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AT&T TV Review 2021

by David Miklos Hazi
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3.6

Price

2.5/5

Channel Amount

5.0/5

Features

3.5/5

Device Compatibility

3.5/5

Value

3.5/5

Pros

  • Sleek set-top box
  • Easy to navigate interface
  • Great bundle deals

Cons

  • Expensive stand-alone plan
  • Lack of innovative features
  • No Roku compatibility
  • Activation fees
  • Contract required
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AT&T TV Review

AT&T TV is a broadband streaming video service. The service rolled out nationwide on March 2nd, 2020, and has recently undergone a few changes since the initial rollout. There are many pros and cons to this service and we recommend fully researching your individual cord-cutting needs to ensure that this is the best option for you. We will cover many different details about this streaming service throughout our review.

One of the major hurdles for AT&T has been how to incorporate the acquisition of DIRECTV and how to brand their different offerings. When AT&T acquired DIRECTV they also inherited their streaming platform DIRECTV NOW. This was rebranded to AT&T TV NOW which made a lot of sense at the time but then AT&T shifted away from Uverse TV and launched AT&T TV. This proved to be very confusing for customers and did not really meet the wants of customers who were looking to ditch expensive and confusing cable style plans.

AT&T is trending in the right direction and has now merged AT&T TV with AT&T TV NOW. We like this move by AT&T because it brings AT&T TV more in line with traditional streaming television providers and services. Having two similarly named and priced services simply did not make sense and was incredibly confusing to customers. With that said, we think AT&T still has some work to do to bring their products in line with what cord-cutters are demanding.


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Another one of the major changes is that AT&T originally required subscribers to sign up for a two-year service plan. This requirement has been dropped; however, subscribers may still choose to opt into a contract to receive lower monthly payments. Pricing is definitely on the higher end of the streaming spectrum but this service does offer all of the top cable, local, and sports channels.

The company also had required subscribers to purchase or rent one of their own streaming boxes which made absolutely no sense given the prevalence of smart TVs, Roku, Amazon Fire devices, etc. They have also dropped this requirement. Cord-cutters can now access this service via many different popular streaming devices, smart TVs, and smartphones.

These are very positive changes, especially considering that AT&T TV is now the only service to offer Fox Regional Sports Networks making it the best way to watch MLB, NBA, and NHL games.

AT&T TV Streaming Packages

Subscribers can choose from several different AT&T TV packages. The available packages are Entertainment, Choice, Xtra, Ultimate, and Premier.

These streaming packages can be purchased on a monthly basis or subscribers can opt-in for a two-year contract. If you opt-in for the two-year contract you will receive a special promotional price for the first 12-months. The prices that are shown here exclude a Regional Sports Fee of up to $8.49 per month (which is extra and applies to CHOICE and higher packages) and certain other additional fees and charges.

Streaming Plan
Channels
Contract Price
No Contract Price
Entertainment
65+
$59.99/month
$69.99/month

Choice
90+
$64.99/month
$84.99/month

Xtra
120+
$74.99/month
Not Available

Ultimate
130+
$79.99/month
$94.99/month

Premier
140+
$129.99/month
$139.99/month
Disclaimer: Prices are subject to change at any time. Please check with AT&T TV for the most up-to-date information.

Subscribers can also bundle with AT&T internet which is the really attractive part of this TV service. If you bundle with AT&T internet you will save $10/month. AT&T wireless customers can also save an additional $10/month. Unless you order online there will be an additional one-time $20 activation fee. Also, currently offered is one free year of HBO Max for the Choice package and above. If you like this service please help us out by clicking on one of our links and order online.

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AT&T TV International Packages

AT&T also offers international programming that are available in separate packages. There are currently four international language streaming TV packages available: Brazilian, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese. These are only available with the 2-year contract and are not offered as part of the monthly plans.

International Plan
Price
Channels
Brazilian
$30/month
2
Korean
$30/month
11
Spanish
$64.99/month
40
Vietnamese
$20/month

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Disclaimer: Prices are subject to change at any time. Please check with AT&T TV for the most up-to-date information.

