AT&T TV has upsides, like its large channel counts and free streaming device—but streaming services are supposed to be simple and less expensive. AT&T TV, no so much.
Also, your AT&T TV streaming device is compatible only with AT&T TV. So cord-cutters should look into other streaming services like Hulu + Live TV or YouTubeTV (click to read our reviews).
How much is AT&T per month?
AT&T TV has four plans:
- ENTERTAINMENT (65+ channels): $69.99/mo.
- CHOICE (90+ channels): $84.99/mo.
- ULTIMATE (130+ channels): $94.99/mo.
- PREMIER (140+ channels): $139.99/mo.
We recommend AT&T TV’s CHOICE because it has a bunch of channels and a budget-friendly price. And the AT&T TV ULTIMATE package is a good deal if your TV appetite demands more channels—including premiums like STARZ.
What is the difference between AT&T TV and DIRECTV?
AT&T owns both the AT&T TV streaming service (research courtesy Captain Obvious) and DIRECTV satellite TV service. We summarize key differences between the two in the table below, but these are the big takeaways:
- DIRECTV has more channels and wider availability.
- AT&T TV has cheaper plans.
- If you’re a cord-cutter, you probably won’t want either service.
What sports channels are on AT&T TV?
AT&T TV carries sports channels like ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FS2, MLB Network, NBA TV, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, NHL Network, Golf Channel, and Tennis Channel. Availability depends on the plan you choose (ENTERTAINMENT features the least amount of these).
CHOICE and ULTIMATE feature RSNs (regional sports networks) from FOX Sports, NBC Sports, NESN, MSG Network, and YES Network.
NFL SUNDAY TICKET isn’t available on AT&T TV—it’s exclusive to DIRECTV until 2022.
Is AT&T TV different than AT&T TV NOW?
AT&T TV is a streaming TV service that’s set up like traditional cable/satellite, with included equipment.
AT&T TV NOW (formerly DIRECTV NOW) has been shut down and folded into AT&T TV.
Do I have to use AT&T TV’s streaming device?
While AT&T TV service does include a set-it-up-yourself streaming device with its TV service, it’s not necessary—you can install the AT&T TV app on your current streaming device and login with your account info.
You can do so if your streaming device is an Amazon Fire TV (Cube, Stick, smart TV), Android phone or tablet, Apple TV, iPhone or iPad, a Google Chromecast, Roku, or a Samsung smart TV.
What channels are on AT&T TV streaming?
AT&T TV has up to 140+ channels including popular entertain, sports, and premium channels. For more information, check out our AT&T TV Channel Lineups guide.
Is Netflix free with AT&T TV?
Netflix requires a separate subscription. It has three plans:
- Basic: $8.99 a month for 720p resolution and one stream.
- Standard: $13.99 a month for 1080p resolution and two streams.
- Premium: $17.99 a month for 1080p and 4K resolution and four streams.
For more information, check out our Netflix review.