Originally Posted by Patsfan123
A lot of these things would be nice but they seem to be making no progress on some points and going in the wrong direction on others. They keep peeling off discounts, including those for bundled services which is the entire point of some of these acquisitions. If the cost of TV is the same whether I have VZW or AT&T wireless, then I choose YTTV. The remote is nice but after being used to a roku remote for the past 18 months, I don't really miss the full sized anymore.
I am still waiting for native 4K HDR channels to show up and they need to fix the box to stop converting everything to HDR. It looks terrible.
Right now, if you subscribe to AT&T Internet or AT&T Fiber (their brands for home broadband service -- AT&T Internet is what used to be called Uverse and is slower; AT&T Fiber is faster fiber-to-the-home) and combine DirecTV satellite or Uverse TV on the same account, it knocks $10 off of the combined price.
I expect that once the upcoming service debuts, they'll stop selling both DTV satellite and Uverse TV to AT&T Internet/Fiber subscribers completely. (If you call up and really insist on it, they'll probably still give you DTV satellite -- without a bundling discount -- but I believe Uverse TV will stop being sold to new customers completely.) Instead, they will aggressively push the new streaming cable TV service -- AT&T TV -- as an add-on to AT&T Internet/Fiber, offering the same $10 discount per month on combined service that they've offered for years now for their current flagship TV services, DTV satellite and Uverse TV. And just as they do now if you subscribe to both AT&T Internet/Fiber plus DirecTV Now, they will continue to waive their broadband data cap if you combine AT&T TV with AT&T Internet/Fiber.
Right now, if you subscribe to AT&T Wireless's top-tier "Unlimited & More Premium" plan, you get a choice of one free premium service (e.g. HBO, Showtime, etc.) plus AT&T Watch TV (a $15 live cable TV skinny bundle with AT&T's own cable channels and others but without locals or sports). If you go with the next step down, "Unlimited & More," you get AT&T Watch TV but no premium service.
I imagine that those plans will be restructured a bit so that on the top-tier plan, you'll get the upcoming HBO Max premium streaming service (a $16 value) as well as a $30 credit toward any AT&T TV package. I believe that the base Starter package in AT&T TV will include HBO Max (including select HBO and Cinemax live linear channels) plus the channels currently in AT&T Watch TV (more or less), and it will be priced at $30/mo. So you'd be able to get that for free, or instead get the Plus package for $20 (rather than $50) or the Max package for $40 (rather than $70). All AT&T TV packages will include HBO Max as soon as that service launches this fall.
And if you get the step-down AT&T Wireless plan (the one that currently comes with just AT&T Watch TV but no premium service as a perk), you'll instead get just HBO Max as your perk.
As far as the problem with the Osprey box automatically force-converting all SDR content into fake HDR when the box is connected to an HDR-capable TV, not sure what will happen there. Hopefully AT&T can engineer a fix for it but it's possible that's an OS system-level thing in Android TV over which AT&T has no control. If so, the ball is in Google's court. I know that there have been similar issues with the Nvidia Shield Android TV streaming box for a long time. (Not exactly the same, but it lacks any sort of system-wide ability to auto-switch between SDR and HDR or between the standard and expanded color spaces associated with SDR and HDR.)