Team Clark reviews the new AT&T WatchTV streaming service: Here’s what you need to know!
This new streaming service launched in late June 2018, just a couple of weeks after AT&T completed the acquisition of Time Warner, which has been renamed WarnerMedia.
Team Clark signed up for AT&T WatchTV the first day that it was made available. Here’s what you need to know…
AT&T WatchTV review: Table of contents
1. What channels do you get with AT&T WatchTV?
AT&T WatchTV comes with more than 30 live TV channels like A&E, Animal Planet, Cartoon Network, CNN, Food Network, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, Lifetime, OWN, TBS, TNT and many more.
The Turner networks that AT&T recently acquired make up a good number of the channels in this skinny TV bundle.
|AT&T WatchTV: $15/month,
free for unlimited wireless subscribers
|BBC World News|
|Hallmark Movies & Mysteries|
What’s missing from the list? You won’t find ESPN, Fox Sports or any sports networks with this package. For that, AT&T would prefer that you pay more for its other streaming service, DirecTV Now.
Local channels (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS) are also excluded from AT&T WatchTV’s one and only plan.
2. How much does AT&T WatchTV cost?
Since there are fewer channels with AT&T WatchTV compared to DirecTV Now or other leading streaming services, you can expect to pay a lower price.
AT&T is charging $15 a month for WatchTV as a standalone service, but customers who have an AT&T Unlimited & More or AT&T Unlimited & More Premium wireless plan get the streaming service at no additional charge. Read more here.
Like other live TV streaming services, AT&T WatchTV has a free trial for seven days. You can sign up at www.attwatchtv.com.
3. Does AT&T WatchTV include cloud DVR?
AT&T WatchTV doesn’t include cloud DVR or an option to add it. In fact, DirecTV Now only introduced DVR in May 2018. Most of AT&T’s streaming competitors offer some type of DVR.
Although WatchTV lacks a DVR, it offers 15,000 on-demand movies and shows that can be bookmarked.
4. What streaming devices does AT&T WatchTV support?
AT&T says WatchTV works on most smartphones, tablets, web browsers and certain streaming devices. At launch, it looks like Roku users won’t be able to use WatchTV.
Supported devices for TV:
- Apple TV (4th generation)
- Apple TV 4K (5th generation)
- Amazon Fire TV (2nd generation or higher)
- Amazon Fire TV Stick (2nd generation or higher)
- Amazon Fire TV Edition Smart TV (2nd generation or higher)
- Google Chromecast (2nd generation or higher)
- Chromecast Built-in TV
5. Can I watch AT&T WatchTV on multiple devices?
For now, AT&T says you can only stream on one device at a time with WatchTV. That means you’ll get an error message if you try to watch it on your phone, computer and TV simultaneously.
Meanwhile, DirecTV Now ($50 for the cheapest package) allows for two concurrent streams and a third for an extra $5 a month.
My experience with AT&T WatchTV…
If you’ve tried DirecTV Now and like it, you’ll probably be able to navigate AT&T WatchTV very easily. There’s a traditional TV guide, but you can also search for content by categories such as TV shows, movies, comedy, reality and kids.
I tested WatchTV on my phone, computer and streaming to my TV using a Chromecast. There was absolutely no buffering, skipping or error messages.
The initial casting from my phone to my TV took about 10 seconds, but then I was able to switch between channels in about three to five seconds. That’s pretty typical for a live TV streaming service.
I didn’t expect a DVR with a $15/month plan, so the library of on-demand TV shows and movies was a nice feature to have.
This service isn’t for everyone, but if it has the channels you want and you don’t need DVR or multiple streams — try it out!
AT&T WatchTV: Pros and cons
|The cheapest live TV streaming service||Roku not supported|
|Free for AT&T Unlimited &More and AT&T Unlimited &More Premium wireless customers (Details here)||No DVR included or even an option to add the feature|
|Turner networks included: CNN, Cartoon Network, TBS, TNT and more||Stream on only one device at a time|
|15,000 on-demand movies and shows||No local or sports channels|
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