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AT&T debuts their skinny Watch TV service to fend off Sling TV

AT&T launches a low-cost live TV streaming service WatchTV		
		
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   	7 hours AT&T launches a low-cost live TV streaming service WatchTV Sarah Perez @ 7 hours
Charles Bowen | 22 June, 2018, 23:11

It's AT&T's first big product rollout since closing the Time Warner deal last week.

Notably, the service will include the ability to stream more than 30 live TV channels, including the Turner networks like CNN, TBS and TNT, as well as Discovery Inc. channels such as Discovery and Food Network, AMC Networks and A+E Networks.

AT&T (T) is launching a new streaming service incorporating TV networks from the Time Warner company it just bought.

The new live TV service will automatically be bundled with AT&T's two newest unlimited plans.

WatchTV will also be available as a $15-a-month standalone service, AT&T says, though additional details weren't available as this article was published.

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.

Update: Switching to the new plan and keeping HBO does count as your add-on, as confirmed by AT&T. Premium services include HBO, Cinemax, SHOWTIME or STARZ as well as music streaming services like Amazon Music Unlimited and Pandora Premium.

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But the new plans also threaten to overwhelm consumers with too many choices.

As for Watch, it is devoid of local broadcast channels, as well as ESPN, pro league channels like NFL Network and regional sports networks.

AT&T's new unlimited plans arrive next week starting at $70 per month.

Nonetheless, those prices are less than Verizon's new Above Unlimited plan, which costs fully $100 for one line of service and $240 for four lines of service.

Unlimited & More Premium costs $80 a month, with four lines available for $190.

The skinny bundle of programming will be available for as little as $15 a month, and offered free to AT&T customers with certain unlimited data plans. AT&T wants to use products like WatchTV to compete with digital newcomers for younger viewers who don't want to pay for beefy cable subscriptions. Existing unlimited customers will have to switch to the new plans to get WatchTV; otherwise they can continue with their current Unlimited Choice and Plus plans.

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