DecisionData Team
July 30, 2020

What is AT&T TV?

AT&T is a large telecommunications company with extensive national coverage. Alongside its trademark telephone, as well as DSL and fiber-optic internet offerings, the company has branched out to offer a combination streaming and on-demand TV service that rivals the best out there.

AT&T TV is not to be confused with DIRECTV, AT&T’s longtime partner for satellite TV service. Though both services are often offered in the same areas, there are some key differences. DIRECTV is satellite, and so is available almost everywhere, and offers a ton of channels along with DVR for up to five shows. 

On the other hand, AT&T TV is a subscription streaming service, available through your internet connection in combination with an included streaming device. It has plenty of channels, between 65 and 130-plus depending on the package you choose, but also comes with tens of thousands of on-demand titles. 

You can control all of your various on-demand offerings within the same space on the device, and the included voice control remote. The device also offers DVR capabilities with the ability to record 500 hours of storage and the ability to record as many shows as you please at the same time.

AT&T TV can be bundled with an internet package for the best value. For instance, bundling the Choice TV package with internet up to 25 Mbps for $103.47. Upgrade to the Xtra TV package for $113.47.*

*Prices vary based on ZIP code.

AT&T Packages and Pricing

Choice$54.9990No (available for $8.49 extra)
Xtra$64.99120No (available for $8.49 extra)
Ultimate$69.99130No (available for $8.49 extra)

A current promotion gives new subscribers access to HBO and HBO Max for a year for free, while access to Cinemax, Showtime, Starz and EPIX is included for the first three months. Spanish language channels are available for $15/mo. Get the Movies Extra Pack for $5/mo. and international TV such as Vietnamese and Korean packages for $20-$30/mo. NBA League Pass is available for $24.99 for four-months of access.

AT&T TV Features and Devices

  • One streaming device is included in the price of the package and is easy to set up on your own. You can get up to five additional devices for other TVs in your home at an extra cost of $120 per device. The device is powerful though, putting your streaming and on-demand TV all in one spot.
  • Get access to 5,000 apps available on Google Play, including TV streaming services such as Netflix, music apps and more, using the streaming device. Toggle easily between devices, even using the included voice commands.
  • Save over 500 hours of TV on DVR cloud storage and watch it when it’s convenient. You can even record many shows at once.
  • Stream live TV and saved DVR materials through the mobile app to take all your materials on the go.
  • The streaming device comes with built-in Google Assistant to change the channel, search shows, make search inquiries and control other compatible smart home devices.

AT&T TV Pros and Cons

AT&T TV has some great features to convert users into lifelong fans. You’ll never make it through all the available entertainment on the streaming device. Live TV includes up to 130+ channels — more if you add on the included HBO and other premium channels. And with up to 500 hours of storage space, you’ll never run out of things to watch. 

Then there are all the on-demand streaming services to consider, which amounts to a whole lot of television. Another upside? Availability. If you live in the U.S. and you’ve got high-speed internet, you can likely get AT&T TV. Another upside is the access to sports you get with this streaming device — aside from premium extras, Choice, Extra and Ultimate package subscribers get access to national networks including ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FS2 and NBCSN. For under $9/mo., sports fans can also get access to regional games. 

On the downside, AT&T TV requires a two-year commitment and jacks the price up after the first year. Sports fans will miss out on some of the premium sports seats, such as NFL SUNDAY TICKET, which is only available on DIRECTV. Another issue is having to pay extra for additional TVs in the home — the first streaming device is included in the package price, while each extra streaming device will set you back $120. You can also only stream on three devices at one time. 

AT&T TV Frequently Asked Questions

1. How much is AT&T TV a month? 

Depending on the package and extras you choose, you can get AT&T TV for as little as $49.99/mo., plus additional set up fees and taxes. Top-tier service could cost you as much as $69.99, and add-ons such as HBO, which costs $15 after the first year, local sports access at nearly $9, and others could bring your service fees closer to $100. 

2. What is the difference between AT&T TV and AT&T TV NOW? 

The AT&T TV NOW service is not fixed to a streaming device like the way you access AT&T TV. Instead, it’s an online-only, streaming-based service, similar to Netflix or SlingTV. And just like Sling, you can access both live TV and on-demand programming. 

3. What channels are on AT&T TV? 

A full-fledged TV service, AT&T TV offers a full range of channels – between 65 and 130 for your everyday viewing, including FOX, NBC, ESPN and AMC. There's also a full complement of kids' channels, and in some areas, you can get local programming, including local sports. Other premium channels such as HBO, Cinemax, EPIX and more may be available for an extra fee. For the full list of channels, visit AT&T’s website

5. Is AT&T TV right for you?

There are so many streaming services out there, it can be tough to sort them all out. But AT&T's TV service offers plenty of package options and channels — it's something for everyone. Compare AT&T TV to DIRECTV and other live TV options in your area to see what's best for you.

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