Telecom giant AT&T is now merging its broadcast services, AT&T TV and TV Now. This means that the company now only has one default TV service instead of two.
AT&T TV Now was the company’s online streaming service, while AT&T TV Now was the cable and satellite alternative. Apparently, TV Now can broadcast live TV over the Internet but it requires at least one of the AT&T Streaming Boxes.
Moreover, with this merger, AT&T also removes the requirement to use at least one streaming box with AT&T TV. It also removes AT&T TV mandatory contract.
This consolidation aims to simplify things for customers. Going forward, users will have to pay a monthly fee to use the AT&T TV platform. Previous contracts will not be affected after this merger, and will remain in effect until they expire.
Once the contract expires, users will be transferred to the monthly payments. to me CNET, Users will not see any service interruption. Besides, users in AT&T TV beta can switch to a no-contract plan without having to pay an early termination fee.
AT&T TV’s basic entertainment package includes ESPN, CNN, and FX
After this merger, the basic entertainment package that includes ESPN, CNN, FX, local broadcast channels, and 20 hours of cloud DVR will cost $ 70 per month.
If you are willing to put in an extra $ 10 per month, you can get up to 500 hours of DVR storage per month. For $ 85, the No Contract Choice package includes Regional Sports, along with a year of HBO Max and NBA League Pass Premium.
A two-year contract cuts the entertainment package price to $ 60 a month for the first year. However, it jumps to $ 93 a month in the second year.
Choice package users will drop from $ 85 a month to $ 65 a month in the first year of their two-year contract. But the second year will raise the price to $ 110 a month.
In addition, Choice users with a two-year contract are required to pay an additional $ 8.49 per month for two years for a ‘Regional Sports Fee’. The good thing is that both packages include 500 hours of DVR.
For those who don’t want to use AT&T’s Android TV broadcast box called AT&T TV Device, they can stream AT&T TV on a range of devices.
This ranges from iOS and Android phones and tablets, including broadcast TV devices such as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Google Chromecast, and Samsung Smart TVs (2017 or later).