AT&T WatchTV Review - Live TV Streaming Service
How to Subscribe to AT&T WatchTV
AT&T WatchTV is a live TV streaming service that gives access to live entertainment channels for only $15 / month and free for AT&T Unlimited &More customers. This would make it the lowest cost live TV streaming service available.
It is most similar to Philo with entertainment channels from A&E Networks, AMC Networks, Discovery, Scripps Networks, Viacom — but also includes channels from Turner (TNT, TBS, CNN, & HLN).
The service includes top cable channels like A&E, AMC, BET, Comedy Central, CNN, Discovery, HGTV, Nickelodeon, TBS, and TNT.
You can see AT&T WatchTV’s full channel lineup below.
It is most notably missing Bravo, Disney Channel, E!, Nickelodeon, MTV, USA Network, and major sports networks like ESPN, FS1, and NBCSN.
DVR and Simultaneous Streams
Unfortunately, it does not appear that AT&T WatchTV includes a DVR and only offers a single simultaneous stream.
Need a service with Multiple Streams & Unlimited DVR?
If you are looking to subscribe to a more full featured service today, we suggest checking out Hulu Live TV for a full streaming service or Philo for a similarly priced entertainment-only option with an Unlimited DVR.
AT&T WatchTV is compatible with Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV; Android, iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch mobile devices; and computer browsers.
AT&T WatchTV provides live streaming of many major entertainment and news channels.
You’l receive 37 channels including A&E, AMC, BET, Comedy Central, CNN, Discovery, HGTV, Nickelodeon, TBS, and TNT.
You won’t get live locals, regional sports networks, or major sports networks like ESPN, FS1, or NBCSN.
If you missed watching your favorite show live, you should be able to catch up by watching it On Demand.
No Cloud DVR
Unfortunately, AT&T WatchTV does not include a DVR.
If you prefer to watch if your favorite channel app, you can log-in with your AT&T WatchTV credentials.
- Most shows will stream in 720p HD
- Don’t expect Dolby Digital 5.1, but should have Stereo audio
- Will offer adaptive streaming to match network connection
720p HD Video
While most streams are available in 720p HD, some shows may stream in 1080p HD.
We recommend for these services having at least a 1.5 Mbps internet connection for standard definition content (480p).
For High Definition (HD) content, they require 3 Mbps (720p HD) or 6 Mbps (1080p HD).
To reduce playback interruptions, AT&T will adapt the stream quality to match your network connection.
It is unlikely AT&T WatchTV will offer Dolby Digital 5.1, but all shows and movies will stream with stream with stereo audio.
Devices and Apps
AT&T WatchTV is compatible with Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Android Phone/Tablet, iPhone/iPad, and Web Browsers.
AT&T WatchTV is not compatible with Roku, Android TV, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, Samsung Smart TV, VIZIO Smart TV, and LG Smart TV.
Phone & Tablet Apps
AT&T WatchTV has apps for iPhone, iPad, as well as Android Phones and tablets.
The App is identical to the newly launched DIRECTV NOW app with three main tabs: Watch Now, My Library, and Discover.
The Watch Now tab includes feature shows and movies, as well as a live thumbnail for what you’re currently watching.
Unlike DIRECTV NOW, My Library only shows your bookmarked shows since AT&T WatchTV doesn’t include a DVR.
The Discover tab lets you quickly browse all on demand shows and movies.
The app also includes a standard grid guide, as well an easy way to search for shows.
You can watch AT&T WatchTV on Mac and Windows computers using most major browsers.
Top Cable Channels
AT&T WatchTV offers top cable channels from A&E Networks, AMC Networks, Discovery/Scripps, Turner, and Viacom.
You get 20 of the top 35 cable channels as part of the WatchTV package.
The top 35 cable channels are listed below.
AT&T WatchTV doesn’t offer any local channels like ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox, NBC, Telemundo, and Univision.
National Sports Channels
In order to keep monthly pricing low, AT&T WatchTV doesn’t include access to any sports-exclusive channels like ESPN, FS1, or NBCSN.
However, you will get TBS and TNT which will include NBA and MLB regular season and playoff coverage.
Regional Sports Networks (RSNs)
AT&T WatchTV doesn’t include access to regional sports networks (RSNs) as part of their service.
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AT&T WatchTV doesn’t currently offer the ability to add premium channels. You can get HBO for free though if you subscribe to an AT&T Unlimited &More Premiu plan.