Final yr, AT&T was working on a trial for an alternative to traditional cable, with every little thing powered by a customized Android TV field. At present, AT&T TV is going live nationwide for everybody who desires to enroll, however there’s a little bit of a catch.
The excellent news? AT&T TV is reasonably priced (in the beginning) and presents a way more versatile expertise in comparison with what you’d get from a conventional cable TV package deal. As an alternative of a clunky DVR field, you get a customized Android TV field the place AT&T is using Google’s powerful Operator Tier that we beforehand mentioned in-depth.
The package deal, after all, comes with Google Assistant as a core characteristic together with AT&T’s customized UI that also permits customers to obtain apps from Google Play reminiscent of Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, YouTube, and others. The field additionally options AT&T’s personal Stay TV streaming service, which makes this package deal as a complete value $49.99/month. That service can even lengthen to your different gadgets together with Android and iOS smartphones/tablets. There’s additionally an upgraded channel package deal for $54.99/month that provides extra sports activities channels in addition to a bundle that provides gigabit web for $80 in complete.
In a blog post, Google additionally highlights how Android TV makes AT&T’s new service higher.
Sports activities, information, channels, apps — you identify it. Along with dwell TV, on-demand, and DVR, now you can obtain over 5,000 apps and video games proper in your supplier’s TV field. No extra HDMI switching or searching for a special distant. Simply go to Google Play in your apps tab to obtain your favorites.
The dangerous information? AT&T continues to be retaining the pricing mannequin in its cable roots with this service. For one factor, you’ll be locked right into a two-year contract with AT&T TV, one thing you wouldn’t have with different dwell TV-streaming providers Android helps reminiscent of YouTube TV, Hulu w/ Stay, and Sling.
The actually dangerous information? After the primary yr of service — and don’t overlook you’re locked into this — AT&T TV’s costs skyrocket to $93/month with some packages going all the best way as much as $135/month. Because you’re caught in a contract, there’s no approach to keep away from this value hike outdoors of cancellation, and also you’ll be charged $15 for each month left on that contract to cancel, as the Verge helpfully explains.
Who ought to sign up for AT&T TV? This isn’t actually a service for individuals who wish to ditch conventional cable and use an Android TV field or Roku to stream Stay TV. Quite, it’s an alternative choice to conventional cable that works a complete lot higher for a way many individuals use TVs now with providers reminiscent of Netflix and Disney+. Apparently, the service can even have heavy HBO Max integration. HBO, by the best way, is included free for the primary three months.
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