Originally Posted by PlanetAVS
I'm leaning towards switching to AT&T Watch TV when the price increase hits. Anyone compared the picture quality to AT&T TV? Not sure if the same quality can be expected, I know that its a different app for ATV.
I did the free trial of Watch TV recently. The live TV picture quality looked very good, just the same as I recall it from when I had DirecTV Now last year.
It seems pretty clear to me that AT&T is simply using all the same tech to power Watch TV as AT&T TV and AT&T TV Now. The Watch TV app looks almost exactly the same as the AT&T TV app on Apple TV, with the exception that Watch TV has no cloud DVR, so that option isn't in the menu system. I'm sure those services are fetching the same streams from the same back-end servers. It's all just a matter of which channels and features you're allowed to access based on your AT&T user ID and the specific app you're using.
Originally Posted by Marc Alexander
AT&T WatchTV has always been available to anyone for $15/month (which is a bargain IMO). I'm not sure people even realize this as ilI don't remember it being marketted. I hope they keep it and other providers follow suit with low-cost options like WatchTV and Philo.
WatchTV allows subscriptions to HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, and Starz (which Philo doesn't offer). It would be great if WatchTV became the intro tier for AT&T TV. I would like to see them add more streams and DVR ($5/each). If they include DVR and 2 streams $25 is still palatable. JMHO
Yeah, as I said, AT&T seems to just use Watch TV as a freebie to give away with their Unlimited cellular plans. (And even in the marketing language for those plans, they just refer to "35+ channels of live TV" rather than using the "AT&T Watch TV" brand name, probably because they figure that no one knows what it is!) As you say, they've done basically no marketing for Watch TV.
I have to wonder if AT&T didn't have bigger long-term plans for this skinny bundle of channels when they constructed it (which, I would think, would require AT&T getting clearance for it with the various channel groups it includes). It's always made more sense to just incorporate it into AT&T TV/Now as the cheapest package rather than have it hanging out in its own separately branded service that receives zero marketing. So I still think that, if it's to survive long-term, that's what will happen.
But if it does happen, I also expect that it will come with HBO Max as part of the bundle, along with cloud DVR. Those are features that I think will be part of all the channel packages on AT&T TV/Now. So that would mean the price would increase. If AT&T thinks the live channels in Watch TV are worth $15 and HBO Max will be priced alone in the $15-18 range (based on numerous leaks/reports), you'd think that that bundle as the Starter tier in AT&T TV/Now would cost at least $30, maybe more like $35 or $40. But, hey, if you're able to get your major local channels for free with an OTA antenna and you could incorporate them into the AT&T TV/Now user interface, that would be a pretty nice content bundle for $35, assuming you didn't need all-sports channels like ESPN.