three separate streaming TV plans that have AT&T in their name.

Looking for the best cable or satellite TV alternative? Learn why Clark Howard likes YouTube TV for $50/month.


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