Wondering what TV Everywhere apps for AT&T WatchTV are available? Wondering if you can use your AT&T WatchTV subscription to log into cable network websites and apps, and watch live and on-demand programming? We’ll discuss everything you need to know in this article.
AT&T WatchTV Does Not Support TV Everywhere
If you were here expecting a long list of the services you can log into with your AT&T WatchTV credentials, you’re out of luck. Unfortunately, AT&T WatchTV has no support for TV Everywhere.
We tried every service that we could, and checked whether AT&T WatchTV was supported on channels like Animal Planet, AMC, A&E, BET, HGTV, CNN, HLN, Cartoon Network and more.
On every channel we tested, there was no support for WatchTV, even though competing services like Philo – and even DirecTV Now – were often available, and could be used to log in and watch live and on-demand content.
Why Doesn’t AT&T WatchTV Support TV Everywhere?
This is a good question, but we probably won’t get a straight answer from AT&T anytime soon. However, we can hazard a guess – cost.
AT&T WatchTV is expressly designed to be a very simple, low-cost, and feature-poor streaming service. Thanks to that, it has the incredibly low price of just $15/month for more than 35+ cable channels – but it also lacks a DVR, only lets you stream on a single device, and does not support TV Everywhere.
The barriers to adding TV Everywhere support are obviously not technical. AT&T WatchTV is built on the same streaming platform as DirecTV Now. They even share most of the same UI elements on their apps and online streaming websites – and DirecTV Now is supported by most TV Everywhere apps.
So, the reason there are no TV Everywhere apps for AT&T WatchTV is clear. AT&T does not intend for WatchTV to compete with DirecTV Now and is dedicated to keeping prices for this package low by cutting out features like TV Everywhere support.
Will AT&T WatchTV Ever Add Support for TV Everywhere?
We hope so. Unfortunately, there is no way to know for sure. In fact, the future of AT&T WatchTV could be in jeopardy.
AT&T, the parent company of DirecTV Now and AT&T WatchTV, is in trouble for overselling the number of subscribers of each service – and DirecTV Now has been hemorrhaging subscribers thanks to a price hike and the end of a few key promotions.
Only time will tell. But if you ask us, we wouldn’t hold our breath for AT&T WatchTV support for TV Everywhere. If TV Everywhere support is important to you, we recommend an alternative streaming service like Philo.
Eric Liston is a content writer based in Columbus, Ohio. Since 2015, he’s been writing about technology, cord-cutting, and helping everyday people save money. He also has expertise writing about medicine, dentistry, insurance, and a variety of other industries. No matter what he’s writing, his focus is always on simplifying complex concepts and making them approachable for everyone. When he’s not slamming away on his keyboard at his home office, you’ll find Eric reading sci-fi novels, improving his disc golf game (he just hit his first 400-foot drive) and playing video games on his gaming PC.