AT&T TV Premium Channel Add-ons

This streaming service currently offers eight premium channel options and other add-ons. Please note that Choice packages and above offer 3 free months of Cinemax, Showtime, STARZ, and EPIX. Additionally, 1 year of HBO MAX is included too.

  • HBO Max $14.99/month: HBO East, HBO Family, HBO Latino, HBO GO, On-Demand library
  • Cinemax $11/month: ActionMax, Cinemax East, MAX GO, On-demand library
  • Showtime $11/month:: SHOWTIME Extreme, SHOWTIME East Live Feed, SHOWTIME Anytime, On-demand library
  • AT&T TV Deportes $5/month: TyC Sports, Univision Deportes, FOX Deportes, ESPN Deportes
  • Starz $11/month: STARZ East, STARZ Kids & Family, STARZ ENCORE East, STARZ On Demand
  • EPIX $6/month: 1000s of Hollywood movies. On TV + Online + On Demand + On the Go
  • Movies Extra Pack $5/month: Crime + Investigation, Hallmark Drama, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, HDNET MOVIES, MGM HD, MTV Live, SHORTSTV, Smithsonian Channel
  • NBA League Pass /month: Access to live out-of-market regular-season games. Home, away, and mobile feeds. Blackouts and restrictions apply
  • AT&T TV Español $15/month: Univision, Discovery Channel en Español, Estrella TV, Cinelatino
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AT&T TV Channel Line-ups

Each streaming package contains a different number of channels. The Entertainment package contains 65+ channels; Choice package contains 90+ channels; Xtra package contains 120+ channels; Ultimate package contains 130+ channels; Premier package contains 140+ channels; Optimo Más package contains 90+ channels.

AT&T TV Channels
Entertainment
Choice
Xtra
Ultimate
Premier
Optimo Más
Español
Deportes
Local Channels
A&E
ACC Network
Accuweather
ActionMAX
AMC
American Heros Channel
Animal Planet
Antena 3
ATRESERIES
aspireTV
AWE
AXS TV
Azteca
BabyFirst TV
Baby TV
Bandamax
BBC America
BBC World News
BET
BET Her
Bloomberg TV
Boomerang
Bravo
BTN
C-SPAN
C-SPAN2
Canal 22 Internacional
CANAL ONCE
Caracol TV
Cartoon Network (East)
CBS Sports Network
CentroAmérica TV
Cheddar
Cinemax East
Cine Estelar
Cine Mexicano
Cine Nostalgia
Cine Sony
Cinelatino
CMT
CNBC
CNBC World
CNN
CNN En Español
CNNi
Comedy Central
Comedy TV
Cooking Channel
Destination America
De Película
De Película Clásico
Discovery
Discovery en Español
Discovery Familia
Discovery Family Channel
Discovery Life
Disney Channel (East)
Disney Junior
Disney XD
DIY Network
E!
Ecuador TV
Ecuavisa Internacional
Enlace
ESPN
ESPN2
ESPN DEPORTES
ESPNews
ESPNU
ESTRELLA TV
FM
Food Network
FOROtv
FOX Business Network
FOX Deportes
FOX News Channel
FS1
FS2
FOXlife
Fox Sports 1
Fox Sports Southeast
Fox Sports Sun.
Freeform
FSN Arizona
FSN Cincinnati
FSN Detroit
FSN Florida
FSN Midwest
FSN North
FSN Ohio
FSN Okahoma
FSN San Diego
FSN South
FSN Southwest
FSN West
FSN Wisconsin
Fuse
FX
FX Movie Channel
FXX
FYI
Galavisión
Game Show Network
GEM
Golf Channel
GolTV
Great American Country
Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
HBO East
HBO 2 East
HBO Family East
HBO Latino
HGTV
History
History En Español
HITN TV
HLN
HSN
¡HOLA! TV
IFC
Investigation Discovery
Justice Central
Lifetime
LMN
Logo
Longhorn Network
Marquee Sports Network
MegaTV
MLB Network
Motor Trend
MSG
MSG Plus
MSNBC
MTV
MTV Classic
MTV2
Multimedios
Nat Geo WILD
Nat Geo Mundo
National Geographic
NBA TV
NBC Sports Bay Area
NBC Sports Boston
NBC Sports California
NBC Sports Chicago
NBC Sports Network
NBC Sports Washington
NHL Network
Nickleodeon (East)
Nick Jr.
Nicktoons
NTN24
Nuestra Tele
OAN
Olympic Channel
Ovation
OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network)
Oxygen
Paramount Network
Paramount TV
Pasiones
Perú Mágico
Pop TV
Prime Ticket
QVC
QVC2
Reelz
Revolt
RFD-TV
Science
SEC Network
Showtime East
Showtime 2 East
Showtime Extreme
Smithsonian
SNY
Spectrum SportsNet
Spectrum SportsNet LA
Sportsman Channel
SportTime Ohio
STARZ East
STARZ ENCORE Action
STARZ ENCORE Black
STARZ ENCORE Classic
STARZ ENCORE East
STARZ ENCORE Family
STARZ ENCORE Suspense
STARZ ENCORE West
STARZ ENCORE Western
STARZ Kids & Family
SundanceTV
SUR Perú
Syfy
Tastemade
TBS
TCM
TeleCentro
Telefe
Telemundo
TeenNick
Tennis Channel
TLC
TNT
Travel Channel
truTV
Tr3s
TV Chile
TVE
TVG
TVV
TV Land
TV One
TyC Sports
TUDN
UniMás
Universal Kids
UNIVERSO
Univision (East)
Univision tlnovelas
UPtv
USA Network
VePlus
VH1
VICE
VideoRola
ViendoMovies
Vme
WAPA América
WE tv
Weather Channel
WGN America
YES Network
ZooMoo
*Channel list updated 11/29/2020. Please check with the provider for the most up-to-date listing.

