AT&T TV Launches in 10 Test Markets with 500 Hour DVR & 3 Simultaneous Streams
AT&T has officially launched their streaming version of DirecTV, which is named AT&T TV. While you can’t yet sign-up on the website, AT&T TV will soon allow customers to subscribe in 10 test markets: Orange County, CA, Riverside, CA, West Palm Beach, CA, Topeka, KS, Wichita, KS, St. Louis, MO Springfield, MO, Corpus Christi, TX, El Paso TX, & Odessa, TX.
Unlike DIRECTV NOW, which is in the process of being rebranded to AT&T TV NOW, the service includes a 500 Hour DVR (vs. 20 Hours) and 3 simultaneous streams (vs. 2 streams). While the DVR is much larger than that on DIRECTV NOW, the recording will only last for 90 days. Since the service will include a bigger bundle of channels, there will be over 55,000 on-demand titles at launch. You will also able to install other apps from Google Play like Netflix and Pandora and use it on the streaming box.
One thing that AT&T has yet to release is pricing, but we do have a hint on what it might cost. When AT&T got rid of their legacy DIRECTV NOW plans, they introduced four new “premium” plans called Entertainment, Choice, Xtra, and Ultimate — which range from $93 to $124 a month. The fatter bundles mirror the names of DirecTV packages and likely will be used for the AT&T TV service. It is likely that the streaming box will also cost an additional fee. For the time being, you will be able to save $20 a month when you bundle the service with AT&T Internet.