AT&T WatchTV Review: The cheapest live TV streaming service

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AT&T WatchTV Review: The cheapest live TV streaming service

If you’re looking for ways to cut your cable or satellite bill in half, you’ve probably heard about live TV streaming services like Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV.

But there’s now a new affordable option from AT&T — and it’s called AT&T WatchTV.

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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
A&E
AMC
Animal Planet
Audience
BBC America
BBC World News
BET
Boomerang
Cartoon Network
CNN
Comedy Central
Discovery Channel
Food Network
FYI
Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
HGTV
History Channel
HLN
IFC
Investigation Discovery
Lifetime
Lifetime Movies
MotorTrend
MTV
MTV2
Nickelodeon
Nicktoons
OWN
Sundance TV
TBS
TCM
TeenNick
TLC
TNT
truTV
TV Land
VH1
Viceland
WE tv

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, AT&T TV 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 AT&T TV Now or other leading streaming services, you can expect to pay a lower price.

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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, AT&T TV 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.

Bookmark on-demand movies and shows to watch at your convenience
Bookmark on-demand movies and shows to watch at your convenience

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, AT&T TV 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 AT&T TV 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.

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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.

AT&T WatchTV's channel guide
AT&T WatchTV’s channel guide

AT&T WatchTV reminds me a lot of a $20/month streaming service called Philo because of the channel lineups. Both services rely heavily on entertainment networks and don’t have local news or sports.

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

Pros 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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