Looking to complement -- if not replace -- DirecTV, according to analysts, AT&T is launching its pay TV internet-based AT&T TV service nationwide.
AT&T TV will be similar to DirecTV, a satellite TV service -- offering internet-delivered live, linear TV network, as well as 55,000 video-on-demand programming titles and access to 5,000 apps.
AT&T has been testing the service in 13 markets.
With the initial low-priced deal -- bundled with internet service -- AT&T TV is priced at $39.99 a month for video (consisting of around 70 live, linear TV networks) -- and $39.99 a month for internet for 12 months in a 24-month TV deal.
Without the internet service, AT&T TV is priced at $49.99 a month for a year with a two-year contract -- a promotional rate that will expire in a year. Other, higher-priced plans with more networks are priced at $54.99 and $64.99. Regional sports networks have a fee of $8.50 per month.
AT&T TV is built on Android TV, as well as functionality with home voice services Google Assistant. The service will offer a cloud DVR with 500 hours of storage. the AT&T Internet offers 1 gigabit of data.
Come May, with the launch of WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, AT&T TV will offer a $15-a-month deal for the streaming service consisting of HBO original programs and TV shows and movies from WarnerMedia.
DirecTV lost millions of subscribers in 2019 -- losing 1.2 million in the fourth quarter alone. It ended the year with around 16.8 million subscribers. Totaling all its premium TV services -- including U-Verse -- AT&T ended the year at 20.4 million, down from 24.5 million the year before.