AT&T TV review: Great for sports fans and channel flippers, but expensive

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Change is the norm when it comes to live TV streaming services, but AT&T TV has had a particularly tumultuous history. It started life as DirecTV Now in 2016, and in the time since it has added and dropped channels, changed its name twice and hiked prices numerous times. The latest iteration no longer requires a contract or a set-top box — yay! — making it similar at first blush to competitors like YouTube TV and Hulu Plus Live TV. The downside is the high price: A monthly subscription starts at $70, and to get access to your local regional sports network you’ll need to pay for the $85 package.


  • $85 plan has robust regional sports channels for NBA and MLB games
  • Fun channel-surfing capabilities

Don’t Like

  • Expensive, especially with sports and DVR add-ons
  • $70 plan has fewer channels for more money than YouTube TV
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