AT&T WatchTV is the newest TV streaming service to arrive in the Fire TV appstore to compete with Sling TV, Hulu Live TV, PlayStation Vue, and AT&T’s other subscription service, DirecTV NOW. At just $15 per month for 37 channels, it beats out its current competition on price, but Philo TV will give AT&T WatchTV a run for its money when it debuts later this summer at $16 a month for 40 channels and more features.
AT&T WatchTV is a fairly bare-bones service, but it’s how they’re able to off the service at such a low price. One of the keys to that strategy is not offering local or sports channels, which usually come at a premium. It also has no DVR service, but does offer “over 15,000 TV shows and movies on demand.”
Even though Philo TV is not yet available on Fire TV devices, it’s still worth comparing it to AT&T WatchTV, as they’re both trying to be the low-cost leaders of the streaming TV market. Philo TV is currently conducting private alpha testing of their Fire TV app and is expected to be available to everyone before the end of the summer.
Philo TV will cost $1 more a month than AT&T WatchTV and will offer 3 more channels. The two services offer 25 fo the same channels in their lineups. With AT&T WatchTV, you get the channels Audience, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, CNN, Hallmark, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, HLN, Nicktoons, TBS, TCM, and truTV that you won’t get with Philo TV. On the other hand, with Philo TV you get the channels AXS TV, Cheddar, Cheddar Big News, CMT, DIY, GSN, MTV, Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, PeopleTV, Science, Tastemade, Travel Channel, and TV Land that you won’t get with AT&T WatchTV.
With AT&T WatchTV, you’re only allowed to watch a single stream at a time, while Philo TV allows for 3 simultaneous streams. Most of AT&T WatchTV’s programing is only available in 720p, not 1080p. Philo also offers an unlimited DVR that will make any show or movie you select available for 30-days, while AT&T WatchTV has no way to record or save content for later.
AT&T WatchTV, like its sister service DirecTV NOW, is not available on 1st-gen Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks. It’s available on all other Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television models. While most of you might not consider that as a negative because you’re using one of the supported newer devices, it’s important to acknowledge that AT&T is the only major streaming service to drop support for older Fire TV devices. They did so without warning to the surprise of many customers who abruptly found themselves with no way to watch the TV service they were paying for.