Last weekend, in the aftermath of AT&T's purchase of Time Warner, the nation's second largest carrier announced that it will launch a new app called "WatchTV"
that streams television content from AT&T owned cable networks. Actually, much of the content comes from the former Turner properties that were included in the $85 billion transaction. Today, AT&T officially revealed that the "WatchTV" app will be available for free to subscribers of the wireless provider's latest two unlimited plans. Those plans, AT&T Unlimited &More
and AT&T Unlimited &More Premium
, will both launch next week.
WatchTV will include content from:
- Animal Planet
- BBC World News
- BBC America
- Cartoon Network
- Food Network
- Hallmark Channel
- Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
- History Channel
- Investigation Discovery
- Lifetime Movies
- Sundance TV
- WE TV
After the app launches, ET, Comedy Central, MTV2, Nicktoons, Teen Nick and VH-1 will be added. WatchTV will be compatible with nearly every smartphone, tablet and web browser, and will include over 15,000 on-demand television shows and movies. The app will also be offered to non-AT&T customers for a price of $15 per month.
"We were the first wireless provider to bring entertainment and unlimited data together, and, once again, we’re redefining what that means. This is no longer about including one channel or service with your wireless plan, but an incredible lineup of content that delivers more of what you care about – over 30 live TV channels and more than 15,000 TV shows and movies on demand, as well as premium movie channels, music streaming with more to come!"-David Christopher, president, AT&T Mobility and Entertainment
AT&T also revealed some of the features of the two new unlimited plans it will launch next week. AT&T Unlimited &More includes the option to add WatchTV, a $15 monthly credit toward the DirecTV Now app, and up to 4G LTE unlimited data.
AT&T Unlimited &More Premium includes all of the aforementioned features plus one premium streaming service for free. Subscribers will pick the free premium service from a list that includes HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, Amazon Music Unlimited, Pandora Premium and VRV. The plan also comes with 15GB of high-speed tethering, high-quality video, and a $15 monthly credit toward DirecTV, DirecTV Now, and U-verse TV.