How many streams does AT&T TV allow?

AT&T TV allows three concurrent streams at one time for both contract and no-contract customers. The company recommends a speed of at least 25Mbps. However, you may need more bandwidth if you plan on streaming more than this.

Does AT&T TV have a DVR?

If you sign up for the 2-year contract you will get 500 hours of cloud DVR included. However, if you choose the no-contract route you will only receive 20-free hours of DVR. You can also purchase the DVR upgrade at a separate fee. Subscribers can access all DVR recordings at home or on the go on smartphones and tablets. Recordings expire after 90 days.

Does AT&T require a device?

Yes, AT&T TV requires a streaming device such as a smart TV, smartphone, or streaming device such as an Amazon Fire device. Also available is a proprietary device from the company.

AT&T has dropped the requirement to use their device; however, it is still offered if you opt for the contract. If you do you will receive one sleek and discreet AT&T TV Android TV Box. Each additional box is $10 per month or $120 to purchase outright.

This device can access popular apps such as Netflix, Pandora, Spotify, and more. You get access to over 5,000 Google Play store apps. You can pause and rewind live TV and sports. The Android TV box also comes with Google Assistant voice remote that can be used to say things like, “Play HBO.” or “What is the weather today?”

Their box comes with five ports on the back. There is an HDMI, power, USB, digital audio, and ethernet ports. This device is 4K and HDR-capable; however, there are currently no 4K AT&T TV channels available.

The device does not require professional installation. There are no appointments scheduled with a technician. Simply plug the device in and follow the on-screen instructions and you will be set up in a matter of minutes.

You can also use the AT&T TV app on Apple iOS, Android-powered phones and tablets, and Apple TV and Amazon Fire devices.

Can I watch sports on AT&T TV?

For an additional fee of $8.49/month, you can add regional sports networks to your TV plan. AT&T TV is currently the only streaming service available that offers Fox Regional Sports Networks which means you can watch your favorite local MLB, NBA, and NHL teams with this service.

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