After the successful merger deal between AT&T and Time Warner, a new benefit is launched by AT&T.

The package of WatchTV service is a cable-like package of more than 30 TV channels delivered over the internet. It is an example of the “skinny bundles” which is coming from telecom and broadband providers as more people prefer to watch TV online. Competitors include Sling TV, PlayStation Vue and AT&T’s own DirecTV Now.

The WatchTV service will be free for subscribers of two unlimited wireless plans AT&T is launching. Others can also get WatchTV for $15 — $20 less than DirecTV Now, but with just half the channels.

As per the announcements on Thursday which came just days after AT&T closed its $81 billion Time Warner deal. AT&T said it needs to combine its distribution channels with entertainment properties to compete with internet-based rivals like Amazon, Netflix and Google, although the wireless carrier has a direct connection to its 92 million subscribers that its internet rivals do not. The Department of Justice sued to block the Time Warner deal on anti-competition concerns, but a federal judge sided with AT&T.

WatchTV is the first example of how AT&T plans to marry distribution and programming from Time Warner. If it gets enough subscribers, it will be able to collect valuable data and offer more personalized content along with ads.

But with people paying for a growing number of services like HBO, Hulu, Netflix and DirectTV Now, streaming can end up being just as expensive as cable, if not more so.

The new service will offer 31 channels at launch which will be including channels like CNN, TBS and TNT which are all a part of Time Warner’s Turner networks.

The service will not be featuring any sports networks, no ESPN for subscribers, but will rather focus on news and entertainment offerings such as AMC, the History Channel, BBC America, Lifetime and Oprah Winfrey’s OWN.

Six more channels, including Comedy Central, will be available “soon after launch,” according to a lineup provided by AT&T.

DirecTV Now starts at $35 a month for more than 60 channels, including sports channels, with additional channels available at higher prices.

The new wireless plans will be AT&T’s only unlimited offerings for new customers, though existing customers can keep their current plans. They would need to upgrade to a new plan, though, to get WatchTV for free. The new plans start at $70 a month for a single line, $5 more than the current cheapest plan.

The subscribers of current and new plans can also get $15 a month off DirecTV Now. However, AT&T will no longer include HBO for free on all unlimited plans, although the more expensive of the two plans, which starts at $80, will offer one free premium video or music service.

Mia Noles
Mia Noles is a writer at the Ode Magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts English Literature Degree from Leeds University. Her specialty is Celebrity News, History, and World News. She is also a life enthusiast who loves traveling the world and taking part in humanitarian courses. You can contact her at mia@odemagazine.com.

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