What is AT&T TV?
While most streaming services use an app and nothing more, AT&T TV comes with a set-top box. But don’t let the fear of installation put you off this up-and-coming service with thousands of on-demand titles and extensive live TV coverage. (We promise installation only takes a few minutes.)
As well as providing a wide variety of content, the service comes with a nifty voice-controlled remote, smart home capabilities, and 4K streaming.
Since launching in 2019, AT&T TV has only been available in a small number of cities across 8 states. But nationwide coverage is rumored to launch soon, allowing everyone in the US to get a taste of what the service has to offer.
AT&T TV plans and pricing
The service has 4 English-language AT&T TV plans — the least expensive costs $49.99/mo. (Optimo Más concentrates on Spanish-language programming.) The higher the price, the more channels and on-demand titles you have access to.
Here’s the current lowdown on subscription options:
|Number of TV shows and films||40,000||45,000||50,000||55,000||40,000|
|Live sports streaming?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
AT&T TV requires you to sign a 24-month contract and there is also an activation fee.
AT&T TV supported devices
If you’re thinking of investing in AT&T TV, you won’t have to worry about whether you can use it on your current devices. From Android and iOS products to web browsers and smart TVs, the list of supported options is pretty lengthy:
- Amazon Fire TV stick, cube, or streaming player
- Amazon Fire TV edition Smart TV (2nd generation or higher)
- Android phones and tablets (version 5.0 or higher)
- Apple TV (4th generation)
- iPads, iPhones, and iPod touch (iOS 11 or higher)
- Chrome browser (version 58 or higher)
- Chromecast built-in TV (select models)
- Chromecast (2nd generation or higher)
- Safari browser (version 10 or higher)
- Samsung Smart TV (2017 and 2018 models)
What to watch on AT&T TV
AT&T TV’s simple interface is easy to navigate and use. When you log in, select Guide for available channels, Watch Now for live TV options, My Library for recordings and favorite selections, or Discover to search for shows, movies, and networks.
Every subscriber can tune into a range of local channels, such as NBC, FOX, and CBS. If certain live options aren’t available in your area, you can watch them on demand the very next day.
Sports fans can kick back and relax with the likes of ESPN, FOX Sports 1, and NBCSN. (Regional sports networks will incur further fees.) The Xtra plan provides the most sports coverage, including access to NBA.TV and Golf Channel.
If you’re more of a traditional movie and TV show fan, the Entertainment package is a good bet, with 34 popular cable channels. Movie buffs will probably want to opt for the Ultimate plan since it delivers the largest range of film options.
Ultimate subscribers can watch almost every cable channel out there, making it easy to catch up on old favorites or enjoy new releases. But even the service’s cheapest package will keep users entertained with channels like AMC, Comedy Central, E!, and reality TV hubs Bravo and TLC.
Kids, too, have plenty of options, thanks to the inclusion of Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, and Nickelodeon.
Each AT&T TV package gives you access to premium channels HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, and Starz. However, you’ll only get them free for the first three months. After that, you’ll be charged an extra $48/mo.
AT&T TV features
When you heard the words “set-top box,” you probably panicked. But don’t worry — it’ only takes a minute to install. Just plug the HDMI cable into your TV and the power cord into an outlet to complete the setup process.
The AT&T TV box also comes with five ports: HDMI, power, USB, digital audio, and ethernet. And thanks to its subtle design, you’ll forget it’s even there.
A box may not be your preferred method, but this one comes with a voice-activated remote. So whether you want to search for shows or take a quick look at the weather forecast, all you have to do is ask.
If that’s not enough to impress you, perhaps access to 5,000 entertainment apps or 500 hours of DVR storage will. This ample recording room is available with all 4 subscription plans, and everything you save will be yours for a maximum of 90 days. You can also stream shows and movies on up to three devices at once and sync your smart home devices to AT&T TV.
Right now, each account only comes with one profile. But parents can set up a four-digit PIN to block mature content from young eyes.
The final cut
Smart features and generous DVR storage are just two of AT&T TV‘s standout features. There are, however, some obvious downsides when it comes to the service — like being tied into a contract and having to pay different fees from one year to the next. (If the costs are giving you pause, consider combining the TV package with AT&T Internet to save $20/mo.)
Ultimately though, the ability to watch live TV, binge on-demand content, and do it all without lifting a finger make AT&T TV an undeniably attractive option.
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