AT&T TV Review
AT&T TV is a live TV streaming service, which is essentially the streaming version of the DIRECTV service. The service recently replaced AT&T TV NOW with the addition of new no contract and no fee plans. AT&T has rebranded the Live TV Streaming Service to DirecTV Stream.
All plans include local channels and at least 34 of the Top 35 Cable Channels from AMC, A+E, Discovery (Food Network, HGTV, TLC, Discovery, etc.), Disney (ESPN, Disney Channel, etc), NBCU (Bravo, MSNBC, NBCSN, etc.), WarnerMedia (TNT, TBS, CNN, etc.), ViacomCBS (MTV, Comedy Central, etc.), and Hallmark.
They recently introduced new no-contract plans starting at $69.99 a month for their Entertainment Plan. You can upgrade to their Choice Plan, which begins at $84.99, that includes your local RSN and HBO Max for one-year. They also have have an Ultimate ($94.99 for 130 channels) and Premier ($139.99 for 140 channels). With the no contract option, you won’t pay RSN Fee.
With the two-year contract option, you will save ~$10-15 a month for the first year and get some additional benefits like an AT&T TV streaming box and 500 Hour DVR. However, after the first year you will see a ~$35 a month price hike and will have to pay a Regional Sports Fee of up to $8.49 a month.
The Entertainment ($60) plan includes local channels and 34 of the top 35 cable channels. AT&T TV Choice ($65) plan adds your local RSN, OWN, Travel Channel, and College Sports Networks like BTN and SEC Network.
The more expensive AT&T TV Xtra plan adds Fox Sports 2, NBA TV, NHL Network, Golf Channel, Lifetime Movie Channel, and additional Discovery Networks, while the Ultimate plan adds a few Spanish-Language networks like ESPN Deportes.
All four plans include ability to stream across a wide variety of devices like Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast, iOS, Android, and your Computer.
When you sign-up for a two year contract, you will get a 500 Hour DVR and an AT&T TV Android TV box included in your service. You can add an additional box for $10 a month (or $120 to buy it outright).
If you choose the no-contract plan, you will get a 20 Hour Cloud DVR, which can be upgraded for $10 a month. You can use your own device or rent an AT&T TV Android TV box for $5 a month.
We tested AT&T TV and other live TV streaming services for more than 100 hours. AT&T TV is compatible with Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, Android TV, iPhone/iPad, Android Phone/Tablet, Mac, Windows, LG Smart TV, Samsung Smart TV, Sony Smart TV and VIZIO Smart TV.
20 hours Cloud DVR
Your DVR storage depends on your plan. If you are on a no-contract plan you will get 20 hours Hour Cloud DVR storage, which can be upgraded to Unlimited Storage for $10/month. Those on a 2-year contract get an Unlimited DVR included at no extra charge.
In both cases, any recordings on your DVR will expire after days. In a series recording, max 30 episodes stored (oldest deleted first which may be in less than 90 days).
When they change the name of [AT&T TV] to [DirecTV Stream], you will continue to receive the same DVR benefits.
Up to 20 Devices
On either the contract or no-contract plan, you can use AT&T TV on up to 20 simultaneous devices on the same home network, or up to three devices while traveling outside your home.
37 TV Everywhere Apps
AT&T TV gives you access to 37 different TV Everywhere apps.
List of Compatible Apps
- A&E App
- AMC App
- BBC America App
- BET NOW
- Bravo Now
- CBS Sports App
- CMT App
- CNBC App
- Comedy Central App
- E! Now
- FOX Now
- Fox Sports Go
- Freeform App
- FX Now
- FYI App
- HBO GO
- MAX Go
- MLB At Bat
- MSG Go
- MSNBC Now
- Nat Geo TV App
- NBC App
- NBC Sports App
- NFL Mobile
- Oxygen Now
- Showtime Anytime
- Syfy Now
- Telemundo Now
- Universal Kids App
- Universo Now
- USA Now
- Watch ABC
- Watch Cooking Channel
- Watch DIY
- Watch ESPN
There is a variety of on demand content to stream within the AT&T TV app.
AT&T TV is compatible with these devices:
- Amazon Fire TV
- Apple TV
- Google Chromecast (Google Cast)
- Android TV
- iPhone/iPad (iOS 12+)
- Android Phone/Tablet (7.1+)
- LG Smart TV (AirPlay)
- Samsung Smart TV (2017+)
- Sony Smart TV
- VIZIO Smart TV (AirPlay/Google Cast)
All AT&T TV plans offer the same set of local channels, including CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC, and Telemundo. They also offer a national Univision feed.
Live local channels are available only in certain markets. However, on demand content is available in all areas the following day. You can use our Channel Finder tool to see what local are available in your area.
Local Channel Restrictions
You can only access your home local channels when you are in your home market. For example, if you live in San Francisco and travel to New York, you will not be able to stream your local San Francisco channels. Instead, you will receive the local channels of the market you are traveling to (New York).
You can access your local RSNs no matter whether you are home or away from your local market.
Top Cable Channels
The top 35 cable channels are listed below. For a list of channels in each tier, look at AT&T TV’s full channel lineup. The service will soon be rebranded [DirecTV Stream].
National Sports Channels
Regional Sports Networks (RSNs)
You will need to upgrade to at least the AT&T TV “Choice” (US$84.99) plan to get access to regional sports networks (RSNs), which include Fox Sports RSNs, NBC Sports RSNs, AT&T SportsNet, MSG, NESN, Spectrum SportsNet, and Altitude.
RSNs in Other Markets
Other Sports Channels
You can add HBO ($15), Cinemax ($11), Showtime ($11), STARZ ($11), and Epix ($6) to any of the plans. The Premier plan includes HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, and STARZ. New subscribers to AT&T TV Choice or above will get HBO Max included for a year.
(Up to 1080p HD)
Most video streams are in 720p HD. Some video streams are available in 1080p HD.
Most video streams in 60 FPS.
Most content has stereo audio, with some content available in surround sound.
AT&T TV has unreliable on demand performance.
Live content is about 20 seconds behind cable TV.
It takes about 3 seconds seconds to switch between channels.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Does AT&T TV have a free trial?
AT&T TV does not have a free trial.
Does AT&T TV have a DVR?
AT&T TV includes 20 hours of Cloud DVR storage.
You can upgrade to Unlimited of Cloud DVR storage for $10 / month.
Does AT&T TV offer 4K streaming?
AT&T TV does not include 4K content as part of the service.