Today AT&T contacted AT&T TV and AT&T TV NOW customers who had been beta testing the Osprey Box and Android TV powered streaming player that is the backbone of the new AT&T TV service. In the email, AT&T informed them that the beta test is now over but they can keep their boxes for free and continue to use them.
This likely points to AT&T getting closer to a more national rollout of AT&T TV that is currently only offered in a handful of markets. AT&T announced that AT&T TV will roll out nationwide by the end of 2019. (Subject to change.) Now almost 2 months after launch it is still only available in 10 markets.
AT&T TV starts at $59.99 for 12 months with a 24-month contract. After the first 12 months, the package goes up to $93 a month. (The high-end AT&T TV packages will start at $135 a month in the second year.) You will also have to pay a $19.95 activation fee plus an $8.49/mo regional sports fee if you have the $64.99 a month package that includes RSNs. (You can find a full TV channel list here.)
All AT&T TV customers must have at least one AT&T TV box, which is currently free with the service. Now that the beta test is over, it will be interesting to see if AT&T charges for the first box when the service rolls out nationwide.
Here is the email that AT&T sent Osprey Box beta testers:
Your time and feedback helped us to deliver the next level of streaming service. While we continue to make improvements and deliver more capabilities, we wanted to reach out directly to let you know we are terminating the Osprey BETA program.
There is no further action needed from you. You can keep the Osprey equipment and continue to use an AT&T TV NOW account. The ongoing support of software releases to the BETA devices will continue to keep you connected. You can optimize the capabilities of the equipment if you decide to subscribe to the Premium service when available in your area.
The UserVoice BETA forum has been turned down so we are no longer accepting feedback. Any questions or concerns with your AT&T TV NOW service can be addressed via CARE Chat within the app or at att.com/support
Keep on the lookout for any future testing opportunities.
For now we will have to wait and see what A&T does next with AT&T TV.
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