In bizarre but good news that adds to today’s plan changes, AT&T’s CEO announced a brand new TV streaming service while testifying in court. The news first broke on Friday, presumably after the court session got out. The new streaming service is called ‘Watch’ and costs just $15 per month.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson felt the need to share the carrier’s unannounced Watch TV service while testifying for an antitrust case in court. For a long time, AT&T has wanted to purchase Time Warner, which would only add to its experience gained from the DirecTV purchase. The topic might have been brought up as a reason to persuade the judge to allow for the acquisition that the federal government believes might hurt consumers.
We don’t know all the specifics of the upcoming service since the carrier is yet to fully unload on it. All we know is that it’ll cost $15 per month, less than half of YouTube TV and competing services, in exchange for several TV networks that can be streamed from any device almost anywhere. We also know that it’ll coexist with DirecTV Now, so enrolled customers for this AT&T service will not be affected. There will just be another option for those on a more limited budget.
What’s most interesting here is that the service will be available for everyone, not just those on AT&T. Meaning, if you have T-Mobile, Verizon or Sprint, you can still enroll for AT&T Watch as you would if you were on AT&T. This is intriguing, but as of right now, we don’t have further information on how it will all work. AT&T unlimited customers are said to get the service for free as a perk, which may just get AT&T up there with the incentives T-Mobile gives their customers.
We expect to hear more in the next few weeks once the service goes official. Anyone interested?