AT&T TV Review 2020: Everything you need to know

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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 $69.99/mo. The higher the price, the more channels and on-demand titles you have access to.

Here’s the current lowdown on subscription options:

Plan EntertainmentChoiceXtraUltimate
Monthly price$69.99$84.99$94.99$139.99
Number of TV shows and films40,00045,00055,00065,000
Live sports streaming?YesYesYesYes
Streaming quality720p/1080p720p/1080p720p/1080p720p/1080p

TV Essentials

If you’re more of a traditional movie and TV show fan, the Entertainment package is a good bet, with more than 65 popular cable channels. It has the smallest streaming library of the bunch, but still has access to a considerable amount of content that is available on-demand. This plan comes with 20 hours of free cloud DVR storage so you can record your favorite shows and movies when they play live on cable and watch them back whenever you’d like.

Choice Plan

AT&T markets its Choice plan for those who dabble in all forms of live entertainment. You’ll get more channels — more than 90 are available — including more access to sports content with channels like ESPNU and more forms of entertainment with Game Show Network and Comedy TV. You’ll also get a full year of HBO Max for free with your subscription. 

The Choice plan brings you a bigger streaming library, with more than 45,000 shows and movies to choose from. Add to that a free 20 hours cloud-based DVR storage and you can watch your favorite programs on your own time, anywhere you want.

Ultimate Plan

AT&T TV’s Ultimate plan cranks up the content even more, offering more than 130 channels that are available to steam live. This includes regional sports networks, meaning you should be able to watch your favorite local teams any time they play, on top of the big national matchups that are available on basic and premium cable channels. 

The Ultimate plan has more than 55,000 on-demand titles available, and you will get a free year subscription to HBO Max to go with your streaming plan. The Ultimate plan also includes 20 hours of free DVR storage so you can record your favorite live shows.

Premier Plan

The most expensive and most extensive of AT&T TV’s available packages is the Premium Plan. For $139.99 per month, you’ll get access to more than 140 live TV channels. That includes regional sports networks and popular premium cable channels. That includes Cinemax, Starz, Showtime, and HBO Max — which you will be able to access for as long as you maintain your subscription.

As with the other plans, the Premium plan comes with 20 hours of free DVR storage, which you can use to record your favorite shows and movies when they air live and watch back at your convenience.

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 7.1 or higher)
  • Apple TV (4th generation or newer)
  • iPads, iPhones, and iPod touch (iOS 11 or higher)
  • Chrome browser (version 68 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 or newer)
  • Edge browser (latest version)
  • Roku Streaming Stick (3500X or higher)
  • Roku Streaming Stick+ (3810X or higher)
  • Roku Express (3700X or higher)
  • Roku Express+ (3710X or higher)
  • Roku Premiere (3920X or higher)
  • Roku Premiere+ (3921X or higher)
  • Roku Ultra (4640X or higher)
  • Roku LT (2700X)
  • Roku 1, 2, 3, and 4
  • Select Roku TVs
  • Roku Smartbar

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.

Local Channels

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

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 Ultimate plan provides the most sports coverage, including access to NBA TV and NHL Network.

Kids Content

Kids, too, have plenty of options, thanks to the inclusion of Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, and Nickelodeon.

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.

AT&T TV Box

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.

Voice Control Remote

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. 

Apps and DVR Storage

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. 

Users

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 a free year of HBO Max with most plans are just two of AT&T TV‘s standout features. There are, however, some obvious downsides when it comes to the service. It’s on the pricey side compared to competitors, and many premium channels are tied to the higher-priced tiers. (If the costs are giving you pause, consider combining the TV package with AT&T Internet to save.)

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.