AT&T, which already offers a bunch of ways to pay for live TV, now has another — but for the first time if you sign up, you’ll get a set top box powered by Android TV.

That means the new AT&T TV service, which delivers live TV over the internet, lets you access apps like Netflix or Hulu as well as AT&T’s live and on-demand content. There’s also a cloud DVR function.

And you can use Google Assistant to search, browse, or play TV shows or movies from AT&T TV or any third-party apps by voice.

Unlike other TV-over-the-internet services such as Sling TV or YouTube TV, this isn’t a cheap, contract-free alternative to cable. Prices start at $50 per month — but only for the first 12 months, and only when you sign a 2-year contract.

In the second year of that contract, prices will go up to $93 per month or higher, depending on the package of channels you sign up for. And yes, I’m using bold font to highlight that second-year price, because cable companies have a habit of making this kind of fine-print rather hard to find.

Anyway, so the selling point isn’t so much that this is a service for cord-cutters looking to save a few bucks. It’s more about putting all of your content in one place, and giving you a single remote that you can use for all your content… as long as it’s compatible with Android TV.

Customers can also stream their content to mobile devices using an AT&T TV app for Android, iPhones, or iPads. And there’s no need to wait for a cable installer — as long as you already have an internet connection, you can get started just by connecting an AT&T TV box to your network and plugging in your TV.

And… shelling out $50/$93 per month for the next few years.

via Google Blog



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2 replies on “AT&T TV delivers TV over the internet with an Android TV set top box”

  1. As I see it – this is basically the concept of the IPTV(popular in Canada)

  2. Well that’s not going to compete with existing streaming services all that well.
    I figured that cable companies would need to come up with TV-over-IP solutions of their own to remain relevant but charging $100 a month for it (on top of internet!) isn’t going to be worth it unless they bundled paid access to all of netflix, amazon, hbo, disney+, and hulu content into the price (which they didn’t).
    And quite frankly, watching that much TV (or IMO any TV in 2020) isn’t worth what it does to your brain.
    One more thing: cloud DVR really means no DVR at all on something like this, it’s really just a bookmark.

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